Black Blade Blues

Black Blade Blues

by J. A. Pitts
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Overview

Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts

Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most twenty-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group.

The lead actor breaks Sarah's favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that's when things start to get weird. Could the sword really be magic, as the "dwarf" claims? Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters?

And as if things weren't surreal enough, Sarah's girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase… "I love you." As her life begins to fall apart, first her relationship with Katie, then her job at the movie studio, and finally her blacksmithing career, Sarah hits rock bottom. It is at this moment, when she has lost everything she has prized, that one of the dragons makes their move.

And suddenly what was unthinkable becomes all too real…and Sarah will have to decide if she can reject what is safe and become the heroine who is needed to save her world.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429935296
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Sarah Jane Beauhall , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 214,719
File size: 464 KB

About the Author

J. A. PITTS is a graduate of the Oregon Coast Writers Workshops and holds degrees in English and Library Science. Black Blade Blues is the first in a fantasy series featuring Sarah Beauhall.


J. A. PITTS is a graduate of the Oregon Coast Writers Workshops, holds degrees in English and Library Science and is the author of Black Blade Blues, Honeyed Words and Forged in Fire.

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Black Blade Blues 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Seattle, Washington area Sarah Beauhall works as a blacksmith and budget movies props guru. In between, instead of sleeping with her girlfriend Katie who frightens her with words of love, she is a medieval warrior reenactor. During a filming of Elvis versus the Goblins, her favorite unique sword is broken. To avoid costly delay, she agrees to repair the blade; a dwarf working as a goblin extra on the set offers to assist her. The sword turns out to be the legendary Gram, which Nordic legend says Sigurd used to slay the dragon Fafnir; at least that is what her new "assistant" claims. However, evidence is on the way as a evil shape-shifting dragon and the Corpse Gnawer are coming to take Gram from Sarah, anyway they can. This is a humorous entertaining Norse fantasy in twenty-first century Washington State. The fast-paced story line is action-packed as mythology and modernism converge on the heroine who holds the tale together as she struggles with shapeshifting dragons and other evil essences as well as with her relationship with Katie. Although too much circumstances occurs, readers will enjoy Black Blade Blues starting with the gender debate of the black sword Gram. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist on dragons, swords and sorcery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL. Ok really the book is another in the modern fantasy genre that I have found myself drawn to in recent days. For all those Jim Butcher fans or Glen Cook fans out there this will seem like a slower book for you as the main character is not already aware of the nature of her world so it takes her longer to get to the supernatural action but when she does there is blood and fighting and action and dragon slaying and to be fair that all takes place in the last fourth of the book. Some of the other reviews I read seemed to criticize her relationship whining and drama but for this being the first book in the series I gave the character more latitude as I get to know her and get a feel for what is important to her. That being said yes she does have some depression and drama going on but I felt it was all legitimate from her point of view. For all those who are looking simply for lesbian fantasy erotica this is not that book. She is a lesbian and she does get her freak on but it is all superfluous to the story and there are no huge sapphic free for alls and as far as lesbians go she is really more of a newbie who is not entirely comfortable yet even though she knows who she is so let that inform your buying decision and give the book a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept, and the cover and blurb were exquisite, but the execution left a lot to be desired. This was supposed to be Urban Fantasy. This was more an angst-drivenrelationship twaddle, and the character of Sarah Beauhall was unsympathetic. I was left with the feeling that i just didn't care if she reconciled her relationship issues or won the day, and the huge amount of stereotypes were .. rather blah. It was boring. The glimmers of humor, wit and cool ideas just couldn't overcome the repetitious self-hating monologues. The only characters I ended up caring for where some of the secondary characters, the main group of protagonists, I just didn't like. Although I will say that the Valkyries, they totally rocked. Erika S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and imagenative the characters feel real
David sullivan More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enoyed this book. Good strong protagonist and plenty of suspence and action. I have been looking for the sequel for some time now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All out, amazing read.
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Its hard to find books with fantasy and a lead female. I love this series.
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Farghen More than 1 year ago
Reading the free sample interested me enough to buy it. Then I was unable to finish. The core of the story is interesting enough (dwarves, dragons, smithing, etc.), but the main character drones on and on for pages about her relationship troubles. Tried skipping past that, but there was too much angst in the way to find the good parts.
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