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Series: Caledonia Fae #1
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Sentenced to death, Eilidh ran—away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.
As with any in-depth fantasy worth its salt, there’s a lot goin on in Blood Faerie. When I started at first, it was the writing that drew me in because everything else was just freakin’ confusing. Even well past the halfway point, the point of most perplexity for me remained the magic system, which was introduced almost right off the bat.
However, just look at this wonderful construction:
This particular evil was fresh, but not quite pure. It mixed with rage but was contained, refined, as though gestated in the belly of an ancient hatred. This evil held promise […]
I’m not one to harp on worldbuilding, normally, but this one’s foundations were so far out of my reach for so long that I kinda just said, “Screw it,” and kept reading despite it.
I am so, so glad that I did, though. Blood Faerie introduces Eilidh (AY-lee) and her hardships up until the point in her life where she has already been outcast and exiled from the kingdom of fae for 25 years. She’s been sentenced to death, separated from her intended and held back from the comforts of her home and family for the crime of being in possession of astral magic (subset under an outlawed umbrella magic known as the Path of the Azure).
She’s taken the town of Perth, Scotland as her own and chooses to defend it when a faerie who also practices in the Path of the Azure magic, his blood and bone. With the help of police officer (“copper,” in the book) Quinton Munro, they team up to take down this treat of evil running through the streets of their little city.
Now, while Munro wasn’t the manliest crayon in the box, I still held a really, terribly soft spot for him and probably due to that very fact. He fell in love with Eilidh hard and quick, and it was refreshing to watch him wait on her as she studied the flows of her magic. Yeah, he could he a little dense at times, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt in that he was just a generally stand-up guy who trusted a little too easily.
Eilidh, on the other hand, with her short hair and aloof personality, definitely wore the pants in the relationship. But she proved to be brave and consistent, if a little fickle. I grew to care for her too.
By the focus of this review, you’d think this was a romance, but it actually played quite a small (yet, strangely, held the most powerful) role in the book. I’m definitely coming back for more to find out what happens with all these faeries, druids and magic.