Alex Bledsoe’s fantasy novels have drawn rave reviews for their ingenious blend of classic fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of intrigue and murder.
Freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse is in the wrong place at the wrong time while conducting an undercover investigation on the island kingdom of Grand Bruan. When a poisoned apple kills a member of the queen’s personal guard, Eddie becomes the prime suspect in the murder. He must do some fast talking to keep his head attached to his shoulders. While trying to clear his name and find the real killer, Eddie becomes embroiled in a nasty political scandal. Someone is trying to ruin Queen Jennifer and doesn’t care who is killed along the way.
The more Eddie digs, the more twisted the lies become, until Eddie finds himself caught between two opposing armies. The fate of the entire kingdom lies in his hands.
Murder, betrayal, and magic—just another day on the job for Eddie LaCrosse.
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©2011 Alex Bledsoe (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Praise for The Sword-Edged Blonde: “Bledsoe has written a compelling story with fascinating characters.” (Orson Scott Card)
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
The Eddie LaCrosse novels are essentially mystery\ adventures in a fantasy setting. Some fun, well-rounded characters in well-written stories. Dark Jenny takes place in an Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table type of setting (different names), and Bledsoe puts some interesting twists on the Arthurian characters so things don't necessarily play out the way you think they might. A very enjoyable listen, and I will continue to follow the series, for sure!
Although Stefan Rudnicki did a wonderful job at narration, the story line was a bit different, taking place in Eddie LaCrosse's past. He is telling the story to his friends as they sit and drink to hear his tale. It goes from the (Bar room story, several times and then back to Eddie telling his tale) You will see a lot of parallels, between Eddies story and the story of "King Arthur". True evil and again those with weak stomach, may wish to pass on this. I hope that Alex Bledsoe continues with more Eddie LaCross in more Original tales. The first two books were wonderful and I recommend them highly. This book is a bit different and it can stand alone, where the first two can not. I was hoping for more about Eddie, but I do hope that Mr Bledsoe will hear the fans and poke some life into a new story for Eddie Et Al.
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