Now, I want to say first that it isn't that at all. There's Norse mythology not to mention actual creatures which pop up, including giants, dwarfs, witches, Valkyries—complete with Pegasus. And the movie extra claims to be a dwarf a six foot tall one at th There's a lot to like about this new urban fantasy title, and a few serious dislikes, too. Did the bits where she was being a jerk seem to be a bit too many? Sarah isn't; she's not exactly hiding, but she's far from comfortable. Society for Creative Anachronism friends being used as a cover for people who are aware of magic in the world? Pitts, a man married to a woman and with kids, does a great job getting into the mind and body of a lesbian who's only recently out. It's Gram, an ancient magical sword, and she's supposed to kill a dragon with it.
Pitts creates a world based on Norse mythology, and while I wasn't too excited about that at first, he does it well. However, the writing is choppy and the narration could have been better. I also found them to be refreshingly realistic. It's certainly a more sophisticated love story than the love-at-first-sight, based on nothing, they barely know each other but somehow they both just know that this is meant to be, love stories that I really don't enjoy. A skilled female blacksmith, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, and she wears Doc Martens. Unless it is 100% amazing and declared by all I'm not picking it up. But the case - the attempted theft of an old samurai sword - proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.
It marries Norse mythology with the contemporary settings. When the spirit of a long dead murderer—known only as the Bowler Hat man—begins gathering an army in the forgotten lands, Sarah discovers that more than eaters and feeders pursue her. But the book was better than I thought it would be. Given that dragons are much more interesting than vampires to me, I wholeheartedly welcome this change. Sarah Beauhall is a blacksmith by day and props manager at night.
Reading around it seems like this will be a trilogy, at least he has a 3 book deal at the moment. Do these guys even read the books? Sarah was raised by some emotionally suppressive and damaging people on several levels, and she has the self esteem to prove it. As for the urban fantasy aspects of the story, that was the most inconsistent part of the book. There were a lot of things that I liked, but the storytelling was a bit up and down pacing-wise. Sarah Beauhall works as a Blacksmith doing whatever odd job she can get. Neither can they successfully hide awkward progression.
На внутренней стороне обложки могут быть очень незначительные идентифицирующие отметки. When voice two female characters who aren't Beauhall, it's almost impossible to keep up with who is talking. Sarah Beauhall, heroine of Black Blade Blues, was a woman after my own heart from the very beginning. There were always women coming and goi from author's website I learned to love science fiction at the knee of my grandmother, listening to her read authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. This is a real adult romance with all of the bumps and bruises that go along with that. There's a lot to like about this new urban fantasy title, and a few serious dislikes, too.
Pitts is your typical urban fantasy novel with some gettin-together by the main characters, the heroine learning that magic really exists, and swords--don't forget the swords. All of a sudden a dwarf won't leave her alone about the sword, and she starts to feel different. It's pretty rare, from female or male authors, to see women heroes portrayed as just so darn human, really brave but also fully vulnerable, smart and witty without being obnoxious, strong and capable, occasionally stupid, and with so many well-balanced characters throughout the book. It is at this moment, when she has lost everything she has prized, that one of the dragons makes their move. I grew bored reading them, and began to skim.
The two genres run close together, but are not interchangeable. And as if things weren't surreal enough, Sarah's girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase. I don't think there is a single thing about her I liked. I can see it that it is the start for what may be a really interesting series. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. The second, and most significant, difference is that Sarah is a lesbian, and one dealing with baggage from an alienated but nastily conservative family who installed a lot of self-loathing.
I probably set the bar pretty high as far as the content of this book goes. Anonymous While I agree there were some pacing issues I generally give first time authors a brake on that end. For some reason, mainstream publishers assume the general public can't handle leading characters who are gay and thus such characters are typically relegated to specialty publishing houses. Black Blade Blues is an amazing start to one of my favorite series. Nordic trolls, giants, and ogres, dragons that have changed for modern times and taken human form, and dwarves that aren't the least bit Tolkienish are found throughout the novel.
All flushed to the toilet in a story that doesn't really work out. There for a while, I thought the coolest thing in the world would be to grow up and be a librarian. And you're right about Sarah, she's not easy to like. But I live my life surrounded by books and story. She's a skilled blacksmith who discovers a sword of great power, and finds herself in a battle against an ancient dragon, with dwarves and giants and trolls on every side, fighting to preserve her very way of life. His series also stands out for having a lesbian protagonist. Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters? Blacksmith protagonist dealing with sexual identity? Now he's been recruited into the top magical academy, beautiful women are breaking down his dorm-room door, and the headmaster has big, big plans for him.