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May 11, 2010

Black Blade Blues (Black Blade Book 01) by J. A Pitts

Filed under: Reviews-Urban Fantasy — Suramya @ 4:56 PM

Black Blade Blues (Black Blade Book 01)
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 a low-budget movie, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group.

When the lead actor breaks Sarah’s favorite one-of-a-kind sword, it sends the director into fits. Sarah agrees to repair the blade to avoid reshooting scenes.

One of the extras claims to be a dwarf and offers to help her at the forge. That’s when things start to get weird. Could the sword really be magic, as he claims? Why does he want her to kill a Portland investment banker? And what is it about that homeless guy that has her on edge?

As if things weren’t surreal enough at that point, Sarah’s girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase’ ‘I love you.’

Black Blade Blues is about forging an existence in a world that is much different than one expects.

Oh, and dragons.

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Review:Black Blade Blues is the first fantasy book by JA Pitts and I really liked the book. The plot was interesting and the characters were well defined. The best part was that even though the main character (Sarah) had self doubts and was conflicted about her relationship with another woman at no point in the book did it become too melodramatic or feel like it was put in there for no good reason other than to have drama in the book.

Sarah’s reactions to finding out that Dragons are real were completely believable but it never got to the point of being idiotic. When she finally figured out that it was all real she didn’t continue to deny the fact or do stupid stuff.

Too many authors of Fantasy books allow their characters to adjust to a radical change in their world view instantly and that just doesn’t sound realistic.

The supporting cast could have been defined a bit more in detail but was still sufficient enough to carry the book forward.

Final Recommendation: A good read

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