Format: Kindle, 382 pages
Release Date: April 21, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
I’m Ivy Lane, and if I never see another faerie again, it’ll be too soon. Twenty years after the faeries came and destroyed the world as we knew it, I use my specialist skills to keep rogue faeries in line and ensure humans and their magically gifted neighbors can coexist (relatively) peacefully. Nobody knows those skills came from the darkest corner of Faerie itself. When a human child disappears, replaced with a faerie changeling, I have to choose between taking the safe road or exposing my own history with the faeries to the seductively dangerous head of the Mage Lords. He’s the exact kind of distraction I don’t need, but it’s work with him or lose my chance to save the victims. It’ll take all my skills to catch the kidnappers and stop Faerie’s dark denizens overrunning the city — but if the faerie lords find out about the magic I stole last time I went into their realm, running won’t save me this time…
Faerie Blood, by author Emma L. Adams, is the first installment in The Changeling Chronicles. The story takes place 20 years after Faeries crossed over into the human realm to stop a human on human war, and caused great chaos in their wake. In lieu of stopping the war, the Faeries left behind those with magical abilities, closed the way into Faerie for those left behind, and helped themselves to innocent children in the areas they destroyed.
One of those who was taken is now 26-year old Ivy Lane. 10 years ago, Ivy crawled her way out of Faerie after spending 3 years being tortured, abused, and de-humanized, to an entirely different world. One in which her parents are long gone. Having not found anyone to really help her, Ivy works as a sell-sword, and she really, truly hates anything to do with the Fae. Ivy has a roommate, who just happens to be a witch. Isabel doesn't know anything about Ivy's background, or how much time she spent there, or what she did in order to escape.
What Isabel does, however, is help Ivy with spells that gives her a leg up on other mercenaries. Ivy has a attitude, and sharp tongue that she can back up. She has tried come to understand the abilities that she was given, or shall I say, fought her way out of Faerie for? Abilities that allow her to get close to her enemies and kill them before they can kill her first. Ivy's week is going to be a wild one. From the discovery of missing children, to Vance, the brooding leader of the mages who is curious about Ivy and what she is able to do.
Faerie Blood is a book that really has a whole lot of action, suspense, mystery, and curious creatures from necromancers, mages, witches, half-faeries, and Hell Hounds. There are plot-sub plots, and characters who walk the line from being a villain to an ally. Ivy, Isabel, and Vance must put aside any issues, and work together to save the missing children from the mysterious Fae Lord who took them. Will Ivy be able to do her job with Vance looking at her closely? Will Ivy be able to rescue the children before the Fae open up the gates once more and create even more chaos!