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Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe

This is an Eddie LaCrosse novel.  Eddie is a sword jockey or fantasy appropriate private eye type of hero except no cars and no guns.  Eddie’s personal demons are exposed in this novel.    

Fearing repetition, I am nevertheless repeating myself.  Eddie is a sword for hire with a conscience.  I like the qualities that Bledsoe provides his main protagonist.  Bledsoe’s world is a harsh one with interesting qualities.   It has room for privateers and pirates, ghost and sea monsters and sell swords.   He paints good scenes and better characters.

This quest is based on loyalty and friendship.   Eddie proves he has the tenacity to deserve the depths of friendship he experiences.  Eddie’s questioning his own personal history provides a great deal of angst in this novel.  This is more of a missing person private eye quest taken with swords and monsters.   It is a formula that works well for Bledsoe.  

When I finished The Wake of the Bloody Angel, I promised myself I would seek out the other Eddie LaCrosse novels.   I have to say this is just as good as it.   In fact I would compare the stories favorably with the Garrett stories of Glen Cook but without the considerable humor that they have. (Which I also love!)

I highly recommend it.

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