Blood Faerie by India Drummond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book lands somewhere around 3.5, rounded up to 4 stars here.
We read this book for book club and that was a key driver for me finishing this. While the story and world building were interesting, this is definitely book 1 - the setup book. We learn about the world of faeries, their politics and beliefs about good and bad powers, and the badness that can occur when they are outcast. Eilidh (who has a nice reminder for pronunciation woven into the text) has been banished from the rest of her fae brethren because she was born with "bad powers." During her many years of exile, she has not been tempted to step in until there are signs of a blood faerie murdering druids.
The bad guy is known, identified, and we see from perspective (in case that's not your thing). The good guy, Quinton, is a police officer who is assigned to the murders and bodies the bad guy is leaving behind. He has always had "hunches" which turn out to be correct, apparently an indicator that his lineage may have magic in it. Reluctantly, Eilidh and Quinton end up teaming up (in the non-smutty way) to stop this big bad. No huge surprises here, and a rather quick wrap up at the end, but it should be interesting to see where things go for them moving forward.
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