Summary: Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery—one that has just fallen into the lap of wise-cracking, freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.
For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to the bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.
To find the truth and earn his gold, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew and solve the mystery of the ghost ships.
My Thoughts: Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe was a ton of fun to read. The fourth book in the Eddie LaCrosse series is full of action, adventure, and plenty of surprises. I have heard this compared to The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and I’d have to agree – sorta. While the subject really isn’t comparable, the narrative style is what’s similar. Eddie’s voice immediately made me think of Harry Dresden. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but they sound so alike it’s uncanny. Since I really like Dresden, this was an automatic + for Eddie LaCrosse.
This book also reminded me of The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan, especially The Emerald Storm and Percepliquis. While I think a large part of it is the ship thing, I know that’s not all. While Sullivan’s books aren’t in the first person, the writing style still reminded me of his work. And that, too, is an automatic + for Alex Bledsoe.
If you like fantasy, sword fights, pirates, sea monsters, and the like, you’ll enjoy Wake of the Bloody Angel. I was surprised by how much fun this was, and how much I liked it. How much, you ask? Well, I was at the library yesterday and grabbed all of Bledsoe’s books (5 or 6) that were on the shelf. I’m excited to read more from him!
Source: Received as part of a blog tour promotion on TLC Book Tours.
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About the Author: ALEX BLEDSOE is the author of three previous Eddie LaCrosse novels, The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, and Dark Jenny. Bledsoe is also a contributor to Tor.com. Find him at www.alexbledsoe.com.
Tour Info: For the main page for this blog tour, including more reviews of this book on other blogs, visit TLC’s post.
Challenges: Counts for Free Reads 2012.
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