- Publisher: Tor Books
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 28mm | 181g
- Publication date: 17 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0765362031
- ISBN 13: 9780765362032
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 171,583
A princess is missing, and typically a king would be willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he'd left behind. In order to uncover the answers he seeks, Eddie must delve into the dark underbelly of society while digging deep into his own private history, drawing past and present together. Vast conspiracies, women both beautiful and deadly, and a centuries-old revenge scheme are only a few of the pieces in a lethal puzzle.
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Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee. He now lives in Wisconsin.
By Kel 20 Apr 2014
Before starting this book I was concerned that the mixed genre storytelling would be jarring or would become stale. Thankfully, it does neither.
The classic unreliable narrative has all the feel of a pulp detective novel without overdoing the tropes and clichÃ???Ã??Ã?Â©s.
At first, I did have some trouble with the fantasy elements. I found my mind was preprogrammed to think of modern 1920's settings/surroundings in response to this type of narrative so I occasionally had to remind myself that the story was set in sword and shield times. But after awhile this problem went away.
I really enjoyed that the protagonist is a fully actualised character from the start. He isn't a young man searching for himself - he knows exactly who he is, bad and good.
Even the minor characters feel like fully formed characters without much background.
The storytelling was enjoyable and I am really keen to start the next book in the series.
I'd highly recommend this book to fans fantasy noir, mixed genre storytelling, and/or unreliable narratives.
"Bledsoe's genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist." - Publishers Weekly, starred review."