I bought Faerie Blood by Angela Korra’ti a while back and read the opening chapters, but for some reason, it wasn’t what I was in the mood for at the time. I read a few other books, and then came back to this one. I remembered the story so far (always a good sign!) turned to the last read page in my Nook and started reading.
And I wondered why the heck I stopped.
Several things hooked me about this novel, and it mostly had to do with the cover. I liked the fact that a black girl was the protagonist, and that she also played the violin, and instrument of which I am familiar. And then there’s the tiny pixy.
So I bought it.
Faerie Blood begins when Kendis Thompson is attacked by a troll along a bike trail in Seattle, Washington. A young man comes running to her rescue, but the troll puts up quite a fight, the young man ends up bleeding all over the trail, and Kendis finally stabs the thing with her little pocket knife and …
… to her surprise, the troll turns to stone.
This is only the start. Kendis takes the guy home, he bleeds all over her, and then strange things start to happen. Namely, Kendis’s brown eyes turn golden. Check out the cover to see what I mean.
Kendis is freaked.
And her life turns upside-down.
The young man–who is named Christopher–turns out to be of Warder blood, and by allowing his blood to touch the ground, he has begun to bind himself to the grounds of Seattle. Except it already has a Warder. And Kendis’s natural Faerie blood is asserting itself. And her relatives from Faerie show up.
This book was laugh-out-loud fun along with almost nonstop action. The only thing I could have wished for was more of a sense of the atmosphere in Seattle. Since Christopher is bound to the land, a lot of places are named, but I’m not familiar with Seattle. The book would have benefited from a sort of establishing shot of Seattle to give that sense of atmosphere, describing the spots that would eventually be alluded to. Without that, it was just a list of names, and I didn’t get a sense of the city’s character.
But that’s a very small critique. Both Kendis and Christopher were very likable, even though they both had to make some adjustments in their thinking before the end of the book. I particularly liked Christopher and his struggles. Both had to accept themselves for what they were, and to embrace their destinies. This novel has an urban-fantasyesque voice that keeps the humor and ditches the snark.
I had a great time reading this book, and the pages just flew by. Faerie Blood stands alone, but could easily spawn a sequel. I look forward to more from Angela Korra’ti.