Fantasy Book Review: He Drank, and Saw the Spider


He Drank, and Saw the Spider by Alex Bledsoe

After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect. He leaves her with a kindly shepherd family and goes on with his violent life.

Now, sixteen years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. When his vacation travels bring him back to that same part of the world, he can’t resist trying to discover what has become of the mysterious infant.

He finds that the child, now a lovely young teenager named Isadora, is at the center of complicated web of intrigue involving two feuding kings, a smitten prince, a powerful sorceress, an inhuman monster, and long-buried secrets too shocking to imagine. And once again she needs his help.

They say a spider in your cup will poison you, but only if you see it. Eddie, helped by his smart, resourceful girlfriend Liz, must look through the dregs of the past to find the truth about the present—and risk what might happen if he, too, sees the spider.

Eddie LaCrosse and Liz decide to take some time off and enjoy a small town festival, when Eddie suddenly remembers a baby he left there 16 years ago. We get a quick view of Eddie as a younger man in the introduction of the story. And Eddie and Liz’s relationship has grown to a comfortable, confident one – where neither gets petty or jealous. Though, they are still very much in love and tease each other mercilessly.

The humor is one of my favorite things about this series. A favorite line was when Eddie said he killed a bear, someone asked “Single-handedly?” Eddie says, “No, I used both hands.”

He Drank, and Saw the Spider is the 5th Eddie LaCrosse book. Though, as always, the story is standalone. Only Eddie’s relationships carry over to the other novels. This latest installment is full of humor, mystery, intrigue, and magic. With clever characters and an exciting plot – it was completely engaging and entertaining from beginning to end. This series is not to be missed.

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