Fantasy Book Review: Wake of the Bloody Angel

Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe

Eddie LaCrosse latest client is his close friend Angelina, who wants his help finding whatever happened to her old lost love… whether dead or alive. Black Edward Tew left Angelina twenty years ago to seek his fortune and became an infamous pirate. The rumor is that Black Edward sank his ship along with an incredible treasure. He doesn’t have much to go on, but with the help of a former pirate, Eddie will sail pirate-infested waters in search of a missing legend.

This is the fourth installment in the Eddie LaCrosse series, though each novel works well as a standalone. I read them all out of order, but had no trouble with the characters. Eddie is a sword jockey – a private investigator/bounty hunter/sword-for-hire. His latest job quickly becomes personal, when it involves his friend – and as it soon becomes obvious that she has been hiding things from him.

Full of swash-buckling adventure, suspense, and a bit of fantasy – this latest Eddie LaCrosse novel is another thrilling read. Fantasy fans should not miss this series. Each new installment seems to get better than the previous, and this was no exception. With plenty of humor, mystery, and fast-paced action – Wake of the Bloody Angel was pure fun and excitement from beginning to end.

Fantasy – Fiction Book Review: Vampirates: Immortal War

Vampirates: Immortal War by Justin Somper

Having discovered their dhampir natures, Connor and Grace Tempest’s unique abilities continue to grow. Connor receives a surprising gift and continues as a pirate in the war. Grace resumes work as a healer, and finds herself torn when familiar faces show up at the Sanctuary. Meanwhile, a war is in full force as Sidorio’s Vampirates have successfully amassed a fleet and continually “recruit” new forces against the Alliance of Pirate Federation and Nocturnals.

The Vampirates saga concludes with this sixth installment. This epic series has amassed a vast amount of characters, stories and relationships. Characters have developed in unexpected ways. And a looming prophecy finally comes to fruition.

I finished this novel with mixed emotions. I’ve grown to love the individual Pirate and Nocturne characters. And though the changes have been difficult, the future still looks bright. Somper has taken his readers on a wild, swashbuckling ride through pirate (and Vampirate) infested waters. This unique series is a fantastic fantasy adventure for all ages, though the darkness and violence does increase throughout the series. Full of high seas adventure, magic, romance, and action – Immortal War is a strong and satisfying ending to an amazing series.

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