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Blood Faerie: Caledonia Fae - Book 1 [Paperback]

India Drummond
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1 Jun 2011 Caledonia Fae
DESCRIPTION: Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran—away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything. Caledonia Fae, Book 1 REVIEWS: "If you like a little magic with your murder, Blood Faerie will keep you turning the pages." L.J. Sellers, author of the bestselling Detective Jackson series “…from page one I was pretty much hooked like a carp.” Mark Everett Stone, author of Things to Do in Denver When You’re Undead “If you're looking for a compelling, well written mystery with a touch of romance, I highly recommend this book.” – Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game “…by far one of the best books I have read with regards to the realm of the Fae.” – Darkissreads.com “This novel has a lot going for it. There is tension and evident culture clashes with a splash of romance thrown in for good measure.” –ForBooksSake.net “All in all, this is hands down one of the most unique Fae stories I have ever read before- India Drummond has truly created a beautiful world.” – Avery’s Book Nook


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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Trindlemoss Publishing (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908436018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908436016
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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http://www.indiadrummond.com/

India knew from age nine that writing would be her passion. Since then she's discovered many more, but none quite so fulfilling as creating a world, a character, or a moment and watching them evolve into something complex and compelling. She has lived in three countries and four American states, is a dual British and American citizen, and currently lives at the base of the Scottish Highlands in a village so small its main attraction is a red phone box. In other words: paradise.

The supernatural and paranormal have always fascinated India. In addition to being an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader, she also enjoys mysteries, thrillers, and romance. This probably explains why her novels have elements of adventure, ghosts (or elves, fairies, angels, aliens, and whatever else she can dream up), and spicy love stories.

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About the Author

India knew from age nine that writing would be her passion. Since then she's discovered many more, but none quite so fulfilling as creating a world, a character, or a moment and watching them evolve into something complex and compelling. She has lived in three countries and four American states, is a dual British and American citizen, and currently lives at the base of the Scottish Highlands in a village so small its main attraction is a red phone box. In other words: paradise. The supernatural and paranormal have always fascinated India. In addition to being an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader, she also enjoys mysteries, thrillers, and romance. This probably explains why her novels have elements of adventure, ghosts (or elves, fairies, angels, aliens, and whatever else she can dream up), and a touch of romance.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant paranormal romance set in SCOTLAND 18 Jan 2013
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This whole series is well written and compulsive reading. I downloaded the first book as a freebie and then bought the rest and read them back to back. As a fan of established authors such as J R Ward, Christine Warren and Sylvia Day eg. I love this genre but it gets very tiring to constantly have the setting as some american city. These books are set in Perth, Scotland (which is surely where you would expect fairies to be). They also have UK spelling instead of the continual drip, drip of US spelling which is infiltrating our culture along with every other americanism...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cops and faeries 13 Sep 2012
By Scarlet Star - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start out by saying I LOVE FANTASY. Faeries were never my favorite, but recently I've read a few and thought I'd give this book a try. It definitely didn't disappoint! The plot grabs you right away and never lets up. A faerie, exiled for unjust reasons, takes up as Watcher of a small town. She had to be lonely with no one else she could talk to. When she recognizes something special about a cop in town both their lives change. What begins as a friendship between two beings wanted to protect humankind turns into a deeper, more fulfilling relationship. The "who-done-it" aspect of the book is well written. The bad guy is interesting and evil, a threat to everyone in every realm. The process of discovery and the way new characters are introduced was well thought out and done well. I was just a tiny bit disappointed at the ending. I like it when there's a more romantic happy ending. I'm hoping that comes in the next book, which I will be starting soon. Thank you Ms Drummond for an awesome read and a wonderful start to a most anticipated series!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the series! 2 Aug 2013
By HBurrows - Published on Amazon.com
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I really quite enjoyed this story as it transported you to the streets of Scotland with an exiled elf who has powers that are considered evil amongst her own kind. The characters are well developed and the author does a great job of tying them all together as they try to discover who is murdering humans. And you really feel the animosity that the elven community has towards humans, even a human druid who were thought to be extinct. Great story line and refreshingly different! I am intrigued and will be putting book 2 on my To be read list for sure!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 4 Jan 2012
By veronica2311 - Published on Amazon.com
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The supernatural romance genre is absolutely saturated these days with vampires. Those are all well and good, but it gets old after a while (I don't think there is a version of the vampire story I haven't heard at this point). So a new book about something totally different is so refreshing!

I absolutely loved this book! The only complaint I have is that I have to wait for the rest of the books to come out (I already read the 2nd). I hate getting into these really great series at the beginning because I can't read them all right away. Alas, I have to wait for the 3rd installment. I will get it on my kindle as soon as it becomes available!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Story 21 May 2013
By Ian F. Drennan - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall this was a really good book. I think the author did a great job introducing us to the characters, the world of (or at least one kingdom of) Fairies, and how the two interact. I particularly enjoyed that the author introduced us, and the humans in the story, to the Fae without assuming the reader had prior knowledge of them, but did not write an overly long thesis explaining them. She also did the same for the Druids. The characters were well written and their stories and motivations were believable. The story was engaging and enjoyable, building a basis for the books to come.

I did find a few things that detracted from the book, for me at least. I found the story a little slow to start. I think, though, this may just be because I tend to read in 15 to 20 minute intervals. But beyond that, I thought the acceptance of the accomplices to be a little unbelievable and not properly explained. Also, at the end of the story, the police seemed way too willing to believe in the Fairies' story, never mind accepting the reality of Fairies.

Despite my criticism, I really did enjoy the story and immediately purchased the second book in the series. I would also not hesitate to recommend this to others who enjoy Fantasy stories. I would have written a better, more comprehensive, review but I didn't want to spoil any of the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark, sensual, magical urban fantasy read 12 Jan 2013
By Karielle @ Books la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
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Eilidh possesses skills of the Path, a high form of dark magic, which bestows her with great power that is unpredictable and even deadly. She was born with it, but she is still unjustly exiled from Caledonia; her crime is not casting the forbidden Azure... it is her ability to.

She now lives in hiding in the human world, staying low to go unnoticed, until a series of gruesome murders in which the victims get their hearts torn out, crosses her path. She senses immediately with her regular fae powers, the Ways of Earth, that this is a blood faerie--an evil faerie's--doing. Even though she is prohibited from entering the faerie world and cannot risk getting involved with anything that involves the fae, her morals and instincts draw her to the crimes inflicted upon the humans.

Quinton Munro, a Perth officer, by fate, is also tangled up in this fantastical mess, even though he has no relations whatsoever to the fae. The blood faerie seems to be targeting a group of people in order to fulfill a dark ritual, but Quinton's entirely human--he can't be a part of the plan. Or can he?

I really loved Quinton as a character. His confusion and reaction upon being introduced to fae is very relatable, and further, his willingness to help Eilidh and risk his life to stop the evil that isn't even within his own world, is noble and admirable. Eilidh is also likable. She's clumsy with human customs, but sharp and quick with fae knowledge, showing that she indeed is an intelligent character. Since being shunned to the human world, she has been infected by humanity, which she only realizes when faeries of her past suddenly come back into her life and disdainfully point the change out. But humanity is not a curse, she has slowly and surely learned; being human, even with flaws and error, is one of the best things one can be.

Eilidh's evolution in ethics that comes with her growing sympathy for and understanding of the human race makes her learn being "acceptable" sometimes isn't worth the cost. The fae race is ruled by power and mirth that surpasses that of humans, but also by shallowness and vanity; they have no ethics, no openness, no emotions, and no individuality like us unstable, imperfect humans do. The blood faerie's serial killing spree plunges Eilidh into a struggle between staying faithful to the race that betrayed her, or an unfamiliar and even more frightening world she is only beginning to become accustomed to. In the end, she learns that no matter what the race and what the circumstance, there are some values--regarding friendship, loyalty, and love--that are universal to anyone.

I love Drummond's writing style. It can get kind of flat at times (for example, during long stories from wise fae Eilidh seeks out for advice), but for the most part, it is lush, well-composed, and well-structured. Eilidh and Quinton's relationship is sensual in the most thrilling way; not explicitly sexual or romantic, but the chemistry is definitely there, and the author's lyrical diction brightens it up even more.

Pros: Writing quality: vivid diction with great flow // Riveting action // Fascinating, gory details // Sensual undertone // Perfect amount of romance // Well-strategized mystery plot // World of Fae is magical and intriguing // Realistic contemporary Scottish setting

Cons: Starts off very slow // Sometimes writing turns bland // Not enough background on the villain, the blood faerie // While I am looking forward to the next book, the ending isn't a cliffhanger so I'm not dying to know what happens next

Verdict: The importance of an open mind and open heart are illuminated in India Drummond's magical, spirited Blood Faerie. Add a dangerous murderer to a faerie world, crush in a few cubes of romance and stir in a little bit of adventure--oh yes, and don't forget to top it off with an intense bloodbath of a fight!--and you've got the recipe for this fabulous urban fantasy read.

8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)
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