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September 16, 2015

Loved It: Blade Dance by D.L. McDermott

Series: Cold Iron 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.

Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.

Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay.



Oh, but how I love this series! Aside from the hot romances, D.L. McDermott's Fae are truly alluring! Finn MacUmhaill and his fellow Bostonian Seelies are literally gangsters, protective of their turfs, and will not hesitate to cut you down even at the slightest provocation. Finn is also the rival of Miach MacCecht, another Seelie clan leader and MC in Silver Skin. I actually like what McDermott did here. In the previous novels, Finn wasn't a very savory character, so telling Finn's story gave us insight on his character, giving us readers a chance to get to know the leader of Fianna, and decide whether we like him or not. I'm betting you'll do the former once you read BLADE DANCE.

You're probably asking Braine, why would I add BLADE DANCE to my already hulking TBR?! My answer to that is if you like or love:

  • Any tale that involves the Fae, the aes sidhe or  the Tuatha Dé Danann, then BLADE DANCE, and the Cold Iron Series for that matter, is definitely your cuppa. These Fae don't carry wands and sing boppity bop, they're fierce, very ancient, very Celtic, and definitely vicious when needed. 

  • Finn MacUmhaill and the rest of the Fae featured here are very Alpha. And it doesn't matter if they're the lead or secondary characters. They are electric, dangerous, and definitely alluring. As for Finn, he is what you may call a tortured soul. It's been years, but Finn's still grieving for his departed wife, Brigid, and this is one backstory you don't want to miss. It sure made me soften up a lot towards Finn, made me like him just a tiny bit. Okay, A LOT!

  • Strong yet vulnerable heroines. Don't be fooled by Ann Phillips and her dedication to her students. This girl may be soft and sweet on the outside, but she's made with fire. Well, actually something else. Something very ancient and powerful. Does berserker ring a bell? 

  • Sexy romances. McDermott can write a powerful fantasy, and girl can she write a steamy love story too! I guess living for two thousand years has its benefits. Finn sure knows a trick (or a thousand) to turn up the heat in the bedroom! I will never loot at a belt the same way again.

  • Family dramas and rivalries complete with cunning villains and shady characters. This series never runs out of it!

BLADE DANCE is a game changer and a linchpin of sorts. I believe the gangwar is about to end, or at least Finn and Miach are on a ceasefire. The mystery regarding the missing child was thrilling, and it revealed yet a few more details about The Queen and her Prince Consort, and their plans of breaking the wall that thinly separates our world from theirs. I was completely absorbed by the tale ,and I love the diversity of characters and creatures featured in this series. Who doesn't love a cool otherworldly party?!  

For those curious, yes, you have to read Cold Iron in order because there's a series arc that hints on The Wild Hunt, and despite all these rivalries between the gangs, none of them wants their monarch back. And all are working together to stop that from happening. Not only that, the premise for the next book, including the next couple, is always introduced and thinly interspersed with the current story. So there's a build-up on all angles from the romance to the impending conflict. I tell ya, Cold Iron is a very engrossing and it's a series paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans should definitely check out.




* Pre-order BLADE DANCE for only $1.99






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47 comments:

  1. I love faes books so I confess that it's true I want to read this one now! Well maybe book 1, it would be easier lol

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    1. I think PNR/UF readers should read this and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy this series

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  2. I love vicious Fae. I love how much you love this series. I remember it because of you, that is saying something.

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    1. Awww thank you! I guess I'm doing my job okay :)

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    1. Your bike and walking trail looks like it might have some rogue fae

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  4. This is definitely my cuppa, Braine. I remember you gushing about the previous books in the series and they're already on my tbr. :) This one is going on it as well and I sure hope I can get to this series sooner than later.

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    1. This series needs to get more buzz, seriously.

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  5. Where do you find all these fab paranormal reads!? Great review!

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  6. I'm not normally a fan of fae stories but this does sound more like straight up romance so I might give it a try.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Give it a go although the first one is more paranormal with a strong romantic background.

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  7. Oh dang you picked my interested. Now I have to go and add these books to my TBR. The sound wonderful. Thank for the review and of course for adding to my TBR ^_^~

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    1. Add it! Add it! You will love this, Angela :)

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  8. Oh, man, this one seem tailored to my soul's desire! :) I've got to try out this tale of alpha Faes, cunning intrigue, and scorching love! Sold.

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  9. Why haven't I read these yet? I love everything you described. Nice review, Braine!

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  10. Oh this is the kind of fae stories I do enjoy. I so need to add all of these to my wishlist.

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  11. Ooh love the review, this sounds really good. I do love a sexy steamy romance.

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  12. You talked me into it, his mip didn't hurt either ;) hehehe

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  13. Girl, I think you had me with the Fae, then the sexy romance... yes please! Sounds like a great read!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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  14. *snort* Even though you said they don't, an image of these big muscular Fae dancing around with wands singing bippity bop popped in my head. So thanks for that.

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    1. Bwahahaha! That's such a funny picture you painted there, Christy!

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  15. *double snort* how dare you insinuate ;) Those fae are a tricky sort! Perfect for gangsters!!!

    You are killing my TBR, dude...

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    1. They have a different kind of wand, the type that gets you addicted and makes your forget your name for a while

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  16. Love the sound of the strong but still vulnerable heroines

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  17. Oh My hot romances staring the fae, I'm there :)
    thanks for this great review!!

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  18. I love me some alpha heroes and it has been a long time since I've read any good fae books. I'm sold!

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  19. I've not had great luck in reading fae stories. This series looks promising. Added!

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  20. Oh how you tempt me. I do have book one, thanks in part to you and fully intend to meet these men and the FAE.

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  21. Umm . . . you said the magic word: FAE. I feel like I should've have known that . . . maybe I did, and it just got lost in the (ENORMOUS) pile, b/c I know I have at least the first book in this series. And I will be reading it. SOON.

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    1. Give it a go, I hope you like it. I know you have discerning tastes when it comes to the fae :D

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  22. I am a Fae fan! Off to put this series on my reading plan. Great review.

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  23. Oooo interesting about the heroine! That would totally catch my attention.

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    1. An elementary teacher who's also a berserker. Great night job right?

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  24. Ooooh. This sounds like a lovely series. I swear, there should totally be a job for reading books all day. ;) Thank you!

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