Book: Blood Faerie by India Drummond
Series: Caledonia Fae #1
Genre: Young Adult / Urban Fantasy / Horror
Buy A Copy: Amazon
Available Formats: Ebook
Publication Date: June 1st, 2011
How Did I Get This Book: From Author for Review
First Sentence: "Eilidh detected the greasy scent of evil moments before she heard the scream below."
Preview Book: Read Chapter One
Description: 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.
I had the pleasure of reviewing India's last book, Ordinary Angels and was instantly a fan. Her latest effort, Blood Faerie, makes an incredible impression as well. From the very first line, Drummond had me completely hooked into Eilidh's world.
I am not going to get into analyzing the story, because believe me, it is amazing. It's beyond creative; I have never read anything quite like this before. Drummond breathes new life into the tried-and-true faerie story with this adventurous and exciting story. What really stood out to me while reading Blood Fearie was the writing. In short, I thought it was beautiful. I must have flagged 20 different passages; some for humor, some for beauty and some just for the striking sentence construction. Take a look at some from the selection below, I managed to narrow it down to 12 - which took a great deal of effort.
The characters and settings are also unbelievably well done. It is impossible not to connect with Eilidh; even though she technically isn't even human. She is an outsider, who has been forsaken by her people - yet she remains a caring and loving individual. When she met and formed an unconventional friendship with a local police officer (Quinton Munro), I was practically jumping for joy. As a reader, you cannot deny these two; their scenes together are pure magic. Being a faerie, Eilidh is intelligent, yet naive when it comes to human interactions. This creates a number of hilarious scenes between human and faerie, including a mishap involving a shower.
Like I mentioned above, the settings that Drummond depicts are incredible. The story takes place in Scotland and features both bustling, modern cities and lush, spacious forests. I could picture each vivid detail while reading Blood Faerie, and was completely swept up in it.
Blood Faerie is an incredible effort by Drummond. It is undeniably creative, interesting, exciting and unique. The writing is beautifully done and Drummond constructs an unforgettable set of characters that you will easily fall for. I for one, adored Blood Faerie and cannot wait for the sequel to come out.
"Evil smelled like nothing else, worse than a rotting corpse, worse than sewage and disease, more vile than the fumes that billowed from modern machinery, more cloying than the shame of drunken whores."
"In her time in the human city, she'd noticed the police often had that stance, as if making themselves oak-like would deter wrongdoers."
"A hard pain it Munro's spine as it lurched into an awkward curve, arching his back off the surface where he lay. Muscles contracted, jerking and releasing, jerking and releasing. The calm voices grew insistent and frenzied, but in a controlled, orchestrated way."
"Her body poised with the tension of a wild animal, ready to pounce - or to flee. So beautiful, he thought. As he voiced the words, she faded away, and his world returned to blackness."
"The pair stood in long silence. Another thing Eilidh missed. Humans rushed everywhere, filled every moment with noise. They lacked the discipline of quiet."
"...but those eyes made him take her very seriously. Beautiful, yes. Delightful and enchanting, definitely. But absolutely dangerous."
"Perhaps, more than anything, it occurred to her that maybe she didn't have to spend the rest of eternity alone. One person could know, perhaps. One friend. Maybe. This strange human shed a ray of hope into her life."
"Her tone held a challenge. She did not need his condemnation or what his pity. Once, she had wanted his love, but that time had passed into dust. There was no point wanting things that could never be."
"He wouldn't have to search for her long. She was nestled in his thoughts like a pebble in his shoe. His mind pointed toward her as if she were true north."
"Although she had a slight build, Eilidh was solid and heavier than she first appeared. Rather than throw her over his shoulder, he tried to carry her as though propping up a drunken friend. People would accept the latter without question, but a burly guy carrying a woman fireman-style? That might draw second looks."
"Munro stood in the doorway, watching the two faeries peer into his fridge as thought it was the strangest thing they'd ever seen."
"Without warning, he felt a familiar tug. Eilidh. If the intensity of the sensation was anything to go by, she was coming back and moving quickly. He had no way of knowing how long she would take, but it made his heart lighter to know he would see her soon."