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D.G. ~Shameless Reader~

Book blogger, audiobook lover and shamelessly honest reviewer. Mostly read fantasy, mystery, romance, UF and YA but all genres welcome.

Hard boiled mystery in a fantasy setting

The Sword-Edged Blonde  - Alex Bledsoe, Stefan Rudnicki

I picked this audio because it was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, who's one of my favorite narrators...that VOICE! Before that, I've never heard of this author or this book. The title wouldn't have enticed me because I have no clue what it means even after reading the book.

The Sword-Edged Blonde was an entertaining read, a mix of hard boiled mystery in a fantasy setting. At the beginning I didn't understand why this book was set in a fantasy world, after all, it seems that this could have been set in medieval times and accomplish the same results but as the plot moves through and you learn more details about the people involved, you understand why.Some parts of the mystery left a lot to be desired. What Eddie discovered about the kidnapping should have been discovered by the doctor who examined the remains. It seem really silly that nobody noticed. How the uber villain discovered the identity of the Queen was also never explained.

Based on the story I would have continued the series if the ending hadn't had been one of the most nauseatingly saccharine I've read in a long time. There shouldn't have been such a happy ending for the people involved. It just shouldn't have been possible. Epona should have realized that she can't have her cake and eat it. And what happened with Eddie at the end! *gag* Like you can substitute one woman with a similar one like they are handkerchiefs!

So even though I'm tempted to listen to Mr. Rudniki's voice again, I don't know that I'll bother with this series.