Tuesday 7 October 2014

Review: Blade Singer


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Blade Singer

Author: Aaron de Orive & Martha Wells
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Cloak & Dagger Studios
Publication Date: June 13th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 202
Source: CBB Promotions
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Rating: ★★★★
Manuel "Manny" Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket's association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch's scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae. (Goodreads)

Opening Lines
“Manny Boreaux's gaze darted back and forth between the three large boys advancing on him. They had spaced themselves out pretty well. Given his small, wiry frame, they probably figured he could move quickly when he wanted to. Guess it had to happen sooner or later, Manny thought. These boys had been all over him from the moment he had walked into his homeroom class at his new school. Junior high was supposed to be hard enough without adding a trio of bullies eager for fresh meat. They were big but Manny didn't think they looked particularly bright.”

When two authors come together and write a book I've always been curious to know how that works out. Do you notice a difference when it comes to writing styles? Is there a part when you think "Ah, this part is written by that author" and so on? Well, I still don't know if that happens because while reading Blade Singer all I noticed was how perfectly everything flowed!

Manny's life hasn't been easy, and it only gets more complicated when he's transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket. From beginning to end Blade Singer is filled with adventure and action and kept me interested all the way through. I loved the writing style, I loved how descriptive everything was; this really helped me imagine and picture everything. My favourite part would be watching the character development of Manny, I loved seeing him evolve.

The only thing that I didn't like was I personally felt there was a lack of a back story about the goblin pickpocket, maybe that's just me. But this wasn't something that I heavily weighed my rating on. Overall, Blade Singer is an AMAZING adventure novel that can be read by all age groups! I didn't want it to end, I really hope there's a sequel!!


About the Authors

A graduate of the University of Texas' film program, Aaron de Orive began his professional writing career in the video game industry, serving as a lead or senior writer on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, Tabula Rasa, Anarchy Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He is also the creator of the fantasy role-playing game SHARD: World of the False Dawn. Blade Singer is his first novel. Aaron lives in Austin with his wife, daughter, and two very spoiled terriers.

Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Siren Depths, The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her YA fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published by Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry in April 2013, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World, was released in March 2014. Two collections of Books of the Raksura novellas will be published in September 2014 and Fall 2015. She has had short stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, and Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, The Year's Best Fantasy #7, Tales of the Emerald Serpent and The Other Half of the Sky. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She has also written media-tie-in novels, Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement, and a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge.


  1. This sounds really good, definitely up my street! Great review. :)

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!