Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe -- and a giveaway!

I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Alex Bledsoe's Wake of the Bloody Angel today and I've got a copy to giveaway courtesy of the publisher!

In the aftermath of Pirates of the Caribbean, I'd thought (hoped, wished) there would be a slew of pirate related fiction to feed my continued craving of all things pirates. Sadly, I never found anything. Until now!

Eddie LaCrosse has a new client -- his landlord. Turns out the highly secretive Angelina has a long lost love. Once upon a time, in her early barmaid days, Angelina fell for a young sailor named Edward Tew. Tew, intent on providing for his new lady, set off to earn his riches the old fashioned way -- through piracy. He was never heard from again. Twenty years later, Angelina is tired of waiting and has hired Eddie to find out what happened to Tew. Eddie enlists the help of Jane Argo, a former pirate captain herself, and sets off on the high seas in search of the long lost pirate. Rumor has it his ship went down with a mighty haul but no one has ever found Tew, his missing cargo, or his ship, The Bloody Angel. Can Eddie solve the mystery where past treasure hunters have failed?

My expectations were sky high jumping into Wake of the Bloody Angel. Thankfully, Alex Bledsoe came through in spades! The mystery is well plotted and the mix of fantasy and mystery elements is an excellent pairing. Plus there are pirates! And sea monsters! Need I really say more?

This is technically the fourth installment in Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series. Another big plus for this book is that the reader really doesn't miss anything by jumping in at book four. There are hints of past things Eddie's faced, but overall the book can be read as a stand-alone and serves as a great introduction to the series as a whole. Be warned, if you read one you'll definitely want to read the rest!

Here's the series listing in order:

The Sword Edged Blonde
Burn Me Deadly
Dark Jenny
Wake of the Bloody Angel

And now for that giveaway! To enter, leave a comment here before midnight, September 16 (US only, please). I'll randomly draw a name and announce the winner on Monday, September 17. Be sure to leave contact info so I can get in touch if you win.

For more on Bledsoe and his work, visit his official website (link above). You can also like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

To see the rest of the stops on the tour, visit the official tour page here.


Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I can recommend Sea Witch by Hellen Hollick. It's a pirate series.

IYamVixen2 said...

I luh-huv the concept of this series. I have had Alex Bledsoe on my WWBL for the longest time. Had me hooked with the title SWORD EDGED BLONDE. = )

Have you read the Vampirates series? It's superb.

And now I am off to look up the Helen Hollick series mentioned above....

Thanks for the cranium's up!!
Vickie B

Anonymous said...

hanks for the giveaway. I live in the same town as Mr. Bledsoe but have not had a chance to read any of his stuff yet, so this would be a great intro!

Can be reached at:
barreltown at yahoo dot com

Scott Bonner said...

I've read the first two Eddie books; they are both excellent. The very precise intersection of fantasy and noir detective fiction is rich and interesting, and very much underdeveloped. I'm glad Mr Bledsoe is changing that.

A good follow-up to this article, if you are so inclined, would be to ask Mr. Bledsoe about the specific inspirations for each book. I have learned, for example, that specific inspiration and some of the early story beats for Burn Me Deadly came from the classic noir film Kiss Me Deadly, which led me to that excellent and bizarre film.

Becky LeJeune said...

@ Scott: That would be a fantastic follow up! Knowing about BURN ME DEADLY definitely makes me wonder where he might have drawn inspiration for WAKE!

@Vickie: I told you it would be right up your alley!

@anon: This one is a perfect intro for Bledsoe. I've added all of the previous ones and THE HUM AND THE SHIVER to my wishlist since reading WAKE.

Becky LeJeune said...

@Jennifer: Thanks for the tip! I'm going to have to look into Hellen Hollick for sure!

Anonymous said...

Great great books! Love Alex Bledsoe! I'm Canadian so I can participate in the give away, just wanted to share my love for the books. The vampire series is also awesome!

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Wow, I'm so excited that this book lived up to your super high expectations - woohoo!

Thanks for being on the tour!