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Sintesi dell'editore

It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, a slightly shopworn sword jockey with a talent for discretion and detection, is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he'd left behind.
©2007 Alex Bledsoe (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of Glen Cook's Garrett novels or hard-boiled detective fiction will appreciate this well-crafted gem of a tale." (Library Journal)

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  • Generale
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  • MightyMite68
  • 27/09/2020

No Redeeming Qualities

I read a review before I started it that said "I hated it!" but didn't say why exactly and it the book had a fairly good overall rating so I dismissed the review.

BUT

It takes a while to realize (halfway plus through) but I got there. I don't know if I'd say "I hated it!" but I definitely didn't like it and I definitely came away from it thinking "I would hate to be this author's wife...or daughter". All the women characters are written as shrews or whores or ugly or idiots or some combination thereof. Also, when ALL of the female character's physical attributes (with a sexual attractiveness rating vibe) are constantly described it's at a minimum tiresome and at a maximum offensive. The main character isn't likable. None of the characters are well written nor are the character relationships. Oh, and it seems like the author is obsessed with rape in a weird way. Full disclosure, I didn't finish it. I got 90% of the way through and decided that I didn't like the main character or the character he was supposed to be vindicating enough to care. Starting at about the middle of the book on I found myself liking it less and less and less.

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  • Bonnie
  • 03/10/2011

What a surprise, enjoyed dark age detective

First, Stefan Rudniki, I find to always do a great job narrating. (and in this case he didn't let me down) The first book by Alex Bledsoe I've ever had pleasure to listen to. This I belive is a trilogy, and I can't wait to download the next two. Some laughs and twists and turns that will keep your interest. (If "Dresden Files" and "Night Side" series had a baby it would be "Eddie La Cross") the character in this series. A mature hard nosed detective, who's life has given him lemons and he made "apple juice". I'm getting the next two books in series right now, and can't wait to listen.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • SciFi
  • 29/08/2010

Raymon Chandler Meets Xena Warrior Princess

This is a great book if you have an 8 to 10 hour round trip drive with your spouse. For the guys, it's got cool sword action, hot red-heads carrying weapons, all wrapped up in a mystery set in a fantasy medieval world. The ladies will like the mystery and the romantic twits and the velvety smooth voice of narrator Stephan Rudniki (this is definately HIS role) - my wife melted in her chair when his deep mellow voice came out of our car stereo. It's a great relief from the good vs. evil quest fantasies that are so worn out in this genre. I'm ready for the second book!

Great fantasy with a great story and a shocking twist or two at the end, told in the style of Raymond Chandler novels.

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  • Rodolphe
  • 09/09/2011

excellent mystery/fantasy story

first of all, best narrator in the world.
2nd, very good story, even tho its short..8hrs..i mean wtf
good plot and twists, enjoyable and entertaining

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  • Nicole
  • 05/12/2020

OK followed by Dislike and ending in Hate Listen

I’m pretty sure the author had a bad break up or divorce half way threw making this book. I started the story enjoying the idea of a fantasy detective but it changed into masochistic wish fulfillment by the author. I finished the audiobook only to find out if there was a satisfying ending for the “mystery”, there was not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/09/2020

Automatic 5 star for making me lol

I heard Mishicotti (audio copy, not sure on the spelling) and it made me roll, as it's a village in Wisconsin (Mishicot). The burst of nostalgia was worth this rating

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  • Ange Grant
  • 27/01/2015

Love, love, love

I loved everything about this adventure! Just had to get the second book!!!! Get it. It's completely worth it! Best adventure in a long time!!!!

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  • VA Basso
  • 10/12/2020

A 17th century Philip Marlow

For those who like a mystery mixed with Fantasy and noir style story telling, this is a great listen. the Fantasy aspects are not overwhelming, there isn't a spell for every occasion, and the people are consistent in their actions and motivation. I enjoyed listening to it, the performance is appropriate for the material and style.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/11/2017

An excellent story

I bought this because I had a hankering for Glen Cooks Garette series and that wasn't on audible. I wound up enjoying this every bit as much and listened to the rest of the series. Excellent books. I wish there were more than 5. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • RLW
  • 21/11/2020

The dialog is as meandering as the plot.

Full of unresolved loose ends, shockingly disjointed vignettes strung together haphazardly and at least one scene that was lifted directly from a 70s crime drama. It's as if an Uwe Boll movie was translated into a novel by an AI.

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  • N. Bennett
  • 22/08/2017

Two genres for the price of one.

If you could sum up The Sword-Edged Blonde in three words, what would they be?

Gumshoe with sword.

What did you like best about this story?

I like crime stories and I like fantasy so this was a great fit for me. The fact that the main character in the book is basically from a thirties pulp detective novel gives a great deal of levity to the whole book. But it's not a comedy, there are moments of poignancy and wonder and even horror.

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favourite?

His voice and delivery was perfect for the narrator, but he was good at all the characters irrespective of gender or class.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A favour for a friend beings back old memories ... and horses.

Any additional comments?

Stefan Rudnicki is the best reader for this story. Sometimes I find an American accent a little incongruous for a fantasy book (that usually passes after a few minutes), but he was the perfect fit for this story, and I will almost certainly get more in this series because of Stefan's reading.

  • Generale
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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 22/11/2016

nice and enjoyable

a bit more light hearted and down to earth than what I expected despite the fantasy setting.

  • Generale
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  • DebB
  • 30/12/2015

Enjoyable, very listenable, good start to a series

I enjoyed this, looking forward to my regular hour at the gym, which is when I get to listen to my books, and have already taken a look at the next in the series - so all good! The story snags the interest straight off, and didn't really wane - I wanted to know what had happened, and how matters were going to be resolved for everyone. There's a supernatural element to the story that I, along with our hero, had problems believing - which I suppose demonstrates the quality of the writing - you're not offered a supernatural story and left to just accept it. Eddy, the hero certainly didn't, so it made my scepticism reasonable. That said, the bulk of the book is Eddie understanding and then dealing with the mystery, which he does by ordinary mundane methods, with no woo-woo involved! There's some flashback chapters to his past. but they are of relevance to the present day, so sit well in the flow of the story. The setting is classic mediaeval, horses, swords, tankards of ale sort of thing.

This is read by Stefan Rudnicki, who has the most wonderful, rich, deep dark voice, yet manages to read the various women characters equally well as he does the men.

I listened to Alex Bledsoe's Tufa books, also narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, which I've enjoyed, so am pleased to find more books to explore.

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  • R. Card
  • 26/04/2015

Very enjoyable

Any additional comments?

i came across this series after listening to and very much enjoying The Tufa Novels. I am half way through the Eddie LaCrosse Series now and am enjoying them just as much. Something a bit different, well described characters and enough twists to make it interesting without being so clever that you lose the plot! I definitely recommend this series and indeed the author - try the Tufa Novels too!