The Magicsmith, Book 3
New world, new rules . . .
Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force.
She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life.
One mistake at court could change everything . . . .
“Original and riveting.”—Book Likes Blog on A Drop of Magic, Book One of The Magicsmith series
“Great plot. Lovable characters. Heart-pounding action.”—Lauren Davis, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic
About the Author: Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art.
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Alex is finally going to faerie to meet her grandfather and learn imbuing metal magic from him. The court is fraught with danger and a terrible price is paid from a mistaken conversation. On earth, the Purity cult is targeting paranormals and PTF agent O connel is hell bent on discovering Alex's secret. Missing para's, magic, werewolves, and a magic beyond her ken. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley.
Faerie Forged is the third book in the Magicsmith series. I have read the other two books and loved them. I think this works as a stand alone but with all the characters involved, I think it would be more enjoyable if you read the first two books. Alex is a half fae half human hybrid. She works at her friends’ bookstore but is also a metal smith that often infuses a little magic into her work. Lately, non-humans have been under attack by the government and the Purity Party that discriminates against them. Alex has so far managed to keep her fae blood a secret but an overzealous FTB agent, O’Conner ,is always at her heels and is threatening her and her friends. To make matters worse she has been summoned to faery to meet the King who is her grandfather. He wants to teach her how to imbue objects using magic. While at court, she must be careful because there are treacherous fae who dislike half breeds and will do anything to get rid of her. Meanwhile on earth all hell is breaking loose with the Purity party trying to repress all magical beings. Alex and her friends are in grave danger. I really liked this third book and am looking forward to the next book in this series. All the characters are well developed and the writing is superb. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book have me chills. Alex's meeting with her royal grandfather was twisted. The concept of this court's proceedings were beyond warped. Nothing was at it seemed. Zealots doing monstrous things leaving you wondering who were the "monsters.". The ending was explosive and perfect.
**I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Actual rating: 4.5 LR Braden brings us back to her Magicsmith series with the third installment, Faerie Forged. I will attempt to keep this review spoiler free. As with the first two novels in this series, I read Faerie Forged in one day. LR Braden has been able to balance plot development, character development, and a fast-paced writing style into unputdownable books. While I absolutely enjoyed both of the first two books, I have to say that Faerie Forged is my favorite so far. I loved the change of setting to the court, with all of the accompanying rules of engagement of the fae folk. I loved being able to see more of Chase and Malakai, and am unreasonably attached to Mica and Haru for them just being introduced. Bael strikes a great balance between utterly charming and solidly irritating. Some of the main characters from the first two books did take a back seat in this book, but I wasn't upset about it. I am so very eager to see how the plot and characters continue to grow with future works. New books in this series are definitely going to be priority reads for me in the future, and I absolutely need the next book after that cliffhanger-y ending.
I received a free copy of FAERIE FORGED (Book 3 of the Magicsmith Series) by L.R. Braden in exchange for an honest review. It’s time to meet the king. The date is set and the time is nigh. Alex must leave the mortal realm for her formal introduction to faerie and to her grandfather, the Lord of Enchantment. In doing so, Alex must leave some of her supernatural acquaintances in the custody of the Paranatural Task Force and trust someone else to get them free before their secrets are revealed. If Alex can survive the faerie realm, she can return home where a second Faerie War seems inevitable. Attitudes are increasingly hostile towards supernatural beings, and rumors furiously circulate about disappearances in the paranatural community. Even as Alex takes responsibility for the freedom and safety of the others in the paranatural community, she experiences increasing feelings of isolation. I enjoyed this book and really like the series. In this book, we get to visit the faerie realm and to experience exactly why some of the faeries might choose to live in the mortal world. I recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy. #FaerieForged #NetGalley
The third book about Alex the half Fae half human metalworker sees her in a very tight spot indeed. She's due at her grandfather's Court but desperate to help some of her friends who have been taken in for 'testing' . The sudden appearance of her uncle only adds to Alex's troubles but that's nothing to what she's about to face because sometimes she trusts the wrong people ! This was a fun read that kept me entertained. I do love a story that involves the Fae but surprisingly it was what actually occurred back in the mortal realm that had the most intensity. Alex is a great character who is bold and brave and I look forward to discovering what happens to her next. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Faerie Forged is the third book in the series. I have read the other books and really enjoyed them. Alex is a half fae half human. She works at a bookstore and is also a metal smith that often infuses magic into the work. Alex has managed to keep her fae blood secret but an FTB agent is always looking after her and her friends. Alex has also been summoned to meet the King who is her grandfather. He wants to teach her to imbue objects with magic. Alex must be careful because of faes who dislike half faes and try to get rid of her. I liked this book as well good written, great place to t and nice characters Im looking forward to the next book in this series.
The third volume in the series also delivers what its predecessors promise. A story full of magic, intrigue and friendship makes you looking forward to the sequel with suspence.
This novel continues where the previous one left. It was an enjoyable read, with more magic and mayhem. Part of the novel takes place at the Court of Enchantment and in the human realm. The divide between humans and fae is getting worse and more supernatural creatures are disappearing. Alex has to figure out how to protect her friends from the PTF as she is preparing to meet the Lord of Enchantment, who has his own plans for Alex. Alex's life is taking a crazy spin, and she no longer knows who she can trust. Alex will lose friends, and it hurts her deeply. She has no idea if her feelings for James are real. Alex will have to accept that she is neither fae nor human, but both. However, there are those who are onto Alex and her friends and will do whatever is necessary to get the results and answers they want. The latter part of the novel is action intense and will change many things for Alex and her friends. Cannot wait to see what Ms. Braden brings out next!
I was eager to read this installment of this series and definitely not disappointed. Alex sure had a difficult time of it when she has to meet her grandfather, the Lord of Enchantment, at fae court. The fae can be tricky and treacherous, as was demonstrated. In addition, the discrimination against those with magic surmounts and it is hard to tell who the good guys are at times. The ending made my heart happy but getting there was rift with angst. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Faerie Forged by L.R. Braden. This is the next book in the MagicSmith series that pulls in your favorite fantasy type characters from Vampires, Werewolves and all the various forms of Fae. If you liked the previous books don't miss out on this one!
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. This book picks up just before she heads to Faerie to meet gramps, and to be presented during the festival. Basically, everything starts to fall apart from the get go for her. The wolves have issues, she loses her job and a friendship, her holiday before the trip goes sideways, and then the festival isn't much better. I can honestly say, that there are few characters who I've wanted to like and so vicserally hated as I did her gramps. I was hoping for stern ruler with a shred of decency under the pressure and manipulation, but nope- straight up jerk. I do really appreciate a good bad guy though. And in the end, boy do we get one of those!!! This is totally worth the read, and I desperately want to see what happens next. What does this mean for the bond? What does her magic mean now? And do we get to deal with gramps in a satisfying way later....?
There are some authors I forget how much I really like their writing, and this is one such author. This is the third book in the Magicsmith series, and each book gets better and better. Alex is all set for her debut at her grandfather’s court, but that’s not all. O’Connell is still after her and her friends, and he is determined to prove they are all fae. How will she keep everyone safe, especially when she has to go to another realm? I just loved this book. Alex is such an interesting character, as well as the secondary characters, and so much happens in this one. The fast-paced action really keeps me engrossed, and the great writing keeps me coming back for more. I am glad there is some closure for Alex at the end of this, but there are so many more threads to explore. If you love urban fantasy, you really have to try this series. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Alex has quite a few balls in the air and I really enjoyed seeing how she dealt with them. This third book in the series continued to hold my interest, I cannot get enough of Alex's world. I think that reading the previous books first will really help flesh-out the overall story arc, all in all another excellent addition. *I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by NetGalley*
Alex has to get ready for her trip to the fae realm to meet the Lord of Enchantment, also the fae who provided the fae genes in her family. But first she has to rescue a few wolf friends from the PTF’s clutches. I liked this book the best. The first part where she visits the fae realm, wasn’t all that exciting. She did learn a lot from Bael, and she used those skills later in the book as well. But the rest of her visit there felt unnecessary. Maybe, hopefully, this was used to set up future scenarios still to come? Otherwise, it was a lot to read through for no purpose. I still give this book 4 stars, because the events after she returned from the fae realm, was very exciting indeed. Alex also had to make some difficult decisions, found out some hard truths about the people around her. I also think she was a bit more mature. I can’t wait to continue the series. I received an advanced copy of the book from Netgalley to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Faerie Forged, by L.R. Braden, is the third installment in the authors The Magicsmith series. Protagonist & metalsmith Alyssandra "Alex" Blackwood has her hands full in this story. For those who have not yet started this series, Alex is 1/2 fae, 1/2 human who can easily handle metals that other fae shy away from. She is also called an Imbuer, which means she is capable of imbuing objects with specific memory, emotion, thought, or enchantment. Alex's biggest worry is for PTF to discover that she's an unregistered halfie which would mean an end to her freedom. The Paranormal Task Force is charged with enforcing the treaty that ended the Faerie Wars and maintaining peace between humans and all things paranatural. The peace treaty stipulates that any full-blooded fae must live on one of the fae reservations, and must receive permission from the PTF to travel through or temporarily reside on human land. Halfers can live anywhere, but they must register with the PTF and are restricted from holding "sensitive" jobs, like police, teacher, government employee, etc. Any halfer found lying about their true nature is arrested and extradited to a reservation for a minimum of one year before they are allowed to petition for probationary status. As the story opens, Alex is 24 hours away from traveling to the Fae Court of Enchantment where she has been summoned by her grandfather. Thanks to Malakai (Kai) and Hortense drilling her with all things Fae, Alex may have a chance not to embarrass herself. In the meantime, her personal life is slowly unraveling. She loses her job, the PTF are collecting potentials (those who have been reported for magical behavior) and the new Colorado governor is a member of the Purity Campaign which wants to get rid of anyone paranormal. Those "collected" are Marc, Sarah, and Oz who are not necessarily friends, but have become allies of Alex. Alex calls in a favor from her once guardian, Solomon Adams who also works for the PTF. Alex's biggest antagonist in this series is PTF agent Benjamin O'Connell who is not only stalking Alex to see if she makes a mistake, but targeting anyone who has had any contact with Alex. This could be anyone from Maggie, her human boss, to her roommates Kai, Chase, and Jynx along with Emma who is a practitioner. The next part of the story takes place in Faerie where Alex meets her grandfather Bael, Lord of Enchantment who gave her a charm that made her Fae blood stronger. She can now see through glamour, read imbued memories, and move faster than before. Alex is told in no uncertain terms not to be herself and to keep her temper at all times. Alex is a means to an end while Bael is a target for those who want to see him gone. The perfect storm. Fae purists hate halfies and don't exactly fall all over themselves to like Alex. They intentionally bait Alex into an unwanted challenge that has consequences. The Fae are not unlike the Human Purity campaign in that regard. The point of Alex visiting Faerie was that Bael wanted to teach her how to imbue objects using magic which nobody has done so to this point. She's kind of hit and miss along the way into creating her owns items. What she ends up with instead is a bad taste in her mouth for Faerie and no plans of returning any time soon. The final part of this book deals with Alex against the PTF and personal issues with so called friends and allies. I absolutely need the next book in the series after that cliffhanger-y ending. I foresee even more greater danger to Alex and her friends after what happens under duress and pressure. I also don't even care if Sophie and Alex become friends again. Sophie made her bed with her actions in previous installments and now she can stew in her own hatred for it. It's fair to say that a second Faerie War is now closer than ever. It will be interesting to see who falls on what side of the war.
Another excellent instalment in this series. Great world building and characters, a gripping blot and a surprising and excellent ending. I loved it, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Faerie Forged is the third book in the Magicsmith series by L.R. Braden. I highly recommend reading this series in order. I think newcomers would be lost as to much of the character and world building work that was done in the previous books. Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force. She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life. One mistake at court could change everything. Faerie Forged is a great addition to Alex's story and includes a great deal of additional world building as she enters the fae realm. I liked the pacing of the world and character building, and appreciate the continued character growth for Alex and those closest to her. I also liked some of the fae descriptions- and could recognize many from folklore, legends, and other previous reads. It did take me a few pages to get back into the story and remember where we left off with all of the relationships and complications, but I was quickly back to being fully invested. I liked that some threads of the story were neatly tied up, but so many new possibilities opened up by the end of the story. While the immediate issues were solved, and I was not left with the rage cliff hangers bring out in me, there are so many thing that could happen next. There are so many situations and relationships that could implode with the new developments that I desperately want the next book but also want the author to take their time so that the quality of plotting, pacing, and characters continues. Faerie Forged is a solid continuation of the story. I am eager to see where the story takes us next.
I'm a fan of the series. The world building is great, and the characters develop from book to book. In this book the main character learns more about her faerie heritage and herself. It's a definite read for lovers of Urban paranormal with a strong female main character. I was given an advance copy of this and I am leaving my honest review.
A great fantasy, with a very well developed narrative. I enjoyed this and didn't want it to end. I loved the romantic theme and would recommend this book to anyone.
This is the third book in a paranormal series- it follows fae halfer Alex into the Court of Enchantment. Alex is about to meet her fae grandfather and enter the fae world. Alex is too fae for the human world and too human for the fae world. Mistakes are made and friendships are sacrificed. Alex has to make the inevitable decision follow each world's rules, but at what cost? I would rate this a four out of five. This is an adult and teen friendly series. It was really well written and I had alot of fun learning about both worlds and following Alex. I would rate this a five out of five! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #NetGalley
Alex has more than enough on her plate. She just lost her job. Alex hasn't spoken to her best friend to make things right between them. Thanks to her, several of her friends' lives are in danger. To top it all off, Alex is due to arrive in the fae Court of Enchantment, which she is absolutely dreading. Alex asks her uncle Sol for help and hopes she can repair everything else when she gets back. From the minute Alex arrives at Court, she has to be on her best guard. Unfortunately, a blunder lands her companion and friend, Kai, in prison. How will she ever survive her grandfather's machinations without him? I am booked on author L.R. Braden's MAGICSMITH series. It currently consists of three novels, A DROP OF MAGIC, COURTING DARKNESS, and FAERIE FORGED. The latest is my favorite to date. Don't get me wrong, each book is amazing in it's own right, but I felt Alex had the most growth in FAERIE FORGED. She learns to trust and rely on herself... to accept who she actually is. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
I really liked this book. It went into some backstory and set the stage for some more action in the next book. Alex is a strong character with some serious snark. I love snark. I like series that are not action packed every book. There has to be some character development and personal growth. When is the next book??
This is the third book in this fantasy series and whilst it can be read as a standalone I would recommend reading the first two books . Fae halfer Alex has to enter the Court of Enchantment within 24 hours , to meet her fae grandfather and enter the fae world...… but Alex is too fae for the human world and too human for the fae world. She is not ready for the changes to come and along with her job hanging in the balance there is a new Master Vampire in town . With several of her werewolf friends captured by the Paranatural Task Force she is running out of time to get them released before the new full moon reveals their secret . But the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather . All she can do is try and survive the plots and intrigues of the Fae Court , stay alive and get back in time to salvage her life and rescue her friends ...….. but even that could be in doubt as the Purity Part seek to repress all magical beings . This is a wonderful fantasy adventure with great worldbuilding and entertaining characters - I will certainly be looking for the first 2 books to catch the backstory and look forward to more in the future . I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review
L.R. Braden brings us back to her Magicsmith series with the third book in a paranormal series- it follows fae halfer Alex into the Court of Enchantment. As with the first two novels in this series, I read Faerie Forged in 4 hours. L.R. Brade has been able to balance plot development, character development, and a fast-paced writing style into unputdownable books. While I absolutely enjoyed both of the first two books, I have to say that Faerie Forged is my favorite so far. I loved the change of setting to the court, with all of the accompanying rules of engagement of the fae folk. I loved being able to see more of Chase and Malakai. Some of the main characters from the first two books did take a back seat in this book, but I wasn't upset about it. A great fantasy, with a very well developed narrative. I enjoyed this and didn't want it to end. I loved the romantic theme and would recommend this book to anyone.
I have loved reading this series. The stories are exciting and the action is great. This one did not disappoint. I wish their was a little more romance but I am a sucker for romance and for me it gives any book a boost. But this book was still great. The writing is fun and the books are quick easy and exciting reads.
With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Bell Bridge Books. I have enjoyed every book in this series, this one included. I would strongly suggest however, that you read the first two titles prior to this one. In this book Alex finally visits the fae realm of Enchantment, at her ‘Grandfather’s’ behest; even though she is abysmally lacking in the requisite courtesy and protocol skills to successfully negotiate the court. While there, the expected attempt on Alex occurs, and although she survives with the assistance of her friend Kai, the outcome is still painful and costly. On her return to the human world, Alex is forced to reconsider her decision not to tell her human friends about her fae heritage; particularly when one is endangered by her silence. The action proceeds thick and fast and results in not only a showdown between Alex and O’Connell but a dreadful loss. The book concludes with Alex updating her shape shifting, ‘protector’ Chase about what has occurred... and leaves us, the readers breathlessly awaiting the next title in the series.
FAERIE FORGED by L.R. Braden is the third book in The Magicsmith supernatural suspense / urban fantasy series. The female protagonist, Alex Blackwood is a metalsmith creating works of art in Colorado after a fragile peace between the Fae and humans. She’s due at the fae court tomorrow and is not ready. Her mundane life is falling apart with werewolf friends being captured by the Paranatural Task Force, a new vampire master in town, and her job at the bookstore is on rocky ground. Has she prepped enough to make it through the Winter Festival at the fae Court of Enchantment? Alex is a likeable main character who is loyal to her friends and is definitely someone you want to succeed. Her goals were clear and her motivations were believable. She showed more growth in this novel. The main secondary characters are getting more developed as well. They enhanced the story and added to the story rather than detracting from it. The prose was well-written, engaging, and entertaining. The plot was engrossing, fascinating and action-filled. The world-building was good. This book was a little different in that the majority of it takes place in the fae world and did not have a lot of action in the first half. Despite this, it kept me thoroughly engaged. However, there are still a lot of open threads that aren’t resolved that can be explored in the next book. Additionally, this book is somewhat darker than the previous two and the plot was more complex. Overall, the book was suspenseful, entertaining and fast-paced. I am looking forward to reading more in this fantasy series. If you enjoy supernatural suspense, then this book is one you may enjoy as much as I did. This series is best if it is read in order. Many thanks to Belle Books, Inc. and L.R. Braden for a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
Alex and her friends are back in book 3 of the Magicsmith series. She is scheduled to appear before the fae court but several of her vampire friends have been captured by the Paranormal Task Force and they're in danger. The action is fast and the characters all perform their roles. The story is well written and I look forward to more. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This series just gets better and I absolutely love it! The action and world-building are exciting and keep you engaged from the very beginning. Each installment builds on the last and the character growth is well done. The world building is very interesting and I love every bit of it. Alex is growing into herself and I feel we have only just seen the beginning of what she us capable of!!! Can't wait for the next book! I received this book from NetGalley and Bellbrook, inc. for an honest review.
Great world building, a lot of details put into the political climate. The characters develop logically and consistently.
This part was so awesome. I loved exploring Enchantment and getting a better handle on the different kinds of fae. Bael is my newest fascination, this series has given me so many, but I simply adored him. He's got a really dark side that draws me. I love the fae nature on the whole. The colorful world comes to life with wonderful details regarding locations, foods, and the types of fae are brilliantly depicted. I sure hope we go back to Enchantment for more in other parts. Kai.... my feels and my heart. I love him so much. I missed Chase and James, as they didn't have big parts in this book, but there was really so much going on that I was utterly satisfied, I'm just greedy for more. After the return from Enchantment, things really got intense. Oh, and there is some enmotioal stuff as well that had me wanting to hug Alex. I can't believe all she has been through and the hits just keep coming. I strongly recommend this series. I'm hooked, heading into the next part and hoping that more are in the pipes. I love every second I spend in this world.