I signed up to read books for Black Phoenix Book Tours and this happened to be the first one up. The Blood of Faeries by Dan Rice. This was actually the second book in his series The Allison Lee Chronicles. I went and read his first book Dragons Walk Among Us before reading this second installment.
The Blood of Faeries continues the story of Allison Lee. She’s found out she’s half skaag and her long lost mother (a skaag assassin) is now living with her and her dad. Oh, and the world knows Allison is a shapeshifter who saved the world from other skaags invading Earth, so every time she goes out of her house, she has to fight the media mob.
For a teen who just wants to live a normal life and be left alone to enjoy her hobby of photography, her new found celebrity status is really cramping her style. It’s also not so fun being followed around by a bunch of body guards, especially when she has super strength and can fight of most baddies all on her own.
Allison tries to adjust to her new life, but it’s a struggle. Things go from bad to worse when one of her best friends goes missing. Allison gets her team together to find him, but ends up in far more trouble than she was looking for.
In a prison halfway around the world, Allison comes face to face with some of her darkest fears. She also learns that skaags and dragons aren’t the only alien species that walks the Earth. Allison has to dig deep to save herself and her friends before their captors kill them all.
I found this story an enjoyable. I especially love Allison. She’s a complicated girl with a complicated life, and yet, she manages to pull through some very hairy situations in a believable manner. Dan Rice does a great job portraying the teenage girl mind.
This urban fantasy also has some fun world building and secondary characters a reader can really care about. There’s also plenty of action to keep the story moving. If you are looking for an angsty YA book with well crafted scenes, this would be one to check out.
About the Author
Dan Rice pens the young adult urban fantasy series The Allison Lee Chronicles in the wee hours of the morning. The series kicks off with his award-winning debut, Dragons Walk Among Us, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “An inspirational and socially relevant fantasy.”
While not pulling down the 9 to 5 or chauffeuring his soccer fanatic sons to practices and games, Dan enjoys photography and hiking through the wilderness.
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