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Friday, January 3, 2014

He Drank, and Saw the Spider by Alex Bledsoe

In previous reviews of Eddie  LaCrosse books I stated that he may be my new favorite character.   I would like to revise that to Eddie LaCrosse is my new favorite character.   Alex Bledsoe has crafted a thoughtful hero who is cognizant of his current foibles and past failures.   This story touches on a lighter side of Eddie and highlights his relationship with Liz.

With no fear of being repetitive as I doubt anyone is reading my reviews of Bledsoe books in consecutive order, I now repeat myself.   Foibles are what make Eddie so believable.  He gets hurt, he isn't always right and he is not invincible.   When he hits someone in the head with his hand, his hand is injured as well as the face he it.  Regardless of unlikely scenarios, a believable hero makes for a much more interesting story. 
I think the fact that Bledsoe also makes it clear that war and the ensuing mayhem are dreadful.   He doesn't glorify violence and makes sure his characters say true to form.  Eddie looks at his past with some regret, errors he made in the past haunt him and have influenced the man he has become.   You can picture yourself kicking back and having a beer with Eddie.

The settings in the stories are definitively medieval in flavor and yet the portrayal has a modern flavor.   Characters are painted with precise strokes as opposed to six inch brushes.   Tatterhead is a good example of how perceptions may change as intimate knowledge is acquired.   Bledsoe reflects life well!
The Eddie LaCrosse series is fun to read, engages you and even  makes you do some philosophic pondering.

I highly recommend both the book and the series.   The following links are to my reviews of previous Eddie LaCrosse books.
Dark Jenny
Burn Me Deadly
Wake of the Bloody Angel
The Sword-Edged Blonde
I highly recommend it too.

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 This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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