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Review: Blade Dance by D.L. McDermott

Title: Blade Dance

Author: D.L. McDermott

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Cold Iron (Book #4)

Publication Date: September 21, 2015

Format: eBook, 315 Pages

ISBN-10: 1501106465 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1501106460 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.

Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.

Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay…

Quick & DirtyAnn finds herself caught up in the war between the Fae and the Druids.

Opening Sentence: At the front of the line Sally O’Dwyer jumped up and down.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Ann and her class is on a field trip when she notices that Davin seems to be hot and not feeling well. When Ann and Mrs. Hanley pull him aside and remove his hoodie they find fresh tattoos all over his arms. Ann immediatley wants to report them to Child Services, but Mrs. Hanley tells her they can’t do anything for he is one of them. Ann has no clue what Mrs.Hadley means by “them” until she says Fair Folk.

Ann then turns to Finn for help with Davin’s situation. He is already of aware of it through Davin’s mother, but before he can handle everything the boy disappears. His father Sean then kidnapps Ann in order to find him, but they are all in for a surprise because it turns out she is a berzerker. Soon they have to turn to an old enemy in order to track the Druid that took Davin. Along the way Finn and Ann fall in deeper and deeper.

Soon their love is on fire, but the danger is getting stronger. Will Finn be able to save Ann and keep the wall intact? Will they be able to give into their love?

I have enjoyed this series, it’s interesting and different. I like the addition of the druids especially with some being good and some being evil. This series took quite the turn when Finn allied himself with the Prince. I was totally shocked by that, but I liked it. It worked and I loved Ann and I really like how each one of the girls is something different. I really loved that she was a Berzerker, I just wish she would have kicked a little more butt then she did.

This was a great quick read, nothing like romance and Fae to pass the afternoon. I sort of felt like the next book was being set up, but I don’t see anything for a fifth book out there. I hope the author does continue with the series, I would love to see where it goes in the end.

Notable Scene:

There was some truth in what Mrs. Hanley was saying. Supernatural or not, Ann knew that Finn and his gang were dangerous. She’d learned that much the day she had gone to his house. The other teachers’ warnings hadn’t deterred Ann. She had a keen sense of right and wrong, of what was fair. And, to be honest, she had a temper, too.

Cold Iron Series:

1. Cold Iron

2. Silver Skin

3. Stone Song

4. Blade Dance


FTC Advisory: Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Blade Dance. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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