Published by Wings of the Wind Press Series: Blood of the Fae #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Gaslamp, mystery
Society, suitors, and…serial murders?
As much as she desires to please her family, gently-bred herbalist Jessa Caldwell has no intention of making a suitable match—not when she’s seeking the truth about the taint of the fae that lies within her. If she’s to escape the madness brought on by fae-touch, she must devote her energies to seeking a cure.
But then mysterious tattoos begin to appear on the citizens of Avons. None recall receiving these harbingers of death, but all die at the hand of an untraceable killer days or weeks after being marked.
When the tattoo appears on her beloved mentor, Jessa seeks the Magistry with information on the case—yet they refuse to consider her findings, so she must risk both social censure and her own safety to hunt for the killer herself.
Her one possible ally represents her greatest fear—the encroaching Otherworld consuming her mind—and may well undo all her efforts to control her fae-touch. Yet if she forsakes the offered aid, the killer will go free.
Something sinister stalks the streets of her city, and she must decide…how far will she go to stop the killing?
Tattoo of Crimson, a gaslamp fantasy novel, is the first book in the Blood of the Fae series. If you like quick-minded heroines who solve cases with logic and intuition, beautiful yet deadly fae, and Otherworldly intrigues, then you’ll love this mystery set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.
Tattoo of Crimson, is the first book in the Blood of the Fae series by Sarah Chislon. Is it a gaslamp mystery, which is a crossover fantasy and historical fiction, book featuring the fae. I loved both the cozy mystery vibe as well as the fae fantasy world. It was a really interesting combination, and the pacing of the book was good. It jumps right into the story and the mystery and I very easily fell into the world.
In Tattoo of crimson, we meet our main character Jessa. When a friend of Jessa’s is found dead, Jessa sets out to get to the bottom of it all. There is also a larger mystery afoot with mysterious tattoos showing up on the villagers before they are killed. There is a lot going on, and I do wish that I had read the prequel novella before this one, because I have seen some reviewers mention that is really helpful when getting the lay of the land.
If you are a fan of the fae, and of cozy mysteries, then you will enjoy Tattoo of Crimson, but I would first start with Whispers in the Waters. Tattoo of Crimson was a good read that kept me guessing and entertained.
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