Black Blade Blues : Sarah Jane Beauhall

  • by J.A. Pitts
  • Narrated by Erin Bennett
  • Series: Sarah Jane Beauhall
  • 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most 20-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group. The lead actor breaks Sarah's favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that's when things start to get weird.
Could the sword really be magic, as the "dwarf" claims? Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters? And as if things weren't surreal enough, Sarah's girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase... "I love you." As her life begins to fall apart, first her relationship with Katie, then her job at the movie studio, and finally her blacksmithing career, Sarah hits rock bottom. It is at this moment, when she has lost everything she has prized, that one of the dragons makes their move. And suddenly what was unthinkable becomes all too real... and Sarah will have to decide if she can reject what is safe and become the heroine who is needed to save her world.


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Heroine falls way short

The elements are all there ... magical sword, mysterious society, dragons, trolls, giants, etc. But the story is plagued by weak character development and a somewhat impotent heroine who continually falls short. While you always want your heroine to have some flaws her steadfast best friend or love interest can fix, the heroine in this book continually falls short in an embarrassingly stupid way.

She pisses herself the first time she is confronted by the enemy; she's lesbian and only had sex with one lover, but gets drunk and takes on two men (for the first time) at once (would never happen); the bad guy has beaten and done god-knows-what-else to her girlfriend and is dragging her away toward a helicopter, but the heroine pauses her rescue pursuit to jump into a bunch of other skirmishes on the battlefield to rescue other people before later remembering about -- oh, yeah, Katie, good she's still resisting the bad guy; the big battle is pretty much over and she doesn't even check on her lover before telling some other people that she's going off chase the bad guy; she does pause in the battle to lust over a Valkyrie; after nearly losing her lover and her own life, she declares her love for Katie, but then proceeds to have a very non-sexual relationship even though their relationship was sexual at the beginning of the book.

So, I'm thinking. Don't know who J.A. Pitts is, but this author is definitely a guy. He is so caught up in who stabbed who and the mechanics of the battle, the character development is skimpy and totally unrealistic, especially for a fantasy.

Finally, as long as we talking about battle mechanics, another thing that bothered me were the times that the heroine stood back and watched when she should acting --- stabbing, talking, running, something. It drove me nuts. As much as I wanted to like this book, I don't think I can stand to listen to the next in the series. What I'd love to do is edit the first book instead. It has great potential.

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- realdog "realdog"

Great contemporary fantasy

Yep I struggled to get in to this, what with the endless female angst monologues. But then the story and the characters grab you and before you know it, you're seeing dragons in every sneer.
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- Rog42 "Rog42"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios