Long Black Curl is the latest installment in Alex Bledsoe's acclaimed urban fantasy series, where magic is hidden in plain sight and age-old rivalries simmer just beneath the surface.
In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the deaths of several people.
Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back. She intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley, a rockabilly singer known as the "Hillbilly Hercules" for his immense size and strength, who has passed the last 60 years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He's ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds.
The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson. Released from the curse and summoned back to Cloud County, even he isn't sure what will happen when they finally meet. Will he fall in love with her again? Will he join her on her quest to unite the Tufa under her rule? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the people who once banished him?
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Our Tufa Returns ( in more ways than one!)
Bittersweet, well crafted and a worthy continuation of the story.
Alex Bledsoe has created a backwoods mix of magic, fairy lore and modern day realism in his Tufa novels. It feels inviting and real enough that you might want to crawl between the pages and live there for a while - but only if your pure Tufa!
With his caramelized voice and perfect intonations, Mr. Rudnicki seamlessly melds his performance with the story. His British accent flawless, his Appalachian tones spot on and consistent with his other readings of the 2 previous books.
Hard to say with out sending out a spoiler alert! The death of a main character was a mixed bag of shock, justification and Cheshire cat grin!
I felt that that this book was more sex and F-bomb laced than the other two. That detracted from the pure enjoyment of visiting Needsville again. That said, the ending left wide open another novel from Mr. Bledsoe, and I can hardly wait.
Tufa fans will love it!