Alex Bledsoe

The Sword-Edged Blonde

It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return.  But before he realizes it, sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he’d left behind.

In order to uncover the answers he seeks, Eddie must delve into the dark underbelly of society while digging deep into his own private history, drawing past and present together.  Vast conspiracies, women both beautiful and deadly, and a centuries-old revenge scheme are only a few of the pieces in a lethal puzzle.

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Praise for The Sword-Edged Blonde
Orson Scott Card Orson Scott Card
Bledsoe has written a compelling story with fascinating characters who are so witty and whose attitude is so wry that I laughed and cared.
Library Journal Library Journal
[A] well-crafted gem of a tale.
Virginia Baker, author of Jack Knife. Virginia Baker, author of Jack Knife.
Sam Spade with a sword.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Incorporating elements from both hard-boiled mystery and heroic fantasy, Bledsoe’s genre-bending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.
Charles de Lint Charles de Lint
The Sword-Edged Blonde has all the finesse and depth of a great hard-boiled mystery, but takes place in a fully realized heroic fantasy setting.  From start to finish, it’s a treat for readers of either genre, and easily one of the better books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Don’t miss this one.