Thursday 16 May 2024

Pixie Noir - Cedar Sanderson - Pixie for Hire Book 1

Pixie Noir
Pixie for Hire Book 1
Stonycroft Publishing
ISBN 9780615920436

Pixie Noir - Cedar Sanderson - Pixie for Hire Book 1

This is the seventeenth volume by Sanderson that I have read. I first encountered the works of Cedar in Cracked: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories, and after reading her piece there knew I had to track down and read something else from her pen. I had picked this one up a while ago, but had not got around to reading it. When Sanderson rebranded the series with new covers, I was far more intrigued and started reading it right away. I loved the new cover so much, I even returned my original eBook and bought it again to have the new cover, and I picked up the trilogy with the new covers, before even reading this one. It was well worth the read, and my loss that I had not read it when I first picked it up.  

The description of this volume states:

“You can't keep a tough Pixie down…

Lom is a bounty hunter, paid to bring magical creatures of all descriptions back Underhill, to prevent war with humans should they discover the strangers amongst them. Bella is about to find out she's a real life fairy princess, but all she wants to do is live peacefully in Alaska, where the biggest problems are hungry grizzly bears. He has to bring her in. It's nothing personal, it's his job…

"They had almost had me, that once. I’d been young and foolish, trying to do something heroic, of course. I wouldn’t do that again anytime soon. Now, I work for duty, but nothing more than is necessary to fulfill the family debt. I get paid, which makes me a bounty hunter, but she's about to teach me about honor. Like all lessons, this one was going to hurt. Fortunately, I have a good gun to fill my hand, and if I have to go, she has been good to look at."”

This was an incredible read, and in the best sense of that word. It is an extraordinary story of triumph and a tale of tragedy. But a tragedy worked through and overcome. And It is the beginning of a series, I cannot fathom where the story goes from here but I look forward to finding out! 

The characters are wonderfully written. Lom and Bella just wow. Watching them meet, then learn to work together. The story is written in such a way that you become completely enthralled in the story. You will find it near impossible to put the book down. The pace is excellent. And the action, oh my the action; trolls, ghouls, goblins and more. This story is an excellent beginning and leaves you wanting more!

I have been impressed with all of Sanderson’s writing that I have read to date, and have greatly enjoyed her recently works published under the name of Lilania Begley. The quick way IO would describe this volume is Epic fantasy meets Mike Hammer or Spenser! A hard working guy trying to get a job done, a job no one else could likely do, and one involving a beautiful dame, but a dame with great power, strength of character and brilliant mind. It was incredibly hard to put down. Sanderson  spin on folk tales, fairy tales, and native legends to creates a masterfully written story. It is an epic adventure where myths and legends come to life both above and Underhill. I can easily recommend this novel it is a great read. 

Books by Cedar Sanderson:
A Time To Die
Snow in Her Eyes
Warp Resonance
The Dwarf's Dryad
One-Eyed Dragon
Memories of the Abyss
Little Red-Hood and the Wolf-man
The Eternity Symbiote
Plant Life
Sugar Skull
Snow Angel
Inktail & Friends: A Coloring Book
The Twisted Breath of God
Voyageur's Cap
Fairy Little Sister

The Groundskeeper Series:

Pixie for Hire Series:
Trickster Noir 
Dragon Noir
Pixie for Hire: Omnibus Edition

Children of Myth Series:
Vulcan's Kittens 
The God’s Wolfling

The Tanager Series:
Jade Star
Tanager's Fledglings 

Witchward Series:
Possum Creek Massacre

Illustrated by Cedar:
Something Wicked #15
Jormungandr's Venom (Fenris Unchained Book 3)
Hunted Behavior

Contributed to:
The Hearts' Enchantment
Calexit- The Anthology
Supernatural Streets
Something Wicked Anthology, Vol One
Something Wicked #15
Mythic Delirium Magazine Issue 0.4
The Haunted Library Anthology: Volume 1 
But Not Broken - Hope and Healing Book 2
Postcards From Mars - Postcard Stories Book 1
Space Cowboys - Raconteur Press Anthologies Book 4
Space Cowboys 2: Electric Rodeo - Raconteur Press Anthologies Book 5
Twisted Tropes
Steam-Powered Postcards - Postcard Stories Book 2
Space Marines - Raconteur Press Anthologies Book 6
Fanta-Fly Postcards: A Micro-Fiction Collection
Postcards from Foolz: A Micro-Fiction Collection
Falcons of Malta
Space Marines 2 - Raconteur Press Anthologies Book 9
Single Servings of Liberty - Postcard Stories Book 5
Tales From The Occupation: A Fae Wars Book 4

Books as Lilania Begley:
Slice of Pie

Sumire Series:

Bluehills Series:

Contributed to as Lilania Begley:
He Was Dead When I got There

Pixie Noir - Cedar Sanderson - Pixie for Hire Book 1

Trickster Noir - Cedar Sanderson - Pixie for Hire Book 2

Dragon Noir - Cedar Sanderson - Pixie for Hire Book 3

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