[Blood of the Fae - Book 1]

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.


Review from my personal Blog TBR Addictions
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Gaslamp | Fae | Fantasy | Mystery Reviews
Published: January 17, 2023
Published by: Wings of the Wind Press
Length: 578 Pages

 The Review⇚ 

Tattoo of Crimson - A TBR Addictions Review
[No Spoilers]

A beautifully written book! Sarah Chislon's Victorian-ish world-building was extraordinary detailed and imaginatively woven into a vivid, whimsical and fabulously descriptive narrative. Her characters come to life as the story progresses, each one so well-developed they subtly grow into people you care about. Jessa Caldwell is a strong female character who is trying, with the help of her cherished friend Ibbie, to navigate the world of men in her publishing endeavors and avoid the matrimony-seeking traditions her aunts insist upon forcing her to perform. 

Tattoo of Crimson is a gaslamp murder mystery where the ladies are genteel and the gentlemen are (mostly) gallant. Jessa Caldwell is a gentleman's daughter and an unusually talented herbalist desperately trying to be taken seriously in a man's world. She wants her book on herbology to be published, but isn't able to find a publisher willing to take a chance on publishing her book under her female name. She's also hiding a dangerous secret that, if exposed, could cost her freedom and shame her family and friends. Jessa must use all of her intellect, academic knowledge and unique abilities to discover who the Crimson Tattoo Killer is among her acquaintances and stop the creature from killing again. I must confess, I was surprised at who the killer turned out to be, so kudos to author Sarah Chislon for weaving this murder-mystery so well!

Tattoo of Crimson is a brilliantly written book, full of imagination, beauty and wonders! I enjoyed reading it, I highly recommend it and I'm giving Tattoo of Crimson a 5 Star TBR Review. Thank you for stopping by TBR Addictions!

[NOTE: I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours for review purposes.]

Sarah Chislon lives in Virginia with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her children and running a web development business with her husband. As an avid reader and a lifelong story-weaver, she delights in creating fantastic worlds and exploring them alongside her characters.