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By A Silver Thread by Rachel Aaron / Bach
Series: DFZ Changeling #1
Published by Self-Published on May 2, 2023
Genres: Urban Fantasy
In the world’s most magical metropolis where spirits run noodle shops and cash-strapped dragons stage photo-ops for tourists, people still think fairies are nothing but stories, and that’s exactly how the fairies like it. It’s a lot easier to feast on humanity’s dreams when no one believes you exist. But while this arrangement works splendidly for most fair folk, Lola isn’t one of the lucky ones.
She’s a changeling, a fairy monster made just human enough to dupe unsuspecting parents while fairies steal their real child. The magic that sustains her was never meant to last past the initial theft, leaving Lola without a future. But thanks to Victor Conrath, a very powerful--and very illegal--blood mage, she was given the means to cheat death.
For a price.
Now the only changeling ever to make it to adulthood, Lola has served the blood mage faithfully, if reluctantly, for twenty years. Her unique ability to slip through wards and change her shape to look like anyone has helped make Victor a legend in the DFZ’s illegal-magic underground. It’s not a great life, but at least the work is stable… until her master vanishes without a trace.
With only a handful left of the pills that keep her human, Lola must find Victor before she turns back into the fairy monster she was always meant to be. But with a whole SWAT team of federal paladins hunting her as a blood-mage accomplice, an Urban Legend on a silent black motorcycle who won’t leave her alone, and a mysterious fairy king with the power to make the entire city dream, Lola’s chances of getting out of this alive are as slender as a silver thread.
By a Silver Thread is the first book of the DFZ Changeling, a brand new series set in the DFZ (Detroit Free Zone). If you have read Rachel Aaron’s Heartstriker Series or DFZ then you will be very familiar with this world and the rules of it. But have no fear, you don’t need to have read those other series to have a good time starting off in this one.
Lola is a changeling, made by fae magic to substitute for the child stolen from our side of the vale. She was never supposed to live, but she has a silver thread that ties her to the child stolen. It gives her a purpose, stay alive and keep your sister alive too. She still wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this if a blood mage hadn’t found her and decided she was useful. Victor has used his magic/blood to keep Lola alive and begrudgingly loyal. She is one of his favorite tools, since she can manipulate magic and change shape, she can go anywhere and be anyone.
When Victor disappears under suspicious circumstances, Lola has to find him and she only has a short period of time to do that. She is on a clock since she only has enough of his pills to keep her from turning into a monster to last about a week. Her deadline is looming and with each new discovery she makes on what happened to Victor, the more questions she has.
Lola is off to learn why the fae aren’t playing a bigger role in world and if they could be involved in Victor’s disappearance; what Victor is planning, and why he needs Lola and her magic, and what it has to do with the movie Fenrir that seems to be everywhere and all the humans in the city is dreaming about. At least she has one ally to help her, even if he seems dangerous with a past of his own and secrets to hide.
With realms of Fae to visit, plots and plans decades in the making and Lola at the heart of it all there was a lot to discover in By a Silver Thread. Having read the other two series set in this world, I was hoping to see a few more cameos but the series is still young and I’m sure I will get to see a few more of my favorite characters from before.
Just remember sometimes the monster is the hero too.
He was the hero. And he’d come to kill her. Because she was the monster.
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