He Drank, and Saw the Spider

He Drank and Saw the Spider After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect He leaves her with a kindly shepherd family and goes on

  • Title: He Drank, and Saw the Spider
  • Author: Alex Bledsoe
  • ISBN: 9780765334145
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect He leaves her with a kindly shepherd family and goes on with his violent life.Now, sixteen years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse When his vacation travels bring him back to tAfter he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect He leaves her with a kindly shepherd family and goes on with his violent life.Now, sixteen years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse When his vacation travels bring him back to that same part of the world, he can t resist trying to discover what has become of the mysterious infant.He finds that the child, now a lovely young teenager named Isadora, is at the center of complicated web of intrigue involving two feuding kings, a smitten prince, a powerful sorceress, an inhuman monster, and long buried secrets too shocking to imagine And once again she needs his help.They say a spider in your cup will poison you, but only if you see it Eddie, helped by his smart, resourceful girlfriend Liz, must look through the dregs of the past to find the truth about the present and risk what might happen if he, too, sees the spider.

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    1. I have put off reading this book for years waiting to see if there would ever be a paperback version. I blame my childhood. That was when all I could afford to buy were paperbacks, and my local library ONLY bought paperbacks for the fantasy and sci-fi section. In any case, I love reading paperbacks. He Drank, and Saw the Spider was published in 2013. I waited until the very end of 2018 before I saw the truth of the situation and caved in to buy a hardback book. I am so glad I did. I have always [...]

    2. For more reviews visit my blog The Accidental ReaderThe book starts in the past with Eddie saving a baby girl. Sixteen years later that assignment comes back into his life- with a teenaged girl, A king, some problems and magic birth. The ending, of course, is a HEA in an Eddie kind of way- meaning no cliffhanger. Also, the writing level and style are kept throughout the series- which is a good thing, I recall not so long ago one of my friends complaining on a deteriorating writing style in a ser [...]

    3. I received the uncorrected ARC copy from NetGalley as a Kindle file. 3.5 starsThe protagonist of this novel, a sword jokey Eddie LaCrosse, stands out from the pages – a living man, with all his merits and faults. It’s the fifth book in the series about him, and by now, he feels like an old, grumpy friend, a guy I could entrust with my problems. Of course, he is a bit cynical and a habitual drunk, but who wouldn’t be, doing what he does. He is PI in a fantasy world, and his investigations o [...]

    4. OK way to pass the time. Not as good as the others; felt a bit lazy. Too much slap-and-tickle with Liz. I don't mind that, there was just too much of it. Felt like padding. Bledsoe admits that he can't be bothered creating character names, but this time maybe he goes too far. Guards named Ajax and Hector. A young woman named Cassandra who complains that no one ever listens to her. A young girl named Viola pretending to be a boy. Owen Glendower as a character. A guy named Billy Cudgel (sounds lik [...]

    5. For the first 2/3, this was an INCREDIBLY strong read. Good mystery, interesting characters and development. Then as the curtain began to be pulled back on what was happening, it became a bit less interesting. This is one case where the resolution was much less interesting than the mystery itself.I continue to enjoy the evolution of Eddie and his world, however, as each book gives him new depth and adds more interesting facets to the world. This series remains among my top 5 in Urban Fantasy (fo [...]

    6. He Drank, and Saw the Spider is a strong installment to the Eddie LaCrosse series, in fact, it is probably one of my favorite Eddie LaCrosse books. Bledsoe’s skill really shows here. Despite the fact that the ending might be a little weak, the rest of the book feels so effortless, so enjoyable, and so perfectly balanced that I know I’ll go back to it again and again.Read my full review here:bookwormblues/2014/01/

    7. Very captivating book a bit of a mystery a bit of a romance. Some sword fights, a troll, and a damsel in distress. I had no idea this is part of a series I'll look for more to see what other adventures Eddie the Sword for Hire has.

    8. I didn't realize this was part of a series until I had started reading (the interesting name and cover drew me in). It was ok and a quick read, but ultimately I wasn't impressed at all by Eddie LaCrosse. He didn't seem to be that smart, a particularly great fighter, or even all that competent - all action scenes are him reacting (usually late) to one thing or another. The story referred often to his sexual escapades with Liz (and the advances of others, since it's a fertility festival and appare [...]

    9. “If you pick up a viper and it bites you, it's not the viper's fault, is it?”Novels are a bit like jokes. There's some good ones. There's some bad ones. Every now and then, one comes along that makes your stomach hurt because you can't stop laughing. Then there are the groaners. Alex Bledsoe's He Drank, And Saw The Spider, is a good humored laugh that kinda trails off into awkward silence. Yeah.Before I start, I'd like to note that this is my first Eddie LaCrosse novel. There are some proble [...]

    10. It's no secret that Alex Bledsoe is one of my favorite living authors. My problem with this book is that I've pretty much read all the other Eddie LaCrosse books and I'm really sad that there probably aren't more in my future. The good thing is that Mr Bledsoe has written other series, one of which I haven't read, but one that I really adore. So, I'll trade my sword jockey for more Tufa, and maybe explore his other series that I have yet to read.

    11. Although I'd normally reserve 5* for the great epic tomes with lots of storylines and large sprawling empires, but He Drank, and Saw the Spider is just so thoroughly entertaining. Well written, funny surprising, great characters. Loved it.

    12. These stories are lots of fun mystery, comedy with swords and sorcery in something that feels like a western mood perfect for light fun reads

    13. An excellent entry into the series. I really enjoy the series as a whole, and this outing is no different. I recommend!

    14. Here's a extract from my review, full link: afantasyreader/2014/06/he-drank-and-saw-spider-reviewmlI have grown very fond of good old sword-jockey Eddie LaCrosse. It's the kind of character you can't feel indifferent about. He's a genuine honest bad ass with many flaws but much experience and a knack to find himself in front of a punching fist for the sake of his job or of those in need for whom he can't refuse some help. Add to this a tendency toward witty remarks and a girlfriend who's probabl [...]

    15. You can read the whole review over at The Founding Fields:thefoundingfields/2014/01/Shadowhawk takes a look at the latest Eddie LaCrosse novel from Alex Bledsoe, the fifth in the series.“Downright fun, entertaining and very light-hearted.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding FieldsI read my first novel featuring sword jockey, i.e. fantasy-style detective for hire, Eddie LaCrosse in 2012, The Wake of The Bloody Angel (review). It was a really good book, filled with lots of humour, lots of action, a gre [...]

    16. After a couple of adventures which aren't quite typical in their nature, Eddie La Crosse gets back to basics with a fairly straightforward case. Well, that's not exactly true -- it 's just that the last two were more outlandish, more grand-adventure-y, less LaCrosse-as-sword-jokey. This is Eddie doing what he does best. Yes, there's magic, and monsters, and all the other trappings that keep this from being something that Sue Grafton or Dennis Lehane would've written.Sixteen years ago, Eddie prom [...]

    17. He Drank, and Saw the Spider is another adventure of the sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. The story starts sixteen years in the past and we find Eddie starting out in his new profession and still raw from the death of his fiance and own near demise. He is travelling on his way to war where he comes across a man being attacked by a bear. He kills the bear but fails to save the man. In his dying breaths the nameless man hands over the precious cargo he was protecting - a baby. Really a softie at heart [...]

    18. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.75 of 5When I received a digital ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of a book, I don't usually know much about the book or the author unless I am previously familiar with them. With this particular book, I came in completely blind. I have only later learned that this is the fifth book in a series about the main character, Eddie LaCrosse. I can not comment on how this fits within the series.I was definitely and immediately engaged in th [...]

    19. I've never given an Eddie LaCrosse novel 5 stars. Sure, it's good, but not that good. This time it's a bit different. Do I think it's a 5 star novel, no. Then why this rating? Because this book spoke to me personally through it's title and the story. It's not a 5 star book, but for me, the stars aligned and it became one for me.As with my other review, I'll try not to spoil anything for readers, but honestly, this is book 5 in a series and if you've reached here, my reviews are meaningless:World [...]

    20. For all the issues I've had with the Eddie LaCrosse series, I think it's safe to say that I'm a fan, both of the series and of the author. The stories are well-told, gripping, and engrossing, and even if they aren't perfect stories, they're fun reads, and that's enough for these kinds of stories. I can tear through them in a day or two, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series (and the Tufa series, and whatever else he writes).The structure of this book is a little strange, as i [...]

    21. Once upon a time a king drank from a cup and he saw the spider. For an explanation of what that means you will have to read this book. If you like fantasy mixed in with your mysteries, and you like some wry humor stirred into the whole mix, you will like this one. In fact you will like this whole series. Crazy King Jerry is the one who saw the spider, but you need to keep in mind that Jerry isn't called "crazy" for nothing. Eddie Lacrosse and Liz Dumont are on vacation. So what does a sword jock [...]

    22. He Drank, and Saw the Spider is the 5th book in the Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie LaCrosse series. And like the previous books, this one is a winner.Bledsoe starts this tale off, many years before Eddie’s present. A young Eddie comes across a badly injured man in the forest and saves him long enough for the man to give him a most important package, an infant girl.Fast forward to the present. Eddie and his lady friend, Liz are finishing up a job and planning on a much needed vacation. But as in all go [...]

    23. I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This is the 2nd book I read with Alex Bledsoes' Eddie LaCrosse, and I liked this one as much as the first. In this story we see more of  Eddies' past and what has made him the man he is. The interaction between Eddie and his girl Liz are often humorous, they really seem to be perfect for each other. The rest of the characters in this story are a [...]

    24. This was one of those books I really wanted to like, but just couldn't. I found it in the library one day, had never heard of the book or the author before, but the title was intriguingly odd and the inside cover blurb sounded promising, so I gave it a shot. It started out quite well; Eddie LaCrosse is the kind of hero I love in a book: fearless, irreverent, never at a loss for a one-liner- the kind of guy I like to picture myself as in my more self-delusional moments. He's a little one-dimensio [...]

    25. Book Review: He Drank and Saw the Spider by Alex BledsoeI saw this book on the new books shelves at the local library and decided to check it out mainly because of the title but also because it was set in a medieval period. It turned out to be a fantasy series with a protagonist named Eddie Lacrosse who is a dispossessed noble earning his living as a detective sword jockey. The medieval setting includes some magic but Eddie is a swordsman without magical powers but remarkable intuition. This vol [...]

    26. There is humor, adventure, and some things that just don't really connect (I'm looking at you, ending of the book). I picked this up because of Booklist's quote of suggesting this to fans of the Harry Dresden books. Character wise, I agree. I liked Eddie and Liz, and felt they belonged right beside Dresden and his cohort. There is depth in them that seems above the lightness of this book. This is my first Eddie LaCrosse book (which seems to be my forte: starting a series of books volumes in). I' [...]

    27. This is another fine entry in the Eddie Lacrosse, sword-jockey-for-hire, series of private-eye-noir/sword & sorcery mash-ups. Eddie once more revisits an event from his past that needs to be investigated and resolved. I thought the title was a little off-putting; something simpler would have been better suited. Each of the Eddie books has a theme, or perhaps tone, such as pirates or dragons, and this time it seems to me that the plot is very Shakespearian-comedic. I didn't enjoy it quite as [...]

    28. These books shouldn't appeal to me. They're about a man - a tough guy, in fact - and have some violence and crudity in them. But I enjoy them anyway. For one thing, I listen to the audio books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, and he's wonderful. But these books have some other things going for them, too.First, there's the humor. Not only does Eddie LaCrosse have a keen sense of irony and fun that keep him from taking himself too seriously, but the books also skewer the reader's expectations in littl [...]

    29. I finished this last week over a relatively brief period (2 days) even though work was in overdrive and family was busy celebrating the week of my son's birthday (don't ask). I still greatly look forward to books in the Eddie LaCrosse series, as they meld a genre I love (Hard Boiled Detective Fiction) with one I've come to appreciate (Fantasy). This entry in the series was good, but not as good as the previous books. Why? I guess it's because I never really felt that that protagonists were in an [...]

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