Of Mettle & Magic

Book 5 in the MAGICSMITH series
Release Date:
 May 14, 2021
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Part fae, part human, all magic . . .

When the Unified Church in Rome is destroyed by rogue sorcerers, tensions explode. Alex Blackwood will do whatever it takes to prevent a war between the humans, fae, and Earth paranaturals—even turn herself over to the PTF. But when a man she thought long dead walks back into her life at the head of a sorcerer army, surrender is no longer an option.

With all the world watching, and half hoping she fails, Alex and her friends scramble to find a peace that won’t cost them everything.

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Praise for Of Mettle & Magic:
Finalist in the 2024 Chanticleer International Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction
Finalist in the 2022 Imadjinn Awards for Best Urban Fantasy Novel
"L.R. Braden's Magicsmith series contains the best of all worlds--murder, mayhem and magic. How can you go wrong?" -Jeanne Stein, bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles
"Wow! Book five in the series continues the building momentum and action of the previous titles and then goes into overdrive." -Kylie C, Librarian
"It was edge-of-your-seat, breath-stealing, non-stop action." -Rolé, Hooked By That Book
"I’ve enjoyed this series immensely. Alex is strong and capable...she uses not just her powers, which are increasing, but her intelligence to work through the many dilemmas she encounters." -Rebecca G, NetGalley Reviewer
"This book is creative, sometimes scary and always riveting. This ongoing series is an excellent one and I eagerly anticipate the next one." -Karen F, NetGalley Reviewer
"This was a fast paced , entertaining , paranormal read that draws a reader in and won't let go." -Anne S, NetGalley Reviewer
"A series full of strong characters with a badass heroine. If you want a great UF read, this is the author to go to." -Helen W, NetGalley Reviewer
"Great addition to this well-written, fun series. Highly recommend." -Penny N, Librarian
"This is one of my favorite fictional worlds to visit...I devoured this like a reader starved for every word, gulping yet somehow managing to savor the delightful taste of the story." -Lucretia, Goodreads Review
"This is a great book to continue the series! I love stories where there is a strong female who takes on challenges." -Amazon Review