Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford ~ Book Review by Teresa

Book 1 in the Kai Gracen Series

black-dog-blues Title: Black Dog Blues

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy appears.

It’s a hard life but one Kai likes—filled with bounty, a few friends, and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him of his past. And killing monsters is easy. Especially since he’s one himself.

But when a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego, Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It’s supposed to be a simple run up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary. Easy, quick, and best of all, profitable. But Kai ends up in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich being a Stalker. But then few of them got old either and it doesn’t look like Kai will be the exception.


I had read the précis for this book and immediately needed to read it – only to find out it was out of print. So I had to wait for it to be rereleased. In the meantime, I had read a few reviews that made me nervous. Rumours that Kai was basically straight and lusted after women for most of the book, and that there was really no romance, made me wonder if I did want to read it after all. However I had committed to reviewing it, so I forged ahead.

I am so glad that I did! It was stated early on that Kai was an equal opportunity lover, and though he does lust after a few women, he doesn’t carry through. As well, he has equal lust for our other male MC. Although there isn’t romance, per se, there is definitely a lot of sexual tension with potential.

This is very much Kai’s story though. Told from his perspective, we learn a lot about him, though not fast enough for my tastes. Information is withheld and hinted at, doled out sparingly, which amps the tension and suspense of the novel. The adventure and action kept the pacing swift and me on the edge of my seat.

I loved the world and the uniqueness of the setting. It is a fantasy dystopian future with sci-fi elements in the technology but also magic and creatures from the fae world. The descriptions are rich and I could feel myself present.

Though there is definitely more of the story to tell, and I am eager to read it. It didn’t end on a cliff hanger, for which I am thankful. I do need more of this couple together though as there is no sex whatsoever in this book, just a few steamy kisses. That will have to keep me until next time!

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DSP Publications

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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