Uncaged Review – Brightblade by Michael Suttkus & C.T. Phipps

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Brightblade
Michael Suttkus & C.T. Phipps
Dark Fantasy Horror

Psychic. Superhero. Spy. Detective. Bounty Hunter. Ashley Morgan has been many things and failed at all of them. The twenty-eight-year old has her whole life ahead of her but has already resigned herself to working a dead end job bringing in the debt-ridden supernatural criminals of New Detroit. A chance encounter with the vampire sheriff reveals a secret that motivates her to change her life forever: her long-missing brother Arthur is alive (in a manner of speaking).

Ashley sets out on a quest to not only find him but also deal with old lovers, treacherous criminals, a magic sword, and a quest to raise an ancient vampire from the dead.

Brightblade is set in the same world as the Red Room series, The Bright Falls Mysteries, and Straight Outta Fangton.


Uncaged Review: This is a start of a series that
is a spin-off of sorts from others, set in the same
world. I didn’t read any of the other series, and
had no trouble keeping up with this one. Ashley is
a psychic with telekinetic abilities, and is working
as a bounty hunter when we first meet her.
In this world, Detroit has been taken over by the
vampires and it’s now known as New Detroit.
The jobs in this supernatural underbelly are not
career boosters by any stretch. As she works as a
bounty hunter, she really sets out to find her missing
brother, and along the way, she gets involved
in a scheme to raise a vampire and get a magical
wand that can cure vampirism. The supernaturals
in this book are not the romanticized versions you
see in other books, but they are also not complete
monsters.

The cast of characters are well done, and for the
most part, developed well enough that I could get
a decent handle on them. My favorite has to be
Zadkiel, Ashley’s magical sword that has an angel
embedded. Overall, I like the action and the series
and am interested to see where it goes from this
book. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars