Pitts, J. A. -- Black Blade Blues [e-book purchase]

A blacksmith SCA chick discovers Siegfried's dragon-slaying sword at a yard sale. Or somewhere. I have serious problems with this fantasy: all of the fantasy elements are unconvincing. Dwarves, magic swords, runes, dragons, a blatantly-lanterned Odin in a dumpster -- the protagonist and everybody else reacts to them with exactly the wrong amount of amazement and wonder. Thus, so do I. Worse: all of the mundane elements (the protagonist's job, her other job, her love life, her friends) are all terrific -- the author gets that stuff rock-solid. It was just, every time I got back to the dragon-slaying parts, I fell out of the book again. Frustrating.

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