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Tattoo of Crimson ♦ Sarah Chislon | Review

Tattoo of Crimson ♦ Sarah Chislon | Review

Tattoo of Crimson by Sarah Chislon is a gaslamp fantasy murder mystery featuring the fae. The book will keep you on the edge of your favorite reading place as you stay excited to see what will happen next. Tattoo of Crimson is full of mystery and suspense.

Tattoo of Crimson ♦ Sarah Chislon | ReviewTitle: Tattoo of Crimson
Author: Sarah Chislon
Series: Blood of the Fae #1
More Volumes: Whispers in the Waters, Ruins of Bone
Publisher: Wings of the Wind Press, published on 17. Jan 2023
Genre: Fae, Fantasy, Mystery
Pages: 584
Format: ARC, eBook
Language: English
Purchased at: BookSirens
Buy here: Amazon | Thalia | Hugendubel
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My rating:

Society, suitors, and…serial murders?

As much as she desires to please her family, gently-bred herbalist Jessa Caldwell has no intention of making a suitable match—not when she’s seeking the truth about the taint of the fae that lies within her. If she’s to escape the madness brought on by fae-touch, she must devote her energies to seeking a cure.

But then mysterious tattoos begin to appear on the citizens of Avons. None recall receiving these harbingers of death, but all die at the hand of an untraceable killer days or weeks after being marked.

When the tattoo appears on her beloved mentor, Jessa seeks the Magistry with information on the case—yet they refuse to consider her findings, so she must risk both social censure and her own safety to hunt for the killer herself.

Her one possible ally represents her greatest fear—the encroaching Otherworld consuming her mind—and may well undo all her efforts to control her fae-touch. Yet if she forsakes the offered aid, the killer will go free.

Something sinister stalks the streets of her city, and she must decide…how far will she go to stop the killing?

Tattoo of Crimson, a gaslamp fantasy novel, is the first book in the Blood of the Fae series. If you like quick-minded heroines who solve cases with logic and intuition, beautiful yet deadly fae, and Otherworldly intrigues, then you’ll love this mystery set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.

More Books by the Author: Whispers in the Waters, Ruins of Bone

Tattoo of Crimson ♦ Sarah Chislon


Tattoo of Crimson is a slow read. The book is full of details! Which I can’t talk about here, otherwise I would spoil way too much.

A killer who can travel between universes is also a very intriguing plot point. From the opening to the last page, the enigmatic writing style will have you guessing about whom the murderer is. Jessa uncovers and investigates a number of clues, and each one is slowly exposed to the reader. The knowledge is revealed to the reader at the same time as it is to the characters. I was left turning the pages and couldn’t put it down.

Because it’s a slow read Tattoo of Crimson can take a while to get rolling, and I would have been confused by all the events if I hadn’t read Whispers in the Waters, the prequel to the Blood of the Fae series. Therefore, I would highly recommend reading the prequel first.

But once you get into it, the writing is vivid, brilliant, and descriptive, and it transports you to the time period it is set in. The plot is captivating and has well-developed characters. Despite being a lengthy book, Tattoo of Crimson keeps you hooked, and you can’t put the book down.



Tattoo of Crimson is a superbly written book that is chock-full of surprise, beauty, and creativity! It was enjoyable to read.

I received an advance review copy through BookSirens for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Blood of the Fae – The Series

Whispers in the Waters (#0.5)Tattoo of Crimson (#1)
Ruins of Bone (#3)Binding in Silver (#3) – coming 2024

About Sarah Chislon

Sarah Chislon

Sarah Chislon lives in Virginia with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her children and running a web development business with her husband. As an avid reader and a lifelong story-weaver, she delights in creating fantastic worlds and exploring them alongside her characters.

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Celeste | A Literary Escape
1 Jahr zuvor

I haven’t heard about this book before, but if it involves the fae and I have to take a closer look at it. Glad to see you enjoyed this first book of a series.

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