by Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga #2.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…Having triumphed over a powerful enemy and ended up with both a wonderful guy—Sheriff Liam McClellan—and an adorable adopted daughter to raise as a Baba Yaga, Barbara Yager is ready to welcome her happily ever after. But first she must bring Liam to the Otherworld and get the Queen’s permission to marry him. The Queen, however, is not so easily persuaded. She gives them three impossible tasks to complete in two weeks’ time—and if they fail Barbara will have to watch Liam slowly age and die like all humans, and kiss her happily ever after good-bye forever.Includes an exclusive preview of the next Baba Yaga Novel, Wickedly Powerful.
I was excited to read the novella Wickedly Ever After by Deborah Blake. It is book 2.5 in the Baba Yaga urban fantasy series and features Barbara Yager from book one, Wickedly Dangerous. Seeking the Queen’s approval to wed Sheriff Liam McClellan they travel to the Otherworld and the tale that unfolded quickly drew me in.
While I am not a huge fan of novellas, Blake drew me in with the promise of visiting the Otherworld and their fickle Queen. I cannot help but imagine her as the Queen from Alice in Wonderland.
It was lovely getting updates on Liam, Babs and Barbara. In Wickedly Ever After, they travel to the Otherworld to seek the Queen’s permission to marry. Her approval will allow Liam to drink from the water of life and death allowing these lovebirds to grow old together. Accompanied by their dragons and Barbara’s new charge, things do not go quite as expected. With a little help from the court, they are assigned three impossible tasks. Blake weaved in humor, romance and shared more about the world of the Baba Yagas.
The plot was fun, and while time was limited due to the length of the novella, Blake did a wonderful job of sharing their quest and the outcome. She even gave us the opportunity to visit with Baba Yaga, Beka Yancy and her Marcus.
Overall, Wickedly Ever After delivered all that I hoped for providing an entertaining escape. I am anxiously awaiting the next audiobook, Wickedly Powerful set to release in February 2016.