Title: Wickedly Magical
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga #0.5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Mythology, Paranormal romance, Witches
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: Too busy playing footsie with Jonathan.
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…
Barbara Yager loves being one of the most powerful witches in the world, but sometimes she’d rather kick back in her enchanted Airstream with a beer in her hand than work out how to grant the requests of the worthy few who seek her out.
But when a man appears with the token of a family debt of honor, Barbara must drop everything to satisfy the promise owed by her predecessor—and she isn’t above being a little wicked to make sure the debt is paid in full…
Reading this story left me with an amazingly warm and happy feeling. The bad guy is bested, there is a beautiful happy ending and the ending leads perfectly into the first Baba Yaga book. All in all, it is a beautiful novella that left a smile on my face long after I finished the last page.
This story investigates the relationship between the three Baba Yaga sisters in more depth. They are constantly in contact throughout the tale and Blake beautifully highlights the differences between these characters through their conversations. The kinship between the three practically jumps off the page, and I can only hope that people have this relationship with their own siblings, the ease and camaraderie of familiarity and friendship.
Barbara’s protective tendencies are further highlighted in her rage at the villain within the story. Although she is driven to justice throughout the Baba Yaga novels, her pure rage at the children’s mistreatment in this story is heart-warming. I love her temperamental nature and the fact that her fits of rage are driven by a sense of injustice and neglect.
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