Title: Wickedly Ever After
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga #2.5, Baba Yaga World #2.5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Mythology, Paranormal romance, Witches
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: Chudo-Yudo spat out his bone with a thunk.
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.
As with the rest of the books in the Baba Yaga series, Wickedly Ever After reminds us all that we get a happy ending, even not-so-wicked witches. Although Barbara and Liam get engaged at the end of Wickedly Dangerous, their story isn’t quite finished, and it was such a pleasure to revisit their love in this short story. No matter what happens in these stories, I always turn the last page with a huge smile on my lips. Who wouldn’t? They are sweet, endearing tales of triumph and love in the face of numerous obstacles.
The Queen is a great representation of the fae – they are known to be fickle, demanding and at times, uncaring of others. Or at least, that’s how the court fae are represented in folklore. Blake’s use of her as a representative of this supernatural group is not only a great catalyst within the stories, but also a fantastic use of pre-existing mythological notions. I also love how she represents the id in our desires – none of us are truly able to pursue our own desires and whims, the Queen is able to though. This makes things not only difficult for others, but a figure that is both intimidating and enviable. Who doesn’t want to follow their own dreams and desires?
Wickedly Ever After is a great novella in the Baba Yaga universe, it ties in the lives of the three witches and their eventual marriages. I love the small side stories within the main plot line, they add an extra layer of texture and characterisation within the series that continues to make my heart soar and my mind believe in true love.
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