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The Damsel and the Daggerman: A BLUD Novella (A Blud Novel Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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-- Infamous ringleader Criminy Stain loomed over me like a dark angel, she thought, fingers twitching for cold metal keys, like an incubus drawn in ink on stark white paper.
That said the Damsel and the Daggerman was another fun look into Criminy’s Clockwork Carnival. I love the world of Blud it is full of clockworks and steampuck with an unusual selection of wildlife including bludbunnies that can tear you apart in large groups, unicorns and peacocks that hunt virgins in tandem along with some other nasty creatures. Half the fun of these books is just the world that has been created.
We see Criminy a few times but the majority of the story is about the journalist Jacinda writing a book on the carnival and chasing after the story of Marco the daggerman thought to have murdered his prior assistant. It seems Marco does have a few secrets but the handsome daggerman isn’t sharing without a price.
-- ”Woman, what you don’t know about me could fit into a Kraken’s belly.”
“I know. That’s why I let you throw nine knives at me. Now I get a question.”
The romance buildup and flirtation is fun, and there were a few surprises. I was happy to be back in the land of Sang and the mystery flushed out well. If you are looking for something a little Steampunk with a fun world to it, then this series could be everything you have been looking for.
Fierce-witted and ruthless reporter Jacinda Harville arrives in the night with an offer that Criminy simply can’t refuse. But what does the reporter really want? Is she documenting the stories of the caravan workers as she claims or is there something else she is after? What will become of her and the dangerous daggerman? Will she get more than she bargained for? All these questions and more are answered in this exciting and steamy novella!
The Damsel and the Daggerman is a bittersweet story to read. As many readers know, Wicked After Midnight (releasing Jan. 28) is the last in the Blud series. The Damsel and the Daggerman gives readers a succulent appetizer of Dawson’s excellent writing, but it also is overshadowed with a sense (at least for me) of sadness. Dawson has written Criminy’s caravan so well that it seems to go on even when the story stops, so it is sad to read knowing that the stories are soon coming to an end. Dawson does an amazing job of letting readers say goodbye in this novella, though. Tish and Criminy make appearances along with Imogen and Mr. Murdoch. Wicked as She Wants took readers on a fantastic ride with Casper and Ahnastasia, but The Damsel and the Daggerman brought us back home to the caravan. I tip my hat to Delilah S. Dawson for her imaginative stories and intriguing plots. I don’t like saying goodbye, but I can’t wait to read Wicked After Midnight either!
Overall I would recommend to fans of the Blud series. I have a couple more of these novellas to read and really look forward to them. I actually like Dawson's novellas better than her full length books (although I enjoy those too). These are fun little steampunk romance reads; I think this would stand alone fine as well.