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Wickedly Dangerous (A Baba Yaga Novel) Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Praise for Wickedly Dangerous"This is paranormal romance at its best, with all the magic and mayhem tied together with very human emotions, even when the characters aren't quite human."–Alex Bledsoe, author of Wisp of a Thing "In Wickedly Dangerous, Deborah Blake has updated Baba Yaga for the 21st century; witchy and wild, with a kick-ass woman, witty repartee, and roots to the past. This book has everything I’m looking for." –Tanya Huff, author of The Silvered "An addicting plot combined with a unique adventure and an intelligent, pragmatic heroine kept me glued to the page. I never had so much fun losing sleep!"–Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of the Healer series
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Deborah Blake has published seven books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide and has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.
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Barbara Yager is a Baba Yaga. Her cover is adjunct professor of botany. Her chicken-legged hut is a recalcitrant Airstream now with perks, or is that quirks, like a fridge that might or might not deliver what you asked for. Her primary sidekick is a large pitbull who is actually a small dragon.
Liam is the sheriff who has problems with missing children and a no-confidence vote pending from the local council who hired him. The last thing he needs is a stranger with a big dog.
Turns out he does need Baba even if he's not the one who called her. The antics include biker dragons, slightly psychotic Faery Queens, and mysterious women.
I won't go into a lot of plot fal-de-rol but this book is very true to the Baba Yaga mythology. I loved loved loved it. So much that I bought the prequel novella (3.5 stars) and preordered book 2.
If you like sassy heroines who don't know how to handle love and damaged heroes who hover between alpha and beta without being whiny or overbearing, go get this book. :D
Meet today's Baba Yaga. She's updated- at least the looks of things, though not their essences. No longer a hag (unless she wants to appear as such), she is tall, strong, attractive, and very skilled at pool (among other things).
It turns out that "Baba Yaga" is more a title than a name per se; there are various Babas around the world, including another 2 in the US. They travel from place to place, keeping the boundaries between our world and the Otherworld intact, working to protect the earth, and sometimes helping people desperate enough to take the risk of calling on them for aid- because while they are mostly good, they are not especially NICE.
The romance was handled very well, and was appropriately- especially given the characters of the protagonists- secondary to the main plot. While some mooning took place, no one spent pages doing it when they ought to have been busy with other things!
All the characters were solidly written, each with their own motivations from which their actions naturally arose. I look forward to seeing some of the secondary characters in future books in this series- because yes! It IS a series! It's my understanding that each book will deal with a different Baba Yaga, which has a lot of potential.
I thought the humor was perfectly balanced with a pretty serious plot, and was welcome and funny.
While the results of fracking in the book seemed to devolve mostly on the Otherworld, please note that some- like the sudden sinkholes- are results here in the real world as well.
In short, a great start to what promises to be an excellent series! I am eager for #2!
I absolutely loved this book. The characters were compelling, the story was well paced and there were so many creative inventions to update and add modern twists to Baba's story. Her "hut"...an enchanted airstream trailer....her dragon, Chudo-Yudo, masquerades as a very large dog. The story is presented with humor, as in the banter between Baba and her dragon. The author shows keen insights into small town living, which can be challenging, especially to an outsider who is "different".
This is the first in a series of novels, and was preceded by a novella, Wickedly Magical, which was also excellent. I am looking forward to the next book, Wickedly Wonderful.
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