- File Size: 835 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (August 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FX7UK0K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wickedly Magical (Baba Yaga) Kindle Edition
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WICKEDLY MAGICAL by Deborah Blake is a quick, fun introduction into the author's incredible world of Baba Yagas. I was recently at the Coastal Magic Convention where I was fortunate to catch this author on several panels. Her description of this series caught my interest so as soon as I got home, I picked up this prequel at Amazon to check it out. I'm happy to report that I was captivated and can't wait to read the next one! Even though this book consists of only 73 pages, it was not lacking as the storyline was richly fleshed and the characters were detailed.
The Baba Yaga was characteristically a wicked witch featured in old Russian folk tales. In Deborah's Baba Yaga series, there are multiple Baba Yagas located world-wide. They are powerful witches entrusted with keeping the natural balance and guarding the borders between our world and the underworld. Each Baba Yaga has a dragon companion and that companion takes on a form that doesn't stand out in these modern times. These new-age Baba Yagas are no longer inherently wicked, but crossing them is still very bad.
In this novella, readers learn that there are three Baba Yagas in the United States: Barbara, Beka and Bella. We meet all three herein but this particular tale focuses on just one of them, Barbara, who will also be the primary character in WICKEDLY DANGEROUS, the first full-length book in the series. Barbara is a motorcycle-riding witch who lives in an enchanted Airstream trailer with her dog/dragon companion.
This story begins as Barbara is approached by a brave, but desperate, man who claims that the Baba Yaga owes a debt to his family. To repay the debt, he asks that the Baba Yaga help him retrieve his lost treasures. This tale was mesmerizing and I found myself alternately laughing, gasping and teetering on-the-edge of my seat as the story progressed. You should know that this prequel did not include a romantic element, but I understand that the full-length books will.
I am officially addicted to Deborah's incredible world of Baba Yagas. I've already got WICKEDLY DANGEROUS on order and have WICKEDLY WONDERFUL in my possession having won it at the convention. I would highly recommend this magical paranormal series to anyone who enjoys witchy urban fantasy reads.
My full review is published at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
4 Wine Glasses!
I may pick up the second novel, I haven't quite decided. If the series continues, I would really enjoy learning more about the puckish trailer and the impossible tasks that people are being required to do. There is a goldmine of opportunity in making people dive through hoops, and the hardest task is the book is helping pick out a slice of pie. Some very big, creative opportunities are opened up with some of the basic groundwork of the first book, I hope the writing will soon hit a stride where the creativity explodes and introduces more fantasy elements.
When does magic world touch the mortal realm? Who deals with these mishaps before they become major crisis? This is the job of the Baba Yaga's, not a person but a title for witches who work for the Queen of magic. Human in their roots, but so much more after years of training and magic sustaining potions.
When a man comes bearing a token for assistance form Baba Yaga , Babara, a current Baba feels bound to honor it. But is this a magical problem or just a mortal problem. When she discovers that a magical pendant is at the heart of the problem her job also requires her to intervene and stop this before it gets out of hand. But can even a Baba Yaga stand against the old magic empowered in an ancient amulet and can she set things right?
Wickedly Magical is the opening novella for the series and introduces the Baba Yaga's in charge of North America.
Barb Yager is the first Baba Yaga we encounter, and her story is so much fun!
Though the stories are written in such a way that they can be read alone, I really enjoyed the series in the order they were released.
Highly recommend you give these a shot. Definite 5 stars.