Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after?
Okay, my hands are up as I confess I've only read the first book in this series but when I spotted Wicked Ever After, I just couldn't resist. Nana is dying and we begin to understand just how the ravages of time affect the human body and being trapped in your own skin is not always pleasant. What's worse though is discovering how different a person can be when suddenly faced with a whole new world of experiences and possibilities! Nana gives Tish the shock of her life and I'm afraid it's heartbreaking.
As for Crim, well his confidence and abilities are sorely tested and this Bludman is not a superman but surprisingly human. Well played Ms Dawson, I really enjoyed seeing both sides of the coin and even if I didn't like certain aspects as personalities seem to do a complete turn; I could fully understand the reasons.
An adventure like no other but lots of characters appear which was a tad confusing but for those who have followed this series, a blissful epilogue with possibilities of a future spin-off. This is a passionate love story admittedly but will appeal I think to those, like myself, who enjoy steampunk or urban fantasy. So sad to leave the world of Sang, but it's been a rip roaring blast!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.