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?
Worldbuilding: I have raved about the world of Sang when I read the first beauty of the series, Wicked Ever After. All my points still hold now, wow, 3 years later. Creative, well-done, exciting worldbuilding of doom, hurrah!
Characters: While I very much enjoyed the whole cast of characters in the Blud series, I must admit I always had a special spot for Tish and Crim, both on their own, and as a couple. I was very curious to see how the story arc will end for them, what Tish would choose to do with her life, which world she’d go for. In the end, she chose to save her grandma, and despite how that went (and lol on that!) she ended up in her rightful place, by Crim’s side.
I must admit I found Ruby a very interesting character, perhaps the likely heroine of a UF series all of her own – she was that kickass, imho.
Plot: The romance between finally reaches the actual HEA, complete with kids and the quick peeks into the futures of other couples we’ve met throughout the series. I really enjoyed that. But there was some excitement in Wicked Ever After too, cool action, interesting confrontations, so it was a thrilling ride.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Tish’s POV. Effortlessly charming style.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – total impulsive buy material.
All in all, I really loved Wicked Ever After and do recommend the whole Blud series if you’re into original vampire worlds, charismatic characters and awesomesauce writing. Big like!