Monday, March 5, 2012

Wicked As They Come-Delilah S. Dawson

Wicked As They Come

Delilah S. Dawson

Pocket, Mar 27 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781451657883

Two weeks ago, Nurse Tish Everett found the body of elderly Mrs. Stein. Now she is at the deceased woman’s estate sale where she finds a ruby locket. Before she can pay for it, an elderly woman and then her beeper interrupts her. She rushes off to deal with an emergency forgetting the locket in her pocket without paying for the item.

Tish cleans the locket, but struggles to open it before she finally plies it apart. She is unaware that the locket was sent by a magician to her. When she awakens, Tish finds herself in Sang dealing with circus ringmaster Criminy Stain the fanged bludman. Everyone except Criminy looks at her with suspicion as she lacks fangs. Meanwhile Tish realizes she has the “glancing” skill which enables her to tell fortunes. As she considers staying or not, her key the locket home is stolen Criminy and Tish search for the locket, but find the deadly anti Blud racist Magistrate plotting evil.

This is an entertaining steampunk fantasy starring a modern day “Alice” falling through the rabbit hole. The storyline is fast-paced with the key (besides the locket) being Tish’s awe with what she sees and the obvious distrust by the Blud community towards her. Fans will relish her escapades with roguish Criminy as she must decide to blud or not to blud that is her question.

Harriet Klausner

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