4 out of 5 stars. (Currently $1.99 on the Kindle.)
Okay. I know that you’re judging me based on the cover of this book, and when you read as much as I do, you know that there is actually reason to judge some books on the covers, despite that age old saying. This is one of those cases. The story and characters are SO much more than the Fabio-like guy on the cover.
(Read my review on book one in the series here. Do you have to read them in order to understand everything? No. But my review of the first one describes their world and I don’t feel like repeating myself.)
Casper is a Pinky who’s hit rock bottom. He has nothing left to lose and no direction in life. It’s booze and woman and oblivion on a near daily basis. Until he finds a desiccated Bludwoman princess stuffed in a suit case.
Ahnastasia is a princess. She knows it and acts like it. Before an unknown enemy kidnapped her and shipped her around the globe, she had never left the castle she was born in. Her family, aside from her feral brother, have been killed and an outsider named Ravenna currently rules in her family’s stead. She is a long way from home and needs any help she can get returning to her homeland and killing the enemy who stole her home. But that doesn’t mean she has to like the help. In fact, she would prefer that their heads end up on pikes when they get to her homeland. So it comes as a major discomfort when she finds herself deeply attracted to her escort, Casper.
No one must know she is still alive so that means traveling in disguise and with no money. She is forced to travel by airship. An airship filled with Pinky prostitutes and wealthy perverts, who must not know that she is a Bludwoman. Which is really hard to hide when you have to try not to eat the other people on board.
Ahnastasia was the star player of this story. She’s stubborn, determined, and clever. Her adventures amongst the lower class was wildly entertaining and her evolution as a character was intriguing from beginning to end.
There was one major fail in the plot and that was that there was no reason given as to why Ravenna decided to take over Freesia. Which to me, was a pretty big gap in the story line. Had that been answered it would have been awarded 5 out of 5 stars instead of 4.