Tish is a nurse who takes care of several patients, including her grandmother. One day she stops at an estate sale and finds a tarnished, antique locket inside a book. She's consumed with the need to have it, scrub it clean, and see what may be inside the locket. She goes to sleep with it around her neck and wakes up in an alternate reality world, thinking she's only dreaming…but she soon discovers she's not. Criminy is a magician and gypsy king and tells Tish he's magically sent for her, that they're meant to be together and she's now his. Tish still thinks she's dreaming, but decides she'll go along with things and she'll wake up eventually.
Ms. Dawson has a fanciful writing style and you'll have to pay close attention so you don't miss an important aspect in the story. You're own imagination will feed upon the intricacies of this unique tale and will make it so much more than you first believed. Your own perceptions will be altered as you continue reading. You'll find out what a Bludman is and meet several other types of characters in this most unusual tale of romance and adventure. You won't have a moment to be bored and I think you'll be quite surprised at times. You'll find romance, magic and mysterious adventure. Your imagination, along with Ms. Dawson's, will know no bounds. You'll be on the edge of your seat, anxious to find out what will happen next! Are you ready?!
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)
Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.
When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?