In her third installment of the Blud series, Delilah Dawson again transports us to Sang. This time, we travel to the Sang equivalent of Paris and the cabarets of the early 1900’s. We get to see the excitement and the danger of these types of places.
Demi Ward has wanted to be famous for as long as she can remember. Ever since she awoke in Sang, being well known as been her goal. It isn’t easy for a stranger who has become a Bludman. She not only has to learn about her new country, she also has to learn how to be a Bludman. Demi finds help in Criminy Stain’s circus and is content for a few years. Her ambition to be well known can’t stay under wraps forever and so she seeks out bigger adventures in Paris. Demi takes her best friend, Cherie, with her, but when Cherie is kidnapped by slavers, Demi must find a way to rescue Cherie.
Brigand Vale Hildebrand just happens to come along when Demi needs someone the most. He offers to help her find a place in a cabaret where she can work and search for Cherie. Vale finds himself attracted to Demi and she returns that attraction. Unfortunately, the cabaret isn’t always what it seems and there are certain expectations for girls who work there.
Vale and Demi find themselves embroiled in a larger criminal enterprise than they first thought. Neither one of them really understands what is going on or how to end it. The more they learn about the criminals around them, the more danger they are in. Fortunately, they can rely on each other for help.
I really enjoyed this story in part because of the realistic nature of what happens at the cabaret. Delilah Dawson shows us both the glamorous and seedy sides of fame and of what can happen to girls who want to make it big. Sure there is more protection now than there was in the early 1900’s, but young girls still find themselves trapped in unsavory situations because they are promised fame. Blending this historical element with the romance between Demi and Vale makes for an interesting and compelling read.
As a reader, I was invested in these characters. I wanted Demi to find Cherie quickly before anything could happen to her. I wanted Demi to make it out of the cabaret safely and to find a way to fulfill her dreams. And most of all, I wanted Demi to realize how good she and Vale were together. This book kept me reading so that I could find out what happened to all the characters.
This is the final book in the series (according to the acknowledgements) and it is definitely a fitting way to end the tale. We see our favorite characters from the other stories briefly and then go on a whole new adventure. You can read this book as a stand alone, but the series is so delightful, you are going to want to read them all.