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Posted February 25, 2014
I always enjoy Ms. Dawson’s Blud novellas and The Damsel and the Daggerman was no exception. Returning to Sang and the wonderful caravan of Criminy Stain, this short vignette features two new characters, Marco the “Deadly Daggerman” and Jacinda a fearless journalist. Watching the interplay between these two while also getting some background on the familiar cast at the caravan and a look at the culture at large was the best of both worlds. While I don’t know how well this story would play to those unfamiliar with the Sang universe, for those of us who love this world The Damsel and the Daggerman was an excellent installment brimming with fun, thrilling excitement and steam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2014
The Damsel and the Daggerman is the perfect start for 2014. I've read all of the Blud books so far, and the series just seems to get better with each book. This novella is a peek back at the travelling circus life and revolves around a new character, The Deadly Daggerman, Marco Taresque. He's sexy, and his origin is mysterious. His character is one that likes to be in control and he never misses his mark. I wouldn't quite call him shy or antisocial, but he likes to keep to himself.
Jacinda Harville, a journalist, enters the travelling circus with permission by Criminy to interview his people so she can write a book. Instantly intrigued, she focuses in on Marco and won't stop until she finds out the truth. The pacing and world building is spot on, and up to par with DDawson's full length books. I really enjoyed reading Marco's story, and hope to see him and Jacinda in future books. This series is a must read if you enjoy UF/PNR. If you haven't read the Blud series yet, pick up book 1, Wicked as They Come, I highly recommend this series.
Posted January 19, 2014
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Oh how I miss the caravan!!!! The novellas in this series have been featuring people outside of the caravan world and away from Criminy. This was just the taste I was craving for! A tough heroine that goes full force ahead to get what she wants, and a tall, dark and mysterious hero.
Let me just say for a man of few words and a lot of danger, Marco Taresque had my heart fluttering with just one look. Maybe it’s the air of danger that comes already from being a knife thrower. Add to that aura the fact that he could be a murderer. Call me stupid, but I was attracted to him like a moth to his light. Marco ended up being full of surprises!
Then, of course, there’s Jacinda. What a great heroine and the perfect spice to draw him out! She’s a journalist braving the caravan world to interview everyone and write a book about the lives they lead. The story that catches her interest immediately, of course the bad boy knife thrower who may or may not have killed his assistant and ran away. She also is immediately attracted to him, period. And she’s woman enough to not be scared or intimidated and go for what she wants.
The chemistry and banter between them was awesome. There was just a hair of danger but their meetings where always full of sensuality. And when things ever went to more than just playing…VERY hot!
I also enjoyed the small glimpse of actual caravan life that we got. And I especially liked Demi, whom we see a bit of in this novella, and she will be getting her own book next. As always, can’t wait.
*ARC provided by publisher
Posted January 6, 2014
The Damsel and the Daggerman is a delectably dark romance. With vivid world building, fabulously shadowy characters and a riveting plot, Delilah S. Dawson once again sucks us into the Blud series.
Journalist Jacinda Harville has her sights on a story about “the Deadly Daggerman”, Marco Tareque. Entering the carnival with Criminy's blessing, Jacinda begins to unravel the carefully constructed secrets behind the show. Drawn in by the mystery, Jacinda is captivated by the characters and soon discovers it feels like home. But more than that she is taken with the Daggerman and his sinister smile. Passions ignite and its a flame that can't be denied. Jacinda soon discovers she is falling for the man accused of killing his last assistant. Will she uncover the truth before its too late and she becomes the next victim?
I love a strong female character and Dawson gives us a superb example in Jacinda. The delightfully ominous carnival setting highlights that fabulous cast of characters that keep me coming back for more.
A fantasy romance with a blaze of steampunk mechanics, makes The Damsel and the Daggerman a truly luscious adventure.
I received this ARC copy of The Damsel and the Daggerman from Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc - Pocket Star in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 6, 2014.
Posted February 2, 2015
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