Bloody Right: Best of The Brytewood Trilogy

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My guess was right — Bloody Right, in fact! This is the best book in the The Brytewood Trilogy.

This time, the remaining Nazi vampires have been assigned to assassinate Winston Churchill at a party on an estate near Brytewood. The assorted pixies, dragons, elves, sprites, and humans of the village must stop them before they can do the dastardly deed.

The leading lady and man in this installment are Mary LaPrioux, a schoolteacher evacuated from Guernsey, and Gryffyth Pendragon, who has just been discharged from the army after losing his leg. I liked this romance better than the previous two, and the main reason is Gryffyth! He’s by far the most interesting of the three male leads in the series. I loved him to bits!

Bloody Right also features a big development in my favorite romance in the whole series. I won’t spoil it, but I’ll say that it’s the couple who don’t actually have a book of their own, but whose slow and sweet courtship develops in the background as the three main couples do their thing.

I also thought the vampires were creepier here than they were in Bloody Good and Bloody Awful. One scene, in which Mary is accosted by a vampire, gave me chills, and not even for any supernatural reason. Anyone who has ever met a nasty, overbearing man who just won’t get out of your personal space will probably have the same reaction!

I enjoyed Bloody Right. It was good to “meet” these characters again and see some loose ends tied up. I do wish a few more ends had been tied up. In particular, the plotline involving Bela is left somewhat in the air. The way it ends suggests that there’s more adventure ahead for her and almost seems to hint at another book, but this is billed as a trilogy, and so it’s (theoretically) finished. I suppose it’s a good sign that Georgia Evans left me wanting more!

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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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