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Wicked Ties is a novella set in The Royals world. Wicked Warlock was the last book in the Warlock Court. Beckett and Astrid’s storyline comes full circle. There were some loose ends that needed to be tied up, and Wicked Ties does just that. Due to this being a novella the review may have some spoilers from the Warlock Court books (there are five, start with Wicked Omen if you haven’t already).
Wicked Omen, the first book in the Warlock Court, begins with Astrid celebrating her birthday with her best friend Tilly. More like sisters, when Astrid went away to Warwick Academy naturally Tilly follows her. As a human she should not be able to find the academy, and yet she does. Thus pulling her full force into the thick of it. Riding shotgun alongside Astrid with the heirs to boot. She attends classes, even though some are ugly to her (talking about you Kitty). She spends times with the heirs, and even catches the eyes of one super powerful psychic- Maze. Who she flirts with because there is something about him. When she gets stabbed by a cursed weaponed, Maze does what he has to do in order to save her. Sure… it turns her into a demon, but the Fallen fixed that sort of. So now Tilly is a non-demon human.
This has left her feeling well nothing at all. She knows something is missing, some piece of her and so she decides to go looking for it. She gets a hint of what it is that she is missing from Beckett’s Aunt Penny. Knowing that she has to go to the Underworld, she decides to do with without Astrid. Maze vows to help her, anyway he can so she can accept his help and they can go together. Or he can just follow her around, and still help. Tilly knows that he was once important to her, but she has no feelings of it. She can see their interactions but not feel them. Why can’t she feel them?
My heart hurts for Tilly, this once vibrant lively gal reduced to nothingness. Can you imagine? Knowing that you use to be the life of the party, and now you just there. Not even wanting to be at the party. All of these people who loved you now missing the old you. You not being sure of anything anymore. Do your friends like you for you or for who you use to be? Are they all waiting for you to go back to how you were? Can you go back? Bless it! Enough angst to make me cry.
My heart breaks for Maze. He did this. He knowingly turned his gal into a demon, with the belief that they could turn her back into a human somehow. He couldn’t bare to see her die, yet is she really living now? Regardless of who she is, acts, says- he belongs to her. Mind body and soul, what she wants he will deliver. Even if… once she is whole again, she walks away from him. After all who can stay with someone who made them a demon. He just wants her happy and will do anything to make that happen.
I love the chemistry between these two. While on the hunt for her missing piece, their interaction shows their accepting nature of each other. When Maze goes into a vision, Tilly brings him back. When Tilly goes to nothingness, Maze brings her back. Their pull for each other is of epic portions. Maze will burn down the world for her, and well he just might have to.
The Greeks are involved, they almost always are. Love seeing pieces of the Underworld that we haven’t yet visited. Maze’s parents show up as well. The race to find her missing piece reveals something that could hurt Maze beyond belief. And so Tilly has a new mission, to protect Maze.
Wicked Ties does not just tie up Maze and Tilly’s loose ends, it also gives the reader some answers to some rather important questions that were asked after Wicked Warlock. Like what happened to Logan, what is going on with Nova, how does Kylian and Soto now fit in, why is causing Grayson to have such sass? Okay that one is not answered but Grayson does shine brightly in this book. Which is perfect since his season is next.
Thank you Megan, for putting Tilly & Maze at the forefront of this story. Tilly seeing the person she used to be in the memories of her and Astrid prior to her death/made into a demon, then being cleansed by Matthius. The realization of how she 'felt' being near Maze and when he wasn't there, while searching for her missing piece.
Tilly's sadness felt when a memory shows she may have hurt an innocent while the demon was part of her. Her need to make sure what happened - if they survived or died from the attack and the need to help the family.
Maze's story and the contract that bound him and his family to the Crone, his parents there to help fight, and the solution Tilly had to help break the hold the Crone had over them and many other souls.
Love the ex's, Erebus and Nyx, battling each other over their daughters. It shows that not only us humans have these issues!
Now lets see why Greyson dreads going home to the House of Shade and his uncle......
Loved the story, so many twists, and turns. Maze and Tilly legit go to hell and back to recover what was lost to Tilly. It’s a great read, all the characters we love pop in and enhance the story.. can’t wait until the next one!
This book, Tilly and Maze's book, was so worth the wait! The danger, the inside look into Fully and her emotional state, getting to know Maze better, the love they have for each other, etc, it just makes this story delectable!!! First chance I get, I am going to sit down and binge all the books again, to get ready for the next series!!! Just what does Grayson have in his past? I can't wait to find out!
This was everything I never knew I absolutely needed!! I've always loved these characters and wanted to know how things would go...but a whole book devoted to them is just perfect! I truly enjoyed the insight into Maze and his powers. I hope we get to see more of these two and more of what they are capable of! Also, I need a scene with Odin in his cat tree and nuggies!!! 😍 Awesome book, Megan!
Oh my yes. I have been wanting a book about Maze since I first read about him, and let me tell you this does not disappoint. Tilly has been through hell and back and is the perfect person for him....if she can only figure out what is wrong with her. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning page after page. You really need to read this book people
Okay, this was such a fun read. May or may not have stayed up late into the night because I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely love Tilly and Maze’s story. So glad Megan made this happen. The thigh sheath scene was my favorite. Ugh, these two are just too freaking cute. Love the artwork and chapter headers. I think that is such a wonderful touch. So looking forward to more from this world.
I am so glad we finally got the story of Tilly and Maze. I love these two they are so cute together. I love to see Maze’s true colors come out but only for Tilly. I think this is a great young adult story full of action and love. Megan hit another one out of the park. I can’t wait for the House of Shade to come out next.
I loved reading more about Tilly and Maze! I loved these characters in the Wicked Warlock series, and I was so happy to see this continuation of their story. I love how Maze treats Tilly only wanting to ensure her happiness even if it costs him his own. Definitely a must read!