Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas

Welcome to the thirteenth century and northeast England.  How can you fight a man that isn't a man?  How do you kill something already dead?

Emily Bestler Books, a division of Atria Books, sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.  The first book in this series was "Something Red", so check that one out too.  This story read well alone but I think you'd get a better background on the characters if you read them both.

Molly is a pagan with powers.  She's almost witch-like, but she radiates goodness and makes people at ease everywhere.  Her granddaughter is dangerous and lovely and betrothed to Hob.  Molly can see the future and she knows that Hob will become a great knight and get married to Neiman.  She's happy about that.  Right now, though, she has the biggest challenge in her life to face.

Sir Jehan knows Molly and her powers and asks her to come and meet Sir Odinell.  Sir Odinell has bodies showing up around his territory.  The bodies, while they should be fresh, look old and shrunken like cadavers.  He knows not how they are killed but he thinks Sir Tarquin is involved.  Tarquin and his lady make everyone's skin crawl.  There is something dangerous about them and no one likes them.  Sir Jehan offers Molly's services to determine what's going on and help stop it.

This story is filled with myth and magic and wonder.  Molly's actions made my heart beat faster because I wasn't sure if she was going to be successful.  What they find is chilling.  What they have to do to stop the killing involves special equipment, certain chants, and certain spells.  It's a long hard battle and it's fascinating.

This story kept my attention from the beginning to the end and it was a very good read.  Mr. Nicholas threw in some surprises and his words flow smoothly.  I enjoyed my trip through medieval times; why don't you visit, too?

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