A thrilling and intoxicating journey to a land of legend, where nothing is quite as it seems. Read more...
A thrilling and intoxicating journey to a land of legend, where nothing is quite as it seems. . . .
Something evil has come to reside in a castle by the chill waters of the North Sea: men disappear and are found as horribly wizened corpses, knights ride out and return under an enchantment that dulls their minds. Both the townspeople and the court under Sir Odinell's protection live in fear, terrorized by forces beyond human understanding. But rumors of a wise woman blessed with mysterious powers also swirl about the land. The call goes forth, and so it comes to be that young apprentice Hob and his adopted family--exiled Irish queen Molly, her granddaughter Nemain, and warrior Jack Brown--are pitted against a malevolent nobleman and his beautiful, wicked wife.
Richly set in the inns, courts, and countryside of thirteenth-century northwest England, The Wicked is a darkly spun masterpiece that will leave fans of epic fantasy thirsty for more.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-11
- Reviewer: Staff
A dark threat shadows medieval North England in Nicholas’s eerie sequel to Something Red. Known for handling the supernatural, Irish Queen Maeve, called Molly, agrees to aid Norman lord Sir Odinell in investigating the mysterious deaths plaguing his lands. Odinell blames Sir Tarquin, a newcomer to a local stronghold, who boasts an evil manner and the uncanny ability to hypnotize Odinell’s knights. Molly gathers her team—her teen granddaughter, Nemain; her lover, shapeshifter Jack Brown; and Nemain’s betrothed, the squire Hob—but she still ends up doing most of the work herself, and narrator Hob often fails to grasp or convey the nuances of Molly’s actions. There is never a mystery about the villain, only about how Molly and company will triumph in the end. Nicholas’s strength lies in the historical setting and his use of language; the dialects are sometimes challenging to decipher, but they give the dialogue a pleasant solidity, and his prose mimics the flow and structure of speech. Fantasy readers interested in the medieval period will be drawn into Nicholas’s detailed world. (Mar.)