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The Wicked
by Douglas Nichols
Emily Bestler Books, $16.00, 349pp
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
This is the second in a series, following Something Red, but easily stands alone. Part historical fiction, part fantasy it is totally captivating. I read the book cover to cover in one session.

Set in 13th century north-west England we follow two exiled Irish Queens, Maeve, known as Molly, and her granddaughter Nemain, Maeve’s companion Jack Brown and Hob, Maeve’s young apprentice from whose perspective our tale is told.

There is a great evil in the land surrounding Sir Odinell’s castle and he links it to a neighboring lord and his wife. The strange, unnatural deaths did not start until Sir Tarquin and his wife moved in and everyone agrees they feel unclean in the presence of the two. Sir Odinell approaches his friend Sir Jehane for help and he recommends Molly as the one best equipped to take on the evil in Odinell’s land based on the events of Something Red. What follows is part a glimpse into the realities of 13th century life (castle life, robbers on the road) and pure magic as Molly and Nemain fight the evil with Jack and Hob to provide non-magical support.

I will be looking for the first book in this series and cannot wait for the next adventure as Molly travels England gathering support for her return to Ireland and he rightful place. Highly recommended. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

Addendum: I have now read the first in the series, Something Red which is reviewed here. While they can be read in any order I highly recommend reading Somthing Red first for enhanced enjoyment of the series and it'ssurprises.

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