Friday, June 14, 2013

The Wicked review

An amber-eyed man, with some sexy scruff on his jaw glares and an owl looks away

I have been in love with the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison since I picked up Dragon Bound and then read the next two books in the series in one day! The Wicked is a novella in the Elder Races series and will be published on July 2nd. Samhain kindly sent me an eARC for my review. 

The Wicked was a fun, fast paced story in the Elder Races world and it featured some characters from earlier books along with the new ones. I enjoyed getting another glimpse at the lives of Grace and Khalil, Carling, and seeing the growth of Phaedra after her pariah days. The story takes place mostly on the Other island that Carlin used to inhabit with it's legendary, and dangerous, magical library.

Olivia, a magical librarian, is smart, steady, and has the ability to see straight through the bull that people put out and get to the heart of their personality or situation. She's compassionate and passionate - both of which Sebastian needs from her.

Sebastian is a predator Wyr who co-owns and runs security business and who has been all over the world on adventures to protect people and magical items. One his last job he was cursed and is slowly losing his eyesight - which for an owl shifter is completely debilitating.

The chemistry between Olivia and Sebastian is palpable but it is Olivia's ability to understand Sebastian's desolation and give him hope that takes The Wicked from a fun romance novella to a deeper, more memorable story. The Wicked also had enough drama and danger to keep me on the edge of my seat even if the "bad guy" was fairly obvious from the start.

If you have enjoyed previous books in the Elder Races series, or if you just enjoy a solid paranormal romance, I definitely recommend The Wicked! It should help tide over readers until Kinked, the next full length novel in the series is released in November.


The adventure of a lifetime might just end in turmoil, but when it includes meeting your future mate, who gives a hoot?

A Novella of the Elder Races

For a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia’s new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure.

Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn’t know if he will survive the results.

But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian’s inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they’ll have to rely on each other to survive the experience.

Warning: When a librarian who likes to nest meets an owl Wyr who has always lived for adventure, their romance won’t just be fly-by-night…

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