Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: The Wicked by Thea Harrison

The Wicked (Elder Races #5.5) by Thea Harrison
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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…
My Thoughts: My standard disclaimer with all Elder Races novellas and books is that I'm wildly in love with this ENTIRE series. Wildly. They have to call out animal control when I pick up any of the books because things get OUT OF CONTROL and there's some fangirl flailing and other things that are best left unspoken of. Just... keep this in mind. Please.

So. This time around we get to see Carling send in a team to retrieve her incredibly powerful (and often creepy) library. While the focus of the story is on Sebastian and Olivia, the characters we've come to know and love who pop in make me GIDDY. Grace and Khalil (one of my favorite couples - next to Dragos and Pia) get to show off their relationship. The delightful Chloe and Max (LOVE those two!) are their usual charming selves. Phaedra, Khalil's daughter, makes a rather powerful impact. It's just... awesome to the 10th degree to see how things have progressed in their lives since we last saw them.

As fun as that crew is, this is Sebastian and Olivia's story. They fall for one another quickly and they both make the decision to grab life (and everything it has to throw at them) by the horns. Which makes for some spectacular sexy times, if you ask me. I approve of spectacular sexy times and all the feral hunger that I've come to expect from these Wyr.

Gorgeous cover, fabulous characters, and enough danger to keep even a predator Wyr on his toes. I will gladly read as many of these novellas as Thea Harrison writes. Yes, I love them that much.

Elder Races
1. Dragon Bound
2. Storm's Heart
3. Serpent's Kiss
3.5. True Colors
4. Oracle's Moon
4.5. Natural Evil
4.6. Devil's Gate
4.7. Hunter's Season
5. Lord's Fall
5.5. The Wicked - Kindle
6. Kinked

Thea Harrison
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The Wicked was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Crap. I'm behind on these novellas. WE CANNOT LET THIS STAND.

    1. This one came out YESTERDAY! You're not all that far behind!



  3. Let me get this straight---you might like them a little? I really can't tell :)

    (Also I am a smartass)

    1. Tiny bit. Miniscule amount. *nods*
      *flails all over you*

  4. God, I LOVE THIS SERIES SO HARD!! And I loved Olivia and Sebastian. :)