THE WICKED (Elder Races #5.5) by Thea Harrison-a review
About the book: Release Date July 2, 2013
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…
REVIEW: THE WICKED is the latest novella in Thea Harrison’s Novels of the Elder Races and is connected back to the ancient Vampyre Carling and the Wyr. This particular storyline felt more connected to the series than some of the previous novellas and there is just the right amount of suspense, romance, sex and love to keep the reader involved.
The storyline focuses on an expedition to recover Carling’s extensive collection of magical books and supernatural library before Julian (one of the vampires she has sired) lays claim to everything on the magical island.
Most of the group is somehow connected to the supernatural world, but only a few have the capability to protect the expedition from harm. Add the pull of attraction between Sebastian and Olivia and there is bound to be sparks. But someone has their sights set on something more-and this someone will kill to bring back the secrets buried in Carling’s library.
Cursed to lose his sight, Sebastian (an owl shape-shifter) begins to realize that the woman under his protection will one day be his mate. But someone within the expedition has other plans, and Olivia stands between freedom and getting in the way.
The relationship between Sebastian and Olivia is both romantic and sexy. Their connection is instant; Sebastian can feel the pull of his future mate. The storyline is fast paced ; the characters are easily relatable; and sexual heat is perfect for a sunny afternoon.
If you are a fan of The Novel of the Elder Races, THE WICKED is sure to please. It is a quick read that will fill in some down time between novels and keep the pulse on the world of the Wyr.
Reviewed by Sandy