The Wicked



➻ [Download] ➸ The Wicked By Douglas Nicholas ➺ – E17streets4all.co.uk The mesmerizing and highly anticipated sequel to Something Red transports readers to the harsh and enchanting world of thirteenth century England, where a group of unlikely heroes battles an ancient e The mesmerizing and highly anticipated sequel to Something Red transports readers to the harsh and enchanting world of thirteenth century England, where a group of unlikely heroes battles an ancient evilIn the critically acclaimed historical fantasy Something Red, the young warrior Hob, his mentor Jack, the mystical Irish queen Molly, and her powerful granddaughter Nemain travelled far and wide, battling shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and otherworldly knights Now, a new type of evil has come to reside in a castle by the chilly waters of the North Sea Men disappear and are found as horribly wizened corpses Warriors ride out and return under a terrible spell Only Molly, with her healing powers, can save the people from a malevolent nobleman and his beautiful, wicked wife As all are drawn into battle, the young Hob and his adopted family must vanquish the dark powers before they themselves are defeatedAn unforgettable blend of fantasy, mythology, and horror, The Wicked is just as chilling, beautifully written, and historically rich as Something Red, drawing readers into a world both magical and haunting where nothing is ever as it seems.The Wicked

Douglas Nicholas is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Atlanta Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sonora Review, Circumference, A Different Drummer, and Cumberland Review, as well as the South Coast Poetry Journal, where he won a prize in that publication s Fifth Annual Poetry ContestOther awards include Honorable Mention in the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Prize For Poetry Awards, second place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards from PCCC, International Merit Award in Atlanta Review s Poetry competition, finalist in the Emily Dickinson Award in Poetry competition, honorable mention in the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, first prize in the journal Lake Effect s Sixth Annual Poetry Contest, first prize in poetry in the Roberts Writing Awards, and finalist in the Roberts short fiction divisionHe was also recipient of an award in the International Poetry Contest sponsored by the Arvon Foundation in Lancashire, England, and a Cecil B Hackney Literary Award for poetry from Birmingham Southern College He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley with his wife, Theresa, and Yorkshire terrier, Tristan.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader Jack, the mystical Irish queen Molly, and her powerful granddaughter Nemain travelled far and wide, battling shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and otherworldly knights Now, a new type of evil has come to reside in a castle by the chilly waters of the North Sea Men disappear and are found as horribly wizened corpses Warriors ride out and return under a terrible spell Only Molly, with her healing powers, can save the people from a malevolent nobleman and his beautiful, wicked wife As all are drawn into battle, the young Hob and his adopted family must vanquish the dark powers before they themselves are defeatedAn unforgettable blend of fantasy, mythology, and horror, The Wicked is just as chilling, beautifully written, and historically rich as Something Red, drawing readers into a world both magical and haunting where nothing is ever as it seems."/>
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Wicked
  • Douglas Nicholas
  • 15 August 2019
  • 1451660243

10 thoughts on “The Wicked

  1. says:

    I remember liking the first one a lotBut, it has been so long since I started the series that I couldn t remember what kind of were beast one of the recurring characters is.

  2. says:

    Come back to 13th century England were we follow Hob, a young man who for unknown reasons is left in the care of a monk , who passes him on into the care of deposed Queen Molly Hob is then betrothed to her granddaughter , Nermain, and he discovers that both women are adept in the arts , reason enough for the royal decree that Molly not be the next Queen Hob, Molly, Nermain and big Jack Brown travel the country side as a musical group, entertaining, and healing the locals As we listen to Come back to 13th century England were we follow Hob, a young man who for unknown reasons is left in the care of a monk , who passes him on into the care of deposed Queen Molly Hob is then betrothed to her granddaughter , Nermain, and he discovers that both women are adept in the arts , reason enough for the royal decree that Molly not be the next Queen Hob, Molly, Nermain and big Jack Brown travel the country side as a musical group, entertaining, and healing the locals As we listen to the tale being told by a reliable third party, strange things are brewing , dead bodies start piling up,in unusual, vile and frightening conditions.Such a unique telling of the tale of what this country calls a Turnskin The Sire de Belefontaine, Lord Ordinell, seeks out our Molly to ask for her help His recent contact with some old friends have left him shaken and fearful for their very souls Ordinell himself thinks he knows the cause of many recent unsettling visitations, attacks, and occurrences Not wanting to raise suspicion they hatch a simple plan to insert the troupe into his castle as entertainment, so Ordinell can invite his suspects, Lord Tarquin and his Lady Rohese The path to the castle is filled with peril as one might expect, and it is beautifully written A vision of a land filled with lush, huge green evergreen trees, rolling hills, steep mountain paths, and winding dirt roads cut into the world by loggers and mountain people that live outside the small towns so far from anything that they have very little knowledge of anything, but their own culture Molly and her troupe know not if they will be welcome or set upon by thieves They must also establish themselves as worthy, before they are invited to Sir Ordinell s castle So they must entertain at a small Inn, and risk exposure What happens there, is masterfully written and SO, worth the price of admission The visit to Ordinell s castle de Belefontaine, is an unforgettable one, which sets an entirely different series of events into motion This is where we are introduced to Tarquin, and his Lady Rohese Their countenance is disturbing, to say the least, and Hob, although not adept in the arts cannot help but, feel that there is something terribly sinister about the both of them This is such a unique telling of a tale that the ending took me quite by surprise I didn t expect it I was so pleased that happened I didn t want this to end I want another book right now These characters were wonderful, the animals were fully formed and included, when you read this you will understand that it is for obvious reasons Footnote added 11 30 13 I started reading this aloud due to the fact that I have a slight Irsih accent and here is a smattering of Galic and olde lauguage throughout When I looked up periodically my two felines were belly up, two front paws tucked under their chins, and had that cartoony pus n boots wide eyed look you know he one from Shreck It was as if they knew exactly what I was reading to them, a very unnerving experience, but totally appropriate considering the connection between man and animals that Nicholas had established in this amazing book

  3. says:

    I loved Nicholas s first book SOMETHING RED and this sequel, featuring the same characters, did not disappoint Nicholas makes the 13th century come alive with startling, poetic language not surprising since he s an excellent poet , vivid and sometimes gruesome imagery, and believable, sympathetic characters We watch Hob and his adopted family, Molly and Nemain and Jack, go up against a truly terrifying foe The mixture of magic with a historically accurate setting reminds me most powerfully o I loved Nicholas s first book SOMETHING RED and this sequel, featuring the same characters, did not disappoint Nicholas makes the 13th century come alive with startling, poetic language not surprising since he s an excellent poet , vivid and sometimes gruesome imagery, and believable, sympathetic characters We watch Hob and his adopted family, Molly and Nemain and Jack, go up against a truly terrifying foe The mixture of magic with a historically accurate setting reminds me most powerfully of Mary Stewart s Arthurian books and GAME OF THRONES I can t wait for the next book by Douglas Nicholas

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    A perfect book.Oddly, I managed to read the whole thing and love it before realizing that it is the second in a series I ll have to go back and find Something Red now A perfect book.Oddly, I managed to read the whole thing and love it before realizing that it is the second in a series I ll have to go back and find Something Red now

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    Originally published at Risingshadow.Douglas Nicholas debut novel, Something Red, was published in 2012 It was one of the best and most enjoyable novels of the year, because it was a beautifully written historical fantasy novel that contained intriguing horror elements Its sequel, The Wicked, is also an excellent and enjoyable novel that will please all readers who enjoyed reading Something Red All the things that made the previous novel excellent can also be found in this novel The author c Originally published at Risingshadow.Douglas Nicholas debut novel, Something Red, was published in 2012 It was one of the best and most enjoyable novels of the year, because it was a beautifully written historical fantasy novel that contained intriguing horror elements Its sequel, The Wicked, is also an excellent and enjoyable novel that will please all readers who enjoyed reading Something Red All the things that made the previous novel excellent can also be found in this novel The author continues to delight his readers with beautiful prose, and he also surprises and shocks his readers with macabre horror elements.Just like its predecessor, The Wicked is historical fantasy that contains horror elements and mythological elements Douglas Nicholas combines fantasy, horror, mythology and historical fiction with an expert s touch and creates a spellbinding story that will be of interest to everybody loves good literary fiction There are no faults in this novel, because it s a perfect historical fantasy novel.I can honestly say that Something Red and The Wicked are two novels, which belong to the small group of novels that have restored my faith in historical fiction In my opinion most new historical novels have beenor less mediocre and boring, but during the last couple of years I ve had a pleasure to read good and well written historical novels that differ from mainstream historical novels I think that everybody who reads Something Red and The Wicked will think likewise, because they re excellent novels.Because The Wicked is the second novel in a trilogy, there may be readers out there who wonder if it can be read as a standalone novel It s possible that it can be read as a standalone novel, because the author briefly tells what has happened to the characters at the beginning of the story, but I think that readers will be able to fully enjoy the story if they re familiar with the characters and their past, so it s good to read the first novel before this one.I think that readers who aren t used to reading speculative fiction will enjoy and love The Wicked, because it s been written so well that it will fascinate several mainstream readers It s one of those rare novels that will be of interest to both readerships.Here s information about the story The Wicked tells what happens to the characters after the happenings in Something Red The events take place a year and a quarter later Molly, Nemain, Jack and Hob are spending time in Sir Jehan s castle Sir Jehan has invited Sir Odinell to the castle, because he thinks that Molly might be able to help him and he would be able to help Molly Sir Odinell tells Molly what has been happening near his castle He tells that Sir Tarquin and his wife, Lady Rohese, have come to dwell in Duncarlin and fearsome happenings have begun to plague the countryside He asks if Molly can help him Molly agrees to help him and she begins to investigate what s going on What she finds out is truly terrifyingI have to mention that I love the author s characterization, because he brings each character to life and gradually deepens them It was delightful to read again about Molly, Nemain, Jack and Hob It s great that the author continues to develop these characters and revealsthings about them.Here s a bit of information about the characters Molly is an Irish queen who lives in exile in England She travels around as musician and healer with her ox driven wagon She has recently spent quite a lot of time with Sir Jehan Nemain is her granddaughter, whom she has trained Jack is still Molly s lover Hob is now a muscular youth and betrothed to Nemain He will be trained to become a knight.Molly is an especially interesting character, because she has a bit mysterious past She knows many things and she seems to have a calming effect on people I enjoyed reading about her problems and how she offered help to people It was great to read how she used her vast knowledge and powers to help others Reading about her powers was fascinating, because the author revealedabout them in this novel.Hob is also an interesting character The author wrote well about how Hob felt about the pagan beliefs and powers of Molly, because he was raised to be Christian He still felt a bit odd when such things as Goddess were mentioned, but he hardly even noticed them any, because he had become used to them Because he admired Molly and loved Nemain, he didn t pay much attention to these things any.Sir Tarquin and his wife, Lady Rohese, are very intriguing characters, because there s something unsettling about them It was fascinating to read how Molly s troupe examined them in Sir Odinell s castle and what they found out about them I m not going to reveal what they are and what they can do, but I ll mention that they re dangerous and wicked beings that have great powers It was good that the author showed how dogs reacted to Sir Tarquin, because they could sense that something was wrong with him.It s good to mention that Douglas Nicholas can also write fluently about animals It was nice to read how well he wrote about the small terrier, Sweetlove He also wrote well about Hob s bond with the ox.Douglas Nicholas writes fluently and addictively about supernatural happenings It was fascinating to read about the evil presence that had taken residence near Sir Odinell s castle I also enjoyed reading about the rat hunt, because the rats were truly menacing and unforgettable creatures They were abnormally big and had strange eyes, because they were familiars and spied on people If there are readers out there who don t know what a familiar is, I can briefly mention that a familiar is a supernatural entity that assists people in their use of magic Familiars serve people who use magic and can be either malevolent or benevolent depending on whom they serve The author has an excellent way of building up suspense and terror He knows how to keep readers interested in the story by delivering surprises at regular intervals The strange happenings are being described perfectly, because at first the characters and also the readers don t know what s happening and what s causing the strange and unsettling phenomena.There are several good scenes in this novel One of my favourite scenes is the scene in which Molly and Lady Rohese stare at each other It s a perfectly constructed scene and the outcome of it is very rewarding and also surprising I m sure that all readers will enjoy this scene.I enjoyed Douglas Nicholas poetic prose in the previous novel and I also enjoyed it in this novel, because I ve always liked to read rich and poetic prose it s a pleasure to read this kind of prose In this novel his prose is perhaps evenstunningly beautiful, poetic and nuanced than in Something Red and that is quite an amazing achievement If there are readers who like this kind of prose, they re in for a real treat when they begin to read this novel.In my honest opinion Douglas Nicholas is one of the best writers of literary fantasy, because he writes excellent prose and easily creates an enchanting atmosphere for example, the scene in which Molly and her troupe spend time with the charcoal burners is a beautifully written and picturesque scene He has a natural talent for storytelling, because the story flows effortlessly from the first page to the last page and the ending is perfect.Douglas Nicholas brings the threatening scenes of the story to life by writing vividly about them He writes fascinatingly about bandits on the road, trouble at the inn, sorcery and other things He also masterfully adds macabre elements to the storyline For example, the sight of the body in the rhine was a deliciously macabre sight It s also worth mentioning that the bodies that washed up on the shore and showed evidence of corruption were quite a macabre and unforgettable sight The author uses macabre elements sparingly and never overdoes anything by gradually revealing the horrors that plague the countryside he catches the reader s attention and makes the story addictive.The Wicked just like Something Red is surprisingly rich with historical details about life and living conditions in medieval England The descriptions of the places, people and happenings are wonderfully realistic and believable I think the author has done quite a lot of research, because everything feels realistic and it s easy to imagine that people have truly lived the way their lives are being described in the story The castles, the woods, the sea, the inns etc are all portrayed in a realistic and compelling way The author makes the reader feel like he she is among the characters as they face dangers and travel along the roads and visit inns and castles.It s easy for readers to see that Douglas Nicholas is interested in history and historical details It s interesting that he writes about the German Sea, because this term is seldom used nowadays Those readers who are familiar with history probably know that the German Sea is now called the North Sea If I m not mistaken, the German Sea originated from Latin Mare Germanicum and Oceanus Germanicum and was used almost until the 19th century.There are two short glossaries at the end of this novel a glossary of Irish terms and a glossary of archaims and North England dialect terms These glossaries are useful to readers, because the characters use Irish terms and archaisms often Because I ve been interested in English and Irish for a long time, it was fascinating for me to read how different terms and words were used in the story.The cover image looks wonderfully ominous I can mention that the raven that can be seen in the cover image makes an appearance in the story, but I won t mention how, because I want to avoid writing spoilers.Because I enjoyed reading The Wicked, I have to mention that I can hardly wait to read the third novel It ll be fascinating to find out how the story ends and what happens to the characters.Every once in a while every reader comes across novels that are so beautifully written that it s difficult to describe their beauty to other readers The Wicked is one these novels It s a hauntingly beautiful and captivating masterpiece of historical fantasy that will enchant you with its story, historical details and supernatural happenings It belongs to the bookshelf of every fantasy reader and book lover, and should be read by as many readers as possible.If you enjoy reading quality novels and historical fantasy, The Wicked is a perfect novel for you It s a remarkable and unsurpassable novel in terms of prose, atmosphere, characterization and storytelling It will be one of the best novels of 2014, so you should buy it and read it as soon as possible I m sure that if you begin to read this novel in the evening, you ll be reading it all night to find out what happens at the end Once you start reading this novel, you ll find it very difficult to put it down, because it s perfect escapism.Highly recommended

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    I am not normally a big fantasy reader, but I enjoy a little something fanciful now and then I enjoyed Douglas Nicholas previous novel, Something Red, and I was not disappointed in The Wicked Thirteenth century England is the perfect setting for this sort of adventure, with elements of historical fiction, mystery and magic.Once again, exiled Irish queen Molly is traveling the countryside with her granddaughter, Nemain, her young apprentice, Hob, and her lover, Jack Brown They have come to th I am not normally a big fantasy reader, but I enjoy a little something fanciful now and then I enjoyed Douglas Nicholas previous novel, Something Red, and I was not disappointed in The Wicked Thirteenth century England is the perfect setting for this sort of adventure, with elements of historical fiction, mystery and magic.Once again, exiled Irish queen Molly is traveling the countryside with her granddaughter, Nemain, her young apprentice, Hob, and her lover, Jack Brown They have come to the castle of Sir Jehan, who they saved in Something Red, to discuss a creeping danger that is facing his long time friend, Sir Odinell Something is preying on the people in the surrounding lands draining their life force, leaving wizened corpses Knights sent out to battle this evil do not return or return in a daze, a shadow of their former selves With good reason, Sir Odinell suspects Sir Tarquin and his wife they have a malevolent air about them and their behavior is suspicious But how does one battle an ancient evil Of course, Molly and Nemain recognize the evil and have a plan for fighting it Their particular variety of Irish magic fits so beautifully into the Olde English setting However, for me, the star of this series is Hob He has grown so much he started out as such an innocent, raised by a parish priest, and he has become a vital part of this traveling band While he may not understand the magic that they practice, he is bright and observant, often noticing details the others have missed He struggles with their practices he was raised by a priest, after all, and he is traveling with pagans but he clearly loves his new family and it is interesting to see them all through his eyes.I am really looking forward to the next book in this series I enjoy the portrayal of life in that time period, the mysticism and the characters Before writing novels, Nicholas was a poet and that shows in his writing It s a real pleasure to read

  7. says:

    The incredibly entertaining and mysterious group is back from the hit novel, Something Red, and fans will be pulled even further into this Northumbrian world of power, romance, and fangs.It all begins with Sir Ordinell calling out to Sir Jehan, his brother, for help It seems a new neighbor has moved into the area Sir Tarquin and his household are now living down the coast from Ordinell at a stronghold called Duncarlin Ordinell speaks with sweat on his brow to Sir Jehan and his crew, explainin The incredibly entertaining and mysterious group is back from the hit novel, Something Red, and fans will be pulled even further into this Northumbrian world of power, romance, and fangs.It all begins with Sir Ordinell calling out to Sir Jehan, his brother, for help It seems a new neighbor has moved into the area Sir Tarquin and his household are now living down the coast from Ordinell at a stronghold called Duncarlin Ordinell speaks with sweat on his brow to Sir Jehan and his crew, explaining the evil ways of this man and his wife, Lady Rohese, who is both beautiful and repellant at the same time.Sir Jehan is told of two knights that resided and worked for Ordinell who went out on a normal errand and returned home almost inhuman This incident happened after this particular evil couple took up residence and then, bodies began to be found that were so skinny the corpses literally looked as if the life had been sucked out of them.Jehan agrees to help With Hob, the young squire who will someday be a great warrior Nemain, the strong willed, hard headed girl who loves Hob Balthazar, the strong, valiant warrior and Grandma Molly, who has so many unique powers she, above anyone, could bring these horrific people down all set up a plan where they will follow Ordinell down the coast to check these monster out Lagging a few days behind so Molly and company can listen to the citizens and discover the secrets of Duncarlin, the group acts as a small band of musicians Molly talks to the Great Queen and asks for guidance, but when the band must face the frightening couple face to face, a fantastical battle begins between good and evil.This author has proven to one and all through his magical books that he knows how to engage the reader with a truly compelling story This offering is no different It will be thrilling to see where the story goes from here

  8. says:

    A really good read again This one seemed to read a little faster than the previous story Maybe because I knew what to expect in regards to writing style Different setting, different evil bad guy As much detail that goes into the world building of this story line, I d like to see a little meat put into the story itself and learn a littlebehind the bad guy s motive s I understand the evil needs to be removed, where did it come from, what is the purpose, how does Molly know what she kn A really good read again This one seemed to read a little faster than the previous story Maybe because I knew what to expect in regards to writing style Different setting, different evil bad guy As much detail that goes into the world building of this story line, I d like to see a little meat put into the story itself and learn a littlebehind the bad guy s motive s I understand the evil needs to be removed, where did it come from, what is the purpose, how does Molly know what she knows about the evil other than something she heard from older women a long time ago.I d also like to learn a littleabout Nemain and what she is being tutored for in the long run Some kind of information related to the end game, which is apparently getting back to Ireland and ruling her clan again No this is not a spoiler, it s all over this book and the previous one I am enjoying the story line and the adventures this band of characters are taking and I am sure it is leading to what Molly wants most, which is to take back her clan But I hope this does not run on and on like a few other series.Like I said, someback story on the lead characters other than Hob and Jack, especially when related to the bad guys they encounter I will read the third book and the short story as well titled The Demon You ll enjoy them if you stick with them They are a good read and enjoyable I jsut want a little

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    After the events of Something Red, Hob and his little family earned allies at the castle Blanchfontaine Hob learns to fight as a knight would, he s engaged to Nemaine, and Molly has the lord s promise to help her take back her kingdom in Ireland But when another lord arrives at the castle to ask for help dealing with an unknown horror in his lands, only Molly and Nemain s pagan magic can help.I really enjoyed visiting Nicholas medieval England he has a historian s eye for worldbuildng and an After the events of Something Red, Hob and his little family earned allies at the castle Blanchfontaine Hob learns to fight as a knight would, he s engaged to Nemaine, and Molly has the lord s promise to help her take back her kingdom in Ireland But when another lord arrives at the castle to ask for help dealing with an unknown horror in his lands, only Molly and Nemain s pagan magic can help.I really enjoyed visiting Nicholas medieval England he has a historian s eye for worldbuildng and an ear for syntax and phrasing that makes the setting entirely believable His familiarity with Anglo Norman politics, the sociology of rural England in the late Middle Ages, and the quirks of language in both Middle English and Irish are clear throughout the book.While I didn t feel that the dread and horror were quite as gripping here as they were in Something Red, I did very much appreciate that the view spoiler vampire enemy wasn t a typical modern vampire, but a truly evil, soul sucking creature hide spoiler Likewise, this was a clear step on the road to getting Molly and Nemain their kingdom back, as their help earns themallies I suspect the next book will involve a trip to Ireland and some closure as far as that plotline goes.Another quality offering from Douglas Nicholas that is worth reading and completely immersing yourself in

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    The Wicked is, if anything, better than its predecessor Something Red Set in the same marvellously realized world of an England still adapting to the Norman Conquest, a land of seemingly endless forests and wilderness, still troubled by monstrous evils ancient and new a land where the power of the Church is strong but sometimes not strong enough to deal with these dark powers.Jack and his adoptive family Molly the matriarch and her consort Jack and Molly s granddaughter Nemain seem to be a The Wicked is, if anything, better than its predecessor Something Red Set in the same marvellously realized world of an England still adapting to the Norman Conquest, a land of seemingly endless forests and wilderness, still troubled by monstrous evils ancient and new a land where the power of the Church is strong but sometimes not strong enough to deal with these dark powers.Jack and his adoptive family Molly the matriarch and her consort Jack and Molly s granddaughter Nemain seem to be a last secure with powerful friends and allies who they hope will ultimately help Molly in her goal of regaining her tiny kingdom in the far west of Ireland But that task lies in the future, after Jack has achieved his full strength, and now they will be tested to their limits in dealing with an ancient evil besetting one of their host s allies Nicholas draws this England beautifully, his prose style perfectly suited to a tale of Molly s and Nemain s ancient Celtic magic vigorously frowned upon by the jealous but ineffective Church deployed against a different and much darker sorcery He unveils the full scope of the threat gradually and with a growing sense of menace and of unstoppable evil balanced by Molly and her family s power and goodness A lot of fun to read and highly recommended

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