The Wicked & The Dead
Enter a new faery world by the author of the internationally and New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series...
Half witch, half killer, wholly unpreparedly for a Faery Bargain...Geneviève Crowe makes her living beheading the dead in near-future New Orleans.
But now, her magic's gone sideways, and the only person strong enough to help her is the one man who could tempt her to think about picket fences: Eli Stonecroft, a local faery bar-owner.
When human businessmen start turning up as draugar, both the queen of the again-walkers and the wealthy son of one of the victims, hire Geneviève to figure it out. She works to keep her magic in check, the dead from crawling out of their graves, and enough money for a future that might be a lot longer than she'd like. Neither her heart nor her life are safe now that she's juggling a faery, murder, and magic.
"Bestseller Marr (the Wicked Lovely series) gives urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers a treat with her entertaining Faery Bargains series launch....Marr ensconces beloved genre tropes in refreshing worldbuilding, offering a sly, never self-serious take on faery bargains and the walking dead....Readers will be hooked."-- Publishers Weekly
"I loved The Wicked and The Dead! A sassy, ass-kicking heroine, a deliciously mysterious fae hero, and a wonderful mix of action and romance. Add that to Melissa's usual great world-building, and I'm already looking forward to book 2!" – Jeaniene Frost, New York Tmes Bestselling Author
"Wow! You all seriously want to read this. It's an urban fantasy - very cool twist on vampires - with a heroine simultaneously so kickass, warmly human, and passionate about the world that I want to be her. I also want to be her because of the insanely hot Eli, her fae love interest. . . .Get in on the ground level with this series, because it's going to be an auto buy. Highly recommend."-- Jeffe Kennedy, award-winning author and SFWA Board Member
"I absolutely loved this novel! Melissa Marr does a brilliant job of weaving obscure folklore into a modern story."--Staff Pick, Lafourche Library, Lafourche Louisiana
Bestseller Marr (the Wicked Lovely series) gives urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers a treat with her entertaining Faery Bargains series launch. Powerful witch Genevi ve Crowe works as a hired sword in New Orleans, and her latest clients enlist her to ensure that their deceased loved ones stay dead. The risk of the dead rising as draugr, zombie-like creatures who crave living flesh, is real, with Marr establishing complex lore around how they come to be and the stages of their sentience (some can live to maturity, if given the chance). Genevi ve is good at what she does, but she's often haunted by her actions: does her job make her a hero, a murderer, or something else entirely? That question comes to a head as what's supposed to be a routine job goes wrong, and Genevi ve is thrust into a web of intrigue and murder that puts herself, her friends, and her alluring fae business partner, Eli, at risk. Marr ensconces beloved genre tropes in refreshing worldbuilding, offering a sly, never self-serious take on faery bargains and the walking dead. The conclusion leaves many questions dangling but sets things up nicely for future installments. Readers will be hooked. (Self-published)