‘When it comes to the Wyrde, there is no such thing as harmless. Every single one of us is a walking disaster.’
Winter has come to Werth Towers, and brought a deal of trouble with it.
Not that any of it is the fault of Miss Gussie Werth. To be a one-woman catastrophe might be seen as a misfortune, but really, there can be no hope of a cure.
What with murderous Books on the rampage, Lady Maundevyle brewing plans for Christmas, and a couple of dragons on the loose, a quiet life is not likely to be had.
Still, in times of crisis, there is always Lord Felix. The disreputable old revenant might have a few odd ideas; but you’re at Werth Towers, now. The merely unusual comes as a matter of course.
Welcome to the strangest family in Regency England. Find out just what Gussie did next...
Love this weird world!
Wyrde and Wicked is the second installment of an unusual and oddly engaging story. Do you want a dragon with a gourmet palate? Check. The disembodied head of a dead relative who delights in the macabre? Yup. Scheming, violent Books which do everything they can to escape and raise havoc? Also here. Intrepid heroine and a reluctant hero? Bingo!
This story centers around a family who receive unusual magical abilities on their third birthday. The Werths are not the only families so afflicted, but are one of the foremost. They have in their possession two cursed Books with violent tendencies. The story revolves around safeguarding the Books, trying to learn more about them, exploring the horrifying possibility that there may be more of them and debating if and how to destroy them.
Gussie (the intrepid heroine) and Theo (the reluctant hero) have become two of my favorite characters. Nothing is impossible to Gussie who drags her family along in her quest to learn more about the Books. Theo will tell anyone who’ll listen that he doesn’t care and wants to be left alone, yet bestirs himself when needed to secure a vicious curse-book. The story is good, but to me it’s the dialog and interaction between the characters and the unusual supporting cast that makes this book so entertaining. You could read this one first, but it will make more sense if you read the first book of the series, Wyrde and Wayward, before reading this one. I recommend them both!