“Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s night” is the third book in the “Immortals After Dark” series by Kresley Cole. This series gets better and better with each book.
This story picks up exactly where “No rest for the wicked” ended, and it follows Bowen MacRieve and Mariketa the Awaited after the Hie, an immortal treasure hunt that takes place every 250 years.
Bowe wanted the trophy more than anyone else. The Key that could take him to the past, meant that he could return and saved the love of his life. But he lost the Hie to Kaderin and Sebastian.
Mariketa the Awaited joined the Hie before even freezing in her immortality. She has always been told that she has had great power and it is true. But it is power that she can’t control or summon at will. And a volatile power is no good. At the end of the Hie, she finds herself trapped in a temple alongside some other participants, because of Bowen.
The story starts when Bowen is made to go back and free her, or face the wrath of the witches he so loathes. The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood are strong, especially in the beginning, when Mari has her cape. Their story is more balanced thant he two before it, between the action and the romance. The story has good pacing that keeps the reader engaged and interested.
The expanded universe and the reappearing characters give the story a familiarity, and we get glimpses of what characters we’ve already met are up to, like Lachlain.
Bowen is an old werewolf, set in his ways and in his hatred for witches. Mariketa is a young, passionate witch. A very well-rounded character as well, especially when compared to Emma and Kaderin. She’s sassy, smart, with insecurities that do not make her a push-over in any kind of way.
I was glad at the end of the story to see that Bowen didn’t demand that she change and be less than she is, but instead he accepted her with everything she was. As he should.
Now, on to the things that I didn’t like. Also spoilery stuff.
The ending. I didn’t like it. Let’s put it as simply as that. The resolution was out of the blue. Suddenly Bowen’s dead girlfriend wasn’t really the girl he was meant to be with, suddenly there is an all-powerful Goddess after Mariketa and she’s going to use Bowen to get to her.
It was all so very sudden. I would have accepted it better if there was some kind of foreshadowing or hint. But the only thing we got was that Bowen’s friends didn’t like Maria. The end.
I didn’t feel the last battle either. It was just a few pages long, and Mariketa had somehow learned everything she needed to know in a couple of days. I didn’t fear for her life at the end. Neither hers, nor Bowen’s. Everything was wrapped up in a nice bow, very quickly for my liking.
Also, Nyx. She is getting tiring after a little while. One would think that by now, the other characters would know not to trust her. They would know to be more careful of the riddles she gives them. But no. Everyone takes her words to heart and they don’t think more on them.
Overall, it was a very interesting story, ending aside. But it was also a story that I enjoyed more the second time I read it. The first time, I wasn’t that impressed.
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