This is a review of “Wicked Deeds On a Winter’s Night” by Kresley Cole, it is the 3rd book in the Immortals After Dark Series. It follows on from “No Rest For the Wicked“.
Mariketa the Awaited is a witch. She is human and fey, and is undergoing her transition, becoming immortal. She has entered in The Hie (A Supernatural Amazing Race-like competition) to prove her worth and hone her unpredictable (but formidable abilities).
Bowen MacReive is a Lykae. He has entered The Hie in attempt to change the past and rescue his mate before she perishes. Living without her for centuries has taken its toll on him, and he is constantly wondering why he didn’t just end himself after she died.
The two inevitably cross paths during The Hie. The Lykae inexplicably finds himself attracted to the witch (a species he cannot abide by the way) and believes her to have enthralled him. Mari has put a spell on him. A spell to make him mortal. During The Hie, Bowen traps Mari in an incubus-ridden cave with demons and fey-archers. He is thwarted by Sebastian Wroth and Kaderin the Cold-Hearted and loses The Hie and the prize. He is grievously injured as Mari’s spell will not allow him to regenerate. He realises that he must rescue the witch if he has any hope of returning to his old self.
After being rescued, Mari is none too pleased with the Lykae. Harrowing weeks in the cave have taken their toll upon her, and she loathes him immensely. And she doesn’t know if she has actually enthralled the Lykae (99 times out of 100 her magic somehow fails). And Bowen certainly believes her to be his mate, which should be impossible shouldn’t it?
But is Mari his mate? What of Mariah his long dead mate? And what of the creepy mirrors that keep enticing Mari?
A cool read.