Author: Megan Derr
Series: Wick 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, M/F
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
Four tales of men who refuse to be molded... Swordwick is the story of a prince who dares to wield both blade and wick—until he must pretend to be something else for the sake of his sister. Odd Wick tells the tale of a wick of extraordinary genius who wants nothing more than the ordinary Captain serving as his escort. Songwick is the tale of a wick of incredibly rare ability, desperate to escape a miserable past and find a bright future... Flamewick relates the story of a man as fierce as the flames he controls, until that which he holds most dear is stolen from him, and one man alone is not enough to get it back.
Wick is one of the more imaginative books on my bookshelf. The world Derr created is so interesting with so much depth that I can't help being impressed. There are people in the world that have a power called a wick. There are dozens of different types of wicks from charmwicks to flamewicks, and any other power Derr decided to give to her characters. Wicks have different levels of power and are schooled until they are proficient. Each Wick has a familiar, an animal they can mindspeak with. Unfortunately, as interesting as that power is, that is all the information that is given about it. Where wick comes from, how a person learns to harness it, or what makes different people able to control different wicks is never explained. Neither is where a familiar comes from. The swordwicks in the story spend a considerable amount of time killing dragons, but I don't understand why those wild dragons are different from the dragons that are familiars. A little more explanation would have gone a long way in this story.
There are four different short stories in this one book. Each one features a different main couple and a separate plot, but all the characters from the other stories have cameos. The stories were all cute and well written with a sweetness to them that I really enjoyed. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Creawick's story, given how horribly maligned he was in the earlier stories. I thought it showed a great deal of skill to have the two sides of a misunderstanding fiercely defending their cases without losing the seriousness of the issue.
I did have a very serious problem with this story. I loved reading it and will reread it again soon, but there were so many glaring spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors that kept throwing me out of the story. I didn't bother with an exact count, but it was at least two dozen missing words, letters, and quotation marks as well as a few 'ed' instead of 'ing' endings. If it had only been one or two, I would have happily ignored them, but this many is a travesty in a book that was otherwise a fun read. Since I purchased this book, there isn't even the excuse that it's an ARC to fall back on. I had to take a petal off because this issue effected my overall enjoyment of the story.
I have yet to find a book by Megan Derr that I would not recommend and Wick is not the exception. I enjoyed reading it a lot, and especially liked the magical powers the characters used. However, the dozens of glaring spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors made the book difficult to read at times.
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