Wicked offers a comic take on urban fantasy. Seven Cyn, otherwise known as Sev, is a member of the Kin, a being from the Astral Planes—and she’s also a CIA operative! Along with her best friend Leon, she goes in search of the Spear of Destiny, teaming up with Luc, the novel’s sexy love interest, and with Ace, a pixie with an attitude. Together, they face apocalyptic evil in their race to save the universe. And Sev faces the much more personal issue of being expected to kill off Luc (otherwise known as Lucifer), despite her love for him.
The novel’s vast canvas, spanning eons and the entire universe, allows for delightful character building. And Jillian Kleine Der Löwe’s world-building is fascinating. She draws upon imagery and tropes from a variety of religions and weaves them together into a compelling setting and storyline. Occasionally, the satirical elements seemed a bit heavy-handed; sometimes, this pulled me out of what should have been otherwise completely engrossing scenes. Nonetheless, Wicked is a fun ride, taking the reader from the comfortable world as we know it into a fantastical universe of light and dark, good and evil—a universe that blends the religious and the mundane into a fabulous background for entertaining characters and a plot that moves at breakneck speed.
Score: 4 stars
Jillian Kleine Der Löwe’s Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jillian-Kleine-Der-Löwe/e/B00E9HOQOG/