Wicked Nix

Wicked Nix

Book - 2018
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Wicked Nix starts out as the whimsical story of a woodland fairy who is up to no good but has the best of intentions. He brings to mind Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream--he is wonderfully awful and charmingly mischievous, and, for some reason, we know we won't be able to resist delighting in his misdoings, even as members of his enemy party: people.

Nix himself narrates the story of his experience with a human intruder in the fairies' forest, describing the impish tactics and spiteful threats he uses while attempting to drive the "tallish and oldish and baldish" man away. The truth is, though, that Nix lacks in the wicked magic he professes to have, and he fears the fairy queen who has left him in charge of the forest. The sordid tricks Nix uses to deceive the cottage-dweller into believing he does possess charms never sit well with him, and we begin to see that Nix is not exactly like Puck. He dreams of glory and feigns an overblown pride, but he has an empathic heart of gold and a deep-seated fear that we cannot help but want to quell. Eventually, we learn that not only is Nix not foul, but that he may not be a fairy at all.

Publisher: HarperCollins, 2018
ISBN: 9781443454698


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Jul 13, 2019

A new fairytale and it's amazing.

Mar 11, 2019

A quick read, and an utterly charming one. For lovers of faerie stories, Susanna Clarke fans, & those looking for a new read-aloud.

Wicked Nix is hard to talk about without giving too much away. It has an underlying sadness, but its pluck is consoling; and that some magics are more powerful than others. Those familiar with faerie lore will especially appreciate Wicked Nix, but it isn’t required. Lena Coakley knows her craft and all you need to find is the book and sliver of your day.

I mentioned fans of faerie lore and Susanna Clarke. Also, recommended for readers of classic adventures like Peter Pan or Pinocchio; it also brought to mind the more recent Matilda Woods’ novel The Bird, The Boy, and the Coffin Maker.

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