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Wild and Wicked Things

Wild and Wicked Things

by Francesca May

Narrated by Marisa Calin, Gemma Dawson, Ralph Lister

Unabridged — 14 hours, 48 minutes

Francesca May

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Overview

"Brimming with romance and gilded with danger, Wild and Wicked Things is a heady, lyrical gem of a book." -Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author

In the aftermath of World War I, a naive woman is swept into a glittering world filled with dark magic, romance, and murder in this lush and decadent debut.

On Crow Island, people whisper, real magic lurks just below the surface. 

Neither real magic nor faux magic interests Annie Mason. Not after it stole her future. She's only on the island to settle her late father's estate and, hopefully, reconnect with her long-absent best friend, Beatrice, who fled their dreary lives for a more glamorous one. 

Yet Crow Island is brimming with temptation, and the biggest one may be her enigmatic new neighbor. 

Mysterious and alluring, Emmeline Delacroix is a figure shadowed by rumors of witchcraft. And when Annie witnesses a confrontation between Bea and Emmeline at one of the island's extravagant parties, she is drawn into a glittering, haunted world. A world where the boundaries of wickedness are tested, and the cost of illicit magic might be death.

Praise for Wild and Wicked Things:

“Entrancing, seductive, and decadently beautiful. Here is a deep, sensuous exploration of the bonds between three very different, complex women that readers won't soon forget." -Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author 

"An intoxicating blend of secrets and glamour, romance and scandal, blood magic and dark pasts." -H. G. Parry


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

11/22/2021

May (The Final Child, written as Fran Dorricott) delivers a beautiful but somewhat ponderous tale of queer love in a post-WWI England where the existence of magic is acknowledged but not accepted. After the war, Crow Island teems with tourists, among them Annie Mason, brought to the island by the death of a father she never knew. While settling his affairs, she lives in a small cottage next to the grand, infamous Cross House, inhabited by a mysterious trio rumored to serve forbidden magic at their Gatsby-esque soirees. Also on the isle is Annie’s best friend, Bea, who ran away with barely a goodbye a year earlier—and who is now subtly different in chilling ways. Complicating matters is the inexplicable pull Annie feels toward Emmeline, the butch owner of Cross House. She doesn’t understand their kinship, nor does she yet realize that she, Emmeline, and Bea are all inextricably connected. May’s atmospheric prose conjures the world down to its last detail but is less successful at driving the plot forward. It doesn’t help matters that Emmeline and her Cross House roommates are far more captivating than Annie and Bea. Still, fans of historical fantasy will appreciate the lush scene-setting and be drawn in by the women’s complex dynamics. Agent: Diana Beaumont, Marjacq. (Mar.)

From the Publisher

"Brimming with romance and gilded with danger, Wild and Wicked Things is a heady, lyrical gem of a book."—Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

"Haunting, immersive, and seething with dark magic, Wild and Wicked Things cast its spell on me"—Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

"[T]his compelling queer gothic gas-lamp tale of witchcraft, wealth, and war is filled with brooding atmosphere, sensual details, and a sense of creeping dread....[a] tale of secrets, lies, and mistakenly raising the dead, will keep readers guessing and turning pages to the very end. Highly recommended for lovers of dark, witchy fantasy."—Library Journal (starred review)

Wild and Wicked Things ticked all my boxes. May’s vivid prose carries us off to a world not quite unlike our own and spins the story of one woman coming into her own, another fighting the darkness inside her, and the two of them drawing together to become something more. I couldn’t put it down.”—Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

"Viciously enchanting, with a spell woven onto every page. Francesca May has given us a cast of wild and wicked women who dare to hold a mirror to the darkest, and most tender, parts of our souls. I couldn't get enough!"—Heather Walter, author of Malice

“Entrancing, seductive, and decadently beautiful, Francesca May weaves an intoxicating spell. Here is a deep, sensuous exploration of the bonds between three very different, complex women that readers won't soon forget."—Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author

"A sapphic historical fantasy novel that drips with dark curses and alluring witchcraft. It delivers all the gothic, witchy vibes you could hope for."—CultureFly

"An intoxicating blend of secrets and glamour, romance and scandal, blood magic and dark pasts. If you’ve ever thought the Jazz Age would have been better with witchcraft, this book is for you."—H. G. Parry, author of The Shadow Histories

"Even after the last page is turned, this intoxicating story lingers like a deep dark wine. Sparkling and deadly, Wild and Wicked Things enchanted me, and if you're feeling dangerous, it will enchant you too."—Lucy Holland, author of Sistersong

"[B]eautiful...May’s atmospheric prose conjures the world down to its last detail." —Publishers Weekly

"[A] spooky, sexy delight."

Seattle Times

Library Journal

★ 02/01/2022

DEBUT This compelling queer gothic gas-lamp tale of witchcraft, wealth, and war is filled with brooding atmosphere, sensual details, and a sense of creeping dread. The story is set on a magical island off the coast of England, just after a Great War where the trenches were filled with magic instead of mustard gas, and where the craft that both sides relied upon is facing a Prohibition of its own. The witches of Crow Island face a threat to their existence when the blood debt they accepted for their happiness comes due in a storm of murder and madness. One woman wants to escape, while another finds her lost heritage hidden in the island's magic. VERDICT May's debut fantasy novel, a tale of secrets, lies, and mistakenly raising the dead, will keep readers guessing and turning pages to the very end. Highly recommended for lovers of dark, witchy fantasy, especially those seeking read-alikes of Alix Harrow's The Once and Future Witches or Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.—Marlene Harris

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176444605
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 03/29/2022
Edition description: Unabridged

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