4 out of 5 stars
Be ready to be enthralled by magic.
By creatures you never imagined.
And by every supernatural being there is.
Be prepared to experience something…
Born into a lineage of witches, the Pogue brothers encounter danger wherever they go. It follows them like a dark shadow, like one of the many demons who track their movement.
Alongside their friends, the Romani Coven, the witches must battle the power of evil to protect the human race.
With a Pogue and Romani witch held captives and war on the rise the witches are placed in a tense situation, grasping at straws for the final results.
Who will win?
Good or evil?
Kester’s writing style possesses a sense of directory. He doesn’t beat around the bush leaving the reader behind trying to decipher what will happen. He uses simple words in short sentences to portray a clear message to the reader.
A unique literary device Kester uses in his novel is italics. He changes the font when something is being explained or if there is a flashback to the past. I really admired the change of font as it added originality to the writing and ease to the reading. If the reader had any unanswered questions they were answered through the use of italics.
I also appreciate the use of dialogue. There is nothing I dislike more than books with long, never-ending bodies of paragraphs. I understand, words are important but as a reader I prefer hearing and seeing what’s unfolding through a character’s words. It helps me to visualize myself in the place of the character. There was good use of dialogue in this novel. I was able to feel what the characters felt and knew how the experiences affected them.
My favourite character in Something Wicked is a witch from the Romani Coven, Madelyne. Every witch possesses an individual power, but not every one uses them the way she does. She holds herself on a pedestal of confidence and intimidation. When there was a demon to battle she never backed down, but persevered full speed ahead. Madelyne has a powerful personality which makes her a memorable character.
When reading this book one must be careful. There many characters which can become confusing. I do this with every book I read, but when reading this one I advise you make little notes as to who the characters are. This will help diffuse confusion in the long run.
I can’t count on one hand how many magical beings Kester included in his novel. It was brilliant. The ending was impactful, a perfect lead into a series.
If fantasy is your cup of coffee then this novel brings an extra dose of caffeine. I recommend this book to anyone aged 14 and up who love to read about witches and mythical creatures.
Don’t dive in too deep, or you may never come out.
Biblio Virgo (Ryan Jones) – Instagram
This is a debut novel by T. R. Kester and a good start to what looks to be a promising writing career.
The Pogues and the Romani take center stage in this story which revolves around the magical town of Treadwell.
The story has loads of action – supernatural, kidnap, magic, betrayal – the mind boggles.
There are some editing/repetition issues but the writing overall from a new author is very, very good.
I am not an avid reader or fan of supernatural but I did enjoy this well told tale.
Note: The story ends on a cliffhangar, there are so many questions yet to be answered.
Overall, a solid 4.5* read.
I was gifted a copy of this book.
*May 5, 2017*
Susan Horsnell (A. L. Simpson)
Tha’s what I saw potential in – the plethora of cool creatures with awesome abilities making the book interesting. However, too many can be a bad thing. Unfortunately, the author kept adding so many characters throughout the book that neither of them got enough story into their background and thus their appearance in the book felt shallow and artificial. For a long time I couldn’t wrap my mind around them all and felt confused by the constant addition of more characters and then I realised that I couldn’t develop any feelings toward any of them (be it negative or positive) and because of that I couldn’t care less who won at the end. Which is sad because when I read a book about the battle of two sides I want to be able to choose and cheer for one of them. Here I couldn’t.
Speaking of battles – that’s something the author does well. Pretty much in every chapter there is a fight between two parties including a lot of effects and moves. Those of you who are into this kind of thing, you’ll be happy. To me, it felt like a script for a movie or the said TV shows. The action was great but sometimes it felt like the plot was on vacation and the purpose of the book’s existence was mainly for these scenes (those of you familiar with Greek drama imagine this: exposition, rising action, rising action, rising action,…oh wait, did we just jump right to the catastrophe?!).
You know how I hate trilogies and other -logies because I feel like the publishers just want to squeeze more money out of people and force the authors to artificially prolong a story which would be wonderful in one book but comes out too diluted in a series? Here, it was the exact opposite. If the author focused more on fewer characters and developed the story by putting in more background info, it would be a very adventurous series. But in just one book it felt rushed and not consistent.
*June 13, 2017*
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“A fabulous book, worthy of praise, with a ripper start. What more could you want than a winged cougar?! A page turner from the very beginning to the very end. Passages will excite and entice readers, forcing them to read to the last word. I myself could not put it down. Just one thing I love are the twists. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something else jumps into perspective, like a siren, a new witch, or a new demon. Kester has brung together the world of magic and mortals; a mix that will be fatal for some characters!
I would recommend this book for people aged thirteen and up, as some words and content are too mature for younger readers. Although after you read it, I can guarantee that you will read it again. With a dynamic, sad and extremely powerful ending, I believe a sequel is in order! I would give this book five out of five.
The only thing I would recommend is a comment on the cover telling the reader about mature content.
P.S: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your fabulous book. It has been an honour!”
*July 5th 2016 *
– Sam Capell, New Holland Publishing house, Sydney
“By now you may have realised that I’m a sucker for a local author, a debut author and sometimes a self-published author, so when I was approached by T.R. Kester, who happens to be all three, how could I possibly resist. Kester’s debut is also in one of my long time fave genres so I slid it in near the top of the pile. I’m certainly a sucker for a fantasy but sometimes these days I hold back because I need to concentrate more deeply on a fantasy to immerse myself properly in the world.
Something Wicked is the beginning of a series that promises to be epic. Three brothers born into a powerful line of witches stretching back to Salem, and Ancient Egypt, have fallen out of touch and they have to find a way back to one another to strengthen their power to face the challenges ahead.
There are a lot of characters in this novel, with more to be added in each book. There is an invaluable guide to keep track of who’s who in the very involved story included in the front of the book. Some of the characters are known by more than one name so it does get a little convoluted and confusing at times but once you get it all straight you should be alright.
Something Wicked is set in the gothic, fictional Treadwell, Deane County. I found the world building difficult to grasp, possibly because of where I live. Deane County seems to be somewhere close to Los Angeles but there were lots of familiar places names used from close to home. This may have only stuck out to me because of where I live and that they are familiar. People living in other areas will probably not give it a second thought.
Witches, vampires, sirens, mermaids, demigoddesses and demons – Something Wicked has them all and at times it all seems a bit fluid. The mythology seems to be both well researched and utilising poetic license. All of which ties together for an intense read requiring concentration. Much of this may be down to my headspace at the moment and the amount of time I have spent away from the genre.
The story behind the book is almost as intriguing as the story inside the book, and hopefully we will be able to bring you some of that in an upcoming interview.
Much of Something Wicked revolves around family, and the importance of that connection. The Pogue family power is compromised by the rift between the brothers but there is also great power in the Romani family, who may need to come to the rescue of Treadwell while the Pogue brothers struggle to put their differences aside.
Fantasy lovers will get a real kick out of the melding of mythologies and the belief that nothing is irreversible, except vampirism. Whether you choose the light side or the dark you can always change your mind.
My head is all over the place and with everything going on in the real world it’s been days between finishing the book and starting the review…. never a helpful mix.
Something Wicked demonstrates that having a disability doesn’t make you lesser, it only makes you different and that gives you different strengths even though you may have a weakness or two. One of the characters is deaf and the fact that he is the youngest of the family doesn’t really help his cause, his parents forever want to protect him and cushion him from what happens in the world which only makes him more determined to prove his independence.
Having said that Something Wicked is very involved and takes concentration, it was still an engrossing read that I managed to get through in a weekend which was quite a surprise. I thought it was going to take much longer.
Something Wicked is a convincing debut with a strong storyline that I look forward to following through the series. Kester will be a fantasy author to watch as he hones his craft.”
*July 30 2016*
– Michelle Walker, Beauty and Lace Book Club, South Australia
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Something Wicked is the first book by T.R. (Troy) Kester and I believe that he is an self-published author. The story revolves around two strong magical families the Pogues and the Romani, the Pogues are witches while the Romani are a witch/gypsie hybrid. They protect the world from evil magical beings and their main location is in the fictional town of Treadwell, Deane County. Treadwell is a magic haven and there is something else special about it and your gonna have to read to find out.
You guys I really liked this book, it is chock-filled with the supernatural. Also let it be know that I am a bit of a geek. I love all the geeky stuff like Star Wars (original trilogy), Harry Potter, anime, manga, Star Trek (new stuff), comics and graphic novels (because they are two different things), magic and so much more. I am also a big fan of action movies so imagine my delight that this book has so many battle scenes.
I really enjoyed the story so much and I hated to give Something Wicked the rating 3.75 stars. Unfortunately I had to give it a lower rating because I had some issues with this book. Some of the facts about the characters got mixed up and there was repeating in parts where I feel it was unneeded. The main work was goo it’s just that the writing needs to be fine tuned and it needs editing a little more. I know that Troy will improve and I am looking forward to that.
I love that Something Wicked reminded me of Charmed (American TV series about witches) and had all of these pop-culture references, stuff I actually knew. The characters were multilingual and Troy put the word mean in the paragraph, loved that. There were so many supernatural creatures mentioned and the different levels of witches and demons. The huge family trees of these two clans was amazing and I wish Troy would put it in the book because you wouldn’t believe who is related to who.
Overall 3.75 stars
Something Wicked had magic, family issues, betrayal, magical powers, loads of supernaturals, other realms, kidnappings, Buffy references and other pop-culture, “romance”, evil plots, high level fighting skills, flashbacks, assassins and so much more. This book was like an tribute to the stuff I love. Something Wicked ended on a cliff-hanger, so many things were left unfinished and the questions I have need to be answered. I look forward to the next book in this series is Something Secret.
*December 13, 2016*