Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley was short. The plot was simple. And at first I couldn’t quite figure out what the point of the story was. And then suddenly I was opened up to a world of emotions. I began this book slowly thinking it would just be an okay story, one that children would likely enjoy but didn’t really hold a lot of interest for me.
I was very wrong.
This story both broke my heart and mended it together again. Told from the eyes of the very wicked Nix himself, we’re introduced to a young fairy determined to please the “Good Queen,” as he calls her, by pestering the “man-people” who has moved into the small cottage in his forest. Certainly an unreliable narrator, the truth of Nix’s existence is revealed to us slowly as he learns more and more about his own reality.
The man living in the cottage plays a very important role in building enlightenment for Nix and for a while I was starting to believe that perhaps the magic of this story didn’t really exist. Beautifully told, the novel’s middle and ending were the best and most emotionally moving I’ve read in some time. Despite how short this book is, Coakley does an excellent job of connecting you to the characters. While you are presented all the information through the voice of young Nix, readers are able to see through the misunderstandings of Nix to truly understand him. And it is this, I think, that captures the true emotion of the novel the best.
I didn’t expect to be so impressed with Wicked Nix, nor did I expect it to make me cry. I loved this book and I definitely think it’s worth reading.