Feb 14, 2017
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Format: eBookPublication Date: February 14, 2017
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.
Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.
So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.
But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.
The Wish Granter is a difficult book to review because while I did enjoy it, it felt very stilted. I’ve enjoyed this author’s works in the past, but there was something about this book that felt disjointed. I liked Ari and Sebastian and their relationship was about the only part of this book that felt genuine. Alistair Teague in his entirety just felt forced, he was forced to be evil, and I felt like I was supposed to feel bad for him, but mostly I just hated him. His backstory was such that it was obviously supposed to make me feel for him, and I just didn’t. His purpose was supposed to cause discord and strife, and he was supposed to be a Wish Granter and hurt people. That was his destiny on the faerie island, and everywhere else. It was just too much.
Also I had some issues with the plot. What exactly did Thad think was going to happen when he made that wish? Even if after he was crowned king and he realized the extent of Teague’s treachery did he not just sacrifice himself and Ari? OF COURSE YOU’RE LESS IMPORTANT THAN THE ENTIRE WORLD. I understand that’s a hard decision to come to, but seriously how many people died before Ari was able to free them all. I felt like they were all very self-centered. More worried about saving themselves and those they love than thinking about the effect on the world. And maybe that is real life behavior, but I was kind of disappointed in the characters because of that. It was still a good book, and held my attention. However, I don’t think I could give more than 3 out of 5 stars, especially considering that it became tedious at times and hard to continue reading.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“There’s a restless, pent-up power in the sea, and you know if it ever decided to stop respecting its boundaries, it could destroy you. But it does respect its boundaries. It stays where it should, so its power feels safe. When you stand here, surrounded by mystery and beauty and power, you feel safe.” -CJ Redwine