Thursday, February 9, 2017

A New Fantasy Adventure: The Wish Granter (Review)

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 SĂșndraille’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
Ravenspire #2
C.J. Redwine
Pub Date: 2/14/17
Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy
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The Wish Granter is an engaging edition to C. J. Redwine's epic Ravenspire series! Though the second novel of the series it can be read as a stand alone. So don't fret if you haven't read The Shadow Queen. I haven't read it yet, but that didn't diminish my experience reading The Wish Granter. 

Ari Glavan is not the typical princess, but she's a fierce young girl determined to save her brother from the mysterious, powerful Teague. She finds a partner in the new master of weapons when Teague proves to be a cunning, ruthless villain she can't defeat.

The characters of The Wish Granter are down to earth, which is strange to say given that it's a fantasy. They're totally relatable, and would feel at home even in a contemporary setting. Their desires and motivations are ones commonly found in YA adventure-fantasies but Redwine takes it a step further by adding intrigue. A formidable foe pitted against a scrappy princess becomes a battle to the death. Once the story picks up pace and you're in the thick of Ari's plight, you become obligated to reach the end.

Though the story is inspired by the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, the plot isn't cut and dry. It comes to a point where the story's solution is attainable but you just don't know how it will wrap up. I love that Redwine gets to the point in the outset of the novel while not giving it all away. She reels you in by giving you bits and pieces of information as needed, but doesn't lead you hanging in between. Romance sparks and simmers between our heroine and her wary sidekick. Ari and Sebastian learn much about themselves as they lean on each other to accomplish their goals. So there's a little more depth to the plot than finding the solution to a sticky situation. The characters grow and learn from their mistakes in a way that readers will be able to understand.

Not only is The Wish Granter a kick-butt fantasy, but it features an intelligent kick-butt heroine! There's no doubt that this fairy tale inspired story is a winner!
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*



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