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 by C.J. Redwine is the companion to last year’s The Shadow Queen. This time around we move to a different kingdom in this world and follow siblings, Thadeus and Arianna, the new king and princess of their land. After making a wish with the sinister Teague to save their lives, Ari must find a way to break the contract or her kingdom will belong in the hands of the most sinister villain there ever lived!
I fell in love with Ari the moment she jumped out on the page in THE WISH GRANTER. From being a lowly servant girl to being thrust into a new world as princess, she was handling it quite well. At least in ways she thought were right. Her and her brother are the King’s children that he had with a servant many years ago and not in line for the throne. But after the wish Thad made the old royal family dies and they take up the mantle.
Ari is strong, a little clumsy, inquisitive, smart, and doesn’t compromise from what she believes is right. She was as real as real could get and I appreciated that. She never let the glitz and glam of being a princess stop her from joining the other servants in the kitchen like she used to in her past life. When things get tough, she steps up and fights for everyone who needs it. Even if it means stopping at nothing to stop the sinister Teague!
I find that in fantasy, it’s hard to do a romance right, all while trying to build a world and keep the story moving along. But in THE WISH GRANTER, Redwine does just that. We meet Sebastian after Thad hires him to be the new weapons master. Ari believes she needs the perfect weapon to take down Teague so she enlists the help of Sebastian. Over the course of the story they build friendship, trust, and eventually love.
Redwine didn’t make it instant, or lust worthy. She made it real. It was cute to read their inner monologues when they were beginning to catch feelings for each other. It just felt right to me.
One of the biggest highlights of THE WISH GRANTER was obviously the person the novel was named after. Alistair Teague is fae, one of the strongest wish granters in all the kingdom. He was banished from his the fae lands to forever live alone. He has spent centuries bitter and planning his revenge for world domination so to speak. When he comes across Thad and Ari, he comes up with the perfect way to do just that. Take over Sundraille, then the other kingdoms will fall to their knees.
Redwine managed to create a villain that was not only evil, but Teague was cunning, intelligent, and all the way sinister. Everything he does is to benefit himself and the empire of crime he created over the years. He breathes fear into anyone that tries to cross him. No one’s soul is safe from his greedy hands. I loved it!
I thought the whole “house was alive with fae magic” was a tad bit lame. The moment Ari found out the walls were breathing and that the house was feeling her I couldn’t stop my eyes from rolling. So if this is the only thing I could find bad about THE WISH GRANTER, then I think it’s safe to say this book was amazing!
Jesse is a 20 something college student/server and dwells in Toronto, Canada. He enjoys reading about fantastical worlds, listening to KPOP, and being a couch potato.
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