🚨SPOILER ALERT 🚨
AUTHOR :: C. J. Redwine
GENRE :: YA FICTION
SYNOPSIS :: 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.
“Sometimes having courage means the hardest tasks fall onto your shoulders, and those leave the biggest scars.”
I struggled to finish reading this book since I had started it back in September aka the month when I was too depressed to do or read anything. I committed to finishing it this month and I’m happy I did…
Whew* I hadn’t realized what (slightly twisted and dark) fairytale story I was reading until I passed the 30th chapter.
Let me go ahead and start with the characters…
I LOVED Ari! She’s confident, brave, kind, and oh! She loves food! She doesn’t care about what people think of her, and she never allows her position as a princess to get to her head. She stays true to herself and remains loyal to those she loves even when she is faced with insurmountable obstacles. She stays optimistic and focused even when all seems lost.
Sebastian was a likable character, but at times he seemed kinda boring… even his relationship with Arya felt kinda ‘meh.’ I admired his courage and sacrifice, but I felt that Arya surpassed him even in those areas. The only thing Sebastian one-uped Arya in was in fighting skills. Although he’s troubled by the abuse his father inflicted on him as a child, and the neglect and verbal abuse of his mother, he is able to overcome his own helplessness and dark side because of his love and care for Arya.
Alistair Teague (or should I say Rumplestiltskin) is the perfect villain in this story. I grew up reading Rumplestiltskin… which is why I had difficulty discerning who the main villain was. Let’s just say that this particular Rumplestiltskin is not the funny-looking little man you read in elementary storybooks… no. In this story, he is much, much worse, if not heartless. He’ll give you what you think you want BUT at a high price that you’ll regret later.
The first several chapters of the book bored me that I read through them anxiously, hoping that it would start getting better before I decided whether or not the book was worth reading. The plot unfolds slowly but then begins to build up as more characters are introduced and their stories begin to make sense.
But despite the strength and loyalty that the King, Arya, and their supporters have towards one another, they certainly let their ignorance and carelessness get the better of them. Cleo- Arya’s best friend- foolishly chooses to retrieve an important book for the princess on a day when she was least likely to be about in the city, forgets to check if anyone is watching her, and draws attention to herself by doing… oh I don’t know… EVERYTHING YOU SHOULDN’T DO WHEN YOU KNOW YOU COULD BE SPIED ON! I kinda felt sad when her carelessness came back to haunt her, but another part of me thought, “well, what did she expect when she was acting so carelessly towards herself and everyone around her?”
The King- Ari’s brother- also lacks the wisdom to plan discreetly. Knowing that he never wanted the position of a King made me cut him some slack, but his choice to ignore his sister’s insights and warnings ( that nearly cost him his life) made me lose sympathy for him. Ari and Sebastian are more cautious in their planning to bring an end to the Wish Granter, but their own carelessness nearly costs them everything too.
I am a huge fan of renaissance/medieval/ancient fairytale kingdom stories so I definitely enjoyed reading the details of the Sundraille Kingdom and its people.
Not surprisingly, The Wish Granter has a similar plot to that of Rumplestiltskin. The characters must discover a way to break their contracts with Teague without paying the penalty with their own lives. They have to search carefully through their contracts to find the loopholes that will guarantee them victory.
Have you read The Wish Granter?
If so, what did you think of the story?