The Wish Granter
by C.J. Redwine
Source: eARC provided for review.
My rating: 4.5 stars
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.
This is the first book by C.J. Redwine that I’ve read, and it was so much better than what I expected.
I’m not familiar with the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but I know that I’ve read this book I want to read it, too. I loved how this book felt like a fairy tale, an epic fantasy novel and in some way, like a historical tale. The Wish Granter was beautifully written, with lovely characters and magical creatures I loved to read about. It was action packed, intriguing and romantic in the most perfect way.
One of my favorite things about this book was the love between siblings. I loved the relationship between Ari and Thad and all the sacrifices they made for each other. I wish there were more scenes with the two of them together, but even if they were separate it was impossible not to see their love. The Wish Granter has a beautiful, beautiful romance, too. Sebastian and Ari were perfect together. Their relationship wasn’t rushed and it was lovely watching them fall in love. Sebastian’s story broke my heart. It made me so glad to see him happy and loved, even when he had to break himself for that.
I know I’m not supposed, but I loved even the villain. The Wish Granter (Alistair Teague) was a very complex character and I loved to learn his backstory and the reasons behind his actions.
The Wish Granter was not only a fantastic story with risks and a dangerous journey, but it was also light and funny thanks to Ari’s personality. This is the first time I read a book with a character that enjoys eating so much! This book was original (again, I don’t know the story of Rumpelstiltskin), and highly entertaining. I can’t wait to read more and more by C.J. Redwine!