Saturday, February 18, 2017

ARC Review: The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine

The Wish Granter
Author: C. J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire (Book 2)
Publication: Balzer + Bray (February 14, 2017)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This is a story about humans who get tangled up with the fae. Alistair Teague is the Wish Granter. He is an exiled fae who is used to making bargains with humans and taking their soul as payment. Ari and Thad are the bastard children of the King. When the Queen finally has a son, she decides that Ari and Thad should be killed. She succeeds in having their mother killed and Thad makes a deal with Teague to save his sister.

Thad wants to bargain only for Ari's safety but Teague won't make the deal unless Thad wishes to be King. In his desperation, he agrees. Next thing you know, the King, Queen and their baby is dead and Thad finds himself King at age seventeen owing his soul to the Wish Granter. Not only that but he can't intefere with Teague's actions in the city and Teague is a ruthless crime lord.

Once Ari finds out about the deal her brother made, she decides that she will find a way to get him out of his deal with Teague. Ari is smart and an excellent baker but her clumsiness prevents her from being much of a warrior. Clearly, she will have to use her brain to defeat Teague.

She turns to new weapons master Sebastian Vaughn to teach her to use weapons. Sebastian is very familiar with Teague since his brutal father works for him. Sebastian was abused by his father frequently until his father was sent away to manage Teague's interests elsewhere. The abuse left him avoiding being touched by anyone and keeping quiet and to himself. Ari decides that she is going to be his friend and lets him know that she can be relentless.

The two have all sorts of harrowing adventures and along the way they fall in love. This was an entertaining fantasy story. I liked Ari's personality and determination to save her brother and her kingdom. I also liked Sebastian and don't recall another fantasy hero who deals with the consequences of abuse.

Fans of fantasy will enjoy this engaging story.

Favorite Quote:
Everything about him -- from his close cut black hear to his ruthlessly neat uniform to the muscles that filled out his (very intriguing) shoulders -- said that he was a person of incredible discipline.

Ari could appreciate that, even if it did make her want to check her own clothing for the stain that her midmorning snack had probably left behind.
I received this one for review from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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