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Title: The Wish Granter
Author: C.J Redwine
Release Date: February 14, 2017
About the Book:
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 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.
According to the author, every book in this series is a standalone. Therefore you can read this book without reading the first book, which is The Shadow Queen.
This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I am familiar with his story but I was not a big fan of it but this book changed it. C.J Redwine has given us a new dimension of Rumpelstiltskin. He is more ruthless, unforgiving, and manipulative. Included in this book is his story on how he became like that and like other villains he as an agenda. I like how the author included Rumpelstiltskin's background story because it made me pity him for what has happened to him in the past but at the same time hate him for the bad things he has done.
C.J Redwine really has a knack of creating amazing characters. Ari is a humble, smart, and kind character. She really loves the people around her and will do anything to protect them even if it means selling her soul. While Sebastian is another likeable character. He is very protective of Ari and is very sweet and reserve. Their character grows and matures as the story progress. I love how Ari worms her way into making Sebastian open up to her. They also compliment one another's personality as Ari is more outgoing as compared to Sebastian. Furthermore, this book is very romantic as compared to the first book and it is not as action pack as well. There are some scenes wherein it got a bit boring and are not the useful in the development of the story. Also, the author including Hansel and Gretel in this book is a nice touch. I hope the next book is about them. I also like how Lorelai and Kol, from the first book, was briefly mentioned in this book.
Lastly, this book is more about the development of the character, like how The Wish Granter became how he is, and the relationship of the characters, especially Ari and Sebastian, and Sebastian and his parents. The author has really made this story her own despite being a retelling. I really do recommend giving this book a go, especially if you like retellings and watching the Once Upon a Time series.
C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day.
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