February 22, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
The Wish Granter by C.J Redwine
Book two in Ravenspire series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: February 14th, 2017
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: 5 hearts
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.
Thad and Ari are the king’s bastard children; they are fleeing because their mother-in-law wants their death. A strange man approaches Thad and offers him a contract, he saves Ari in return for Thad’s soul that he will come to collect in 10 years. Thad accepts the market, becomes king but unfortunately Ari discovers the truth and tries to save him.
Teague is a fae, he is a wish granter, he is not nice and he likes to manipulate and threaten people to get what he wants. He does not hesitate to torture and kill if necessary. Do not think of breaking the contract or running away because you are sure to die.
I love Ari, even if her father was the king, her mother was a servant, and she spent her childhood in the kitchens with her mother, her best friend Cleo and Mama Eleni. She is a great cook, the only problem her brother had is that she doesn’t act like a Princess. She is very smart, she plans things, and she is the brain of the family. I don’t say that Thad is not intelligent, on the contrary, but he doesn’t think like Ari. She is sweet and compassionate; she doesn’t care of your rank in the nobility. She will try to find a solution to save her brother even if she must scarify herself in the process. Ari is very brave, she is strong and she knows that she must do everything to stop Teague, her brother and the kingdoms are in danger.
Thad is a good brother; he only made the pact because he wanted to save his sister’s life. He’s searching a way to get off this and kill Teague but it’s a long way. His kingdom isn’t well, mostly because he must let Teague do what he wants.
Sebastian is the love interest of this story and he is an interesting character, he is not rich, he is not nobility but he is the new weapons master of the palace. Ari asking for his help to made iron weapon, she ask the right guy because he knows Teague and what he’s capable of. I like Sebastian, he doesn’t talk much but he’s very intelligent, he is a good man even if his father was awful. He let Ari enter his heart little by little, she break his shell and I like that. They are beautiful together; they are a team, the brain, the muscles and the friendship.
I loved The Shadow Queen, and The Wish Granter is awesome, the retelling of Rumpelstiltskin’s story is very nice, it’s an interesting character. I love C.J Redwine writing style, she is an artist, the style is poetic and touching, and the characters are endearing and I easily identified myself with them. The world is really huge and I would love to see a little more of its realms in the next books. The end is moving and joyful at the same time, I like books in one volume, those where we have no need to wait to have the sequel and it’s one thing that I enjoy with this series. It can be read completely by itself, you don’t need to read The Shadow Queen to read The Wish Granter. Some characters appear in the second volume but nothing sensational.
Quick word: A very good retelling of Rumpelstiltskin’s story.
About the author
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. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com