The Wish Granter
Series: Ravenspire #2, standalone
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.
I am soooooooo on board with Redwine’s fairy tale adaptations (Ravenspire series). While I love straight-up retellings, these adaptations are more…inspired by the original fairy tales. This one, for example, features the character of Rumpelstiltskin, but not spinning straw into gold.
And Redwine executes exquisitely. Wish Granter juggles a variety of themes and character stakes. Ari is in this for her brother, which is a special bond of its own, but quickly grows to care for Sebastian, who also has family stakes in the matter.
Ari and Sebastian’s relationship is beautiful, just the right mixture of friendship, respect, and passion. Normally, I have some complaint with a romantic relationship, something that’s not quite right. The only thing wrong with this one is that the book ends.
And, with a peek behind the curtain, as a writer I loved how Redwine constantly raises the stakes. It’s not easy to predict how the plot will play out or who might get hurt in the process. I love that in a book.
If you like fantasy, fairy tales, or good books, get on reading this one! I can’t wait for more from C.J. Redwine.
Have you read The Wish Granter? What are your favorite fantasy or fairy tale books? I love recommendations!