Author: C.J. Redwine
Edition: Trade paperback
Publication: February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 448 pages
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tales
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.
Warning: Possible Spoilers
This is my first read by C.J. Redwine. Even if this is the second book from the Ravenspire series, it could be a stand alone. I understood it and that is what matters. Since, I have a grasp on how Rumpelstiltskin’s story went, I was anticipating a lot of things. Like when will the main character’s guess his real name and how everything will play out. Ari is very strong willed,smart, resourceful and is not princess material. She likes to bake bread and eat well. Ari is not the typical princess who would need a prince to rescue her. Her twin, Thad was the only male heir of the king of Súndraille and he was trained to be its future king. However, due to events the twins were forced to flee the kingdom. A wish granter used their problem to infiltrate Súndraille and get his revenge. A lot of things happen in the story and the twins were aided by a very reluctant Sebastian. Everything went well in the end, but something unexpected happens at the last part of the story.
The story was full of magic and deceit. The characters were well thought of. The twins really cared for each other. Thad made sure that Ari would be safe and vice versa. Somehow, I understand them because my twin brothers are the same. They would prioritise each other’s well being than others. The Súndraille kingdom sounds like a good place to stay and it is a kingdom near the sea. I like that this story was just a simple retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. People should not expect more from it because, it is as it is. It had drama, adventure and deceit to keep the story very interesting. As far as I remember, Teague’s home would be interesting to visit. And among all of the characters, I would not want to meet Sebastian’s dad. I find also that the siblings, Hansel and Gretel were interesting. I don’t know if they are in book one but they ooze mysteriousness
I gave this story a four hearts rating because it was interesting. I love the cover. Navy blue is one of my favourite colours. The writing style was not my type, but I pushed through. Maybe, if I was in the mood for something predictable then it would have a better rating. However, I was not in the mood for a predictable story. Despite the predictability, it was an okay reading experience. I have deduced 75% of the story. The 25%, I just left it to the destiny of the characters. I was surprised that something heart wrenching happened by the end. Again, the story was okay, if you are into retellings then this would be interesting for you. Also, it’s okay not to read book one of the Ravenspire series when reading this.
BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Borrow, because its an okay read, if your in the mood for fairy tale retellings.
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of The wish granter by C.J. Redwine . The book photo and synopsis here is from goodreads.com.