The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2)
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.
My Rating: 5 Stars
C.J. Redwine is a master at making fairytale retellings her own. They weave a lot of what original fairytales were when the Grimm Brothers wrote them in that they are very dark with a lot of violence. There isn't a lot of romance. There wasn't in The Shadow Queen or this one either but that did not stop me from enjoying this book immensely. The romance between Ari and Sebastian was understated but I liked that about the book. It was mostly about the wishes that people made to Teague and how he twisted them to seem more like a curse.
I liked Ari immediately because she was honest about not fitting into her role of princess. She struggled after growing up as a commoner with her mother and twin brother, Thad. I like Sebastian who's life was not great with a mother addicted to a substance and not taking care of him and a brother he has just buried. He's left his slum of a neighborhood and gotten a job at the castle that has a new reign. He ends up meeting Ari in his job as the weapons master. Thad was a nice character too but I wanted to scream when he made that bargain with Teague because I knew what that meant and the fact that Ari had to save him and herself by making a bargain of her own which caused her to lose someone close to her was hard as well. The characters were well done in this book. Both the heroes and the villians.
I loved the ending. All the books I've read by C.J. Redwine make you feel as if there is no hope. When you're reading them, you are so engrossed in the story that you feel the characters' despair and hopelessness. It feels as if there is no way out and you're sitting there wondering how will they get out of these situations but she always gets them out of it and they triumph over the bad guys. The endings of her novels are epic and give you great closure with the characters. I cannot wait to read more by this author. I hope she continues with the Ravenspire series and her fairytale retellings.