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The Wish Granter (Ravenspire Series #2)

The Wish Granter (Ravenspire Series #2)

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by C. J. Redwine

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for DECEPTION: “An engaging fantasy”
Romantic Times
Praise for DEFIANCE: “A well-paced, heart-wrenching tale of loyalty, courage, and love.”
Maria V. Snyder
Praise for THE SHADOW QUEEN: “With poison, fire, and deadly deeds, this tale is hard to put down and even harder to forget. I’ll never look at apples the same way again!”
Rae Carson
Praise for DEFIANCE: “C.J. Redwine’s DEFIANCE is a gritty, thrilling adventure sprinkled with moments of breathtaking tenderness. I read it in one sitting.”
Marissa Meyer
Praise for THE SHADOW QUEEN: “A gripping additon to the retelling genre.”
Jodi Meadows
Praise for THE SHADOW QUEEN: “Magic, dragons, and royalty in hiding: The Shadow Queen hits all the right notes of an incredible epic fantasy.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Redwine's second installment of the series, which began with The Shadow Queen, will delight fairy-tale fans with its page-turning suspense and rich character development. In this retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin," Thad has inherited the Sundraille throne after the members of the royal family die under suspicious circumstances. His twin sister, Ari, learns that Thad's real route to the throne came after selling his soul to a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague to ensure Ari's safety. In addition to stealing souls in exchange for wishes, Teague also collects debts from the kingdom's citizens to keep them under his control. Shrewd Ari plots to stop Teague's violent reign of terror by enlisting her friend Cleo and the palace's new weapons master, Sebastian, to help her find a weakness in Teague's fae magic. Along the way, Ari and Sebastian's friendship blooms into romance. Ari defies the mold of a "proper princess," favoring the company of servants over nobles, and she uses her wits to discover solutions to her problems. Sebastian grapples with his father's severe abuse and his mother's drug addiction. Raised on the rough side of town, he's always prepared for danger. Both Ari and Sebastian have lost beloved family members because of Teague's evildoing, and they are determined to stop him. Although the action overshadows the world-building, readers will enjoy the plot twists and Ari and Sebastian's progressive relationship. They save the kingdom together as equals, in a welcome feminist revision of the classic fairy tale. VERDICT Recommended for all libraries where fairy-tale retellings are popular.—Amy Duffy, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In a companion book to The Shadow Queen (2016), Ari becomes a reluctant princess when her brother makes a disastrous deal with the notorious Wish Granter.The ruthless fae Wish Granter, who goes by Teague in his human guise, doesn't make deals that he does not win. He always takes someone's soul, which he uses as an ingredient for the addictive apodrasi. Brown-scanned Ari, illegitimate daughter of the king and a former pastry cook, realizes that her twin brother, Thad, made a deal to become king and determines to defeat Teague somehow. Teague has included in Thad's contract the right to operate his criminal enterprises without interference from the crown, and he terrorizes the capital city daily. Ari meets Sebastian when he signs on as the castle's new weapons master, and the two join forces against Teague and (of course) fall in love. Can Ari's shrewd intelligence and Sebastian's superior fighting skills prevail over the monstrous criminal? Ari is a bit of a navel-gazer, but the story proceeds briskly enough. As the romance develops, Redwine brings attention to class rather than race, with the racially indeterminate Sebastian ever conscious of the social gulf between them while Ari accepts him as an equal. In a highly welcome development, Ari is a plus-sized princess who loves not only to cook, but to eat. Satisfying fare for fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Ravenspire Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy and the Ravenspire series, including the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Queen. If the novel-writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. You can visit C.J. online at www.cjredwine.blogspot.com.

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The Wish Granter (Ravenspire Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sarah_UK1 9 days ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Teague would destroy her if he caught her trying to ruin him. She had to do it anyway.” This was a YA fantasy retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I liked Ari in this, and I liked the fact that she had ‘generous curves’ and ate like a real person. She was also brave and kind, and I liked how she wasn’t bothered about titles, and treated everybody the same no matter if they were nobles or servants. The storyline in this was about Ari’s twin brother being tricked into making a wish to be king with a fae wish granter called Teague, and ending up owing his soul in return. The rest of the story was about Ari trying to find a way to break the contract and save her brother, but finding Teague one step ahead of her all the time. There were a few twists to the story, but the pace was quite slow. We did also get a bit of romance, but I’d have liked for there to have been a little bit more. The ending to this was pretty good, and things were wrapped up nicely. 6.5 out of 10
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 9 days ago
The Wish Granter is an engaging edition to C. J. Redwine's epic Ravenspire series! Though the second novel of the series it can be read as a stand alone. So don't fret if you haven't read The Shadow Queen. I haven't read it yet, but that didn't diminish my experience reading The Wish Granter. Ari Glavan is not the typical princess, but she's a fierce young girl determined to save her brother from the mysterious, powerful Teague. She finds a partner in the new master of weapons when Teague proves to be a cunning, ruthless villain she can't defeat. The characters of The Wish Granter are down to earth, which is strange to say given that it's a fantasy. They're totally relatable, and would feel at home even in a contemporary setting. Their desires and motivations are ones commonly found in YA adventure-fantasies but Redwine takes it a step further by adding intrigue. A formidable foe pitted against a scrappy princess becomes a battle to the death. Once the story picks up pace and you're in the thick of Ari's plight, you become obligated to reach the end. Though the story is inspired by the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, the plot isn't cut and dry. It comes to a point where the story's solution is attainable but you just don't know how it will wrap up. I love that Redwine gets to the point in the outset of the novel while not giving it all away. She reels you in by giving you bits and pieces of information as needed, but doesn't lead you hanging in between. Romance sparks and simmers between our heroine and her wary sidekick. Ari and Sebastian learn much about themselves as they lean on each other to accomplish their goals. So there's a little more depth to the plot than finding the solution to a sticky situation. The characters grow and learn from their mistakes in a way that readers will be able to understand. Not only is The Wish Granter a kick-butt fantasy, but it features an intelligent kick-butt heroine! There's no doubt that this fairy tale inspired story is a winner! *eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*