Wicked As You Wish (Hundred Names for Magic Series #1)

Wicked As You Wish (Hundred Names for Magic Series #1)

by Rin Chupeco

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Overview

"A great read for fans of fairy tales, myths and legends... Come for the adventure, stay for the sassy jerkwad firebird."—Kendare Blake #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

When a hidden prince, a girl with secrets, a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, and a legendary firebird come together...something wicked is going down.

Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice when the Snow Queen waged war. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in...Arizona.

Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn't even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them.

A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.

"A nail-biting quest that introduces a gripping new series." —STARRED review, Publishers Weekly
"A truly original novel." —STARRED review, Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492672661
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Series: Hundred Names for Magic Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 25,460
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She's been a technical writer and a travel blogger but now makes things up for a living. She is the author of The Girl from the Well, The Suffering, The Bone Witch trilogy, and the A Hundred Named for Magic trilogy. Connect with Rin at rinchupeco.com.

Customer Reviews

Wicked As You Wish (Hundred Names for Magic Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 3 days ago
My initial thoughts when starting the book were that I came into the middle of an existing story line. It was like Alice in Wonderland and other tales crashed into the world as we know it. We are in the modern era but with a twist on the countries and of course the presence of magic. I did feel the author had some pretty strong political views that were pushed in the story and it was a bit off putting for me. They also tried to include diversity in the book to the point that there were so many characters you had little information about other than what made them "different" and I felt it was counterproductive. I am all for diversity in a story, but actually make a character not just check a box.  While I was not a fan off all the missing information it did make the story fly right along in the beginning. As the book progressed I found it harder to stay interested and would set the book down for days at a time. The story started off seemingly normal and then dove into a mish mash of action scenes and new characters and events that were not ever clearly explained. I felt like I was reading through someone’s dream where the landscape and characters were shifting without any defining laws. While the story did end in a cliffhanger I am not in any hurry to find out what happens next and most likely will not pick up the next book. The author has an incredibly interesting world going. I think if the focus were narrowed to the key characters and storylines in future books it could be a good series.  Thank you to NetGalley and SourceBooks Fire for the opportunity to read Wicked As You Wish in exchange for my honest opinion.
Amanda_Dickens 3 days ago
Wow! This book took me for a ride. I did not know much about it other than everyone wanted to get their hands in it. So when I had the opportunity to read an ARC copy from NetGalley, I jumped on it. After I started this book it made me very intimidated as I am not a fantasy reader and this clearly had a world of it's own. However, it was heavily based in the real world, so it was not too hard to wrap my head around once I was able to really dedicate my mind to this book. There are a lot of cultures represented in this book, which made it fun to read opposed to a white washed cast of characters. The pacing was fast and furious. The author was able to do a quick time lapses to carry on the story without interrupting the flow, which I greatly appreciate. However, there was just so much going that it wasn't a pleasant read for me. I had to reread certain chapters because I missed some key information and things stopped making sense. A quick reread of a chapter or two got me right back in track. I will be transparent and say that this could be due to my lack of fantasy experience. I am more of a psychological thriller reader. So all in all, I would give this 4 stars. While it is not a home run of a book for me and can see a lot of people really enjoying this book. The storyline is creative and interesting and I look forward to reading future books in this series. but will wait for it to come out
Neriah 7 days ago
"To be a hero, you need a bad guy. And when there are no bad guys available, you wind up forcing that role on something or someone people already irrationally fear. If you need a villain, sometimes all you need is a good long look in the mirror--but most people aren't that self-aware." This book is the best treat to readers who grew up with fairytales, myths and legends as a major part in their childhood. I am so thankful to Sourcebooks Fire for gifting me this e-arc through NetGalley. I will be using the official description because I doubt that I might slip a spoiler or two. As utterly fascinating with a touch of ethereal poetic undertone in the narration, 'Wicked As You Wish' is a whole new blend of the folklore genre with urban fantasy serving to be an exceptional treat to all the fantasy and folklore lovers. Characters, who are culturally and sexually diversified, are drawn from well-known myths, legends, fairytales and adapted into our world perfectly: the world is built with our history, in addition to the adaptation of the mythical and fictional worlds. The plot is explored well and the pace feels realistic as the plot moves on. One can never guess what happens next but I just knew something was about to go down. Whatever that went down was highly unexpected by me! Chupeco's writing style is applause-worthy: I will not be able to get enough of it. And that just made this whole book for me a 5 star read! Sadly, this book has a lot of potentials to be underrated. Here are some of them: 1. The transition from the urban fantasy to traditional fantasy and so forth might turn out to be perplexing and tough for readers to get into and keep up with. 2. The world-building will come off confusing due to the lack of understanding created by the adaptation of fairy tales, myths and legends read as kids. 3. Lots of characters will be hard to track along with what is happening in the plot. But if you are someone who knows your history, myths & legends and fairytales well, this would be an outstanding and mindblowing read for you! It's been a couple of weeks since I read this one and I still cannot believe that Chupeco pulled this off so deftly! It triggered nostalgia for me and it did wonders to my 'mercury retrograde' blues by shooing it away. I fell in love with the main characters and I am currently shipping two of them. The child-like happiness bestowed upon me by this book is appreciated with the whole of my being! I cannot thank Chupeco enough for ending this with a cliffhanger. I am being sarcastic and no, give me the second book RIGHT NOW! As a kid, I always used to dream about a world in this book (minus the evil) and I am so happy that as an adult I have the opportunity to read this! Dreams do come true and I cannot wait for the books in this series to release... ugh, the only aspect that I hate about this book is that I have to wait for a year or so to read the next one. I hope it is going to be worth all the wait in the world!
prophetofthepage 11 days ago
Bland. 2.5 stars *eARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I also received a physical ARC from Fairyloot.* Hmm. What to say about this book? A few pages in and I didn't want to read it anymore. I read the majority of it in one day, yes, but it's a short book and all I did was just read this slow book. The plot is basic: help the lost prince return to his kingdom so that he can conquer the enemy that killed his parents. The characters are never really delved into, a little bit of backstory for each but nothing too complex. Everything that I wanted to know about them is wrapped in layers of secrecy, plot tokens that the author has squirreled away for the sequel. The conflict is straight-forward. Yes, there are battle scenes, but those are a bit confusing to read and they are all the conflict that we get. Otherwise, the characters are uninhibited as they move from place to place, everything falling neatly into their laps. The world itself could have been fascinating, Chupeco shoves all of these fairy tales into the real world, she mentions Wonderland, Neverland, Avalon, yet she never really delves into anything more than briefly mentioning them. On one hand, I almost appreciate this approach. Her characters live in this world that has these countries as fact, so they can just mention them casually in a conversation. On the other hand, a world with tons of magical countries sounds awesome, and I want tor read more about it. In the end, and it ends with a major twist, all of the things I truly wanted to know are not yet revealed. NOTHING IS EVER REALLY EXPLAIN, just the first layer. Like the character info, I assume it will come in book two, but I won't be reading it.
Yolanda Margolin 22 days ago
Thank you to Sourcebook Fire and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC. What I Liked: *There is an intricate world being described in this book. It will confuse a lot of people because it did confuse me. Just know that it is our modern day world, but the fairy tale kingdoms of Neverland, Wonderland and Avalon exist as well. It’s real. As for the magic system, non-magic users covet spelltech, basically using magic and technology together, ex. a cell phone which can create spells! But there is older magic or powers that are passed down through bloodline as well. Tala’s power is to break up spells and hers is passed down through her mother. *Speaking of fairy tales, I like how portals are the rabbit hole, or magic mirrors. There are the magical items like the sword in the stone and a firebird. But I love when fairy tales and the modern world collide, I’m a sucker for it. And this book is like…chaos with a light-hearted feel to it? *Modern day issues arise in this book – the author talks about ICE and people being detained at the border, like our current problems in the USA today. *Diversity is everywhere in this book. I love that the elite guards from Avalon were these old filipino women – YES, I felt like my grandmother could have been a Katiputan guard. She could wield a machete like no other. And besides racial diversity, we have LGBTIA+ representation as well. *There is action and battles with ogres, ice wolves, toads, ice maidens and possessed cold zombies (is the Night King from GoT the Snow Queen’s man or what? ). It’s a wild journey to Avalon, folks! *Tala as a character seems as neutral as her curse/power/agimat. She’s still learning to control her power, she’s the newbie when it comes to portals, ice maidens and Avalon itself. So basically she’s us, the reader who doesn’t know much. Haha. I hope we see her power grow. She’s the main character but I think she faded when the Bandersnatch crew came along. I love the Bandersnatch crew, they are all so different and have their own strengths and weaknesses. I also see some potential love matches brewing…(I hope!). Things That Made Me Go Hmm: *Like I said it’s a wild journey from Arizona to Avalon because there are SO many characters, places and magic terms to remember. I enjoyed it, but I think a lot of people will be put off with all of it thrown at them at one time. I think the world building will confuse many readers. *Please give me some romance between Zoe and Cole? And what’s going to happen with Tala and Ryker? Can anything come from that? Final Thoughts: This book was chaotic but for me in a good way. I felt like it woke me up, which was what I needed because there are a few books on my night stand I’m trying to get through and they have been putting me to sleep. This one slapped me in the face and was like come on, pay attention and let’s take a ride! It’s not perfect by any means, it can be confusing. It’s not a story for everyone, but seriously, I enjoyed this story a lot and the ending made me go… . I think this book would make a great tv show because it is so visual! Anyway, I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel because I need answers.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Sad to say but this just wasn't the book for me, it is a DNF at 20%. I have no idea if I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to read this but for the life of me had no idea what was going on. It is the most confusing world and reading experience I have had in a while. I usually enjoy the blending of real and fantasy but with Wicked As You Wish I had some difficulty making sense of it all. It referenced real world places and people in our current history and than mixed it with fantastical places like Wonderland and Ice Queens. I tried to focus on the character and even that proposed some difficulties. It was all just a little strange, but it felt like such a chore to even get into. I have decided not to force myself to enjoy books this year. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire publishing, and author Rin Chupeco, for providing me a digital copy. I am sure this book will have success with the right reader.
LU 25 days ago
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. A huge thanks to SOURCEBOOKS fire for this! TW: Rin Chupeco's book deals with issues like homophobia (against Alex and Loki's fathers), racism, child abuse, abuse, bigotry, poltical stance on immigration, police (ICE agents) abuse of power. Tala Warnock is the descendant of Maria Makiling, a Filipine heroine able to negate spells and she lives in a world where magic is strictly controlled, a modern world where magic and techonology are both present and connected. In Invierno, a boring town in Arizona, magic rarely works and thanks to her family's ties to the country of Avalon (unreachable, frozen and bespelled for almost 12 years) they are chosen to protect and guard the heir of Avalon, Alexei, taking care of him against people and countries who want to exploit his kingdom's magic for their cruel ends. While both Tala and Alex try to have a normal life, going to school, to parties, trying to have boyfriends, their life are abruptly changed when the firebird, one of the Avalon's deadliest weapon, appears to Alex and the Snow Queen, presumed dead, attacks him. They are forced to run, leaving the town, helped by Tala's family, by the Bandersnatchers, a contingent of young people, teenagers, tasked to protect their heir. On the run, in a kingdom she thought lost, Tala is confronted with family's secrets, magic and the need and desire to protect her best friend and understand her own powers and story. I really liked Wicked as you wish. In the beginning, to be honest, I found the worldbuilding a bit confusing, but while reading everything clicked and I found myself involved in this amazing story. Set on a Earth where fairytales' characters like Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat, Arthur Pendragon and so on and where places like Avalon, Wonderland and Beira, the Snow Queen's kingdom are real, the reader is pushed right away in a complex and captivating world. It's almost possible to divide the book in two parts, the first one, set in Invierno and the other one in Avalon. In the first part, the reader get to know Tala and Alex, their secrets, Tala's being a spellbreaker, Alex being gay and closeted and the Avalon's heir in a world not so different from our own, except for the magic. The firebird, the Bandersnatchers, the Snow Queen change everything and Tala is separated from her family, with a friend to protect and she's is forced to rely on herself and her new friends, in their attempt to reach Maidenkeep and to try to save their kingdom, but their trip is full of surprises. Ice wolves, secrets, frog marsh king, profecies, dooms and fights. During the trip the reader, through Tala, get to know the Bandersnatchers, their bonds, friendship, families, powers and weapons and Avalon's story. One of the things I loved the most are the characters. I loved the diversity in this book. Tala is biracial Filipino, Alex is gay, Loki is non-binary, Chinese-Canadian and was adopted by two men, Ken is from Japan. Tala is smart, brilliant and determined and in a situation where she's utterly unprepared, but where she's eager to learn and fight. Betrayed, full of question, she's focused on their mission, willing to do anything to protect her best friend and save Avalon. The Bandersnatchers are amazing, I loved them so much.
shilo1364 25 days ago
Plot: 4 stars Characters: 3 stars Writing Style: 3 stars Cover: 3 stars Representation: 5 stars Humor: 5 stars Enjoyment: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars This is such an interesting premise! Rin Chupeco merges history and fairy tales to create a very unique world where our MCs are opposed by both the Snow Queen and ICE (yes, *that* ICE) because they're hiding in Arizona but from the Phillipines and/or magical kingdoms and therefore illegal immigrants, brown, or both. Also the chapter titles are hilarious. There were some issues with the writing style for me: mostly that it was a lot of telling, that it took a really long time to become invested with the characters, and that there was some present/past confusion. I really *really* liked the Fillipino representation (food, language, culture, names, family, etc) which is something I've not really come across in a book before. I also LOVED the humor. The chapter titles were wonderfully funny and the writing often had a sly wittiness that I enjoyed. The plot was super twisty -- especially near the end! I don't even know who to trust anymore! -- but it was also a little hard to decipher what was going on at times. There was also so much action right from the start that it became somewhat boring, and the attachment to the characters suffered - so much so that near the middle I almost put it down and gave up. Luckily, I was drawn back into it once they were in Avalon and found my interest hooked. Overall I really enjoyed it, though I think it could have used a bit less action at the beginning and a bit more focus on developing the emotional attachment to the characters. I will definitely be planning to pick up the sequel when it comes out because of those last few chapters and their twists. Thanks to netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to review this e-ARC
magicalreads7 26 days ago
**I received an ARC from the publisher. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** 3.5 stars I adored The Bone Witch and was so excited for Rin’s next few books. Unfortunately, much like The Never Tilting World, this book wasn’t for me. But really, that’s a personal preference! There were aspects that I liked. Wicked As You Wish transports you to an alternate universe, one that has magic yet feels so viscerally real. Immigration is definitely at the forefront of this book, which the author has been very open about. In this book, we have ICE agents being used as agents of evil, a parallel to the world we are living in today. Wicked As You Wish depicts their cruelty so succinctly but so effectively. I really liked the characters; the cast of teenagers was so great. We have Tala, Alex, Zoe, Cole, Ken, Loki, and later, Nya. They all added a lot of liveliness to the story. There’s also a lot of casual diversity: Loki is ownvoices nonbinary, uses they/them pronouns, and is Chinese; Alex is gay; Tala is ownvoices Filipina; Ken is Japanese; and so much more. The worldbuilding was interesting, to say the least. This book combines all of the myths and fairy tales and stories you’ve ever heard into magical kingdoms, such as Avalon and Beira. It was fascinating to see Rin pull in Alice in Wonderland, Koschei the Deathless, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and more stories from other cultures around the world into reality. Unfortunately, the worldbuilding is so dense that it’s hard to follow at first. That was my real issue with the book; I grew used to it halfway through, but I was so bored during the first half that it was hard to focus in the second. Also, I feel like once we got to know the rest of the characters other than Alex and Tala, we sacrificed knowing Alex and Tala. That was a little strange, following them for at least a third of the book and then suddenly being shunted to the side, Alex especially. In the end, Wicked As You Wish was just not for me personally, but I do think many people will enjoy this. Give it a chance if you’re at all interested by the summary!
Anonymous 26 days ago
A dozen years before...The Wonderland Wars between the kingdom of Avalon and Beira's ruler the Snow Queen ends with Avalon becomes inaccessible and incased in ice, the Snow Queen is missing, and Wonderland is wiped off the map. Alexi Tsarevich, the sole survivor of the Avalon's royal family is placed in hiding until he can come of age, fulfil the prophecy, and reclaim his kingdom. Present day Invierno, AZ...In a town where magic doesn't work, Tala Makiling Warnock lives with her family and other magical citizens seek refuge. Tala has the ability to negate magic and disrupt spells, a dangerous ability to possess. When Alex is brought to Invierno for safe-keeping, he and Tala become friends. The arrival of the prophesized firebird puts Tala and Alex in the hands of an unlikely cast of bodyguards in order to safeguard his return Avalon. Wicked As You Wish, a new YA fantasy series by Rin Chupeco, was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. With firebirds, magic, prophesies, good vs evil battles what's not to love. Although the series has a lot of potential, some elements of this first novel left me feeling a bit disappointed. The world building is a mishmash of elements and characters from several fairytales and folklore legends which are combined with a rather complex magical system...hence the hundred names for magic. Although this has been done before, here it just felt a bit disconnected and left me feeling overwhelmed and confused at points. I have no love for Alex's character and Tala felt a bit underwhelming as well. What I did enjoy about this book was the diverse cast of fantastic characters who possess some unique and interesting abilities and weapons. The plot does improve and it had some really good elements as the story continued. The firebird is not what you expect and is quite the character. I also enjoyed how the chapter titles where prophetic of the misadventures ahead. What I hope to see as the story continues is some growth in Tala's character in which she becomes more compelling and her renowned abilities become more powerful and prevalent. Overall this book was enjoyable but I hope to see more as the series continues.