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, Bishe’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.
This series is based on re-tellings of fairy tales, but can be read as stand alones. The The Wish Granter is an adaption of Rumpelstiltskin – which I had to look up, as the original tale is a distant memory.
I fell hard for Ari. With her undying loyalty, steadfast determination, cunning negotiation skills, and love of pie – I just adore her. And she always carries snacks in her handbag – a necessity in life. Sebastian’s backstory is nothing short of heartbreaking, and he maintains his distance with people – but not for long after meeting Ari.
No doubt you’ve heard that death and taxes are the only certainties in life. There’s another – the death of a beloved character in any of this author’s novels. I’ve read several of her books now, and it’s a given. No spoilers here – you’ll just have to read it yourself.
I read this for a book club (the theme for the month was re-tellings) and it was the perfect selection – exciting action, a sweet romance, an instantly lovable princess, and a loathsome villain (if karma ever needed to make a visit, it’s to this guy). If you enjoy twists on old fairy tales, I highly recommend this series.