Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 3, 2020
Series: A Hundred Names for Magic #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Publisher
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country.
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 in 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.
Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades.
Alex and Tala 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.
Wicked As You Wish is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, A Hundred Names for Magic by Rin Chupeco. Wicked As You Wish was a fun adventure, and is a good start to what promises to be an interesting fantasy series. I had a few minor isues with the world structure, but other than that I really enjoyed the story. I liked the characters and the magic system, and once the book hit the 20% mark, I fell easily into the plot and was swept up in the magic of Wicked As You Wish.
In Wicked As You Wish, we meet our main character Prince Alexei of Avalon, and his best friend Tala. Prince Alexei, or Alex for short, was forced out of his family’s kingdom of Avalon when the savage Snow Queen overtook the land. Alex is forced to go into hiding in The Royal States of America. It was an interesting premise, but I found myself wishing that a little more time was spent explaining some of the finer details of the world. It is a big world! I was a bit confused at times, but if you can let go of some of the little details, and allow yourself to just go with the flow of the story, I think you will end up enjoying it like I did. I really liked it when Alex and Tala started out on their adventure.
They set out to take back Avalon from the clutches of the Snow Queen. I found Tala’s magic to be just as fascinating as the rumored Snow Queen’s dark and dangerous magic. The Snow Queen is pretty fierce, but Tala is just as fierce. She has a magically ability to repel and negate magic, which is pretty cool! The characters in Wicked As You Wish were my favorite aspect of the story. I loved getting to know them and watching them grow and ponder on themes of morality throughout their adventure. The character aspect of the story, and the diversity of the cast, was really, really well done in my opinion.
Fans of Fairy Tale magic and Fantasy books, wiht a dash of magical realism, will enjoy the adventure set out in Wicked As You Wish. I have high expectations for the next book. I want to do a deeper dive into the world structure, and I am hoping to get a better understanding of all the world’s moving parts and pieces in the next installment of the Hundred Names for Magic series. I think if Rin Chupeco can do that, then this series will be so awesome! I can’t wait for the next book.
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1st Prize: Win a signed copy of WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco + 3 character stickers (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + 2 character cards (Alex and Tala) [INT]
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From March 3rd – 31st 2020, the author be hosting an Instagram giveaway for WICKED AS YOU WISH (https://www.instagram.com/rinchupeco/)! Just post a photo of the book with the hashtag #PRETTYWICKEDASYOUWISH and every participant will receive book swag! (Alex character art card + character stickers). The Alex card will only be available during promos and not for the pre-orders!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- 2020 Reading Assignment Challenge
- Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2020