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Wicked as You Wish: A Hundred Names for Magic, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Chaotic save-the-kingdom mashup tale with rampaging ogres.

Book Rin Chupeco Fantasy 2020
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If you enjoy mysterious prophesies and lost kingdoms and wild magic and fairy tale homages, you'll find them all here, but it's way too much of a good thing in this chaotic story. Most fantasy tales with a quest of some sort offer a main character a prophecy. Here, a table full of characters get their difficult futures read. Even the most careful reader will lose track of who's marrying someone dead and who's supposed to find a sacred weapon and who needs to learn to swim. Most stories explain the brand of magic their main character will wield to save the day. In Wicked as You Wish, everyone has their own magic and their own weapons, and cellphones do crazy spells, and it's all explained in so much exposition that the storytelling suffers. And then there are all the references to Snow White and Robin Hood and the Cheshire cat and King Arthur ... the list goes on. Again, so many shout-outs need to be explained, and this slows down the story.

Author Rin Chupeco is full of amazing ideas -- that's obvious. She should have saved at least half of them for another book series. That would give her and her characters more space to tell a great story. There's much potential here, and let's hope it's fulfilled in the sequels.

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