Review: Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Wicked As You Wish is a contemporary fantasy that reminded me of those signpost charms you see on Etsy. They ostensibly point you in the direction of various fairytale worlds from the same place. There are so many different fairy tales used in this story that it made it seem like there were a few too many choices as to where Chupeco would take it.

Wicked As You Wish COverTala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated…. Goodreads

I received an eARC of Wicked As You Wish in exchange for an honest review. I am also a member of the author’s street team.

I did not take notes on the trigger warnings for Wicked As You Wish and don’t remember it clearly enough to write them as I’m writing this review a while later. I hope you’ll forgive me.

There was a lot to love about Wicked As You Wish for me, but it got a little overwhelming at times. There were so many mythologies and fairy tales in play, in addition to a very large main cast that made things a little bit harder to understand. We’re thrown straight into the action which makes it hard for readers to catch their bearings. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The main character is Filipina, just like the author, and there is quite a bit of diversity in the cast. One of the main characters is a gay man, while another is nonbinary. I loved that, and I loved the glimpses we got into other worlds.  I think that we’ll get even more clarity as we continue reading this series, and I can’t wait to see how Chupeco does it. Overall, I would solidly recommend this book, with the caveat that it can be a little confusing and may not be for everyone.

ABOUT WICKED AS YOU WISH

Title: Wicked As You Wish

Series: A Hundred Names for Magic

Author: Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Length: 432 Pages

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy

Representation: Filipino female main character, Filipino male main character, 

 

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