I received a review copy of this book at BookCon. This in no way affects my opinion.
The Wish was a first for me in a couple of ways: the first book I read set in Ireland, and the first book I read involving Celtic mythology. It took me a bit longer than expected to read and it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be, but it was still a quick, enjoyable read. 😉
Here’s a portion of the Goodreads synopsis:
Fifteen years ago Jack’s father, Tom, narrowly escaped an ancient evil’s hunt for his soul, which houses the gift of knowledge. After years of searching for Tom’s soul, this evil has turned his sights on Jack. Fleeing for his life, fifteen year old Jack enters a magical world in search of a sanctuary inhabited by a powerful group of wizards.
It’s a little bit misleading. The book starts off by introducing readers to Maggie and Tom, a happily married couple, both around the age of 30. Jack isn’t brought into the story until the end of chapter five, roughly ¼ through the book, when he’s born. He isn’t fifteen and ready to enter the magical world until about the halfway point, and the book is told in third person from Maggie’s perspective until around the ¾ mark. From there, the last 60 pages are in his point of view. I feel like the story didn’t really pick up until the POV switch.
I don’t think the beginning half of the story really fit into the MG category. It just felt older, since we followed Maggie and Tom’s life together shortly before and then after Jack was born. It also talked about Jack’s birth, and although the actual process wasn’t described, the contractions leading up to it and the moments after Jack was born were. It didn’t bother me, but I’m not sure that’s appropriate for the targeted age group.
I liked the characters, but I’m not really sure where to start, so I’ll make a list. 😉
- Tom was a kind, selfless man and a caring husband to Maggie. He seemed like a great father, and I think he would’ve been if the story had gone differently. 🙂
- Maggie was a firm but loving woman, a grieving wife, and a sincere mother. I liked her character, and I sympathized all she had to go through in the story. ❤
- Molly and Ollie were great, helpful friends to Tom and Maggie, and I liked their roles in the story. Molly gave off grandmotherly vibes, and I enjoyed reading about it. 😀
- Jack was a teenage boy that hadn’t yet lost his childhood innocence. He was a good son, and I admired his acceptance and courage after finding out about the magical other world. *clapping emoji*
- Cuchulain was a leprechaun, a caring friend and father, and an amazing warrior. He was also very helpful to Tom and Jack, and I liked the way he seemed to bond with the latter in the end. 🙂
- O’Dorchaie was the antagonist of the story, and I really didn’t like him. He was a nicely developed character, but caused so much trouble and so many close calls for Jack that I really hope he gets what he deserves in later books. *crosses fingers*
- Alastrine and Kellen were Jack’s companions in the magical world, and I really liked them. Alastrine was probably my favorite character in the book because she was a mermaid and an epic fighter, and she used a whip, like Izzy from The Mortal Instruments. 😀 I wasn’t sure what to think of Kellen at first, because he’s described as a huge guy with intimidating battle skills and has a few questionable moments, but by the end I liked him. However, I’m worried about the role he might play in the second book. o.o
The first half of this book took place in Ireland, and then it switched to the magical other world. I’m not sure the world was given a name, so I don’t know if there’s something else I should refer to it as. Either way, I enjoyed both settings, and I look forward to exploring the latter in the sequel. I think my only complaint was that in a couple of areas the description was lacking, and that made both the real and fantasy worlds slightly difficult to imagine.
In this book, only one relationship is really explored, and it’s that of a family. I liked the moments when Tom, Maggie, and Jack were all together, even though there weren’t many because magic got in the way. After that, Maggie’s love for Jack grew stronger, and she realized just how far she would go to protect him while still grieving for Tom. It felt very real, and I enjoyed that. I also felt bad for Maggie when Jack crossed over to the other world, because that left her alone. She wasn’t my favorite fictional mother, but I do hope for her sake that Jack succeeds and can return. *crosses fingers*
I’m also hoping that Jack and Alastrine end up together, because there were very slight hints in the last few chapters. It could just be my hopeless romantic heart, but I thought it was there and now I’m sticking with it. XD
There were two events I considered twists: what happened on Ollie’s quest about halfway through, and the news revealed in the epilogue. Both caught me off guard, and the latter has me needing to know more.
The Wish did have some issues, but all in all I thought it was a good, fun read that introduced me to the wonders of Celtic mythology. The ending intrigued me, and from that alone I know I’ll end up reading the sequel when it comes out. The suspense and my curiosity combined will be too much to resist. 😀
my rating: 3½ out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’m off to write my May wrap-up/haul/June TBR post, so keep an eye out for that. Then I’ll either start a new book or do a bit of painting. I hope you all are having an amazing day/night! ❤
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