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Book Review: Wicked As You Wish – Rin Checupo

I was gifted a copy of this book by the publisher with no requirement to review.

An unforgettable alternative history fairytale series from the author of The Bone Witch trilogy about found family, modern day magic, and finding the place you belong.

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.

My thoughts:

This was a marvellous new fairy tale, full of magic and wonder and powerful old people, who aren’t as weak as they seem.

I dont know a lot about Filipino folklore, but this makes me want to learn more, to see the references Rin is making, alongside the more familiar tropes.

This is the first in a series and I can’t wait for book two.

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