Prince of Gods: A Wish Quartet Novella (Age of Magic: Wish Quartet) Paperback – September 7, 2018
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I read the novella to gear up for Age of Magic (Book 4), which will be released on September 20th. The Wish Quartet is a world rich in magic and history. It is like no other series I've ever read. I would highly recommend it.
***SPOILER*** Creation coming to love Destruction on his own terms with a coherent story that included his free will. I know it is a novella, but it felt rushed as it is so critical to Creation's and Destruction's future relationship.
All in all, a well done intro into the world of the Society and its origins. So on to book 4!
And while I have come to expect a 5* read out of everything Elise writes, I am still taken aback every time I read a new book she puts out. It's always more gripping than the last, and depth of the story and the characters is just mind-blowing. If you're not familiar with Elise's work, I'd encourage you to pick a book, any of her books and dive on in
If you read it before that, it'll make the entire series, just one more OMG moment after another, which is totally fine too, you'll just wait for that other shoe to drop.
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The pacing is really set in such a way that it draws you along. Creation may be a silly love-struck boy, but his naivety is part of what makes him a relatable character. It's a sort-of coming of age tale, where an innocent must learn the darker ways of the world. The twist on the mythology is well done, the settings and side characters interesting enough without being overpowering or underwhelming.
The not so good would be that central "romance". I understood why Creation felt that way, but what of Destruction? How she just insta-loves him is a bit iffy when she's set up to be this strong, independent character. There's not a great deal of chemistry. There's also the ending that just felt like it was written to squish in to what had (presumably) already been set up in the main series.
The last chapter is where it falls down as a new reader's prequel: it's obsessed with mentioning each and every character and their interactions even though a new reader has no idea who they are or their significance. I was a bit disturbed how the main characters suddenly sounded like petulant American teens rather than ancient beings in charge of a big supernatural organisation, so maybe that's a change in tone that reflects the main series.
Either way, it's an assured piece of writing and certainly intriguing enough to make me curious about how Creation, Destruction and Chaos' story plays out across the ages.