Review: The Wish Thief

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The Wish Thief
by C. Deanna Verhoff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Wish Thief / B003CV7UJI

George isn't asking for much out of life, he isn't greedy. Sure, he wants to strike it rich by finding some priceless gem or mineral in the local caverns, but he'll only use a little of the money for himself - the rest will go towards helping his family... and buying a gravestone for his poor mother.

In an ambitious start for a first novel, "The Wish Thief" seeks to combine seamlessly a classic fantasy setting, with magic and wishes, with a modern setting of cars and wrought iron, but with a science fiction overlay of worlds with three moons. The characters are set up well, although George has a large enough family that the reader may not get a good handle on who is who, and the opening action sequence will keep the reader waiting to exhale as George scrambles for safety with his new treasure. The only advice I can give is that the three-layered setting might be a bit disorienting for readers who are used to "straight" fantasy or science fiction, possibly a little more world-building is in order to help the reader get their initial bearings.

NOTE: This review is based on a sample excerpt of this book provided through the ABNA contest.

~ Ana Mardoll

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