Hello people! How are you? I am super excited because I am here with my first review for the Sci-fi Month! Isn’t it great? And for an ARC (ok, it was overdue, but we can’t have it all!).
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and to the editor.
Title: Limited Wish
Series: Impossible Times #2
Author: Mark Lawrence
Page Count: 222
Pubblication Date: May 28th, 2019
One choice. Two possible timelines. And a world hanging in the balance.
It’s the summer of 1986 and reluctant prodigy Nick Hayes is a student at Cambridge University, working with world-renowned mathematician Professor Halligan. He just wants to be a regular student, but regular isn’t really an option for a boy-genius cancer survivor who’s already dabbled in time travel.
When he crosses paths with a mysterious yet curiously familiar girl, Nick discovers that creases have appeared in the fabric of time, and that he is at the centre of the disruption. Only Nick can resolve this time paradox before the damage becomes catastrophic for both him and the future of the world. Time is running out—literally.
Wrapped up with him in this potentially apocalyptic scenario are his ex-girlfriend, Mia, and fellow student Helen. Facing the world-ending chaos of a split in time, Nick must act fast and make the choice of a lifetime—or lifetimes.
So, I have a little confession to make before we start… I am not a fan of time travel. But I am a big fan of Mark Lawrence. Do you see my problem here? On one hand, this series is not for me, because of time travel, on the other hand… how can I resist? so I had to try and see for myself how this series was.
The first book was ok. Obviously, if you are more into time travel the first book was quite interesting. And if you are a fan of D&D or if you are going through a nostalgia fase for the 80’s well, even better. But I am not a fan of D&D (hear me out, I love the idea but it just too social for me, it requires too many social skills, because it involves a group of people, and groups aren’t my thing) and I am not having a bout of nostalgia (even if I am in the right age for it), so the three main points of this series aren’t really doing something for me.
But the first book wasn’t bad, just not really my thing and I have decided to try and see how the second was. And I was very lucky because I enjoyed myself more during this second installment. I don’t know what was better, for me, but I found myself more drawn into the story and I didn’t have a hard time empathizing with the characters, either.
All in all is a fast-paced story with a great part about timetravels and paradox (this was surprising, but that part was quite enjoyable to me!) and I fell in love with their campaign in D&D (is that the right name, I know the Italian word, but I am not so sure about the English one, so if it’s not the right one please forgive me!).
And I liked all the characters more, too. Eve was my favorite, but all the others were quite good (in the first book I had some difficulties to really like them, I wasn’t really invested in them and in the story) and I found myself more at ease with them.
All things considered, I am a big fan of Lawrence when he writes fantasy, not so huge when he tries something new (sorry!), but I think it’s a good thing that he’s experimenting and I would read the final chapter, too. And then I would go back to his fantasy, because I have some of them to read yet, and I think it’s the right time to go back to them!
And what about you? Did you like this series? do you like the author? Let me know!!!
8 thoughts on “ARC Review: Limited Wish or where I finally was hooked up! #SciFiMonth”
I would like to start this series, one of these days! I do like time travel stories as long as they aren’t too convoluted 😁
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This one is pretty straight, as far as time travel went but it’s not too simplicistic and it has solid bases, so I think it could do! 🙂
Like you, I’m somewhat wary of time travel stories because until now they have not fared well with me, but this one seems a good one, and I already have my sights set on this series so… One of these days! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
I love stories like this that explore what ifs. And I liked the first book but didn’t love it- I also had a hard time connecting to the characters a bit. I do want to continue the series though and see where it gos.
I listened to the audiobook of this one and really liked it. I’m eager for the third installment to hit shelves this month.
Ah, I definitely see the dilemma of liking the author’s writing and storytelling skills, but then not really liking the genre or trope choices. I am impressed you’re still giving this one a try either way! And I am glad this second installment was a lot better for you 🙂
Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe
Haven’t read this series, probably won’t, but my husband has the first one and is looking forward to getting around to it eventually. 🙂 Great review!