The Storymakers #2
by Betsy Schow
Published on February 7, 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood's daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur?
Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52:
No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though...they should be worried.
Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she's the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn't in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn't figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi's going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink.
Not happening. No way in Spell.
Rexi's plan? Steal the sword Excalibur and use its magic to write her own tale. But Gwenevere has opened a new Academy of Villains in Camelot and danger lurks behind every plot twist. And you know how it goes in Story: keep your friends close and your enemies closer...
Another fairy tale fail. I haven’t read many spins on fairy tales recently that I actually enjoyed which is unfortunate since I love fairy tales so much.
Wanted was a bit of a mess. It reminded me a lot of the show Once Upon a Time (which I stopped watching after a few seasons because it was also a mess). There are at least four different tales brought together in this book, each with its own twist.
The problem with this book was that it was simply all over the place. The scenes didn’t flow at all, as though they were written separately and pieced together. It left me more confused than intrigued which is never a good sign.
I was interested in one of the new characters, Rexi Hood, but she ended up being more of a plot device, designated to sidekick land where she got to die and come back several times over (this isn’t Supernatural, she’s not a Winchester, we don’t need this).
What worked for this book is the creativity of the world. Like I said, I used to watch ONCE and I was initially interested in it because it did bring all the different fairy tales into one world where they influenced and interacted with each other. I saw that same idea here in Wanted but the execution left something to be desired.
It wasn’t a terribly bad book, exactly, but I doubt I’ll be reading on in the series.