Warning: may contain spoilers for previous books
Wishful Thinking by Gabi Stevens marks the end of the Time of the Transition series, in which three women have discovered that they are the next fairy godmothers, and must strive to protect both the Arcani world and the Groundling world.
In the previous two books we were introduced to Reggie and Kristin, the first two godmothers to be discovered in the time of transition. Now it is time to meet the third and final godmother, Stormy Jones-Smythe, an artist who lives with her fathers in a commune. Her fathers are wizards, but she is yet to develop powers and is happy to be a Groundling. Her chosen art form is weaving, spending many hours in her studio over her loom.
Her world is tipped upside down when the old godmothers appear to give her the news that she has been chosen to be a godmother, but their status as fugitives mean they can only stick around long enough to give her a wand before disappearing again. Agreeing to accept the wand instantly brings the Council to Stormy’s front door, where she meets her arbiter and her Guards.
Her arbiter, Ian, was previously seen in As You Wish, and his pompous character hasn’t changed, proving a source of annoyance for Stormy. She finds comfort in one of her guards, Hunter Merrick, who is devoted to performing his duty for the Council. However, he still knows his own mind and makes his own choices, so when Stormy’s allegiances turn to the godmothers he has a big decision to make, love or duty?
Again the villain is the charming Lucas Reynard, going by the name Luc LeRoy, who has seduced the Council to his every whim in his plot to make the Arcani rule over the Groundlings. Having already lost two of Merlin’s Gifts to Kristin and Reggie he is desperate not to let the third and final Gift fall into Stormy’s hands, as when combined they supposedly form a powerful weapon. Neither side knows the true nature of this weapon, but it is clear that it could be the factor that determines which side wins.
As a heroine, Stormy was a great addition to the trio, as her name really does reflect her nature. She is strong, quick-thinking and leaves a trail of destruction in her wake, particularly when she tries to use her magic. Trying a simple spell frequently turns into an unwanted blast of magic, causing some comedic moments, especially when Hunter is present. However, her strong nature still has its weaknesses, particularly when it comes to her two dads, as she is desperate to protect them at all costs.
She also becomes desperate to protect Hunter, who was an interesting character as he is conflicted between his obvious attraction to Stormy and his duty as a Guard. He is intensely proud and devoted to his work, but can also see what could be with Stormy, and is definitely tempted. However, he has taken an Oath to the Council that prevents him from betraying them, and siding with the godmothers could cost him his life. I liked not being completely sure if he’d give everything up for Stormy, as it added an extra complication to their relationship and further drama for Stormy.
As far as the plot goes, this book follows a similar plotline to the first two, with Stormy coming up against Lucas. However, this time the heroine is not alone, and it was great to see the three godmothers bonding with each other. They work together as a team, and their three very different personalities fit together really well. The end confrontation was well-written, although I did feel that it could have been a little more dramatic. I liked this book more than the previous books in the series, as I really feel that Gabi Stevens’ writing style has developed and I loved how each heroine is so unique. I would have liked to know a little more background information on Stormy in this book, such as why she lives with two fathers, but overall this book made a great end to the trilogy.
This book made a fitting conclusion to the series, and I enjoyed it more than the previous books. Stormy was a strong heroine who still displayed weakness, and I loved how her name represented her nature, particularly when she couldn’t control her magic. Her love interest was conflicted, providing more drama, but the ending could have been slightly more exciting.
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