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The Wish List: Time of Transition Trilogy    by Gabi Stevens order for
Wish List
by Gabi Stevens
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Tor, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

In the space of a few days Kristen Montgomery goes from an unassuming accountant to a fairy godmother in training - and a Rare One to boot. Left with nothing but a few vague instructions by her three elderly Aunts (they have held their fairy godmother titles for decades and are about to retire) Kristen in left in the hands, and under the tutelage of, Tennyson Ritter.

The powerful wizard is less than enthused about being thrust into the role of Kristen's arbiter. Training and observing one of the next generation of fairy godmothers might be a feather in the cap of any other wizard, but for Tennyson the assignment means temporarily abandoning his ongoing research into Merlin's writings, and in particular, the three gifts that legend says the magician left hidden somewhere in the world.

But before Kristen has even begun to understand her burgeoning magic, she and Tennyson discover that a growing number of magical malcontents are determined to expose their secretive society to humans and subjugate them. And that their leader wants to possess Kristen's untried power whether she agrees to join him or not.

The plotting of Gabi Stevens' charming debut novel offers few surprises and the identity of her megalomaniac sorcerer is obvious. But the author writes with such verve, wit and imagination that readers will quickly find themselves entranced by Kristen, Tennyson, the Aunts (real scene-stealers), and their growing entourage of supporters.

Kristen is a very plucky heroine and Tennyson, while initially caustic, soon warms to her charm, innocence and determination, which only adds to the fast-paced fun of the story. Make sure to put The Wish List at the top of your summer reading list.

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