Monday 6 May 2019

Book Review | Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence

Title: Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2)
Author: Mark Lawrence
Publication Date: 6th June 2019 by 47North
Pages: 240
Format/Source: ARC via Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy, Science-Fiction
Links: GoodreadsAmazon (Pre-order)


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.

You can read my review of the first book in the series, One Word Kill, here.

I read the first book in this series a few weeks back (you can find my review here) and I really enjoyed it so when I saw there was a copy available to read straight away on netgalley, I snapped it up. This book picks up a few months after the events of the first book, Nick has started attending university and doing mathematical research with a big shot professor and he's still playing dungeons & dragons with his friends at the weekend. However weird things start happening and he's sucked back into the world of time travel.

This was just as enjoyable as the first book, it maintained the fantasy aspect with detailed descriptions of the groups dungeon's and dragons game which cleverly begins to reflect Nick's own troubled life. The new characters introduced to us fitted in perfectly and really worked well with plot, it didn't feel like the author was misleading anything or straying too far from the main plot. Nick is a great main character, his character is so well developed and even though he's gone through so much he's still cracking jokes about his situation. It's something that Mark Lawrence does really well, balancing humour with the more hard hitting parts of the plot.

There is further explanations about alternate timelines whichwere enjoyable to read about and even though science and maths were never my best subjects at school and there were times when some of the terminology went over my head and I had to use the dictionary for help a few times, it was still easy to get the gist of things and follow along with the more complex aspects of the plot.


This is a really fast paced read, I read it within a few hours as I was desperate to know what was going to happen next and I've become rather attached to the characters now and invested in how things will turn out for them.. I'm interested to see in which the direction the plot goes next and how the series wraps up with the third and final book.


4/5 stars.

* I recieved an ARC copy via Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. 

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