Book Review: Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) by Mark Lawrence

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence

Rating:  ★★★

I think these books are just too smart for me.  I have zero understanding of the science behind it, and on occasion this just felt way too technical.  I’ve never taken a physics class and thinking about time travel makes my brain hurt.

It didn’t help that I was expecting a direct continuation of the previous book One Word Kill.  While this is another chapter in Nick’s story, it branches off on it’s own tangent, with other possible character’s from Nick’s future coming into play.  While it isn’t totally out of left field, it just seemed weird not to be given more of Demus’s story and mission, and instead be fed this whole other separate side story.  I was looking forward to getting more of that, seeing Nick and Mia finally together, and within the first chapter or two I realized that wasn’t going to happen.

There’s plenty of action and life or death moments, so the pacing isn’t slow, but my inability to connect with Nick as a character (and honestly just the 80s in general) left me feeling cold about them.  I think the action scenes lose some of their impact while the threat of cancer looms large.  These scenes also lost some of their impact for me with the introduction of the new characters.  I was already invested in the old ones, and being given more to care about just felt like too much across a grand total of 400 pages.  I almost wonder if they both wouldn’t have benefitted from more pages and more time for character development.

I did like the ending (although if I’m being honest, I didn’t understand parts of it, wtf is a time hammer?!).  What I enjoyed was the choices Nick made and what ultimately happens to our villains.

I think I will finish the series out when Dispel Illusion comes out later this year. It’d be a shame not to find out what happens in the end.  I did have some of the same struggles with book one though, so if you enjoyed that one, you might enjoy this more than I did.

Limited Wish can be found on GoodReads or ordered on Amazon.

20 thoughts on “Book Review: Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) by Mark Lawrence

    • Yeah- if I’m being honest with myself, they aren’t my style either. Didn’t know that when I started so I just kept going. I’ll finish them, but I think I’ll stick to his fantasy books in the future.


  1. I think I’ll stick with my decision to stop at One Word Kill, then. I really liked those characters, and they were really the only reason I enjoyed that book as much as I did. I had issues with the time travel aspects in that first book, though, so if this one only carries that further (and with different characters) then I think I’ll consider it a standalone in my own little world. 🙂

    But I will be looking into Red Sister for sure.

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  2. I am not much of a science-fiction reader but this one sounds like it can be safely avoided..When I saw the cover and G Martin’s recommendation, I thought your review was going to rave about this one but hey, you totally saved me lots of time and guilt, because let’s face it there is nothing under the sun that feels worse than DNFing a book! THAT SHIT HURTS! xD xD xD

    Great review! ❤

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  3. Excellent review, Sarah. I’m looking forward to trying this trilogy of novellas in the future and have only read his Book of Ancestors trilogy and LOVED them. I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work too well for you and it must be frustrating when the science behind it is confusing. I hear it has a lot of references though and I wonder if I’ll be able to recognize them too. 😛

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    • It’s lots of D&D references… I didn’t notice too many others? Some maybe from our generation regarding music and bands and stuff. Not like Ready Player One which was chock full of 80s references (admittedly, most of those I didn’t recognize).

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