Impossible Times #2
Publisher: 47 North
Edition: Hardback, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Release date: 28 May 2019
Rating: 4 stars
One choice. Two possible timelines. And a world hanging in the balance.
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.
Limited Wish is another really fun read from Mark Lawrence. Nick and his friends are back, along with two new characters: Helen, and a mysterious girl who keeps appearing and disappearing. I guessed who she was, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment. There are many parallels to the previous book, One Word Kill, which is also fun. Things are similar yet different, in interesting ways.
The parallels between the D and D games Nick and his friends play and events in the real world are handled brilliantly and these are possibly my favourite parts of the novel. The Inescapable University is such a great fantasy creation. I would have liked to see even more gaming and more interactions between Nick, John, Simon and Mia. But Lawrence packs a lot into just over 200 pages, and I can see why he made the decision to focus on other parts of the story.
Mathematics and paradox play an even bigger role in this novel than in the previous one, to great effect. There is also more action. Things get pretty frenetic towards the end, ramping up the tension and keeping it high right up to the end. I honestly wasn’t sure how Nick was going to get out of it this time.
The resolution is surprising and satisfying. I should have seen it coming, yet I didn’t. I love that.
Limited Wish is a sequel that doesn’t drop the ball. In fact, it keeps several balls spinning and then catches them all and takes a bow. The third book, Dispel Illusion, will be coming out in November. I’m expecting a satisfying conclusion to the series.
A digital A.R.C. of this novel was supplied to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.