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

Write on: Tue, 28 May 2019 by  in Petros' Reviews Read 10640

A mind-bending masterpiece that serves as a love letter to all fans of Time Travel.

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.

“The universe is trying to kill you.” The girl stepped fully into view. “And we need to get out of here.”

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Mark Lawrence’s work. Prince of Thorns was the book that got me back into fantasy after a long-term absence, and I’ve remained loyal to his work ever since. From The Broken Empire trilogy, to The Red Queen’s War, and lately to the Book of the Ancestor, I would read & review each book as soon as I could get my hands on it, and I would end up loving it just a little bit more than the previous one. By the end of the second trilogy, Mark became my favorite author. By the end of the third one, I considered Mark one of the greatest Fantasy authors of our times. Now, two thirds through his fourth trilogy, The Impossible Times, I realized I still didn’t give him enough credit. Mark Lawrence is not only one of the greatest Fantasy authors, but one of the greatest story-tellers around, regardless of genre or medium. 

While in the first book Mark gave ample time for the other characters to shine, in Limited Wish he focused more on our protagonist, Nick Hayes. Between Dungeons & Dragons, romance, scientific projects, and a race against time to survive and save the universe, Nick, and, subsequently, the reader, are in for a crazy ride. The plot was enthralling and entertaining, the prose was leaner and fresher that what we’re used to in Mark's books, and the pace was well maintained, steady throughout the book and rising towards the finale. Finally, while the time travel aspect in One Word Kill was complex but well explained, with the right amount of depth and complexity without sacrificing clarity, in Limited Wish it is weirder, more contemplative, and it screws with the reader’s mind. 

The hammer’s aftershocks filled both the flashes of brilliance and the darkness between them with possibilities. New tomorrows streamed away from every moment, a billion billion versions of me, each heading into the next heartbeat on slightly different trajectories. I walked through it all, spawning an infinity of futures, just as all of us do every second of our lives.

In One Word Kill, Mark Lawrence gave us a puzzling, intriguing & fast-paced Science Fiction story. In Limited Wish, he turned that story into thought-provoking literature.


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