On one hand, I really, REALLY love it when a book series plays the long game, when you don't recognize Checkov's *blank* in book one and it becomes this stupid running gag and then book 3 it's like "OMG OK wHAT."
And there are lots of moments like this in Wish Bound. Stupid running gags and "*shrug* that's just the way fairy tales work?" Moments get actually explained and the emotional content doesn't even waver as a result. It's solid writing, probably the best writing in the series so far.
BUT IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET THROUGH.
The other novels, I just gulped down in a matter of HOURS (when you calculate it straight up). But this one just dragged on and on and ON. I kept getting disinterested and then hopping back in like "Oh ok that's why I'm reading this series, this is why I spent money on this book." Sort of like Game of Thrones, but to a lesser degree.
There are plenty of revelations though, like I said, and it serves nicely to tie up matters (not sure if there's more in the series but if so it feels like chapter 1 has come to a close) and the character development arcs are actually the best part of the book. But I just wish...the plot wasn't so anecdotal and draggy.