The first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it…
Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it.
Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner—none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.
“Told in fairy tale cadences that softly explore the responsibilities of power and privilege, the narrative returns warmth and agency to the witches of childhood stories.”
“A promising series opener with an unexpected ending that will leave readers wanting more.”
“Julie C. Dao sets the bar high with Broken Wish, a stunning and skillful introduction to the world of The Mirror, Disney’s new fractured fairy-tale series written by four different authors that follows a family curse through the ages.”
“A clever tale about the importance of promises and the limits of friendship, perfect for a snug night by the fireside.”
Liz Braswell, New York Times bestselling author of the Disney’s Twisted Tale Collection
“By combining threads from multiple fairy tales (magic mirrors, mystical pregnancies, lucky fish), Dao creates a fascinating world where all the stories are both true and untrue… A must-have for fans of fractured fairy tales.”
School Library Journal
“Once again, as she did in her Rise of the Empress duo, Dao has spun a fine tale reminiscent of classics—in this case “Sleeping Beauty” and “Rapunzel”—and reignited the magic that still lives within imaginary worlds.”
“An enchanting beginning to what promises to be a gripping family saga. Broken Wish whisks readers into a beautifully wrought fairy tale that is at once familiar and new, and introduces readers to Elva, whose family’s past is riddled with secrets and curses. It will be hard to put down until the final page!”
Elizabeth Lim, New York Times bestselling author of SPIN THE DAWN and SO THIS IS LOVE
“BROKEN WISH is a darkly glittering fairytale of shattered promises and powerful magic. Dao opens a door to an enchanting new world tucked within the seams of our own.”