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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Wham! is a work of hyper fantasy dystopian fiction penned by authors Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps, and it forms the first book in the Timewalker Series. Combining the elements of traditional fantasy and fairy stories with the harsh political realities of a dark and dangerous government system, the plot centers on Tess and her family just as they are torn apart. The World Alliance rules with an iron fist, governing for the supposed good of all, but Tess and her sister Nia know from experience that this is not the case. Tess vows to reconnect and tear down the barriers made by the Alliance, and she knows she must discover actual magic in order to power her own revolution.
From slow adaptation and indoctrination to the sudden seizure of everything they hold dear, the story of Tess and the Greenwood family rings true throughout history for its chilling qualities, right from the novel’s take-off. Considering this is a tale which contains fairy people, trolls and magic, the realities of the dystopian world which play out are incredibly realistic and genuinely frightening. For Tess, magic is the way forward, but there are also mindsets to change and ideologies to destroy, and authors Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps handle them extremely well with their delicate prose and strong dialogue. Overall, Wham! is an unusual combination of a novel which will pack much more of a serious punch than you expect. Highly recommended for adult and older teen readers alike.