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Prince of Ice: A Tale of the Demon World [Kindle Edition]

Emma Holly
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Emma Holly loves to take a walk on the wild side," (Best Reviews) and here she ventures into a sensuous and dangerous world where a human courtesan becomes the flesh abd blood property of a demon prince. Soulmates, lovers - and victims of an unnatural desire that could drive them both insane.

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Orphaned and sent to Madame Fagin's training house for pillow girls, Xishi can't believe her good fortune when her long-lost friend, Prince Cor, buys her and takes her back to the Forbidden City. But Cor has changed from the happy boy she once knew. Determined to master his emotions, he's grown into a cold, collected man. It's fitting that Holly conjures an alternate Victorian world, since the story has a Dickensian style as she starts at the beginning of her star-crossed lovers' lives and works her way forward. In our time, when fast-paced, right-out-of-the-gate stories are gospel, Holly takes a risk, but it pays off. Lavish settings, palace intrigue, and hidden agendas add dimension and suspense to her elegant, erotic romance. FollowingThe Demon's Daughter (2004), Prince of Ice is the sultriest entry yet in Holly's Demon World series. Nina Davis
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About the Author

Emma Holly lives in Minnesota where the winters are long and people will use any excuse to warm up. According to Emma, humanity’s best inventions are hot showers, the printing press, coffee, chocolate, and bicycle shorts for men. She can be reached at or P.O. Box 2591, Minneapolis, MN 55402-0591.

Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 7, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76NCI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original paranormal with well matched protagonists December 4, 2006
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Prince of Ice is a fairly traditional romance set in the Far East featuring young friends who have a close friendship and then are torn apart by one child's family. While it is marketed as a paranormal and the worldbuilding is based upon the creation of a different race, it reads like a fantasy historical. Yamas lived in isolation for centuries until they were discovered by human explorers. The setting is Victorian Earth but the yama are more technologically advanced. Their race values emotional control above all else. Those that show signs of unrestrained emotion are considered defective and not fit to rule. However, because emotions are forbidden, the yama are attracted to humans' emotions. Further, yamas can become addicted to imbibing human energy as it produces a drug like euphoria. While it is a well known secret, like drug addiction, that yamas have affairs with humans and imbibe the human chi, to have the affair known to the public is a great disgrace.

The interesting part of the yama lore is not the technological advances or the genetic enhancements but the societal structure. This story is much more about society, class and culture than it is about ghosts, demons, and otherworldly creatures. To some extent it is reminiscent of Slave to Sensation where the alternate reality world provide a backdrop but the story is carried by understandable and accessible conflicts.

Yama royals are the product of careful interbreeding and genetic matching. Honor and face are important concepts within Yama culture. The story is told of the Huon family, close to royalty, who was banished because the wife of the lord took a human to her bed and it was made public.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uh... Wow? November 10, 2006
By lwd
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After reading the first in this series (Demon's Daughter), which I enjoyed, I bought two other Holly books. While the other stories were interesting and well-written, they were bit too X-rated for me. (Apparently, I am more of a prude than I thought.) However, because this book is a sequel to The Demon's Daughter, I decided to try one more time. I'm glad I did.

Prince of Ice is a continuation of the world Emma Holly created in The Demon's Daughter. More, it is wholly within the Demon's world, rather than the alternate human one this time, so we get to know their culture more completely. World building at its best, we learn who these people are, where they come from, and the plot centers on that culture as well as specific people within it.

Simply - I am a little impressed. Political intrigue, forbidden desires, revenge, danger, friendships, nasty villains, true love. A prince, a secret princess, how they find each other, how they lose each other, eventual reconciliation. Add interesting secondary characters and a side plot about another exiled prince that melds in beautifully, and you have a winner. An adult fairy tale, if you will, well written and captivating.

In short (I know, too late for that), this is a good story and an interesting premise. It is complete within itself, but leaves a door open so that we can visit this world again. Yes, the sex is extremely explicit, and there is a great deal of it, but, oddly, it doesn't feel especially gratuitous. The erotic scenes are an essential part of the storyline, even a character in and of itself. I will admit that some words habitually used in the erotica genre still tend to detract from the story for me, but that `s a personal problem. If you're okay with it, I highly recommend this book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chemistry and romance November 9, 2006
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Yamas (demons) are superior in Emma Holly's Demon World; they are physically more beautiful, smarter, and stronger than human. They look down upon humans because they are emotional. Corum is a yama prince with a genetic anomaly that makes him more emotional than the average yama. Xishi, the courtesan renamed Buttercup is his perfect match, she is born of a secret tryst between a disgraced half-human yama noblewoman and the yama emperor.

They meet as infants and instantly have an unbreakable bond; one is not complete without the other. When they turn eight they are separated in order to make Corum more disciplined in his emotions. When they next meet he has become a prince of ice to hide his genetic anomaly and keep his family honor, but he cannot resist Buttercup so he buys her for his lover (pillow girl) and the chemistry and love between them explodes. They have not forgotten each other or the love they share.

This was a very sexy, sensual, return to Holly's demon world and it was very romantic to see two destined mates become one even against the rules of their society.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read for Escaping!!! December 22, 2006
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Corum is a yama prince and his is different from other yama prince's in the fact that he feels things deeper then his friends. Xishi is a courtesan who is Corum's natural mate but she is the product of a illicit mating between a yama prince and a half yama noblewoman. These two meet as babies and their bound is unmistakable. Years later when Corum purchases Xishi she is stunned by the man he has become. He refuses to face his emotions...instead he controls them earning him the moniker of Ice Prince. But the fires between him and Xishi are hot and if anyone can melt the ice around Corum's well protected heart it's her and since they've never forgotten each other...there is a chance for a happy ending...or is there?

Ms. Holly is the undisputed queen of the erotic genre in my opinion. No matter the sub-genre she chooses to write in she always delivers complex characters combined with the sensuality readers have come to love. This effort in her Demon World series is no different. If anything she raises the bar a little. Xishi and Corum's romance is spellbinding. I love reads where the protagonists already a deep connection. This story offers so many elements--political intrigue, secret princess, a taste of the forbidden which is always welcome. The sensuality of the story is not jarring nor is it used as filler in short it's important to the development of the story. If you are a fan of a well told tale with the theme of soul mate's finding each other then you will love this story! Kristi Ahlers for CK2S Kwips & Kritiques
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Prince of Ice
Too weird for me. Weird alien-esque anatomy that, I swear, gave me nightmares. The love story is sweet I guess but I couldn't get past the weird body parts...
Published 13 months ago by Tobertot13
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner for Holly in her Demon Series!
Another awesome novel by Emma Holly that I wish I could give more than 5 stars to. With this novel Holly has now become my fav novelist. Her mix of PNR and erotica is flawless. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Laura Stamps: Pagan Novelist & Poet
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Words!
As the sequel to Demon's Daughter I have to say I am overwhelming pleased with Prince of Ice. While many reviewers have commented on the graphic nature of the sensual content... Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by BurntSpaces
2.0 out of 5 stars Just plain not that interesting
I purchased this book back when I first got my Kindle and before I took the time to write reviews and before I came to understand that one should be leery of 4 or 5 star reviews. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Rare Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't bad but it also wasn't particularly good.
Prince Corum was conceived with a "genetic defect" (the constellation of genes which would enhance his ability to restrain his emotions was not functioning properly)... Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by myotherself
5.0 out of 5 stars epic romantic adventure
I admit it--I'm an Emma Holly fangirl. Though in general, I prefer her non-mainstream stories, she's outdone herself here. Read more
Published on November 26, 2008 by D. K. Stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars Very hot in the Prince of Ice world...
This is one of my favorite Holly books, I actually liked it better than the first in the series - Demon's Daughter. Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by amf0001
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not recommended. I wasn't excited about the plot or...
Nothing surprised or delighted me. This book was easy for me to put down and go do something else. The characters weren't interesting enough. Read more
Published on June 23, 2008 by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars SO HOTT W/A GREAT PLOT
This is my second Emma Holly book--the first was Demon's Daughter, which was very good. What I particularly enjoyed In Prince of Ice was the world is perfectly accessible and made... Read more
Published on December 25, 2007 by K-cee Kit
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and intriguing romance
Full of royal intrigue, sex, and suspense, this book was captivating. Xishi and Corum are a wonderful pair. I love the setting amidst Eastern royal palaces. Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by Make it Funny
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Emma Holly is the USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty very hot romantic books, featuring werewolves, faeries, and just plain extraordinary ordinary folks. Her favorite things are reading, coffee, long daydreamy walks, plus whatever show she's currently infatuated with on tv. She loves sinking into the worlds of her stories and hopes you do too!

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