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The Shadow Prince (Heartspell) Mass Market Paperback – September, 2002

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A DARK PACT

The second son of the king, Adrik should have been an honored prince of the Median Empire. Instead, he was sacrificed at birth to his father's lust for power. He became the property of Malkaval--was raised as that great demon's own, and was taught the ways of sorcery. He locked himself away in the gloomy halls of Khorazm, a recluse, never once forgetting his purpose: Someday he would enter the Shadow Realm, trade places with his master, and be damned for eternity.

AN EMBER OF HOPE

His black fate kept Adrik from others. There was no solace for a man like himself--no matter how powerful he became, what magic he might conjure in long lonely nights. Then he met a woman--a stunning beauty, blond and magnificent--who streaked into his life like a dying star. And she needed him. The Arizanti priestess was everything he'd ever dreamed of, and she sparked in Adrik a terrible desire for freedom. For the first time, he dared to hope that their love might overcome the darkness.

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Product Details

  • Series: Heartspell
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505524856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505524850
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,041,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To start, I realize that this book was written as a fantasy/sci-fi story but I had a hard time reconciling this fact when reading. There is a note from the author about being interested in a battle that took place in the 500's BC, in the region which is near present-day Afghanastan. Because of this, I was confused as to whether this story was supposed to be loosely based on fact or was pure fiction. That being said, most of the weapons and some of the clothing sounded much more Medieval than ancient and again, I had a hard time reconciling everything as I was reading.
Adrik and Lorienne were interesting characters, but I never felt like I really got to know them. They rarely talked to one another, so when did their relationship grow? Time passes but not much is said and done. Many opportunities were lost to develop more engaging characters. So on the romance side, there seemed to be a lot lacking.
The fantasy/sci-fi element was done fairly well and what kept this story at three stars for me. The premise of the story is very promising. Ancient curses, magic (from the Magii tribe), wickedly shallow and mean enemies and a damsel in distress. Not a bad mix. There was one surprise at the end which I did not anticipate, and enjoyed as well. This is not the best book I have read from Ms. Zimlich, but if you are looking for an OK read to pass the time, this is not a bad choice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MrsMo on September 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In her usual inimitable style, Jan Zimlich has penned a classic tale of anger and betrayal, love and passion. Set in a time all but forgotten except by those deeply in love with history, THE SHADOW PRINCE is almost fairytale like, and Lorienne and Adrik are so real they'll tear at your heartstrings. Tender, poignant love scenes will have you sighing deeply while reaching for your fan, and the occasional sparks of humor will cause you to laugh out loud. Yet through it all, the thread of anxiety at Adrik's fate is deftly woven, keeping the tension tight. As hard as I tried, I just could not see how she could possibly turn this around with a happy ever after ending, and just when I'd about given up hope-- she did it! Simply, realistically, while staying true to the storyline--she did it. I didn't even see it coming. And I cried.
This story is a complete departure from Ms. Zimlich's other works. She started out writing Futuristics, and her last story was historical-like in a futuristic setting. As rich and engaging as these other stories are, I'm convinced she's finally found her niche with THE SHADOW PRINCE. Her love of history combines with her story telling ability to perfection. Once you begin reading THE SHADOW PRINCE, you won't want to put it down. I promise.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on September 24, 2002
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This book reads more like a fantasy than a historical romance. The historical details are sketchy, and the tribe and geography are so foreign sounding, this could be another planet, or some fantastical world for all I could tell.
The characters here were well-drawn. The plot flowed smoothly, despite its intricacy. The story was involved, but never tangled or got bogged down in its various parts. Neither the romance nor the historical distracted from the fantasy elements of the story, and visa versa. SP missed one of the classic blunders of genre-blend novels. It balanced all of its elements seamlessly. Definitely a good read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on October 24, 2002
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I must admit to some confusion, did I even read the same story the others that gave this book 4 stars did???
The story and plot had so much potential and this potential was not lived up too. I feel that the main characters were underdeveloped and lacked depth. They spent too little time together so I was confused as to when they fell in love with each other. I also feel that too much effort was made on Adricks half-brother, his father and his stepmother this took away from the romance I think. There was more fantasy then romance and the "magic" that was alluded to was a bomb. I was really looking forward to reading a "fantasy, magic, romance" since this is a new genre for me I must admit to high hopes. I love to escape into different worlds with the author, in this case I felt forced into her world since it was not an all together pleasant experience to keep forcing myself not to just put the book down and walk away. I am not against reading books that are minus the romance, but when promised a love story it would be nice to read one that keeps me hooked. I hope that this is not a promise of things to come for me and this genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "cbrookt" on February 26, 2003
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I found this book to be very passionate, but more than that, the setting is beautiful. It is a very good story and a joy to read. I place it way up on my list of top reads of late along with Kenyon's Fantasy Lover, and Anything, My Love by Cynthia Simmons. Also enjoyed Beyond Seduction.
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First, this book COULD have been really cool... It started out great with the demon, the girl, the sorcerer, etc. And then it stopped... The plot just didn't develop. For example, there could have been a great plot involving Arkanna, but after the first scene of the book, she isn't heard from again. What about revenge for the heroine? The beginning of the book makes you think the plot is going to go in a certain direction, but the author takes a ninety degree turn the wrong way.
Second, I do not understand how the heroine is supposed to be attracted to Adrik when he basically just keeps her around as a slave. First she hates him, then she fears him, and suddenly they are "in love." Adrick had no qualities that helped me see why she loved him. Weak.
Third, I also thought there could have been many more interesting examples of his "sorcery". Throughout the whole book, he is called a sorcerer of the first order, but we really don't see very many examples of this and the ones we do see aren't creative.
Fourth, I didn't like the the demon character. While I don't think I was supposed to like him persay, it was how he was written and described that I detested. He sort of comes and goes and never really seems to succeed as the evil antagonist in my opinion. He doesn't do anything magical or really scary until the end of the book and one example isn't enough to make me approve of the usage of the character. (Hope that makes sense- it was hard to explain.)
In conclusion, I think the author had a good idea , but didn't develop it or even follow through with her original idea. All of the characters were underdeveloped and I couldn't feel much emotion for the romance plot, because it just seemed too far fetched and too sudden.
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