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The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords) by [Fallon, Jennifer]
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From Publishers Weekly

First in the Tide Lords series, this complex saga, like Fallon's earlier Hythrun Chronicles, intertwines several vividly realized plots. One follows Arkady Desean, the Ice Duchess of Lebec and a scholar of ancient Amyranthan lore, as she interrogates Cayal, a hanged man who inexplicably did not die. She soon encounters legends of the immortal Tide Lords who created the human-animal hybrid slaves called the Crasii—canines to serve, felines to fight, amphibians to pull watercraft—and a thousand years earlier caused the Cataclysm that nearly destroyed the world. Arkady's husband, Duke Stellan, guards his own deadly secret as he maneuvers through palace intrigues and inter-kingdom clashes. Royal spymaster Declan Hawkes secretly aids renegade Crasii and preserves the Cabal, humanity's only protection from the Tide Lords. With snappy dialogue and deft characterizations, especially of her sympathetically drawn canine Crasii, Fallon neatly pulls the story threads together into a multihued tapestry of myth, deceit and ambition. (May)
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Jennifer Fallon has long been one of the most underrated writers in fantasy. She's more George R.R. Martin than Tolkien...

The Immortal Prince is a thrilling and compelling book on its own, and a perfectly executed beginning to what promises to be a great series. The society Fallon has introduced so is complex that it takes an entire novel to fully grasp, and when the book is over, it's clear that we have only seen the beginning of what it has to offer... Above all, though, The Immortal Prince is brilliantly executed drama that effortlessly alternates between romantic, witty, tragic and gripping. Well recommended for adult fantasy readers. -Rhythm and Prose

Product Details

  • File Size: 1640 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (August 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041847UG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By C. Nichols on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Good authors are hard to find, especially in the fantasy genre. I liked the immortal prince. It has good premises, the characters are rounded out, the world in which they live is functional and the language stays pretty clean (big plus for me.) If you like fantasy that is built well, this is a fun, engaging ride. Others have reviewed the book already so I want to address those of you who want to know about this Tide Lords Series, just in case you head down the same path I did with this...

Like any good author, by the time you end The Immortal Prince, you feel like running out for the second book, the God's of Amaranthya. And, JOY! Book two is also an enjoyable read albeit with some major cliffhangers. Book two is available right here on Amazon.

"What's that?" you say, "major cliffhangers? Okay then tell me about book three"...and here is where readers should beware...books three and four have been written and published...in Australia. They are both all but impossible to get domestically right now.

I am OCD and I have to finish things. So nut job that I am, I ordered books three and four through Amazon from Australia, in paperback, for about $35/per with shipping. Yes, I am crazy, I freely admit it and my husband will confirm it.

So, book three, the Palace of Impossible Dreams, is also good and you are thrilled to find three books you actually enjoyed reading. You positively can't wait to see where the author takes this concept in book four, the Chaos Crystal. But something horrible happens like the author is OVER it-the whole concept of books 1-3. -OR- Perhaps the author was forced to write book four against her will.
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Format: Hardcover
While this series has a delightful and intriguing premise, that of the interactions of a group of magic wielding immortals with the mortal realm they inhabit, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. This, the first novel in a 4 book series, is by far the best, introducing characters, and setting the stage for the conflicts, both political and personal, to come. It's reasonably well written, nicely paced, and full of interesting characters. It makes you want to buy the next book.

Don't.

In fact, don't buy this one.

The series goes downhill fast. Characters become wooden, the same scenes are replayed time and time again. Do we really need a recap of the previous chapter at the beginning of the next one? By the time the third book rolls around, plot devices are becoming fantastical to the point of absurdity, and obvious solutions are ignored.

The last novel is abysmal. Fallon's prose has become hackneyed, characters repeat the same lines at infinitum, plot devices and "coincidences" become fully unbelievable, and the resolution is a let down of epic proportions.

So while you may enjoy the first book, you might allow yourself to get hooked, resulting in a waste of forty dollars, or however much you spend on all four books.

So do yourself a favour, and skip this series. Her other books are much better, and there are many other authors out there that you will enjoy more.
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Cayal is an immortal who has lived for thousands of years, has seen mortal kingdoms rise and fall and has been responsible for the deaths of thousands. Immortals cannot die; they just heal and regenerate. But Cayal is bored, supremely tired of living. He's seeking the one thing he cannot have. Or the next best thing. He purposely gets caught and tried for murder, hoping a headsman's axe will at least relieve him of his head. He won't die, but he'll lose his memories (this has happened to one of his fellow immortals). Unfortunately, the axe-man is out of town so he's only hanged, and naturally revives... When asked about who he is and why he demands to be beheaded, Cayal admits he's the Immortal Prince, a Tide Master.

Declan Hawkes, the King's Spymaster, sees a possible conspiracy involving another kingdom against his king. He asks his old friend Arkady, Duchess of Lebec, to quiz the prisoner under her guise as an academic, an expert in old lore, to prove him false. Arkady and Declan are both from the slummier side of the city... she married up, not for wealth, but as a friend and shield for the Duke who secretly favors men, and who had promised to help her father who was imprisoned for helping slaves. The slaves are the Crasii, human-animal hybrids who were originally created by the Tide Lords, although no humans believe that, either.

Arkady is fascinated by Cayal's tales of capricious and petty immortals who play with humans and animals at whim when the power of the Tides is High. For over a millennium, the Tide has been Low, so the Tide Lords and Immortals have remained hidden and powerless--and humans no longer believe what they haven't seen in so many centuries. So Arkady, intelligent and learned, cannot believe him.
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The prolog didn't do much for me, but the story, went it started to unroll, blew me away. The Tide Lords are immortals that can feel the ebb and flow of the power of the sun, giving them insane power while the tide is in. But they have to spend centuries hiding their nature while the tide is out. Strong characters and constant twists makes this another classic for Fallon.
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