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A disclaimer - I helped in the substantive editing process of this book. From the beginning, there was a story here, a story worth telling.
With a lot of hard work from Rie, that story blossomed. With the efforts of Elizabeth Burton - not only her publisher but an old-style Editor - over the course of the long line-by-line edit this story attained a polish and clarity that makes it look and read better than a lot of big publishing house efforts (where it appears the most editing done is an intern running spell-check and grammar-check - if they even do that much).
The plot is engaging and full of twists and turns and surprises. The characters all have depth to them, primarily because Rie wasn't afraid to give them flaws. There are no 'perfect people' here. While her world bears superficial resemblance to many fantasy worlds (there are elves, there is magic) it isn't Tolkienesque, it has its own feel. She avoided the problems inherent in creating a huge and sprawling fantasy world (that ofttimes cannot help but sag under their own weight) keeping the geography of her story expansive, but somehow intimate. I never doubted that there is more 'world' out there, but those are lands to be explored in another story... one I desperately hope she'll write.
However his father the King, Fredrick, is ill and it won't be long before Roland will be asked to assume the throne. For now, he is stuck with history lessons which bore him and sword lessons which appeal to the adventurer within. Even his squire, Stefan can't seem to educate him on the importance of studying. Roland would rather read and daydream about things he can't have.
Then opportunity presents itself to Roland when his father asks a local fur trader Jarome to sell some furs along a river town in Woodwatch Ferry. Seeing his chance for freedom, Roland is able to convince his father to let him journey down the river before it's too late and he won't be able to leave the castle. Fredrick relents and Roland is more than excited to go. Taking along Stefan for companionship and the voice of reason, their adventure begins.
However when dark forces learn that the kings only son is traveling along a river virtually unprotected, marauders launch an attack and soon only Stefan, Roland and Collyn Silverbrook are the only survivors. While their raft burns, they are left wounded and in need of medical care. With no supplies and in the dark of the forest, they are at a crossroads in their journey. Do they turn back to the castle or will they press on to the nearest city? What will Roland's father think when he hears news of the attack? Will this news push the king into an earlier grave? Or will this adventure turn out to be more than any of them ever imagined?
In the novel, The Luckless Prince, by Rie Sheridan Rose, Roland will get more than he ever bargained for when setting out on what he had hoped would be a simple expedition. Now lives will be placed in his young hands and decisions that will be costly will be his alone to make. This is a true coming of age story for a young man who still has to keep control of his emotions and is prone to anger easily. His companionship with his friend and squire Stefan will be placed to the ultimate test while the forces of the dark magic seek to destroy and control the land and kingdom.
I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Zumaya Otherworlds Publishers for my honest review. I was so drawn to this story of adventure because I believe within us all is our childlike sense of adventure. This book is similar to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy where we began our adventure with Frodo and Sam. Here the adventure begins with Roland and Stefan. In the end, the friends will need to work together using their strengths and weaknesses to overcome their greatest challenges. For those of you that love The Lord of the Rings trilogy, then you will LOVE this one! This book rates a stellar 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to see what she writes next!
What a wonderful fantasy/adventure book!
You can read other reviews for The Luckless Prince from the blog tour page here.
The Luckless Prince is the story of Steavil found in the woods by a King, brought back to the palace as a playmate and eventually as a squire to his son Roland. A boy who has spent his life not knowing who he is, protecting the prince from his scrapes, acting as a "conscious" to the prince and saving his life and giving up the ability to walk with ease and grace when the king's own dogs attack them after Roland loses his temper and throws a spear in their direction.
This book is very well written, full of action, adventure and even a love story or two. I would say it's for older teens and adults due to the love story (but no love "scenes"), language (not a ton) and the battles. There are no graphic scenes so depending on your kid's maturity I can see teens 16 and older reading it. I loved it (LOTR's & Progeny fan that I am).
The world of Steavil and Roland is very reminisent of LOTR's. The Elves are dying off and the world of men believe they have vanished. Rie has created a wonderful "Elvish" language even as brief as it is within the book and the poetry and music is beautifully written. Roland's kingdom is in danger of being taken over by his cousin, Norfulk, a madman and wizard who ultimately wants Roland and his father dead and the world of the Elves destroyed and to be placed as "King" of both Kingdoms.
I'm going to stop there - I really don't want to give anymore away. Be sure to get this book if you enjoy Fantasy and Adventure. It's outstanding and you won't want to put it down once you start reading it. You can purchase the paperback here $13.25 or the Kindle edition here $6.99. It's worth every penny and is eligible for FREE shipping with a $25 order.
Now, if only the sequel was already out! I can't wait!