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The Prince's Man (The Five Kingdoms Book 1) by [Jay, Deborah]
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"You can't help but get caught up in the amazing world that Jay presents to her readers. At times I felt like I was watching a reel, I was so caught up in Jay's descriptions of each and every scene." Pure Jonel Book Reviews

"This newly created world is firm, there are no gaps or jumps of reasoning. One creature, idea, magic or bit of history flows right into the next. Characters that appear substantial at the beginning of the book do nothing but grow and evolve as their backstory unfolds behind them." Rosie's Book Reviews 

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  • File Size: 1672 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9N2Q20
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I picked the Prince's Man out at random and wasn't expecting to read beyond the free sample. The quality of storytelling completely floored me. Here are my favorite parts:

1. Rusty's become one of my favorite heroes - his transformation was so realistic. This was someone gradually coming to question his beliefs, taking one step forward and one step back. In addition, the author did a wonderful job painting how Rusty's background as a spy affected this change.

2. The friendship between Elwaes and Rusty. The conversations were incredibly well wrought - you could just feel the growing trust and bond.

I'm a bit ambivalent about Risada as a character. There'd be times where she'd just completely piss me off, but I mean, overall, she's a really cool creation. I will say that it felt like the romance was based a bit too much on lust and I was sort of confused why these two really liked each other. But this didn't really detract from the story at all, there were just so many other good things to say about this book. Definitely an author to watch. I can't wait for the next book. You won't regret cracking open this one.
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What a great book! I figured this was going to be one of the same ol’ romance books (not that there is anything wrong with a good romance!) but I was pleasantly surprised!

The beginning is a bit of a head scratcher at first. It begins with a scene from 20 years before that shows how Risada became an orphan and choose to become an assassin.

Then it skips to present time where Rustam (Rusty) is off doing his spy work.
If you just give it a few chapters though, everything starts fitting together and it gets really really good.

I loved all the characters. Rusty and Elwaes were hands down my favorite. I can see how some people are put off by Risada, but I can *get* her. She was formed by circumstances and is a very strong women. Nothing wrong with that! Although she does come off as a biatch sometimes and that does take away from the likability of her.

The plot had magic, intrigue, suspense, betrayal, and of course a little bit of romance.
Although it is book one and there will be more (can’t wait!) it was not left on a cliffhanger. So for those of you who hate to read a book before the whole series is out shouldn’t have a problem with this one.
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This was a very enjoyable book. It's nice to see something a little different when it comes to fantasy novels and this fit the bill quite nicely. The Prince's Man is first and foremost the story of Rustam Chalice, the kingdom's top spy, and Risada Delgado vas Domn, its top assassin. For a large portion of the book, they are at each others throats, sometimes literally. The book really starts to pick up when they rescue Elwaes, an elf held captive.
Probably my favorite thing about this book was the interaction between the characters. The tension between them and the different viewpoints were much of the backbone of the story. I also loved the fact of the various kingdoms (and species), with their different ideas and types of magic, as opposed to Tyr-en, a kingdom that outlaws magic.
This is not an "action fantasy" full of battles and the sort. There are fights, although they usually are disposed of quickly. This is more a thinking person's fantasy- a story of intrigue. It is extremely well done and although it is written so it could be a stand-alone novel, it's not and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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What an interesting, captivating world Deborah Jay has created with Book 1 of The Five Kingdom series. I admit, I am in awe of writers who can lay out a fictional realm of this scope, complete with political structure and geographical details that make total sense. I can barely cope with writing about the world I live in, so my hat's off to all the great fantasy authors out there, including Deborah Jay.

Ladies' man extraordinaire, we first meet hero Rustam Chalice as he's escaping from the bedchamber of a married conquest. It soon becomes apparent, though, that Rusty is not just a dancing tutor with an eye toward bedroom dalliances. Oh, nothing so simple as that. He is actually a spy for Prince Halnashead, and unpleasant (wink-wink) though it may be, when duty calls, he's happy to seduce whichever "lady" will help him in his espionage.

Of course, there's one Lady who's unattainable, and Rusty is fascinated by her, but as it turns out, she has a few secrets of her own. Throwing these two together, in a world populated with every sort of magical and truly scary creature you can imagine, results in a love/hate romance that pulls you right in.

I will say that I am not a fan of Lady Risada, thus far, and have no clue what she could possibly be thinking by the book's end, but I'm quite sure it will all sort itself out in the next book. Or the one after that. Each of which, I will be reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the likable, though somewhat shallow, Rustam Chalice grow up, question his life choices to date, and become a far more interesting and admirable man by the conclusion of the story. His friendship with the elf he and Risada rescued from years of torture was probably my favorite part of the tale. Elwaes was a delightful character, who added a lot of mystery and fun to the adventure.

All in all, a great read. If you enjoy epic fantasy, be sure to give this one a try.
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