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The Shadow Prince: A Mortal Enchantment Prequel Novella Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : March 4, 2014
- File size : 1925 KB
- Print length : 102 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Phoenix Reign Publishing; 1st edition (March 4, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00IT1DQX0
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,894 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I absolutely loved Prisma. She was very clearly the villain and she did that role well. Even before meeting her you get the sense she is not the kind of person you mess around with. The only thing that confused me was the fact that Rowan had any bit of sympathy for her. She never reveals herself to be kind to him and he never gives any indication he cares about her. The only thing I can come up with is that kids must love their parents no matter what.
This book uses the throne as a mere plot point instead of a fully functional part of the plot. Minus one decision in the book where it made sense not to think of the throne, Rowan's decisions about the throne don't make much sense. Instead of doing anything logical, the book makes it out like following your heart and not politics is the noble thing to do.
But, then again, Rowan is looking like he's going to be one of the biggest drama queens.
I would recommend The Shadow Prince to those that want some silly, fun fantasy to relax to.
Rowan is a Prince in the dijin house. He has been living on Earth away from Avalon. He gets called upon by his mother and told that he would be taking the throne. With his mom he always knows there is a catch. She would just give up being queen.
Best quote from this novella is "I see trouble for you, young Prince. Two possible outcomes lie at your feet. At the end of both paths, blood covers your hands."
You need to read this!
The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.
I loved the chemistry between the characters.
I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale had been on my to-read list for quite some time, and I wasn’t sure when I would end up getting around to it. So when Stacey messaged me asking if I would like a copy to review, I was all for it and am excited to continue her series.
The Shadow Prince is the prequel novella to the Mortal Enchantment series, and is a perfect size for just starting out the series. It will give you the perfect idea of what is going to happen and set the stage for the rest of the books.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan is the prince of the Fire court, and his mother the demented Queen Prisma has finally decided to give up her throne to her only biological son, Rowan. And trust me when I saw that Prisma is demented as hell. She is like the wicked witch of fire, but about a hundred times worse. She forces beings to battle to the death for her, and supposedly her court’s, enjoyment. Trust me, she’s a couple colors short of a whole crayon box. She’s absolutely mental, and Rowan was right not to trust his mother for suddenly wanting to hand her crown over to him.
But there’s a catch to Rowan’s taking the throne. Prisma will only hand over her crown once he has killed the Halfling daughter of the king of the Air court. Oh boy, massive dilemma there. Rowan is desperate to save the Fire court from his tyrant mother’s reign, but is it worth killing an innocent?
This novella is a must read. It is really good and fast paced. You’ll devour it before you even know it—I certainly did. You may even need to know what happens in the next book.
Definitely check it out! :)
I like the premise of the series, and this is a well written beginning – and the reader will get a good feel for the characters. There are still a lot of questions, but I’m sure they will become clear as the series progresses.
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Fast paced, intriguing and enchanting, Stacey O’Neal’s introduction to her new series, Mortal Enchantment is definitely right up my street.
This prequel follows Rowan, the son of the fire court Queen. Rowan has spent most of his life living amongst mortals, while trying to learn to control his fire element. Rowan’s never been shown any love from his mother, who believes love is a weakest, but when she announces she will be stepping down from her throne and he she wants Rowan to take her place, he’s surprised. But he knows his mother and he knows she will not give up her throne without wanting something in return…and she does. She wants Rowan to kill, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. But can Rowan complete a task that goes against everything he believes in?
I really enjoyed this prequel novella. At only 76 pages, it’s short, but definitely leaves you wanting more. I thought it was a great introduction, to which I believe will be a very promising series by a talented debut author. The Shadow Prince gives you a lot of insight of what’s to come and I can’t wait to read more.
I really liked Rowan. I found him honest, loyal and very open, plus he’s pretty tasty so that helps a lot too. I enjoyed the whole set up of the courts and found myself enthralled by them. It kind of reminded me of how I was when I first read Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. One thing I would like more from the first book, is a little more mystery….especially from Rowan. I love mysterious guys, so I’m hoping we get that from Kalin’s point of view.
In all, Stacey O’Neal has proven this series has a lot of potential with The Shadow Prince and I can’t wait to read more in Mortal Enchantment.
The Shadow Prince was everything that I have been waiting for wrapped up in a cocky but swoonworthy main man. I loved Rowan... and I mean LOVE him. He is sweet, protective and kind wrapped up in a typical bad boy exterior. The more I read of this prequel the more I absolutely adored him.
My one issue with The Shadow Prince is that it was far too short. I got to the end of the book and kept trying to find more pages to read because I never wanted it to end. It was perfect and amazing and made me so excited for the first book in the series Mortal Enchantment. I cannot wait to read it, though I want more Rowan goodness.
If you like Covenant Series by JLA then this is the new series for you. It has intrigue, romance, magic and mythology. It was the perfect introduction to our elementals and left me dying to see where the story would take us. It was utterly perfect for me... just too short.
The Shadow Prince is a prequel novella to Stacey O'Neale's new Mortal Enchantment series and it is currently available as a free ebook from Amazon (I'm not sure if that is the permanent price so download it to your ereader now just in case!) or if you prefer you can also purchase a paperback copy. While the story is fairly short it is a great introduction to the series, one that is full of action and definitely leaves the reader wanting to know more.
The story is told from the point of view of Rowan, a fire elemental who is next in line to control the fire court. Rowan has spent most of his life in the human realm but has now been summoned home by his mother Queen Prisma because she has decided to abdicate her position and hand him the crown. To say Rowan is surprised by this move is an understatement, he has never been close to his mother as she favours his older, adopted siblings, and he is very wary of her motives. He suspects she is planning something and that turns out to be true when she insists that to prove he is worthy of the throne he must complete a challenge - he must kill Kalin, the half-human daughter of the king of the air court. Although Rowan is horrified with his task he knows how important it is to get his people out from under Prisma's tyrannical rule and he feels there is no other option but to agree. Can Rowan really go through with killing an innocent girl though and if he doesn't how much will his failure cost him?
I don't want to say too much more about the plot because you should just read it for yourself. After all it's free and it's only around 70 pages long so you've got nothing to lose by giving it a try. The author has done a great job of introducing her main characters and the world she has created without overwhelming us with too much information and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
This is the beginning of the adventure. And for a beginning, I’m pretty pleased I was asked to read it.
It keeps at a steady pace, and doesn’t introduce too many people into the story too quick. The characters are very 3 dimensional, and I love the story from Rowan’s perspective.
His fight with right and wrong in his world, is something that most people can relate to. Loved his friend/slave, their friendship was put through the wringer a few times. Its a great way to start a series, and I can’t wait to read the next story.
Can I read the next one please ??
So I thought this was a great introduction to the series and the world of Avalon. It has a ‘Fae’ feel to it with its courts and decrees on how to ‘play nice’ with everyone. Rowan really makes an impact within a short amount of time and you can really feel that he will be something – warrior, leader, lover…- displaying all the traits a good hero should including his good sense of right and wrong. Not only does he have a foot in both worlds, being brought up in exile on earth with the mortals but belonging in Avalon with the immortals but he also has the wealth of knowing how others aren’t treated equally in Avalon through his best friend and that is always a good combination when he doesn’t agree with how things are run – even if it his own Mother at the helm. I loved the quest his Mother had set for him, you get a good feel for how things in that world are going to change because of it, where peoples loyalties lie, a little bit of knowledge about the ‘elementals’ themselves, How important Kailin could possibly be, plus it sets up Rowan’s downfall and he will definitely have a sort of underdog status which has me routing for him already. Great introduction though, I couldn’t wish for more in a teaser other than the actual full length book. Read it!!