The purpose of every PREQUEL is to pave the path for a better understanding of every tale written. It is the backstory. It is the explanation of how all things started. In this case, Mortal Enchantment, made clear by providing a couple of chapters, a mere 74 pages, here in SHADOW PRINCE, Stacey O’neale‘s creation.
The actual book will just be out sometime May, so everybody doesnt have any clue on how and what the original story will be like, except for the brief introduction and summary on this prequel.
” Every sacrifice has consequences.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses? ” — Goodreads
Luckily, Story Cartel, provided me a copy. Now, im armed with the knowledge and history of why Prince Rowan Djin of the Fire Court would be wanting to track down and kill Kalin, Half air princess, half human. Didn’t that make you thrilled? And the rest will be revealed in the coming book. I cant wait! But first, let me give a quick-detailed review of the novella, The Shadow Prince.
1. The Title and the Cover
It confused me at first with Bree Despain’s Shadow Prince. But the cover gave it away. This is pretty awesome! Perfect representation of Prince Rowan. Aren’t you intrigued, what’s with the scratches and scars at the back for? I was! What can you ask for?
2. The Settings and the Characters
I like that Stacey intertwined Avalon to the mortal world. A grasp in familiarity, especially just being a newbie in this kind of genre. As i make myself at home, the beach and the party and the bonfire at the beginning made a good transition to the different side of Avalon. Throw in a scene, Rowan and Marcus, amidst human, but still can picture their difference despite of being able to blend in.
Speaking of Marcus, i liked him immediately. Being the only person who can match Prince Rowan’s catchy phrases and banters, he is one true friend, being there no matter what. The prince himself is one hot Rowan, physique and good heart and all! Again, what can you ask for? Villains are everywhere in the story. Queen Prisma tops them all. You might restrain yourself from hating her so so much! We are just getting started. 🙂 And Kalin, who is she by the way? That and all priority and importance given???
*** Characters are well blended, and their development is progressive and fitting as the story flows. Sub characters added that may be important in the near future story-telling.
3. The Plot
Fantasy meets mystery meets action that will surely pave the way to romance. Im betting on it! 🙂 This somehow became predictable, one flaw i noticed in this novella. Aren’t we readers get more excited if we are left in the dark, sometimes? A lot of guessings and twists will make our minds wander and wonder. In most parts, i end up thinking the next action, and bam! I am not mistaken. (Sorry Ms. Stacey, just got to let that one out.)
To sum it all up, Stacey O’neale’s SHADOW PRINCE lead me into the world of Elementals. Well written, she ushered me in into the realms of Avalon. Even being new, Stacey made it sure i understand her Avalon by incorporating in the flow of the story the quick introduction of courts, kings and queens, slaves and important people. Too many characters but she had organized it well so as not to end up confusing the readers. I quickly grasp the hidden world and its composition, hierarchy and political and domestic dramas, people to like and hate immediately, betting some will surprise us. I won’t delve into so much details so as readers who wanted to read and find out for themselves will avoid spoiler alerts and enjoy it fully. As for us who finished it successfully, kudos to us! We are now called upon to be a part of one series that open up questions like “onelife is worth losing to save countless more? And as old as this saying goes “the end justifies the means”.
The most riveting question is for the shadow prince himself… “REGARDLESS OF THE PATH HE CHOOSE, SOMEONE WOULD BE UNNECESSARILY HURT BY HIS ACTIONS”. Blood on his hands and all, he must decide.
Since the e-book comes with a sneak peek of the first chapter of the pilot book, the Mortal Enchantment, i was even more cliff-hanged! The real adventure and actions has to wait! Yeah, one month to go! 🙂 Thanks Stacey O’neale, thanks Story Cartel!