Series: Mortal Enchantment #0.5
Published by: Phoenix Reign on March 25, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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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?
One Line: A decent prequel that had me interested in the rest of the series, for sure.
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
The Shadow Prince is the prequel to O’Neale’s debut series, Mortal Enchantment. As far as prequels go, I thought it was pretty good. She definitely includes plenty of detail, without boring the reader, so I could get a feel of what to expect with the series. We’re introduced to these elemental creatures as well as key characters and a bit of what kind of danger is yet to come. I really liked that I got a clear sense of this world and these characters right from the start and I can only imagine the actual first book will be even better.
I think the only thing that bugged me about this book was how quickly and easily Rowan fell for Kalin. I expect this kind of thing in a romance novel, but I always hope for more from a fantasy novel. That’s not to say that their relationship progresses at an unbelievable pace, it’s just the way he feels for her, what he risks for her so quickly was a bit unbelievable for me.
Aside from that, this was a good read. O’Neale tackled the fantasy and paranormal aspects very well and she created a few characters I’m dying to get to know better. I’ll be sure to check out the next book in this series and get the full effect, but if you’re looking for a good introduction to a promising series, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.
Tell us about the elemental world you created in your MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series.
In my series, elementals exist all over the world, but their home base is Avalon. Their power is strongest within the isle. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean and is about the size of Ireland. The left side of the isle is considered the air court territory. It’s made up of sparse forests and mountain ranges. The middle of the isle is where you’ll find the woodland court. This area has lush forests, thick greenery, streams, and a waterfall. To the far right is the fire court territory. It is mostly dry lands with one inactive volcano. Water surrounds the isle and streams run throughout. Those areas are considered the water court territory. A mystical veil hides the isle from mortal view. Only an elemental can see Avalon. There are pathways (portals) to Avalon all over the mortal world, but only elementals can see them. The magical powers of the veil prevent aging. As long as you stay in Avalon, you will not age. But if you leave, time will catch-up with you. The veil also protects Avalon from harsh weather conditions. It’s pretty much seventy to eighty degrees every day. Sounds pretty nice, huh? 😉
About the Author:Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
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