REVIEW: The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O’Neale

REVIEW:  The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O’NealeThe Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale
Series: Mortal Enchantment
Published by Phoenix Reign Publishing Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Amazon Unlimited
Format: eBook
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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?

REVIEW: The Shadow Prince has a great premise, the story itself is different and it is the perfect book to re-introduce me to YA again.  The story begins by introducing us to Rowan, the prince and only heir to Queen Prisma a vicious and cruel woman who enjoys bloodshed regardless of who gets hurt in the process. Rowan lives among mortals until the time to return to his kingdom arrives, and it is while he is among the humans that he receives the visit of his best friend and now slave companion Marcus.

It is once Marcus reveals to Rowan his reasons for visiting that the story takes a turn. Rowan is one of those characters that bring so much more to the story than just his charisma and charming ways, he also brings trust, loyalty and most of all he brings strength. While Queen Prisma is cunning and cruel, Rowan is loyal and caring. No sooner after Rowan arrives in Avalon he is brought into a deceitful plot by the Queen Prisma that would cause chaos and a unavoidable war. It is then that Rowan understands why Queen Prisma needs him and it is up to him to put a stop to her plot but not before suffering agonizing consequences and not before his life and that of Kalin & Marcus get undeniably tangled. Once Rowan sees the reality of what would become of him and his people he decides that following his mother’s mandate can only bring chaos and death, it is then that he pays a hefty price for disobeying his mother.

I really enjoyed this story, Rowan is a very mature and level headed character. He is courageous and overall he has the qualities I enjoy in male characters. The author did a nice job crafting these characters and their story, while maintaining a certain level of complexity that seems to surround these characters and their world. It isn’t until Rowan’s punishment that we get to see the level of complexity and how it didn’t quite made it out in the open until punishment was being administer. However, it was nice to see that there is a lot more to the story than book 1 was able to expose.

The story continues slowly, while it developing the plot which clearly seem to be accumulating an explosive turn of events. Though the story moves slowly between characters, it doesn’t take away the essence that each of them brings to the story, we get to see an array of characters from very mature to extremely young and how each of these characters have a story on their own that must be told. The story is compelling as it is filled with interesting aspects of treason, deceit, kingship, exile and personal wars. Fans of Julia Kagawa will feel at home when reading The Shadow Prince. If you are looking for an interesting story that does more than just drag young teenagers into a senseless war then you want to read The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment).

Do I recommend this book? YES
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