Review: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’ Neale

The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’ Neale
Series:  Mortal Enchantment (# 0.5)
Release Date:  March 24, 2014
Publisher:  Phoenix Reign Publishing
Pages:  74
Source:  book provided by the author for review
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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?

 

Review:  We are taught growing up that you are supposed to obey your parents.  But, there are those times when it is better for everyone to do what you actually believe in even if it means going against the wishes of your parents/parent despite the consequences.  What lengths would you go to if you had to make a choice?  Would you go against your parents and do what is right?  Could you? Well that is what Rowan had to do and he not only showed his courage to do so but also he showed he had the strength to do so.  Good vs. Evil.  Friendships tested.  Strength and Courage to stand up for what you believe in.  I loved the hidden concepts of this novella.

This short novella that is the beginning to the Mortal Enchantment series was so different from other paranormal/fantasy stories that it pulled me in and left me wanting more.  I started reading only to find that I couldn’t stop until I finished it, then I was left wanting it to continue.  I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

I loved the prequel as it sets up for what will be a very entertaining series.  This YA series has it all, great characters that you connect with.  You have great detailing within the scenes that help in keeping the story/plot interesting and moving along not becoming stale making it easy to visualize.  The descriptions of the punishments or fighting were real that I could feel the pain of the bones breaking of adjusting, the loss of blood as weakness took hold and the sense of the hurt from betrayal.

Ms. O’ Neale did a great job of coming up with a new twist on a different yet intriguing fantasy world.  This YA series holds much promise and I for one look forward to more of Rowan, Marcus and Kalin in the next book.

In such a short amount of time… Ms. O’ Neale sure packed a big punch!