Title: The Shadow Prince
Author: Stacey O'Neale
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Mortal Enchantment, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review--thanks so much, Stacey!
It's no secret that I'm a total junkie for fairy stories, and for stories about elementals, and this book just happened to be about both! I've always found something incredibly enchanting about being able to control an element; I've never really known why. I've just always thought it would be cool to manipulate such a force of nature at will.
Rowan is a fire elemental, the only biological son of Prisma, the Queen of the Fire Court. He is forced to live under the iron fist of his mother, and when he receives word that he is to be crowned King of the Fire Court, he's naturally suspicious, and for good reason: in order to obtain the throne from this mother, he must kill the halfling daughter of the Air Elemental King, Taron. He is sickened by what his mother asks, but he must, for the fate of the natural world hangs in the balance.
I loved everything about this book: It was just wonderful. The world-building was spot on, the characters were all wonderful, nuanced and flawed and real, and I loved the ending--the only thing that was bad was that I need more! Rowan, especially, was my favorite character, and I can't wait for more from Stacey O'Neale! The bottom line: An action-packed start to a deeply engaging series, I loved The Shadow Prince! Next on deck: Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays by Michael Paterniti!