Stacey O’Neale’s The Shadow Prince is a fun, well-paced, action packed intro into her Mortal Enchantment series.
Let’s start with a brief synopsis:
Rowan is a fire elemental and the son of the Fire Court’s Queen. Rowan has lived most of his life outside of Avalon – the home to all four elemental courts – learning to control his element. The Fire Court Queen, Prisma, has never shown her son any love, believing it to be a weakness, so when she announces that she’ll be abdicating her thrown to him, you could say he was a little surprised. But of course, she will not give up her thrown without wanting something from Rowan in return. Prisma wants Rowan to kill the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the Air Court King.
What I thought:
The Shadow Prince is the introduction to Stacey O’Neale’s Mortal Enchantment series. It packs an unbelievable amount of action, world building, and character development in its short 102 pages. It was a great beginning to this series that had me ready to start the next book right away.
Rowan has lived most of his life in the mortal world, so the way that he talks is a lot like teenagers these days. I appreciated this, but it was also quite jarring to read a fantasy book in which the main character tells himself to man up or calls his friend a dick. It was weird at times. The relationship between Rowan and his best friend Marcus, a Gabriel hound (basically a shape shifter that Prisma has forced to serve her), was a lot of fun. I enjoyed their banter, but at times it was hard to remember they were boys.
Another thing I didn’t like was the repetitiveness of some of the content. Rowan thinks about the fact that his mother would never give him the crown unless it would benefit her about a hundred times. Also, the word “regardless” is used about a million times.
It sounds like I didn’t like this book, doesn’t it? That’s completely not true. There were a few things that irked me, but I really enjoyed this one overall. It is completely entertaining, well-paced, fun, and interesting. As I said at the beginning, O’Neale is able to pack an astonishing amount of story into this short novella. I’m looking forward to reading Mortal Enchantment and getting to know Rowan even more.
The bottom line: The Shadow Prince could have used a little more editing, but overall it is an entertaining, well-paced, and super fun intro into the Mortal Enchantment series.
Rating: 7 – pretty good