Title: THE SHADOW PRINCE
Series: MORTAL ENCHANTMENT #0.5
Author: STACEY O’NEALE
Genre: YOUNG ADULT FANTASY
Publication Date: MARCH 25, 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK
Prequel novella to the award-winning YA fantasy series Mortal Enchantment. Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan is an elemental prince. Banished to the mortal world, he doubts he will ever return to Avalon and claim the fire court throne. Until he receives a challenge from his estranged mother. If he slays Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental princess of the air court, she will abdicate her throne. Is he capable of completing such a heinous task? And what price will he pay if he refuses?
This prequel novella gave a proper introduction to the Mortal Enchantment series. I really enjoyed the story, and I find it to be quite amazing. The world of the Mortal Enchantment series that can be seen from this novella was so brilliant. Most novella doesn’t give a proper introduction to its own series, but this one was different. The proper introduction made me understand what the Mortal Enchantment series was about, and what it will be like.
The story started off with Prince Rowan in the mortal world and after finding out the news of his upcoming coronation, he had to go back to his realm, Avalon. But when he found out the truth behind his coronation, he had to make the hardest choice.
I can see where the story is going, it was a little bit predictable but that doesn’t take away the joy I felt reading the story. I liked how the story was already intense from the start and it made me nervous to see what will happens next. The plot was very engaging, and I just couldn’t stop myself from making up some theories of what’s gonna happen in the next book.
I loved the concept of elemental magic here, and I’ve always been so fascinated by elemental magic. The four courts that can be seen in the story are divided using the four elements of magic, and the story mainly focused on the fire court and the air court. But the fire court play a huge role since Rowan is from there. The story mostly shown the abilities of beings from the fire court and some from the air court.
But I was wondering about Kalin, princess from the air court. She was said to be the Akasha, the being who can wield all four elements and that makes her the most powerful, in my opinion. And she was said to bring balance too. So I wonder how big her role will be in the other books. The story doesn’t show her that much, only when Rowan was spying on her. Still, she is so important if Rowan’s mother see her as a threat. I need to know more about Kalin. Even though she is a halfling, she’s still very much important to Avalon, especially her court. It saddens me seeing how she was so sad living a life in the mortal world with her mother. I understand it was for her own safety, but the girl doesn’t know what threat awaits her and I’m worried.
Kalin is still a mystery to me, she is the princess that no one has seen before, so I’m really excited to read the next book and get to know her character more.
Rowan is a nice guy, and I was so heartbroken by the treatment he got from his own mother. Honestly, he deserved so much better than living his life at his own court. He came off as a strong character, but what he went through later on only toughen him up more. He became a warrior, obviously going to be Kalin’s knight seeing how keen he was on protecting her. I find him to be quite interesting and fun, he cracks me up a lot. He was so sarcastic and so sassy, just what I’m looking for in a prince. And most importantly, I need to see him using his magic more often. I was preparing myself for a huge showdown between him and his mother or him and his adopted brother, Valac. But since this is a novella, I get why there isn’t much battle.
Rowan is just great, and I loved his character. Such a kind-hearted gentleman, the book showed the side of him that not many have seen before. There are times when he was so anxious and just very unsure about everything. The mission he had to carry put him in a huge struggle, and I’m glad he made the right decision not to continue. It was the right thing to do. He has always been so honest, and I’m excited to see what he will do now that he gained a new title.
Prisma was vile and very wicked. What an awful mother she is. Not only she was awful toward Rowan, but she was also breaking all the rules that she was supposed to follow. I had to say, she deserved getting what she got in the end. She is beyond redemption, and is the actual villain of the story. I tried to see the reason behind her unfairness toward Rowan, but there isn’t any strong reason. She made me angry the whole time, and she is definitely the cruelest ruler in Avalon.
Marcus is Rowan’s friend, and what he had to endured in the story was truly heartbreaking. He was a good friend and always been helpful, and I can’t wait to find out where he went to after the choice he made, and what will his story be like in the sequel.
The story was exciting and very intriguing, and the epilogue made me want to read the sequel straightaway. I’m so eager to know what happens next. Especially Kalin, is she safe? And is Rowan going to get to her right on time? So many questions. I have theories about the next one, but I don’t want to jinx it. I need to see the interaction between Kalin and Rowan, that’s what I’m hoping for the most. I was satisfied by the ending but the cliffhanger really testing my patience. Overall, I really loved it and enjoyed it. It was an incredible story.
Award-winning 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 fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.