Title: The Shadow Prince
Author: Stacey O'Neale
Published: Phoenix Reign Publishing
This book is a prequel to Mortal Enchantment...
The story follows the fire elemental Prince Rowan who is mostly ignored by his mother Prisma the Queen of the fire court in Avalon. Prisma is very very old and has been queen for a long time, not only that but Rowan also has two adopted siblings who are much closer to his mother. It comes as quite a shock to Rowan when he learns that his mother is stepping down as queen and plans to pass over the grown to him. Rowan up until then has been living in the mortal world so he must travel with his friend a Gabriel hound (a shapeshifter who was mean to be his slave but instead becomes his friend) back to Avalon for his coronation.
Rowan knows that his mother being the cold hearted person that she is would never give her crown over unless it would benefit her in some way so questions arise. Things begin to make since when he mother admits that there is something that she wants in return for her crown and that just happens to be the death of the halfling princess of the Air court. Rowan's mother suspects that Kalin the princess might be the akasha which is an elemental that can control all the elements and that was why the air court king Taron has been hiding her in the mortal world. Rowan knows the akasha is supposed to bring peace and harmony to the kingdom of Avalon so he doesn't understand why his mother would want her dead. Rowan bats down all of his questions though knowing that the one death of this girl would mean the freedom of all the Gabriel hounds as well as the other in the fire court so he agrees to kill her. When he travels back to the mortal world to kill the princess he finds just an innocent girl and he can't bring himself to just kill a innocent person for no reason but how can he defy his mother who doesn't take kindly to someone telling her no even if it's her own son. If Rowan does kill the princess though it could start one of the worst wars that Avalon has seen in years.
Should Rowan risk the fate of his people and Spare the princess or should he kill her possibly sending all of Avalon into war?
Thoughts: Thoughts: This book was a very quick read but I do believe this is just what I have been looking for. I wanted a good book told from a male's point of view and I got just that. It was also mixed with science fiction and fantasy which peek my interest even more. To top it all off it was free for Kindle so I snatched it up. I loved this book and will read the next book in the series in the future.