Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review: The Outcast Prince

The Outcast Prince
The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you like stories of fae, romance, mythology, and action, this book is for you.

This is the start of a series that revolves around Annwyn, a sort of heaven/hell dimension that is inhabited by the fae. Caspian is the product of an adulterous union between the fae prince and a human female. Raised in the human world with the power to view the history of an object by touch, Caspian becomes someone who puts value on antique objects by trade while trying to keep his power a secret. Still recovering from a divorce from the woman who he didn't even share his fairy lineage with; he throws himself into work, which is where he meets Lydia.

Lydia is a strong woman raised with a family name that has earned a bit of a bad reputation. Her grandmother (who raised her) used her large house as a "mistress hotel" for some years before Lydia was born. This, of course, led to a lot of secrets and intrigue, which Lydia is hoping to avoid while grieving for her recently deceased grandmother. In order to settle the will, she must put value to the objects in the house left to her, which is where Lydia meets Caspian.

Their chemistry is sizzling and the story is completely addictive. There is fae court intrigue, secrets, and oodles of fun characters introduced along the way. I love the seamless sort of way the author introduced Lydia to the world of the fae, without having her immediately exposed. I am eager to see what comes next for the rapidly deteriorating world they live in.

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