PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT – ****
FLOW – ****
ON A REVIEW SITE:
What a great book! I figured this was going to be one of the same ol’ romance books (not that there is anything wrong with a good romance!) but I was pleasantly surprised!
The beginning is a bit of a head scratcher at first. It begins with a scene from 20 years before that shows how Risada became an orphan and choose to become an assassin.
Then it skips to present time where Rustam (Rusty) is off doing his spy work.
If you just give it a few chapters though, everything starts fitting together and it gets really really good.
I loved all the characters. Rusty and Elwaes were hands down my favorite. I can see how some people are put off by Risada, but I can *get* her. She was formed by circumstances and is a very strong women. Nothing wrong with that! Although she does come off as a biatch sometimes and that does take away from the likability of her.
The plot had magic, intrigue, suspense, betrayal, and of course a little bit of romance.
Although it is book one and there will be more (can’t wait!) it was not left on a cliffhanger. So for those of you who hate to read a book before the whole series is out shouldn’t have a problem with this one.
Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings. Award-winning fantasy, THE PRINCE’S MAN, is a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with a touch of romance.
Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor and spy, loves his life, never better than when he’s bedding a gorgeous woman.
So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Halnashead, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.
And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
Plunged into a desperate journey through the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.
They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity, and worse, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.