Title: The Prince's Man
Author: Deborah Jay
Series: The Five Kingdoms #1
Published: July 13th 2013 by Deborah Jay
Page Count: 436
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This novel presents a well-developed cast that is full of interesting individuals who carry the story forward very well. Jay’s unique character names make it easy to remember everyone and who did what. The natural interactions between the characters make everything very easy to relate to. Jay also incorporates some very eloquent dialogue into this story, but it always fits with the characters in question. Although it isn’t the everyday language that one typically encounters it is fluid and enhances the characters in question. It also helps to differentiate between the different classes of the very well defined social structure within this tale, where everyone has their place even if they don’t necessarily accept it fully. Through this, court intrigue makes a play that definitely keeps you wanting more.
Overall, this was a captivating fantasy with just a touch of reality. It’s the perfect escape from the everyday.
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