"Do I have a choice, Mendana? He is my brother - maybe not by blood, but my brother just the same. And I swore to his father on my honor I would protect him." ~ by Steavil, pg 170
What a wonderful fantasy/adventure book! You can read other reviews for The Luckless Prince from the blog tour page here.
The Luckless Prince is the story of Steavil found in the woods by a King, brought back to the palace as a playmate and eventually as a squire to his son Roland. A boy who has spent his life not knowing who he is, protecting the prince from his scrapes, acting as a "conscious" to the prince and saving his life and giving up the ability to walk with ease and grace when the king's own dogs attack them after Roland loses his temper and throws a spear in their direction.
This book is very well written, full of action, adventure and even a love story or two. I would say it's for older teens and adults due to the love story (but no love "scenes"), language (not a ton) and the battles. There are no graphic scenes so depending on your kid's maturity I can see teens 16 and older reading it. I loved it (LOTR's & Progeny fan that I am).
The world of Steavil and Roland is very reminisent of LOTR's. The Elves are dying off and the world of men believe they have vanished. Rie has created a wonderful "Elvish" language even as brief as it is within the book and the poetry and music is beautifully written. Roland's kingdom is in danger of being taken over by his cousin, Norfulk, a madman and wizard who ultimately wants Roland and his father dead and the world of the Elves destroyed and to be placed as "King" of both Kingdoms.
I'm going to stop there - I really don't want to give anymore away. Be sure to get this book if you enjoy Fantasy and Adventure. It's outstanding and you won't want to put it down once you start reading it. You can purchase the paperbackhere $13.25 or the Kindle editionhere$6.99. It's worth every penny and is eligible for FREE shipping with a $25 order.
Now, if only the sequel was already out! I can't wait!
Rie Sheridan Rose has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She has written 4 novels, 1 short story collection, 2 chapbooks of collected stories as well as 5 poetry collections. The Half-Price Books 1999 "Say Good-Night to Illiteracy" Anthology contained her children's story "Bedtime for Benny". You can learn more about Riehere.