Early Review: The Outcast Prince (Court of Annwyn #1) by Shona Husk

June 26, 2013 Review 0

Early Review: The Outcast Prince (Court of Annwyn #1) by Shona HuskThe Outcast Prince by Shona Husk
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 2, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: A few sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

Just One Taste Is All It Takes...

This is no ordinary mirror. Caspian caught a hint of color, a whirl of a waltz just past his reflection—a glimpse into the decadent Fairy Court of Annwyn. The home he could never have. It called to him, whispering temptation after temptation...if he could only reclaim his rightful heritage.

To Be Forever Lost...

Caspian has an even stronger reason to stay in the world of humans. He's just met a woman who captivates him like no other. But loving him has proven to be dangerous. And he will do whatever it takes to protect Lydia from the vicious, seductive world of Court—even if doing so requires the ultimate sacrifice: his soul.

THE OUTCAST PRINCE, first in the Court of Annwyn series, creates a whole new world of fae politics and mythology as a backdrop to a very sweet romance story. It’s a good book, but I am having a hard time writing this review. There is not to much that stands out about THE OUTCAST PRINCE. And while that’s neither good nor bad, I do feel that the book was a bit mediocre.

I don’t have much criticism for THE OUTCAST PRINCE. My biggest disappointment was that the world building wasn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. I enjoyed what I saw, but I wish we had learned more. The idea that the world of the fae is a version of heaven and hell is different and new, and could have benefited from more detail. Part of the reason I think the world building was a bit sparse was because a lot of the focus was development of Caspian and Lydia’s relationship and Caspian’s search for a fae object. There was a lot of plot to cover- their relationship, the search, Caspian’s relationship with his father, and Lydia’s discovering her grandmother’s secrets as she searched through her house. It didn’t feel like too much, but in retrospect, there was a lot of plot and that could have contributed to the scattered feeling.

Caspian is not your typical romance hero in my opinion. He’s a little more reserved, partly because of his fae blood and not wanting to make connections, and partly because of his past, since he was married to a woman who cheated on him. Because of that background, then, I was surprised that his relationship with Lydia progressed as quickly as it did, with him sharing information about his heritage and special powers so soon after meeting her. It didn’t seem to fit with who he was.

I think, at the end of the day, THE OUTCAST PRINCE was just not my type of book. It was well written, and kept me reading, but the main characters felt a little flat to me, and the multiple storylines were a bit distracting. I will definitely consider reading book two, LORD OF THE HUNT, as we met the main character already and he seemed intriguing, and I am also interested in seeing how the world develops. There’s a lot of potential and I’d like to see where it goes.

Series Titles:
  1. The Outcast Prince
  2. Lord of the Hunt
  3. To Love a King
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