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The Impostor Prince by [Debord, David, Span, Ryan A.]
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From gutter to glory!

Killing a man in the heat of the moment, violating a sacred peace among the criminals of Ralon's Bend, a young thief called Joren sets off a chain of events he could never have imagined. Banished from his home. Caught up in the political intrigue of nations. Wandering the world with his friend Mattal, the only witness to Joren's crime, trying to fix the mess he caused.

The only way to do that is to become royals—or at least to pretend. But can they carry the deception far enough to save a kingdom, a princess, and a hundred years of peace? And if they're found out, can they spare their own necks from the hangman's noose?

Return to the world of The Absent Gods in this thrilling new fantasy adventure, The Impostor Prince!

'Invokes the same sense of wonder and joyous fantasy as two of the very best writers I grew up with-David Eddings and Terry Brooks. A world full of magic, sly humor and gripping adventure. This is the stuff fantasy is made of."
Matthew Caine, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Ghosts of the Conquered.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1197 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940095379
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (15 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZQ8HK9K
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good... But that ending... 21 September 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
(No spoilers)
Positives:
- This is a good one. The plot is interesting, and while i could easily see a story with a prince imposter being 'unbelievable', the authors do a good job of keeping the main characters human and realistic.
- The story is engaging and entertaining. The main character was easily identifiable and relatable, which made the book hard to put down.
- I hadn't read the series that this story is set in, but enough background was given to make this a competent stand-alone.

Negatives:
- There are a few decisions/actions in the book which stretch credibility. I say stretch, because they seem improbable but not impossible. A few examples of this include the head thiefs decision, and the wizards decision.
- There is a period where the main character is in a cave; there are alot of new elements introduced in this section, and it felt crowded, rushed, and confusing.
- The ending was a cop out. I did not like it. I felt there was no way that a certain character would act that way given the rest of the book. The ending stopped this from being a '5 star' book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad But Rushed in Places 2 March 2016
By Lee Dunning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There's some interesting things going on in this book. It's part coming-of-age, party buddy adventure, and part scruffy scoundrel makes right. Some sections are written quite well, and one part in particular, where our "hero" Joren goes through a sort of spirit quest is creepy and effective. Joren does grow considerably from his rash beginnings, and risks much to save folks, however I thought the ending was a little too neat, like the writer took the easy way out.

And that is probably the most frustrating aspect to this book. While certain areas are well developed, others like the very beginning, are rushed. Joren kills a guy at the start of the book, essentially the inciting incident which forces him and Matt on their adventure. For such an important scene, it's very wham-bam-thank you ma'am-ish. We get a brief burst of knowledge about why Joren hates the guy he's robbing so much, which then pushes him into the role of murderer. I understood we are supposed to see a dark side to Joren, but it would be easier to swallow if he hadn't dived in quite so eagerly. Even the priest waking up and starting to struggle could have worked if Joren flashed back to his time in the orphanage and simply reacted. However, the brief look into his past is so quick it reads as if it's thrown in as a "Oh, and by the way, the guys who ran the orphanage were real jerks and so they deserve to die - waah."

I almost put the book down at that point, but I persevered and soon found myself liking the story. However, these rushed bits had a habit of showing up again and again. Almost instant horsemanship. Decent sword skills over the course of a week or so. Riding reindeer in an hour. A greater sense of struggle and accomplishment would have made the story much more enjoyable.

Matt for the most part is the more likable of the characters. Despite his street urchin origins, he has a strong moral compass which he uses to annoy Joren into doing the right thing. He seems to go a bit nutty and paranoid in short order once the beautiful princess comes onto the scene—almost to the point that I thought there was some sort of poisoning or magical curse going on. With as much strife as a crush causes for the boys, it makes the ending all the more unbelievable.

The story is self contained, which is fairly rare these days, however there is certainly enough material that a sequel could be made. If that does come to fruition, I hope the author will take time to develop people and situations better rather than rushing through things. A mere twenty-five pages if handled properly could have turned this book from a three star to a four plus star.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure Book 27 July 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book about two gutter rats who have to pretend to be princes in order to save a neighboring kingdom. I was thoroughly charmed by main character Joren. He is suspicious and clever, but completely out of his depth and hilarity ensues. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that sidekick Matt had a sudden personality change halfway through the book. His actions didn't make much sense to me from then on, and I was disappointed not to see any character growth on his part. He felt like he was just a motivator/obstacle for Jory rather than a real person (in the second half of the book.) The ending was also super weird. I don't understand how/why/when Alione fell in love with Matt, and I definitely don't understand what arrangement they worked out in the end. One note about Alione: even though this was a total "save the princess/damsel in distress" story, I felt Alione was a step up from the typical holy grail with boobs. She was clever, helpful, and didn't shy away from helping the boys in a fight, despite not having any martial training. All in all I understood her better than Matt at the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical hero 16 July 2015
By FallenFree - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun adventure that satisfies with a brotherly bond, life-threatening journeys, exotic cultures, endearing love, and heartbreaking loss. It's about antiheroes versus villains. It's about overcoming one's past and becoming something if not completely worthy, then at least something of more worth. It's well-written and edited, which is always a plus.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 7 July 2015
By Mitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book, convincing story and great characters. It's fast paced but not too much so! Good conflict as well. Most importantly it has what any good fantasy SHOULD have, a sense of mystery! Not the 'who dunnit' mystery, but the kind that makes the world bigger, the magic isn't over used or over explained, it's all very tasteful.

Frankly this book deserves 5 stars but the last two pages makes my brain shudder, I don't know how the author will pull it off, hopefully not with a three way.

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