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Interesting plot, mysterious characters, rivoting action, vivid imagery, incredible world building, what's not to love? Cursed Prince is a unique story that sets the imagination on fire. There were a couple of scenes I felt were rushed, where a little more detail and insight could have produced a much deeper understanding of the characters and their bond. But as a whole, I highly recommend it.
With an enriched environment similar in ways to the connotations involved in the massively popular and well versed world of Shannara, in particular how the development of the environment herein could indeed lead to possible conclusions regarding the questions of whether the world could actually exist under the right conditions of our understanding of the world we (could) live in.
This world of the night elves begins intrinsically developing from the outset, a look into the world from the perspectives of two point-of-view characters from whence the tale is told, adding fuel to the tinder proving to support my own rationale, which favours where impossibilities can become potential possibilities if the smoke is allowed to clear from the right sort of fires. Following the frequent conflict within (nary a page going by the wayside without leaving smoke (forgive the puns) involuntarily. With a male lead who tantalises us wildly with his circumstances aplenty, indeed coming from a heritage spanning a millennia for this special type of supernatural character hitherto unseen in my own reading travels.
From a well born of hundreds upon hundreds of work experiences I've undertaken in fantasies spanning the bredth of subtypes I've devoured, imagery developed in my imagination comes with total ease, no effortful reaching for the undertaken reading, coming from whence the ever successful starting point of a newly developed type of character can provide. Based on our recollections of not-so common fantastical elements, they became counterbalanced with the richness of a different kind; one where its origins lay in the effortless and not so apparent effort lending itself to varying and unique development within.
C.N. Crawford oscillate skilfully between the sorts of trains-of-thought that come from 'gender(ised)' differences within the character makeup at large, of those two who lead to the bowels of the story and still coming up smelling like roses. With elements of a structure developed to outline and describe genocidal backbones of oppression, adds further fruit to those on offer because of the aforementioned likeness to Shannara.
An enjoyable newly developing epic fantasy with all its tantalisations and intended mod cons, runs parallel to elicited imagery, with the enjoyment of experiencing a completely new type of tale in well-versed practice of seeing the environment for those who loved Tolkein's (now institutional) foundation environment. This is not to suggest in any negative way that this is a detrimental aspect to enjoyment of the richly fast-paced action that ensues from the first to the last page. For this reader it was the male lead (Marroc) who stole the limelight and who captivated me the most; hats off still to its leading lady (Ali).
I cannot imagine a reader for whom enjoyment doesn't exist between its covers (front through to back), a reader who wouldn't consider a well earned four stars in their rating.
As six out of five is an empirically impossible ranking, counterproductive to personal development in one's storytelling, and as rankings aren't developed from open-ended scoring, I feel it necessary to provide for future possible improvements when reflecting upon a story's score out of five. Given these observations I'd like to go with four-point-five out of five; but as again it's impossible to do, and given the very important role ratings have in opening doors to even more refinery of her outstanding work, I'm settling upon four stars (with every expectation that C.N. Crawford's future stories in this pending trilogy, those will necessarily draw me into a five of five.
What a start to a new series! The plot is interesting enough to keep you going even through the uninteresting bits. I liked that there wasn’t that usual shit of im-an-orphan-with-zero-power turning into a long lost prince/princess with immense power. Cant wait for the next one
As usual a great book by C.N Crawford, Ali was a very strong independent woman character story was great loved the tense between the two main leads can’t wait for the next book, happy where it ended. Received and ARC for honest review.