Welcome to the first of the New on the Shelves for March and today the featured author is Deborah Jay and The Prince’s Son, Book Two in The Five Kingdoms series and publishined in November last year.
This epic fantasy can be read as a stand alone story.
Nessa Haddo has been raised to pursue what every young noblewoman needs: a suitable husband. Unfortunately for her, as a younger twin, her prospects are limited. Things start to look up when she lays eyes on the handsome foreign envoy sent to escort her sister to an arranged marriage, but her romantic fantasies quickly entangle her in events beyond her darkest nightmares.
Compared to his last mission, ex-spy Rustam Chalice’s new assignment sounds simple: wrangle an unwieldy bridal caravan across a mountain range populated by bandits, trolls, werecats, and worse, try to cajole a traumatized princess out of her self-imposed isolation, and arrive on time for the politically sensitive wedding. What could possibly go wrong?
Meanwhile, Lady Risada—the woman who haunts Rustam’s dreams—is struggling to adjust to a normal life. All her carefully honed assassin’s instincts scream warnings of foul play, yet she can find nothing obviously amiss.
And deep in the halls of a mountain clan, an old enemy plucks his victims’ strings with expert malice.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
This story is a strong continuation of The Prince’s Man, by the same author, but can stand alone
As with the first volume, the author has given us complex characters, a memorable story, and great world-building. I thought the first volume was a bit better, but that’s no denigration of this one.
This is a good, entertaining read with lots of originality. And THANK YOU to the author for the lack of errors and grammar that mar so many books these days!
Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Princes-Son-Five-Kingdoms-Book-ebook/dp/B01M1NKYVB
Think ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’
Rustam Chalice, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, 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 over 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 worst, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.
Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN is a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.
One of the reviews for the book.
What an interesting, captivating world Deborah Jay has created with Book 1 of The Five Kingdom series. I admit, I am in awe of writers who can lay out a fictional realm of this scope, complete with political structure and geographical details that make total sense. I can barely cope with writing about the world I live in, so my hat’s off to all the great fantasy authors out there, including Deborah Jay.
Ladies’ man extraordinaire, we first meet hero Rustam Chalice as he’s escaping from the bedchamber of a married conquest. It soon becomes apparent, though, that Rusty is not just a dancing tutor with an eye toward bedroom dalliances. Oh, nothing so simple as that. He is actually a spy for Prince Halnashead, and unpleasant (wink-wink) though it may be, when duty calls, he’s happy to seduce whichever “lady” will help him in his espionage.
Of course, there’s one Lady who’s unattainable, and Rusty is fascinated by her, but as it turns out, she has a few secrets of her own. Throwing these two together, in a world populated with every sort of magical and truly scary creature you can imagine, results in a love/hate romance that pulls you right in.
I will say that I am not a fan of Lady Risada, thus far, and have no clue what she could possibly be thinking by the book’s end, but I’m quite sure it will all sort itself out in the next book. Or the one after that. Each of which, I will be reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the likable, though somewhat shallow, Rustam Chalice grow up, question his life choices to date, and become a far more interesting and admirable man by the conclusion of the story. His friendship with the elf he and Risada rescued from years of torture was probably my favorite part of the tale. Elwaes was a delightful character, who added a lot of mystery and fun to the adventure.
All in all, a great read. If you enjoy epic fantasy, be sure to give this one a try.
Also by Deborah Jay
Read all the reviews and buy all the books:https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Jay/e/B00E4X3UHY
About Deborah Jay
Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures featuring quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.
Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she can find time.
Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many dressage horses, and her complete inability to cook.
Urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, is the first in a projected 5 book CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES, and a stand alone short story SPRITE NIGHT is now available.
Deborah has also published a multi-author SFF anthology THE WORLD AND THE STARS, which includes her SF story, PERFECT FIT.
She also has non-fiction equestrian titles published under the name Debby Lush.
Connect to Deborah on social media
Thank you for dropping by today and it would be great if you could share the post and spread the news about Deborah’s books. Thanks Sally
If you would like to be on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.. here is how: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/