- The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay
- Genre: Fantasy
Rustam Chalice is one of the best players in the political game that permeates Tyr-en society. A simple Dance Master, he uses his good looks and charm to ferret out vital information and state secrets from the ladies of nobility, letting his pretty face hide the competent swordsman and ruthless spy underneath. When the stability of the monarchy is threatened, the kingdom’s spymaster sends Rustam undercover with Lady Risada: a beautiful yet deadly assassin who despises him. Their mission reveals a dark plot to throw the realm into civil war, and they flee over treacherous mountains in search for help: their only bargaining chip a sick elf who might not last the journey …
I enjoyed this book – particularly the gorgeous detail that painted a beautiful picture of the world without slowing down the pace of the story. There are several areas where the description simply blew me away, like the world of Shiva. Ooh, so pretty. Some of the characters were also incredibly well done: I loved Rustam and his character progression throughout the book, and I adored Elwaes. However, I did have a few minor issues with the (numerous) plot twists. Some felt a tad too convenient, while others were simply confusing. I’m still not sure who, exactly, the silver eyes belong to. I also have reservations about the ending: fans who’ve followed my book reviews in the past know that I’m a huge fan of the ‘happily ever after’ and this book didn’t end with my idea of a HEA. However, since it’s the first book in a trilogy, I’ll reserve my judgement until I’ve read the sequel. And I’m definitely going to be reading the sequel.
I recommend this book to fans of epic high fantasy, or to anyone who loves political intrigue. There are even some dark grisly spots, so readers who enjoy horror and suspense could be pleasantly surprised.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!