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Dark Prince Volume 1 (Yaoi) [Paperback]

Yamila Abraham , M. A. Sambre

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Nov. 27 2007 Dark Prince (Book 1)
Prince Davon murders boys whose name start with the letter "A." The loyal retainer Lowry is summoned by the king to put a stop to it. Lowry assumes the prince is insane due to inbreeding. As he investigates he learns of Davon's dark religion, and of the god Davon claims is his lover. Is this dark god who commands Davon to kill even real? Lowry seeks answers from Davon's brother Lor, but he can scarcely rely on him when he's also claiming to be Davon's lover. A disturbing and macabre trilogy from the writer of Winter Demon. The new artistic discovery, M.A. Sambre, provides the stunningly beautiful artwork.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Yaoi Press (Nov. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933664231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933664231
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 13 x 18.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,103,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This first of a trilogy is written by the publisher, which isn't unusual from small comic companies—who better knows what suits their vision for their line? By naming the company after the popular boys' love manga genre, Abraham makes clear what audience they're going after. Perhaps that's why this volume is so hardcore. It ships shrink-wrapped due to mature content, and they're not kidding; the first scene features the title character orally pleasuring his brother. The dark prince has been murdering boys because of demands from his demon lover. Instead of being an imaginative figment, that character's real, too, and randy. Other cast members include the jaded ex-wife running the palace brothel and a peasant boy whose stepfather tried to sell him into sexual slavery. (He winds up raped by an aristocrat.) The story is an odd combination of an elaborate fantasy religion and a string of atrocities and fetishes, all illustrated by a new artist. Typical of young creators, Sambre's style is heavy on surface qualities and decorative flourishes while the basics are lacking. No one's three dimensional in either anatomy or approach. The characters are defined only by their sexual purpose. (Nov.)
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yaoi with an actual story line! Dec 8 2007
By Fish Eye no Miko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is my fist review; I liked this book so much I just had to let people know!

While it's true that I got this book because I like yaoi--meaning media features sex between males--what really intrigues me is the story; it's actually pretty cool!

Lowry, a nobleman from Ralstorm, is charged by the king of Cordinia to find out why his son Davon (the "Dark Prince" of the title) is killing young boys whose names start with "A". Meanwhile, we see Davon's dealings with his pagan god, as well as finding out some of what makes the prince so perverse.

If I had any problems with this book it would be that I was a little surprised when what seems to be the central mystery of the books--the reason for Davon's murders--is actually answered for us in this very volume! Perhaps this is going to be a short series? Or is this bit of info not as important to the series as we're originally lead to believe? And of course, even though the audience knows why he's doing it, Lowry is still a long way from finding out. So I'm willing to wait and see how it develops. And speaking of waiting, volume two's not out till April!

Still, there was much about this book I did like. The guys are very pretty, the plot is interesting and more than just ways of getting guys together to have sex. And there is sex in it, so you won't be disappointed on that score.

So, for fans of yaoi who occasionally like to read something that's more than just sex scene after sex scene, I recommend this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Beautiful artwork, twisted story. April 16 2012
By BarkLessWagMore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dark Prince is a crazy-pants bit of yaoi filled with deviant desires, murder, dastardly deeds, dark magic and young beautiful men who are either dreaming about or engaging in man on man sex. There's also some noblemen here who abuse their station and take far more than they're offered (there's rape, people). You have been warned.

If I get some nitpicky details wrong it's because this yaoi, like most I have read, is confusing. Prince Lor and Prince Davon are half-brothers (I believe but they could be step brothers) who enjoy having sex . . . with each other. Well, Lor enjoys it. Apparently Davon can no longer become aroused by Lor's touch because he's under some sort of sexual curse that has made him impotent. He still allows Lor to play with him, however, even when his touch makes him vomit. Now that's some true brotherly love there. Davon also has a little quirk that is troublesome to his father. He kills boys that are unlucky enough to have their name begin with the letter A. The King wants Davon to inherit the castle of perversion and rule the peasants but his murderous nature is hard to overlook. He hires a nobleman to spy on Davon and uncover all of his secrets.

And boy, does that man have some strange secrets! I'm not going to spoil this in case you might be dying to read it. I'll just say that some things are revealed as the story goes along that were shocking, sexy and disturbing. Sometimes all three. There is also a side story about a young boy who sacrifices everything to save his sisters that broke my cold heart. The end leaves many questions unanswered so, of course, suckers like me will have to gleefully buy into the entire series and hope for closure.

I could find lots of stuff to complain about here (the Epilogue that is actually a flashback, for starters) but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy gazing at every page featuring the impossibly beautifully characters. Even the demons are stunning. It's hard to look away, even when you know you probably should!
3.0 out of 5 stars More like a hair band Jan. 25 2013
By Ileia Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow... a lottttaaaa hair going on here. The prince is killing anyone whose name beings with 'A' and the retainer is charged with stopping him. There is a hint of incest because Lowry assumes the prince is the product of it and is insane because of it. But the Prince has liaisons with a demon that only he can talk to which adds to why Lowry thinks he's nuts. The quality if there but the basics are missing. The characters are kind of flat with no dimensions to them, but it's not bad.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Prince June 19 2011
By Bree1245 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received Dark Prince Volume 1 earlier than the estimated date and it was shrink wrapped perfectly there was not a single tear. Thus the book was in pristine condition :)
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not So Much. June 17 2009
By Heather Hilburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off, I've read yaoi for a long time. I've collected it, attempted to translate it, gave up translating it, and mispronounced it for quite a few years now. My collection is modest but acceptable. But this is not yaoi.
This is a cry for help.
I'll get the good parts out of the way, first. The fashions are exquisit, with tassles, fasteners and seam lines creating a fantastic wardrobe that has weight to it. It looks real despite being fantasy, and I can see real people wearing these clothes. And so ends to good part.

Had I known the book would have read like a bad fanfic wrapped up in an emo song, I would have passed. The characters were So Traumatized. They had Such Horrible Things Happen to Them. Most of these things were added for shock value, and add no credibility to the story. Also, while not drawn or spoken of for greath lengths, shota plays a part. I'm sorry, I'm a lot of things, but not a shota fan.
The characters are all stock. The reactions are nonsensible. I don't expect a lot of realism from my fantasy, but some logic adds that kernal of truth that allows disbelief. "Oh, hey, you killed my evil step-dad and kidnapped me to a place where you'l kill me but it's OK because you love me." That's not love, that's the Stockholm Syndrome.

All in all I'd pass. Flip through it for the outfit Davon wears when fetching Aeon, or any of Moors' outfits. Wonder in the art that is the scenery; the archetexture and backgrounds are truely lovely. But you don't have to stay for incest, repeated sex scenes, and illogical actions.

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