- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (Aug. 7 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756404231
- ISBN-13: 978-0756404239
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,181,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mirror Prince Mass Market Paperback – Aug 7 2007
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About the Author
Violette Malan lives in a nineteenth-century limestone farmhouse in southeastern Ontario with her husband. Born in Canada, Violette’s cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which makes it interesting at meal times. She has worked as a teacher of creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner’s French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she’s been an administrative assistant and a carpenter’s helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish. She can be found at violettemalan.com.
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The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan is her fantastic debut novel that introduced readers to her fascinating and enthralling storytelling. An imaginative tale of Max Ravenhill, an exiled Rider who has been living amongst humans in the Shadowlands that we know as Earth through multiple generations. His inestimable importance as the Prince Guardian to the all-important Talismans which will identify the next High Prince has garnered him three Wardens who have coexisted with and provided him with false memories throughout the many lifetimes he has experienced. Warden Cassandra Kennaby has retained the memories and access to dra'aj (magic) that they have stripped from Max and it becomes her responsibility and privilege to be his sole protector when the Basilisk Prince sends the Hunt after the virtually defenseless Prince Guardian. Unexpected allies utilize the minimal magic available on Earth to provide the Exile with the opportunity to fulfill his destiny. Cassandra must suppress her feelings for the male who doesn't remember their past relationships but continues to utilize her well-honed skills as well as any resources she can find to defend him against all who seek to destroy him. The race to restore his memories so that he can fulfill his destiny may very well determine the fate of all who live in the Lands.
A rising star on the fantasy scene, sure to become a favorite of any aficionado of the genre. An inventive combination of traditional fantasy elements without resorting to cliches such as armor that is literally an integral part of one's body, Hounds from the Hunt that are more than ravening beasts, alternate shapes that need more than the elusive and unavailable dra'aj and even more. Sinister villains, conflicted allies, swashbuckling fights and lost loves flesh out the story without becoming trite. The unexpected twists provide a welcome spice to a beautifully written and entertaining tale.
© Night Owl Reviews
(originally published 4/2011)
I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.
It took me a few chapters to get into the book. Malan jumps right into the action with a fairly brutal (off-screen) massacre, and it also took me a while to grasp the fantasy side of her worldbuilding. It wasn't until a few chapters into the book, when Max and his protector Cassandra left our world and returned home, that I started to wrap my brain around everything.
With that said, I enjoyed the book a great deal by the end. Max and Cassandra were fun, and it was interesting to see the relationship between the guardian (who knows what's going on) and Max (whose memories have been altered, so he doesn't even know Cassandra at first). Malan even gives us glimpses of "humanity" from the Basilisk Prince, and I always like conflicted characters.
While some elements of the story felt familiar, others were intriguingly original. I enjoyed Malan's take on enchanted weapons and armor, and the creative ways they can be used. Her revelation about the Hounds (hunting beasts, from the original Hunt) was fascinating enough I wanted her to spend more time on it.
Actually, that was my biggest frustration. Some of Malan's most fascinating ideas seemed to get skimmed over. I wanted to learn more about the Naturals and the Solitaries, the other "races" of Max's realm. I wanted to understand guidebeasts better. And if the biggest complaint about a book is, "I wanted more," then I think that's a pretty positive thing.
The plot basically goes running from a chase to restoring the hero to final confrontation with the villain. Fairly simple plot in and of itself. While giving a life-and-death urgency to the chase, the author is hard pressed to find time to fully develop the relationship between the hero and his protector. Yes, bits and pieces of his past lives are thrown in. And her perspective of Max is injected in a chapter or two. Furthermore, the enormous world beyond the Shadowlands (or our world, if you prefer) is not adequately explored. And to me, that is a shame.
Overall, The Mirror Prince is an impressive debut novel. While there are flaws that other Amazon reviewers have already noted, the novel is an enjoyable read and highly recommended.