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The Shadow Prince (2014)

The Shadow Prince (2014)
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The Shadow Prince (2014)
The Shadow Prince (2014)

About book: Bree DeSpain knocks it out of Olympus Hills! Her take on the mythology and the stories of the Underworld suck you right in and leave you wanting more. The Shadow Prince ended far too quickly for my liking!Haden, an Underlord of Hades, and Daphne, an intriguing human girl with the gift of music, find their destinies intertwined by a prophecy that is hundreds of years old.Like all epic tales of mythology, The Shadow Prince is full of secrets, betrayals, magic, love, monsters, friendship and war. As the answers to the mysteries of Olympus Hills are unravelled, the residents pasts of the exclusive community come to light and show a tangled web of deciet and greed. With new found secrets come to light, will the different paths to the future and possible salvation for humans and Gods alike be possible? Never a dull moment in this first book of a thrilling new trilogy. Ready for the sequel!!!! 3.5As a fan of mythology, I was really looking forward to this book. While I did enjoy it for the most part, I was a tad disappointed by it. The little disappointment I had could come from the high expectations that I had going into this book. I've read Bree Despain's other series a few years ago and I remember devouring it. I was thinking I would fall right into the same thing with this book, but I was completely wrong. I felt that there were points of this book that seemed to drag on and on. To be frank, I even skimmed a few pages. To give you an idea, the two main characters don't even meet until 100 pages in. The action doesn't actually start to happen until the last 150 or so pages. And this book is just over 500 pages. That's a lot of pages filled with getting to know the characters more so than the world. While I was interested in the characters, I was much more interested in the mythology of the story as well as the characters role in this mythological world (which as mentioned I didn't come to find out until the last 150 pages or so). This isn't a negative review, I really did enjoy the characters, they were interesting. Particularly, I loved the sass and feminist qualities that were within Daphne. Haden was quite naive and reading about him learning about pop culture and the way life is on Earth was quite endearing. One big plus, there is absolutely NO insta-love. NONE.Now for the mythology, my favorite part. I loved the way that Bree Despain took her own spin on mythology. I loved all the references she placed in relating back to other mythological stories. I loved the fresh spins on the plot that I never saw coming. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the mythological aspects of it the most and I would have to say if you're a fan of mythology as well, I'd recommend this one to you.
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I enjoyed reading this and i can't wait to read the next one.
such a relief to have a main character that's not a flake!
3.5 Stars. Review to come.
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