The Chosen Prince
Middle Grade / Juvenile / October 11, 2016

Author: Diane Stanley. Summary: On the day of his birth, Prince Alexos is revealed to be the long-awaited champion of Athene. He grows up lonely, conscious of all that is expected of him. But Alexos discovers that being a champion isn’t about fame and glory—it’s about sacrifice and courage. Alexos follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria, and faces the greatest challenge of his life. (Published summary.) My Thoughts: The Chosen Prince is set in a fairly generic, medieval-type kingdom. There is poverty and starvation for the prince to learn from and try to better; a neighboring kingdom that is always at war on the border; peasants, nobles, and farmers. Although the specific setting that Alexos interacts with is always clear, the world in general felt a little flat and fuzzy to me. Diane Stanley may, of course, have been trying to evoke the medieval stereotype on purpose. I did like the story. Alexos is a sympathetic character, and plot took a couple of twists that I did not see coming. Content Review: Sexual content:…