The Chosen Prince

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: One kiss.

Language: one instance of ‘bloody hell’

Violence: A night raid – soldiers fight with swords, one of them is stabbed and killed.

Love Triangle: No.

 

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