After falling in love with a portrait, Prince Harold flees his arranged marriage and teams up with a magician to uncover the identity of the woman in the picture.
Along the way they will learn the true meaning of love, magic curses, the revolution against his mother the Queen, undead revenge, betrayal, fake betrayal, real betrayal that turns into fake betrayal but only by accident… wait wha?—yeah, I know, it’s not gonna make sense ‘til you read the book.
This is very light-hearted fantasy. Although the characters are playing fast and loose with the fate of a kingdom, the story doesn’t take itself too seriously along the way. It’s the perfect combination of non-stop fantasy action and over-the-top characters. (in a good way) These characters are likeable. Even the ones you aren’t supposed to like are likeable.
The entire work is a bit self-referential, as the subject matter frequently returns to art or stage play, but it’s fun to listen to a writer make digs on artists (including writers) in general. The pacing is fast and hectic at times, which can be viewed as a good thing or bring us to…
As is often the case with us indies, one more run past a copy-editor would have been beneficial. I found quite a few typos and substituted words. However, these in no way hinder the reading and are barely worth mentioning. The story is solid.
So if you're looking for a great fantasy read that will make you smile and keep you guessing, then this is what you've been missing. Go get it today!