The Prince of the Moon
Author: Megan Derr
Title: The Prince of the Moon
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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All Solae wants is to be accepted and loved by the family that has always rejected him. But given it was his late mother who cursed the kingdom to eternal winter, the chances of that happening are minimal. If he can find a way to break the curse, however, surely that would be enough to change their minds regarding him.
But Solae is forbidden to practice magic because of his mother, which limits his ability to pursue solutions. Desperate for advice and new ideas, he contacts a famous curse breaker—and has no idea what to do when the man unexpectedly shows up, handsome and friendly and dangerously intriguing.
I received this book as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When the kingdom was cursed by a witch just before she died on a pyre for her alleged crimes, cold, clouds and snow blanketed the kingdom in eternal winter. The witch's son, Prince Solae, was therefore ostracized by his family, forced by their disdain to live alone in a high tower with only his books and spells for company. Then Solae writes a famous curse breaker for help and instead of writing back, Millio comes for a visit. Suddenly the entire castle is in disarray and Solae knows he and Millio might lose their lives and the curse will remain in place forever.
I read this story years ago when it was first released as part of a fairy tale anthology. I remember enjoying the story then, but being content to move on to the next story in the anthology. That was still true now. Overall I did like the story. It's short and sweet with just the right touch of romance. Solae is a troubled young man and Millio's visit helps to alleviate some of the pain Solae's family's hatred has caused. It wasn't just the kingdom blanketed in snow, but Solae's life as well. I liked watching him thaw and grow.
The king and the king's other two sons, the prince of the sun and the prince of the stars, were less well written. They were caricatures instead of characters. The king's anger felt irrational. While it's explained away as the king trying to hide his embarrassment, to me it just felt overwhelmingly silly. Yet, on the same token this was a fairy tale and irrational actions leading to severe consequences is generally a central theme. When The Prince of the Moon was released as part of a fairy tale anthology, I could ignore the king's behavior. As a stand alone story--even though it's still technically set up as a fairy tale--the strange behavior is slightly more difficult for me to accept.
This story was short and sweet with just the right amount of romance. Some of the supporting characters needed a little more dimension to make them feel realistic, but overall I enjoyed reading this story so I do recommend it.
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