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Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
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Great introduction to the Mortal enchantment series with this novella. It definitely left me interested in getting Book 1 in the series when it comes out. In the short 74 pages Stacey packs in: Introduction to the main characters, lots of action, courage, mystery, and sacrifice.
Heir to the Fire Court Throne. Strong and loyal. I really liked hearing things from his POV and being introduced to the world of Avalon from his eyes. Rowan finds himself with a choice: kill an innocent and take over as King of the Fire court -- rule as fair and just ruler (thus sparing countless innocents in the future) or do the right thing, stand up to his mother. What will this cost himself, Marcus and the rest of the fire court if he does?
A Hellhound and Rowan's best friend. Also loyal and strong like Rowan. Their friendship was GREAT! Nice to see a strong male/male friendship in a book.
Queen Prisma -- Rowan's Mom and Queen of the Fire Element Court. Ugh, Could not stand her! Heartless, cold, and vicious. What more is there to say?
King Taron, - King of the Air Court and Father to Kalin. From what we see of King Taron - he is a fair and just ruler and a loving father.
Kalin - Daughter of King Taron of the air court. We only get to see Kalin from afar. Her father King Taron has kept her in the mortal world with her mother until her 16th birthday. I am anxious to hear more about her and see how her story unfolds!
How the story unfolds
Rowan has kept himself away from Fire court due to the way his Mother rules the court -- She is heartless, vicious, and violent. Rowan gets called to the court by his mother in the guise of him taking over as King. Rowan is suspicious as he never thought there would be a chance his mother would even think of abdicating her throne -- and of course there is a hitch to him being King -- kill the Air King’s daughter, Kalin. Can Rowan push his morals to the side and take an innocent life so that he can rule the fire court and make great change in how the Fire Court is ruled.
Summary: Great prequel that ends with a bang! I am excited to start the series and see where it goes!
Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.