#ShareAReviewDay – THE PRINCE’S MAN by Deborah Jay

While Marcia is ensconced in her writing cave, I thought I’d hijack #ShareAReviewDay with the latest review for the opening novel in my Five Kingdoms epic fantasy series, THE PRINCE’S MAN.

I’ve had a tough few weeks (months, really), and this lovely review helped lift my spirits:

REVIEW:
D. W. Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars  Wonderfully written
September 24, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and skillfully-written fantasy novel. I was particularly taken with the tight narrative, not a wasted scene or conversation, every word counting as the story unfolded. This contributed to a quick pace and complimented the well-considered plot that comes together with a satisfying ending. Though the first in a series, The Prince’s Man can also be read as a stand-alone.

All that good stuff, and then there’s more… the characters are fabulous, deeply flawed and sympathetic at the same time. The relationship between Rustam and Risada takes center stage. There are hints of a romantic attraction but the reader is saved from moon eyes and heaving chests by a very real tension based on past experiences, current loyalties, and objectives. Despite being allies, there’s a lot of loathing going on here. I love that.

Elves, trolls, and were-cats throw the story into the classic fantasy genre and are integral to the plot and underlying theme of the book. The political machinations are realistic enough to be recognizable today. Prejudices, bigotry, genocide, and beliefs in cultural superiority are alive and well in her world-building. The characters are forced to revisit their worldviews, but just like in real life, they will only open their eyes so wide. And Jay doesn’t hold back on the brutality.

I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series and seeing what happens to the two main characters as well as a host of others who intrigued me no end. Recommended for anyone who loves a good fantasy.

Available at most outlets HERE

BLURB:

What if the magic that could save your loved ones condemns you to death?
Rakish royal spy, Rustam Chalice, loves his life the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. To his dismay the spymaster prince teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin. And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god—and each other. When Rustam discovers he has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his loyalty to his prince. For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.
The Prince’s Man is the first book in The Five Kingdoms epic fantasy series. If you like action, intrigue, and magic, spiced with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Deborah Jay’s vividly realised characters.

Deborah Jay writes fantasy and urban fantasy featuring complex, quirky characters and multi-layered plots. She can often be found lurking in secluded glens and forests in the Scottish Highlands, researching locations for her books. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many dressage horses, and her complete inability to cook.

 

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32 thoughts on “#ShareAReviewDay – THE PRINCE’S MAN by Deborah Jay

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  2. I saw a #ShareAReview alert come through my Inbox and thought for a moment, I’d forgotten to move the posts to next week! Hahahaha. I’m glad you “highjacked” TWS to share this one, Debby. It’s lovely, and I know it’s well deserved, even though I haven’t found a moment to read the book yet. I DID, however, read the earlier ones and enjoyed them very much, so it will be a treat when I can finally call my WIP done, and can squeeze more reading time out of my days! (And so you know, I have several other new releases in series I ADORE, and haven’t found a moment to read them yet, either, even though I’d been counting the days for them to be published, too. I’ll have SO much fun reading all these goodies back to back! 😀 )

    Great to see you jump in here to fill the gap while I’m away! THANKS! And I’m sharing this, too. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks Marcia – thought I’d just keep you on your toes! 😉
      This one IS for the first in series, so it is one you’ve read and reviewed already. And I know all about that monster TBR list, so annoying there isn’t enough time in each day, particularly when it’s a series you love, and you struggle to find time to read the next one.

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      • Just realized that when I was responding to your comment below. I was rushing around trying to get back to Rabbit, and I wasn’t paying enough attention. DOH! Yes, I’ve read this one and loved it. I’ve read the second one, too, though I might still owe you a review for that one, since I’m way behind on those. (I’m planning to catch up with a LOT of them over this break between now and January.) At any rate, I can vouch for how good this one is, and will be reading #3 as soon as possible, and will catch up with all my reviews before much longer, too. (Honest. No, really. *stop laughing* ) 😀

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  3. Oh, good! It’s wonderful to see my review of this awesome book showing up over here at Marcia’s. It was a great read, Deborah, as my words attest, and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I’m glad it brightened your day too. I’ll be sharing on my site too eventually. 🙂 ❤

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