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 The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree DespainAuthor:  Bree Despain
Series: (Into the Dark #1)
Published: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Egmont
Categories: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
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Summary: Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

Review: For some reason, the story reminded me of these post-Twilight books. It was…nostalgic and strangely refreshing. There’s something about these books that is so easy for me to read, not that they are shallow or anything like that. I mean that in very positive way. They are remarkably entertaining for me. I liked Bree Despain’s The Dark Divine series though not so much with the ending; but overall I really liked it. So it was unquestionable that I automatically added The Shadow Prince (it was Into the Dark before, title changed I supposed), her brand new series to my TBR. And luckily I got an advance copy so yeah, I’m lucky, well, because I ended up liking it.

Haden Lord’s new mission is to bring this girl, Daphne Raines who was prophesied to be the Cypher, the key to finding the Key of Hades. Fortunately, Haden found her immediately but getting her to trust him wouldn’t be that easy. Daphne on the other hand, moved to a new place when her father was granted him custody. She is now enrolled  in this prestigious school, Olympus Hills High. There he met Haden, who is one time mysteriously materialized out of nowhere when she was singing alone. She thought there something off with me. And once  during their class, a heated debate happened between them. He seemed to be defensive about Hades, like he knows something about him that they don’t know, not even in the books.

Haden reminded me little bit of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender; with his mission of reclaiming his honor as well as his mommy issues. He certainly has similarities to the Fire Nation’s prince. His back-story was definitely interesting, too. It showed how the system in the underworld had changed after Hades’ death. And I really liked that twist that was injected in the story.

Like I said earlier, the momentum sort of resembled those books early post-Twilight years, where the girl meet the mysterious boy. Then girl noticed something different with the guy. Some online researching. Online research will tell her hints that he is indeed otherworldly. Guy will come out clean, tell the girl what he really is and the girl will believe him. But I’m going to stop right there, because I’m relieved to tell you that what they’re doing is more than just the two of them. It’s not just them against the world kind of drama. The prophecy is bigger than what the two of them represents and I really liked that.

The romance was restrained. It was still in the developing stages when it ended. Daphne was at first very distanced to Haden, which I think was an honest to goodness reaction (given how creepy he was at the start). The romance for me moved along with the plot without occupying too much space, dominating the story. So no, at the end of the first book they were not declaring forever. There were far more important things that they need to face and that’s what I liked most about it. It was truly entertaining.

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Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: Your father needed to knock you down as far as he could. Because if you could challenge his authority as a boy, then what would you capable of as a man?”  — Daphne (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)

2014 / 03 / 07

6 Responses to Review: The Shadow Prince

  1. Ella Zegarra says:

    I love this book, maybe because I love Eurydice and Orpheus story, I don’t know. I’m completely obsessed with The Shadow Prince

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, the mythology was cleverly executed. I love how carefully incorporated in the story. Oh, I’m glad, not obsessed as you are but I really liked it. Looking forward to the sequel.

  2. Amber (Books of Amber) says:

    Okay, so I promise I did read this review, but I kind of lost it at Zuko. ZUKO. I need this book in my life right now.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Haha, it only reminded me of him because of his eagerness to win his father’s attention and then his relationship with his mother. But no one can beat Zuko, I absolutely loved him!!!

  3. I agree that the basics of the story, how everything started, was pretty basic. But I was happy that it didn’t stay on that path – Despain created something more and I thought it was very enjoyable :D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah it was, but there’s something to be said with basics. The story wasn’t predictable and took a different route, much to my joy. :3

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