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The Wolf Prince:
by Claire M. Banschbach
(a review of Adela’s Curse is coming out soon)
Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):
Prince Killian has always known he’s different. It’d be impossible to miss the whispers of an age-old family curse, to ignore the call of the wolves on his birthnight and the barely-veiled hostility from his people. His family insists there’s no curse. If only they were right.
When an evil sorcerer bent on destroying the faeries turns Killian into a wolf to use in his diabolical spell, Killian must rely on the help of his playboy brother, Lars, and Rose, an aspiring ranger they meet on the road, to escape the sorcerer and find the faeries who can turn him human again.
There’s only one problem. Faeries haven’t been seen in over 50 years.
Together Killian and his companions must overcome their differences and prejudices to defeat malevolent creatures along the road, evade the sorcerer and his minions, and find the faeries before the sorcerer can kill them all.
Honestly, I don’t know how to review a book that is this good. My friend told me that Claire was looking for reviewers, and I saw that a bunch of my friends really loved the book, so I shrugged and said “Why not?”
I loved nearly everything about this book. The Wolf Prince held my attention from the very beginning with a ghost story about a family who is cursed with the ability to understand wolves. The character development is excellent (especially in Lars), and I absolutely loved the dynamic relationships (albeit them being a little cliche)- the hotheadedness of the two brothers, the way they both treat and care for Rose (can I say how appreciative I am of the fact that Lars and Rose / Killian and Rose didn’t end up losing their sibling relationships for a romantic one? what a breath of fresh air)- it was all done very well. Brownie points to Claire. The story itself was very well written; Claire had me turning the pages fast. Well, scrolling through the PDF.
You won’t regret spending money on this gripping book with lighthearted elements. The Wolf Prince definitely made it to my favorites of 2018, and I’m sure it will be on your list too, so go buy or borrow it. Recommended to ages 10+.
Notes on content:
There is quite a bit of magic in this book (after all- one of the characters is turned into an animal through magic. I hope that’s not a spoiler. *winces*). It’s not glorified, but it’s not necessarily viewed in a negative light. It didn’t bother me at all, but if you’d rather not read books with magic in them, steer clear of The Wolf Prince. Otherwise, it is completely clean- no language, romance, etc.
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.