Title: The Castaway Prince
Author: Isabelle Adler
Publisher: NineStar Press
Expected Publishing Date: May 15, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance
Length: ~59 pages / ~20,000 words
Rating: 2.75 Stars
Ostracized by his family for his sexual identity, Prince Stephan is forced to flee his homeland before his older brother ascends the throne.
Stephan has been drawn to feminine things for as long as he can remember, so when the dire need for secrecy arises, he seizes the chance to don the perfect disguise. With the help of his loyal servant, Stephan picks his way through hostile territory, hiding his identity by posing as a woman. His only hope for asylum lies with the man who had been his friend and lover three years ago. But when that man also happens to be the crown prince of a rival country, things are a bit more complicated.
With war looming on the horizon, the danger of discovery grows by the moment. With all odds stacked against him, will Stephan find a safe place where he can be his true self, or is he doomed to remain a castaway?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
What a romp! A cross-dressing prince on the run, accompanied by his ever loyal attendant posing as his brother. The Castaway Prince is my first Isabelle Adler‘s piece that I read. And I must say it was a nice piece.
The story centered on young Prince Stephan, a second son of a fictional Seveihar kingdom. Stephan was so impulsive, though being relatively young could give excuse. As the story was told from his POV, I could feel his anxiety all through the pages. As the main character, he’s not someone one could expect to make big gesture. His youth and undecided nature were too pronounced here as well as hasty reaction to things. As the result, this character vexed me even when I sympathized with him.
I wish the story would give bigger portion to Warren, his loyal attendant. As short as the story is, there’s not much background told of him – or even Stephan, come to think of it. Overall, this novella felt like only part of a beginning from a much longer story. Perhaps the author planned to continue their story on next novella, I don’t know.
For an intro to the author’s works this novella serves rather nicely. But I definitely wish for more of this fantasy tale than what’s delivered here.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.