by Emily Gee
“If he didn’t need us, he’d kill us all and not care.”
“No, he wouldn’t! I’ve been Justen more than anyone. I’ve seen a different side to him.”
- page 271
The long awaited and much anticipated sequel to The Sentinel Mage. The Fire Prince continues the saga of Prince Harkeld, Innis the shapeshifter, and the imperiled Seven Kingdoms.
The Seven Kingdoms are in the grip of an ancient and terrible blood curse. Thousands have died. Thousands more will die. Only one man can end the curse.
The fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, is that man—whether he likes it or not. But the bounty on Harkeld’s head is high. He has outrun his father’s soldiers, but he can’t outrun the assassins who seek him—Fithians, trained in the art of killing. Even the Sentinel mages who guide and guard him are no match for Fithian steel. Faced with the ever-present threat of death, Harkeld must learn to use his fire magic. Or die.
Meanwhile, dark plots are unfolding in Osgaard’s gold-tiled palace, snaring Princess Brigitta and those she loves. And in the eastern kingdoms, young orphan Jaumé journeys with a band of mysterious and dangerous fighters, heading north for a purpose he does not understand.
The Cursed Kingdoms trilogy will conclude in 2015 with The Blood Curse.
I spent ages waiting for this book and when it came out I didn’t notice! Not until I found book 3 on netgalley did I realise the set was complete.
The story continues pretty much where the last one ended. A day or two later at the most. And this time, it felt that Britta and Karel had more page time and I loved it. Their story line was pretty interesting where as Harkeld seems to just be permanently angry about everything. True he has some reasons to be so, but really he’s angry at all the wrong people. I’m hoping this doesn’t mean that book 3 will be heavy on the Jaumé storyline because I’m sorry, but I’m still not interested. I know where it’s going and that it’s important but I do just skim the point of it and move on.
Harkeld is trying though. He’s trying to use the skills available to him to keep himself and those around him safe. He doesn’t hate the mages like he did before (thank goodness, that was hard to deal with) and he doesn’t like them dying but he’s still not too friendly with them. He’s getting better but he isn’t quite there yet.
I’m finding it hard to sum up this book because right now I’m 31% into book 3!!! But I certainly liked it more than 1 (thanks to the PREJUDICE) and I felt it didn’t fall into the old book-2-pit-trap and be all stringy or dull.
Generally at this point I express my excitement or unenthusiasm for the next book. As I’m already reading it, I’ll just sidle off and keep going…