Review: R. Cooper – The Winter Prince

1979491Author: R. Cooper
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre:M/M Fantasy
ISBN: 9781634769785

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary:
The Winter Prince by R. Cooper – Romance>Fantasy eBook
His heart stolen by a powerful pari’s magic, a young prince’s veins slowly fill with ice. That is what the stories say. Three years have passed since, and all efforts to save Kişin have failed. He won’t survive another winter. To save the prince’s life, Razin, the court wizard and Kişin’s childhood friend, plans to seek out the pari. But unbeknownst to Razin, Kişin’s heart was never stolen; he gave it freely to escape the pain of impossible love—his love for Razin.

Razin won’t accept Kişin’s fate, for reasons obvious to anyone who knows anything of love. Kişin agrees to the desperate quest, out of duty and a need to protect Razin. They are soon joined by Kişin’s once-bethrothed, Lana, the daughter of the khan, who seeks to break the curse that has turned her into a beast. But it isn’t long before Razin realizes saving his prince will require more than simply retrieving his heart. Razin will have to convince him to want it.

Review:
Kişin is a prince who gave his heart away to a powerful pari and after three winters of getting colder, does not expect to make it through this one. Razin is the court wizard and Kişin’s childhood friend, and to save his life, plans to seek out the pari. They are joined by Kişin’s once-bethrothed, Lana, the daughter of the khan, who seeks to break the curse that has turned her into a beast. This is a story about love, magic, heartache, duty, tradition and the strength of belief.
The story is told from Kisin’s point of view.

While I have read work by this author before, The Winter Prince is definitely different, but in a wonderful way. This wonderful world is created where kingdoms have a wizard as an advisor and amazing creatures exist, but it also comes with the rules and classes of a ruling world where sometimes what the heart wants, duty or standing will not allow. His heart stolen by a powerful pari’s magic, a young prince’s veins slowly fill with ice.

Razin came to the kingdom when his mother came to work in the kitchen for the royal family. As he was about Kişin’s age, the two became friends and were rarely apart, even though Razin always had his head in a book while Kişin trained in all the areas he was expected to as a prince. At one point, since he became such a good archer, Razin’s nickname for him was Arrow – and depending on his mood, refers to him as dull Arrow, silly Arrow or even, my Arrow.

There is much more to the story than Kişin reclaiming his heart, if Razin can get him to want it, there is why Lana was cursed in the first place, whether the two will once again be betrothed if they can reverse their current fates and what will become of Razin in all this. Most everyone, except Kişin, seem to know he’s in love with his friend, but in his position, can never be a husband for him.

I loved the fact that it came across as common for someone to be matched with a man or a woman, and while Kişin having to be matched with someone of similar status was not a happy realization, I liked how the author found a way to balance tradition and the heart.

If you like fantasy stories and fairytales, I believe you will enjoy this story. It is more about the characters and their journey, although there are two intimate scenes, they come across more so you know the outcome than being the focus of the story or the characters. The story flowed well, with a good pace and development for background without getting bogged down and I thought it was incredibly well done. Another winner from R. Cooper!

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