ARC Review: The Oddling Prince

36600906Title: The Oddling Prince

Author: Nancy Springer

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Released Date: April 24th 2018

Pages: 288

Synopsis on Goodreads:

In the ancient moors of Scotland, the king of Calidon lies on his deathbed, cursed by a ring that cannot be removed from his finger. When a mysterious fey stranger appears to save the king, he also carries a secret that could tear the royal family apart.

The kingdom’s only hope will lie with two young men raised worlds apart. Aric is the beloved heir to the throne of Calidon; Albaric is clearly of noble origin yet strangely out of place.

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*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

5 stars

SPOILER FREE

“A breath of fresh air, wonderful world building and a must read for Fantasy lovers.”

P L O T

Nothing complicated, I felt at ease when reading this book. There is a bit of drama, lots of magic, and I didn’t have to worry about romanticizing anything because this isn’t a romance book but a book about two brothers and finding their place in the world and being happy.

From the very first chapter until the end, I couldn’t stop reading. Early in the book during breaks I would talk to my mom about this amazing book I just started and I even caught her interest.

His suffering was not simple but a vast and fearsome tangle of many hurtful thorns.

C H A R A C T E R S

There aren’t a lot of characters to be confused with which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book very much. Everyone had taken their own journey in this book but it was the two Prince’s journey that was the center of it all.

Aric

Son of the King, thinks his mother would be a better King if she weren’t born a woman. He feels incomplete and is seeking something but doesn’t know what it is.

I knew that my quest in life must be to find him peace.

Albaric

A Prince who doesn’t belong in the world he was born in so he sought love and belongingness elsewhere.

Both are pure of heart and would put others first before themselves.

W R I T I N G

Nancy Springer has a gift for fantasy writing. It’s not an easy read with that old Scotland language with the English words getting mixed up, but it is a joy to read. The world she created and the magic that came a long with it is something I’ve never read in any other book before. It’s very unique.

O V E R A L L

I love this book, the way it is written, the characters, the world Springer created. Everything felt magical and I truly felt like I was in the world with them. I am so blessed to be one of the people who got to read her work and surely this will not be my last book written by her.

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