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"A winning fantasy adventure"

Arkanna killed Shalelle because the High Priestess of the Arizanti Tribe refused to bend to her will. The murderer offers the same deal to Shalelle's daughter Lorienne, who rejects her too. Arkanna informs her prisoner that she sold her to the Prince of the Busae Empire to insure safe passage for the tribe. If the Busae arrive in time, Lorienne might live long enough to pleasure her owners.

Prince Busae rescues Lorienne, but gives her as a present to ensure the loyalty of his half-brother, the demon trained sorcerer Adrik. As the couple becomes acquainted with one another, they begin to fall in love. However, Adrik knows the anointed time of swapping his life to enable his demon mentor to use his body is upon him. Besides the demands of his teacher, Busae once again abducts Lorienne to use for purposes of his own. Will Adrik rescue his true love or go along with his demonic induced fate that he has spent a lifetime training to accomplish?

THE SHADOW PRINCE is a powerful romantic fantasy inside a vividly described BC setting. The story line is loaded with action from the very beginning until the final confrontation, but the key to this book is the strength of the key characters (villains and heroes) so that readers understand their motives and backgrounds (though Arkanna's role seems short changed). Jan Zimlich provides fans with a deep tale that will appeal to the tastes of the cross genre audience.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 5, 2002

SUMMARY

A DARK PACT--The second son of the king, Adrik should have been an honored prince of the Median Empire. Instead, he was sacrificed at birth to his father's lust for power. He became the property of Malkaval--was raised as that great demon's own, and was taught the ways of sorcery. He locked himself away in the gloomy halls of Khorazm, a recluse, never once forgetting his purpose: Someday he would enter the Shadow Realm, trade places with his master, and be damned for eternity.

AN EMBER OF HOPE--His black fate kept Adrik from others. There was no solace for a man like himself--no matter how pwerful he became, what magic he might conjure in the long lonely nights. Then he met a woman--a stunning beauty, blond and magnificent--who streaked into his life like a dying star. And she needed him. The Arizanti priestess was everything he'd ever dreamed of, and she sparked in Adrik a terrible desire for freedom. For the first time, he dared to hope that their love might overcome the darkness.

 

The Shadow Prince
by Jan Zimlich

Love Spell
September 1, 2002
ISBN #0505524856
EAN #9780505524850
320 pages
Paperback
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The Black Rose
Heart's Prey
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