"A classic gothic with balance of history and romance to be a pleasure to read"
When her mother is murdered, Arizanti priestess Lorienne is
left tied to a post to either become a slave to Prince
Burian --or die.
A second son, Prince Adrik was sold as a baby by his father
to a demon; growing up under the demon's watchful eye and
knowing that at the eclipse he will die so the demon can
take human form. His brother and future king, Prince
Burian gives Adrik the near-dead slave as a gift on a whim.
Until Lorienne, Adrik had accepted the prophesy which
foretold his fate, but his relationship with her has
brought about changes to his heart that he never expected
or experienced. Knowing his fate, he had been content to
rule his people as best he could and spend time with his
friends, the wolves.
Lorienne's mother had also spoken a prophecy. She foretold
that her daughter's fate would rest with a dark prince...
and his destiny rested with her. Surrounded by intrigue
she did not understand and feeling ill equipped; she vowed
to do what she must to make the prophecy from her mother
the destiny for their future.
Ms Zimlich's love of history is shown by setting this tale
in Median Empire, 585 BC. I know I can trust her
historical knowledge to give an accurate picture of this
interesting time while entertaining me while weaving an
impressive tale of sorcery and love. THE SHADOW PRINCE is
almost a classic gothic style with its battle of love over
evil... with the added twist that the hero is a sorcerer.
This story has enough romance to satisfy historical romance
fans; sorcery enough for the paranormal lovers and
suspenseful enough for gothic lovers, but with enough
reality not to disappoint ANY of these readers. Ms Zimlich
has found the balance that many authors seek and I can
recommend this as an all-around satisfying book.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted September 12, 2002