Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Prince of the Sorrows (Rowan Blood, #1) - Pride Book Review

Without an academic endorsement to make him valuable to the high fey, Saffron will be sent back through the veil to the human world. The place he was traded from as a changeling-baby, and a place he is terrified of. And while getting an endorsement shouldn't be impossible, it's hindered by the fact his literacy is self-taught, using books stolen off of MorrĂ­gan Academy's campus of high fey students.

When mistaken identity leads to Saffron learning the true name of brooding, self-centered, high fey Prince Cylvan, what begins as a risk of losing his life (or his tongue) becomes an opportunity to earn the future he wants. In exchange for an endorsement, he and Cylvan form a geis where Saffron agrees to find a spell to strip power from Cylvan's true name. While Prince Cylvan doesn't know Saffron can barely read, Saffron is determined to meet his end of the deal in order to remain in Alfidel—or, maybe, just to remain by Cylvan's side, as affections grow stronger every night they spend alone in the library together.

But as other human servants soon fall victim to a beast known only as “the wolf”, Saffron realizes he has embroiled himself in a manipulative reach for power like he never anticipated—and even Prince Cylvan cannot be trusted. Between the wolf, uncovering forbidden magic, and his growing feelings for the prince, Saffron will have to decide which is most important to him—his endorsement, the lives of his friends, or the prince’s life and wellbeing.

Prince of the Sorrows is a queer fantasy romance for New Adults.

Book Breakdown


No, no, no!!!!!


Okay, okay. Let me take a breath here.

Bite Sized Review - I adored this novel but skimmed over when it became detail heavy.

Now, let’s actually get into all the details. I was on Amazon, looking for something on Kindle for Pride Month and that cover sucked me in! I was reminded of Hades and Persephone covers and so I downloaded it.

I started reading it before bed and got 50% in before I could put it down. I was sucked in. The world is rich, so full of details. Sometimes too much details that I skimmed to get to the action once it dragged too long.

But the next day I devoured the rest of the story and only to discover this horrible cliffhanger that just stabbed me in the heart and left me bleeding out on. My sofa. Dramatic? Sure, but so is this book!

Saffron is the MC and the POV we follow and let me tell you... he’s abused all the time. Like everyone likes to beat him up. This world is dark and cruel. Yet, somehow he still has this innocent like quality to him.

This fantasy world is unlike any I’d read. It’s very progressive with its take on pronouns and sexuality and I am freaking here for it! Hell freaking yeah!

I recommend this, but honestly not till the second is out because the cliffhanger is insane and I hate it, in the best way. I really need the second volume now.

As for the spice level... there's like one scene and it's graphic but this wasn't a very spicy book at all to me.