Thaw: Prince of Demargen
E. Kaiser Writes
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The whole world knows his guilt, and is absolutely correct about it, but how far can a man go to regain respect so swiftly lost?
Or is an honorable death the best a fallen star can hope for?
Imagine: What happened after the evil prince in Frozen was sent back to his country? Prince of Demargren by E. Kaiser Writes thoroughly explores this question.
The Prince of Demargen and the preceding books were not exactly like Frozen, but they were very similar. The plots of the books were closer to the original fairy tales than in Frozen, but the five main characters were essentially the same. Their backgrounds, thoughts, and motivations were more thoroughly presented in the Thaw series and a new villain was introduced. This villain is the reason the Prince changed from his charming personality to the despicable creature willing to murder the queen and princess so that he could attain the throne. This was done through means of an incurable, evil potion, as presented in book two. So, what does happen to the prince after he is sent home to his twelve older brothers?
I enjoyed this book because of the look it gave me into the lives of the characters after the calamity that was the queen's magic powers and attempted murder. It went beyond what I knew would happen in the series after watching Frozen, and is therefore rather original and exciting! I rather enjoyed Prince Hess's charming personality in the beginning and felt that his actions were not entirely his own. The potion he was given made him greedy, but he could have fought against it. In book three, he is shown to carry around the guilt of his actions for the rest of his life. Banishment and estrangement is certainly not much of a life, either. But is there hope?
I adored this book. Hess's journey of discovering the potion and his determination to find a solution were admirable and eventually found me falling in love with his character despite the evil he had done. I even found myself hoping that he and Queen Ilise would somehow fall in love... And therefore can hardly wait to read book four!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.