The Prince of Secrets by AJ Lancaster

Prince of Secrets

Last year I requested a review copy of The Lord of Stariel on a whim and loved it!  So when the author contacted me a month ago asking me to review the second book in the series, The Prince of Secrets, I jumped at the chance.  I am happy to report that I loved the second book just as much as the first.  I do want to make it clear that my review is 100% my own thoughts and is in no way influenced by the author’s decision to give me a review copy.  Now that we got that out of the way, let’s begin!

The story picks up a week or two after the end of the first book.  It opens with Wyn trying to find a pregnant cat before she has her kittens where she shouldn’t.  I thought this was a great way to begin the book because it gives the reader a chance to refamiliarize themselves with Stariel House and the characters Wyn interacts with while he searches.

We get a lot more fae creatures in this book, which was awesome! While we get some familiar-sounding ones, such as brownies, we also are introduced to some creatures I’ve never heard of!  For example, Hetta and Wyn discover a starcorn, which is kind of like a unicorn, but it is purple and blue and indigo and is only about the size of a large dog.  It sounded so pretty!  I wish we could have had a drawing of it!

We also get a look at the world of Faerie itself.  I’d been curious about Wyn’s home realm since we first found out he was fae, so when I got to the chapter that showed the capital city of Aerest in ThousandSpire, I was really excited.  We didn’t get much more than a glimpse of the city from afar, though.  I was hoping to get to learn more about how the fae live.  I wanted answers to questions like: How do they decorate their homes?  What do they wear, fashion-wise?  Do they use money to buy necessities or do they barter?  These are just some of the things I was curious about.

One thing I’d like to mention is the author’s choice of fae names.  Sometimes when I read a fantasy book, the author will try to come up with unique-sounding names for their characters/creatures and end up with an unpronounceable name that I inevitably just skip over every time it appears.  In Lancaster’s books, however, the names are unique without being unpronounceable.  For example, Wyn has a brother named Rakken and a sister named Aroset.  I thought the author did a marvelous job at finding the balance between generic and unique when choosing the fae names in this book.

I found a couple of typos in The Prince of Secrets.  There was also a scene where the senior housekeeper comes to tell Wyn something despite a previous sentence that stated she left earlier in the day due to a family emergency.  These mistakes didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story, though.  Also, keep in mind that I am very good at spotting errors in books, so most people probably won’t even notice these things.

I really enjoyed The Prince of Secrets and give it four stars!  Now for the hard part: Waiting for the next book to come out!


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