Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: The Prince of the Moon
AUTHOR: Megan Derr
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 81 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 25, 2017
All Solae wants is to be accepted and loved by the family that has always rejected him. But given it was his late mother who cursed the kingdom to eternal winter, the chances of that happening are minimal. If he can find a way to break the curse, however, surely that would be enough to change their minds regarding him.
But Solae is forbidden to practice magic because of his mother, which limits his ability to pursue solutions. Desperate for advice and new ideas, he contacts a famous curse breaker—and has no idea what to do when the unexpectedly shows up, handsome and friendly and dangerously intriguing.
Publisher Note: This story was previously released in Fairytales Slashed Volume 4
Solae has spent his entire life shunned by his family and denied his rightful place as both a prince and a mage. Forbidden to practice magic, Solae instead spends his days reading everything he can about magic and curses in the hope that, if he can break the curse his mother cast upon her death, that his family will finally accept him. When the unexpected happens and a curse breaker he contacted for help arrives unannounced, Solae hopes a solution may soon be found. Not everyone is happy to have the curse breaker there, however, and as Millio and Solae grow closer, the curse may prove to be the lesser of their problems.
Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read; I enjoyed the fairytale feel to the story and liked the set up quite a bit. Solae was a really sweet character; he’d been shunned and looked down upon his entire life but still managed to keep from turning into someone angry or bitter. I thought Millio was a great match for Solae; also having faced his own brand of shunning, he nevertheless does what he can to help people even when doing so is detrimental to himself. The first half of the story was great; I liked the character interactions and it seemed as though there was a decent amount of progress made towards explaining the curse and subsequently working on its solution. Things happen rather quickly in the second half of the story and, while still enjoyable, I didn’t get the same sense of satisfaction from it as I did the beginning.
The ending was great and was really what Solae deserved; seeing him happy with Millio was very satisfying to me but I was still left disappointed that things with Solae’s family didn’t work out differently. They were all horrible people and if anyone deserved to get their comeuppance, it was those people. Still, I enjoyed the story and if you like books inspired by fairytales and are looking for something new to read, I’d recommend checking this one out.