Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: The Castaway Prince
AUTHOR: Isabelle Adler
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 59 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
Ostracized by his family for his sexual identity, Prince Stephan is forced to flee his homeland before his older brother ascends the throne.
Stephan has been drawn to feminine things for as long as he can remember, so when the dire need for secrecy arises, he seizes the chance to don the perfect disguise. With the help of his loyal servant, Stephan picks his way through hostile territory, hiding his identity by posing as a woman. His only hope for asylum lies with the man who had been his friend and lover three years ago. But when that man also happens to be the crown prince of a rival country, things are a bit more complicated.
With war looming on the horizon, the danger of discovery grows by the moment. With all odds stacked against him, will Stephan find a safe place where he can be his true self, or is he doomed to remain a castaway?
This was a nice little story that made for a perfect little afternoon break. The story starts after Stephan has already fled his home and is making his way towards a man that he hopes will help him in his bid for freedom and a new life. The story itself, while short, had enough detail, both with the characters and the setting, that I had no issues will falling directly into it. I don’t usually read a lot of books that feature cross dressing but I have to say that it was nicely done without coming across as the only defining characteristic of the main character. Dressing as a woman was just something that Stephan enjoyed doing that offered him a way to embrace the fact that he was more effeminate than the rest of his family.
Things in the story didn’t go the way I’d originally thought they would but rather the way I’d been hoping and I was thrilled to see that. There wasn’t a great deal of angst, just the expected drama as Stephan tries to figure out what to do and where he’s supposed to go so this was an overall lighter read. I enjoyed the story quite a bit and while I would’ve liked to have seen what happened to Stephen after everything ended, I was actually satisfied with the ending I did get. If you’re looking for a quick lunch time read, I suggest giving this one a look.