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The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords Series #1)

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Great start to the series!

    Cayal, the Immortal Prince, is tired of millenia of living, and he thought he found a way to solve his problem. Unfortunately, a botched hanging leaves him very much alive and in full possession of his memories. So,back to prison he goes. Meanwhile, Arkady Desean, academic historian and the Duchess of Lebec, is sent to interrogate the man who claims to be the Tide Lord Cayal and to prove him a liar, and in the process, she finds herself not quite believing--yet also not quite disbelieving--his tale...<br><br>

    Jennifer Fallon weaves an intriguing tale, which twists and turns all throughout, and she obviously ascribes to the maxim, "Things are not what they seem." The story is written from the points of view of many persons, each of whom contributed to make the story whole, and from each of their perspective, we see how the world and the gods of Amyrantha are viewed by the different factions--humans, gods, and Crasii (half-human, half-animal creature).<br><br>

    I love a good yarn, and this story certainly delivers. Aside from which, there are 3 more books to look forward to in the series! I've heard that this series (all 4 books) has been published and read by the Australian public, but Book 3 is just going to be published in the US in 2010, and Book 4 the year after. I'm just going to have to exercise my patience to wait (unless a good Samaritan from Australia wants to send me the books, anyone?), but at least I'm assured that I'll complete this series some time down the road.<br><br>

    Jennifer Fallon's gods are interesting, because they weren't gods who came into being from nothing or whose origins are unknown, but they were once mortal who were then made immortal. Their powers also come and go with the Tides. At the start of the book, the tide has been gone for a long time--a thousand years, if I'm not mistaken--and the Tide Lords have faded into legend and memory. Because of this, Cayal has a hard time convincing Arkady that he is indeed a Tide Lord. And he couldn't do anything to prove it, because when the tide is out, the Tide Lords lost all their powers, though they remain immortal.<br><br>

    If Cayal were the hero of this series (because in a fantasy series, one never knows), I'm not sure if I like him very much. He's not the typical romance hero, definitely, heroic and made larger than life, but he's all too like us--human with flaws and prone to selfishness and making stupid calls in life. I don't know if meeting Arkaday (or thousands of years of living) will make him a better man, but things he's done in his past made me cringe and wonder how he could have done such things.<br><br>

    However, this story is more than just Cayal's and Arkady's romance. There is a larger game at play, one which involves all the other Tide Lords.<br><br>

    This is definitely a great start to the series and I'm interested to see how Cayal will evolve and mature/grow in the next books, and how his budding relationship with Arkady will affect him. To be honest, the back cover blurb didn't draw me in, but once you start reading, Ms. Fallon's way with words will hold sway over you and won't let go until you've read the last page. <br><br>

    ~ http://silverwormreviews.blogspot.com

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fascinating fantasy

    In Lebec, royal spymaster Declan Hawkes directs noted ancient Amyranthan lore historian Arkady ¿Ice Duchess¿ Desean to question mass murderer Lord Cayal, who miraculously somehow survived a hanging. Declan expects Arkday to prove the dangerous psychopath is delusional with his insane claims of immortality. Bored with his current life cycle and ergo seeking freshness Caval expected his head to be sliced off so that when a new one grew in he would have no memories of his previous life----------------- Intrigued by the scholar¿s energy, he provides her with fascinating information on the legendary Tide Lords who supposedly created the human-animal half-breeds Crasii slaves. The Tide Lords ebb and flow in power reaching their apex every thousand years only to self destruct into squabbles and ultimately myth until the cycle renews. The last time they were at the pinnacle of power was a millennium ago when the great Cataclysm devastated the ancient world and the Tide Lords. Meanwhile Declan also serendipitously abets the rebel halfbreed engineered Crasii while also insuring the secret Cabal remains diligent to defeat the Tide Lords when they return----------- The first Tide Lords tale, THE IMMORTAL PRINCE is a fascinating fantasy due to the strong cast in which readers get inside their heads. Fans know Cayal desired decapitation because he believed a new head would grow in containing a blank slate to refresh him Arkday realizes the ruler expects her pregant but her spouse is gay and she is from the lower class Caval is Machiavellan working behind the scnes to keep humans safe from when the next high tide occurs finally the Cassii represented by an imprisoned canine-human is outraged and angry by their inhuman treatment. Although much of the novel is introducing the players and the newest Fallon realm, fans of the author will enjoy the opening of a new fantasy saga---------------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Great read. I really enjoyed it

    Great read. I really enjoyed it

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Much in the way Patrick Rothfuss tells the story of Kvothe-- in

    Much in the way Patrick Rothfuss tells the story of Kvothe-- in lengthy flashbacks-- Jennifer Fallon tells of the immortal life of Cayal of Lakesh, the Immortal Prince. Unlike Kvothe's story, however, Fallon's flashbacks feel weighty and distracting, neither the past nor the present bear any storyline that's compelling enough to really engage the reader. Cayal is an interesting character, as is Arkady, but their love story seems awkward and forced. I never got the impression that Cayal was at all interested in Arkady, for example, until they were already declaring their passions to each other. Also, I kept waiting for it all to go to hell in a hand basket. I was waiting for the status quo to be so rocked as to seem hopeless, thus making the comeback that much more amazing. It never happened, though. There were no big shockers, no big upsets to the routine of the book, and that made this read simply average for me.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    Good read, and Ready for the next one!

    I picked this book up cause I have read other Jeniifer Fallon books, and I was not Dissapointed! I enjoyed it all the way through to the end. The only downfall of the book was waiting for the next one to come out.I thought the chracters were well written, and the story line interesting and with a few twists. Some were predictable, but even then I was still very surprised by a few. The ending was well played which leaves the reader wanting more and wondering what happens next. Which for me is always a plus. There are quite a few characters you will love and a few more you will hate. I thought it was intersting how some basic human faults are exploited in the "Gods" and their thinking's. I am ready to read the next book and its already in my wishlist for what to order next. (got a another book to finish first) So I would recomend this book to any Fallon fans or any 1st time readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Not yet read

    Have not yet read "The Immortal Prince" but since I am a fan of Jennifer Fallon, I know it will (as always) be excellent.

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