The Mirror Prince

The Mirror Prince

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by Violette Malan
     
 

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Max Ravenhill was perfectly happy with his life as a history professor until he met Cassandra. Told that he was more than a thousand years old and had known Cassandra and her fellow Wardens all that time, that his life as Max was pure fiction implanted in his mind, and that he was being pursued by the Hunt and his only chance for survival was to flee to the realm

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Max Ravenhill was perfectly happy with his life as a history professor until he met Cassandra. Told that he was more than a thousand years old and had known Cassandra and her fellow Wardens all that time, that his life as Max was pure fiction implanted in his mind, and that he was being pursued by the Hunt and his only chance for survival was to flee to the realm of Faerie, Max can only assume that Cassandra is crazy-or he is. But soon it becomes all too clear that at least part of what she says is true. And unless he goes with her, he won't live long enough to separate the truth from the lies.

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Blending the timeless enchantment of a Patricia A. McKillip fantasy and the epic narrative splendor of a Tad Williams work, Canadian author Violette Malan's debut novel is nothing short of superb. The Mirror Prince is -- like the Newford saga by fellow Canuck Charles de Lint -- a kind of urban fantasy, taking place simultaneously in the Shadowlands of Earth and the magical realm of Faerie.

Max Ravenhill is a professor of military history living in Toronto. His biggest goal in the very near future is to somehow get closer with Cassandra Kennaby, the sexy little blonde-haired owner of a martial arts dojo with whom he is infatuated. His dreams come true -- but not quite the way he planned -- when Cassandra informs Max that he is, in fact, an exiled Faerie Prince in mortal danger and that she has been assigned to protect him at all costs. Once on the run from the nightmarish hounds of the Hunt, Cassandra (really a Fairie named Sword of Truth) tries to get Max to believe the cold hard facts: that he is the Prince Guardian and Keeper of the Talismans, and without his help, the entire realm of Faerie is in jeopardy…

Although the pacing of The Mirror Prince suffers somewhat in the beginning chapters (as complex characters and intricate plotlines must be properly constructed and put in place), the book's surprising -- and utterly satisfying -- conclusion is well worth the build-up. Fantasy fans should brace themselves: The world is about to discover Violette Malan. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
In Malan's Narnia-spiced fantasy debut, which also contains dashes of de Lint, Rowling and Tolkien, Canadian Max Ravenhill thinks he's just a young professor of history with a crush on Cassandra Kennaby, a pretty martial arts expert, but he's really Dawntreader, a Faerie Prince Guardian, who lost a war and was exiled to the Shadowland of Earth. And Cassandra is actually his soul mate, Truthsheart, a Rider charged to protect him from the Hounds of the Hunt during the time of Banishment. Cassandra is also trying to keep him far from his evil brother, Dreamer of Time (aka the Basilisk Prince), who thinks Max knows the location of powerful Talismans. The revelation of the identity of the High Prince, whom the Lands of the People have been awaiting, provides the best surprise in a book that suffers from overly complicated world building, fragmentary plotting and lead characters who never really come alive until the end. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Banished to the Shadowlands (the human world) for being on the wrong side of a civil war, Max Ravenhill forgets his true nature until his ancient enemy, the Basilisk Prince, plans an attack on him in the land of his exile. Warden of the Faerie folk, Cassandra Kennaby discovers Max and helps him remember his true self, determining that his only hope of survival is to return to the world of the Faerie, even though his banishment has not yet ended. Malan's fantasy debut straddles two worlds, each detailed in vibrant colors and images. Believable characters and graceful storytelling make this a good addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756404239
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,348,029
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Violette Malan lives in a nineteenth-century limestone farmhouse in southeastern Ontario with her husband. Born in Canada, Violette’s cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which makes it interesting at meal times. She has worked as a teacher of creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner’s French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she’s been an administrative assistant and a carpenter’s helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish. She can be found at violettemalan.com.

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Mirror Prince 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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The trend lately seems to be to take the world of elves and fairies and make it feel just as drab, and senseless as the mundane world, with elements of a horror novel thrown in. This more or less follows that trend and the plot and characters were not compelling enough to me to make up for the lack of an interesting setting. Not a bad read overall, but I would like to see the author work on tighter plots and more inspiring characters.
Katdancin More than 1 year ago
I found this book very entertaining. It had a different twist to the plot and the story moved along at a good pace. The characters were real and I like Malan's style of writing. It was easy reading and I would like to read more by her.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
He has lived for almost a thousand years, having his identity changed when the memories start to break apart in his present incarnation he is Toronto history professor Max Ravenhill hoping to obtain tenure soon. However, he will soon learn that he is not even human but instead a Rider (faerie folk) who as the Prince Guardian lost in a civil war and exiled to live endless lives amidst mankind. --- While in exile, his memories and his dra¿aj (magic) were stripped from him by the victor the Dreamer of Time now known as the Basilisk Prince who intends to become the High Prince once he possess the Talismans that his enemy hid from him. That is why the time to bring Max to the Land is now so the Basillik Prince can use cunning and to make him reveal his hiding place. Max is no longer an easy target and Cassandra who has been at his side through each reincarnation will not allow anyone to harm him while she envisions a second civil war between the royal faeries which is what will happen if Max looses to the man he once considered a friend --- THE MIRROR PRINCE is a spellbinding stand alone fantasy that enchants and resonates with readers who feel and fear for the bewildered beguiling hero. Fans will root for him to defeat his adversary in the anticipated confrontational rematch (this is a fantasy so no surprise there). The spell cast by Violette Malan enables her audience to believe that faerie exist in a realm where evil and good skirmish endlessly with collateral damage on our plane. --- Harriet Klausner