The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark Series #1)

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark Series #1)

by Bree Despain


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From Bree Despain, the fan-favorite author of The Dark Divine trilogy, comes her highly anticipated second young adult series: a contemporary adventure inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades.

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world for six months in order to convince Daphne Raines to return with him to the land of the dead.

The best way to do this, Haden is told, is to get Daphne to fall in love with him. But getting a teenage girl to fall in love with you isn't easy, especially when Haden's life and more depends on the success of his quest. Little does he know that the tenuous peace between the Greek god of the Underrealm and the Greek god of the Sky is breaking and war is imminent.

If Haden succeeds, his honor and standing will be restored in the royal court, and Daphne will be sacrificed to save us all.

The complication he didn't see coming: he's the one who falls in love.

Now Haden must choose to either fulfill his sacred duty or to follow his heart and find a way to rewrite his and Daphne's destinies.

Previously released in hardcover (978-1-60684-247-8) and electronic book format (978-1-60684-406-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606845677
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Series: Into the Dark Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 832,695
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bree Despain is the author of The Dark Divine trilogy: The Dark Divine,
The Lost Saint, and The Savage Grace. She rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off from college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt
Lake City, Utah, with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo. You can visit her online at

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The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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MAMABookasaurus More than 1 year ago
Though the first few chapters were slow, the book did pick up pace and by the end I was hanging from tender hooks watching events unfold. Bree's abilty to inject a character into a foreign world and retell items and language from their knowledge base is fantastic. I would sit there and ponder what they were talking about and then cry out, "oh its (fill in the blank)!" Though this is a Greek Mythology based book, it focuses entirely on Hades, a slight addition of Zeus and a footnote on Apollo. The rest of the gang (Athena, Aphrodite, etc) aren't mentioned.... yet. Based on what happened at the end of the book, we may yet see the entire family enter the scene. Haden is a character that I want to pick up and take home with me. OK... that sounded bad. Let me rephrase... I just want to take him under my wing. The poor guy just can't catch a break. Talk about a horrendous childhood. I hope we get flashbacks of his Mom in the next book, because she was such a wonderful influence. Daphne needed a little more clarifying for me. She seemed somewhat nondescript until the last few chapters. I actually found Dax, Lexie and Garrett to be of significant interest and I hope to see more of them in the next installment. It just goes to show you once again that every person has a past and hidden hurts, and the people who act out the most are usually the ones in the most pain. Bree had a significant amount of plot threads interweaving throughout the book and left a nice ending to get me grabbing my wallet to go get The Eternity Key, book two, which is out now. Looking forward to the UPS man knocking on my door in 1-3 days! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me entertained and interested, can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down
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Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  This is a very interesting take on mythology and the Persephone myth! I have never read another idea quite like this one! Haden Lord lives in the Underrealm and has been disgraced by all of his people, even his own father, the king. So it is a surprise for everyone when Haden is chosen as the Champion, whose job is to go to the mortal world and bring back a boon (a girl). As there are no girls born in the Underrealm). But this time is different as Haden has to bring back a specific girl: Daphne Raines. Bringing this girl back could mean the future of the Underrealm, and bring back Haden's honor.  Daphne Raines has lived in a small town all her life and has never been allowed to leave it (thanks to her mother). Then, her famous father that she never knew shows up, proclaiming that Daphne has to live with him. She moves to a whole other town and into an arts school. But things get odd when mysterious murders occur and she suspects that another new student has something to do with it. My favorite thing about this book is the awesome world-building and ideas. I also mentioned a few of them in my little mini-summary, but there is so much more involved in this book. Overall, all the the ideas are completely unique and the way they were used in this book was very well done! This book was told in alternating point of view from both Haden and Daphne. Haden is basically Zuko (from Avatar: The Last Airbender, for those who don't know). He did something as a child that everyone basically judges him for, so he does everything he can to restore his honor, to no avail. He sees being the Champion as his opportunity. I felt a bit sorry for him and hated how much those of the Underrealm treated him. Especially since he shouldn't have to regret what he did (I will not say what he did exactly, as that would be a spoiler). It was very interesting to see him in the mortal world, as he had no idea how to be mortal and what many objects were. As he didn't know how to act, he did act like a jerk at times, though mostly because he isn't really used to the way humans act. Daphne is a pretty average YA main character. There's not much I can really say about her. She has the usual YA story. It really bothered me that she was just so perfect and I couldn't quite understand why she left with her dad that she didn't know (I know her dad has legal paperwork, but I kind of wish she would have fought more). Overall, she is an okay character. The romance wasn't bad. I, again, can't say much on it. Not because of spoiler, but because of how I just don't have very many feeling towards it. Did I want them to be together? Sure, but this isn't a new romance. I've read many books with very similar romances, so it didn't wow me. IN CONCLUSION  Overall, this was a very interesting take on mythology and the ideas were so unique! The main girl character and the romance are the usual for YA, but they still worked with the book. As for the sequel, I am definitely planning on reading it!
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
THE SHADOW PRINCE was yet another first book in a trilogy influenced by Greek mythology that spiked my interest as soon as I'd noticed it had a set release date. This is Bree Despain's fourth book and you see that she knows exactly how to write engaging fiction with characters you can laugh with and relate to. So I think you should meet Daphne and Haden now. Daphne is taken from her well-regulated life in a small town in Utah, where she's been living with her mother, to leave for California with her rock star Dad who she hasn't seen in ages. Before, she's been forbidden to leave town and therefore has never seen all the things she wanted to see and never got to realize her biggest dream of becoming a singer. When our very talented and humble protagonist is faced with such severe restrictions you just can't but feel for her, right? Now that Daphne is attending Olympus Hills High in California she learns a lot, meets new people for the first time in her life and even investigates the strange happenings in her new home. Beside her testing the new bonds with her father, she's spending more and more time with the other new kid in town, Haden Lord. As you already know he is a prince from the underrealm and set out to take Daphne with him. So you can expect a few delusions and confusions along the way to them becoming an item. I promise you, it's a treat to see Haden adapt to all the human conventions and things a normal teenager noawdays would do. His inexperience and his bedazzlement, his confusion over receiving laughter at his genuine formal requests or clumsy attempts to convince Daphne to go out with him are just so cute in their ridiculousness. Theirs is a romance forged by the powers of fate, the recognition of a related soul, and music. Haden's past is shaped by tragic and cruel fates which play a major role in his relationships to his mother, antagonistic father and brother. If you attempted a THE SHADOW PRINCE character study you would definitely need to put high importance on the complicated family bonds of both main characters. Besides that, music is relevant for the story and both characters, too, and plays an important role in their early courtship, as Haden would call it. 4/5 **** THE SHADOW PRINCE - Haden and Daphne are the new hot couple in the YA mythology category! Some parts of the story could've been more progressive and could've used some tightening up. Otherwise I've got no complaints. Where Bree Despain's THE DARK DIVINE series is one that captivated me with its engaging characters and the desperate love story that is Grace and Daniel's, I see the strong suits of THE SHADOW PRINCE more in its generel story line, the mysterious city of Olympus Hills and the Greek mythology references that are so rich with possibilities that the sequel could head in any direction.
YALove More than 1 year ago
Bree Despain never disappoints! The story of an average girl her finds herself suddenly tangled up in fairytale of greek mythology, and the son of a greek god suddenly thrown into the modern world. It's written from the perspective of both the teen boy and girl making it enjoyable for guys and gals. It's a nice "clean" book that I wouldn't have to worry about language or content when sharing with junior high or high school crew. Or those of adults who don't want our books full of that garbage either! :)
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review** 5 stars! Haden Lord works for the devil…well, not quite the original devil, “Hades”, but one of his predecessors, King Ren…whom also happens to be Haden’s father who disowned him at the age of 7 years old. So when Haden is selected as the “Champion” over his twin brother Rowen to go into the “Overrealm” or human world to collect a Boon (another woman for the harem to help the Underlords grow), he thinks he has finally found the thing that will bring him into his father’s good graces. But does Haden know the whole story? When the name Daphne Raines is literally carved into his arm as the “Boon” that is to be brought back, he knows that the next 6 months will be the pivotal to his future in the Underrealm and renewing his status as his father’s right-hand man. But Daphne Raines is living a quite life with her mother in the small town of Ellis Fields…working at her mom’s floral shop with her “Uncle” Jonathan, and her best-friend CeCe. Until her rock-star of a father that has been missing for most of her life shows up with a court order to take her back to California to live with him. He tells her that he has gotten her an opportunity at a prestigious arts school where she can pursue her singing career. Reluctantly she agrees and moves the same night with her “Father”, Joe Vince to California – even though her mother disagrees with the decision, she stands by Daphne. Upon getting the Olympic Hills, a prominent community with many high ranking people living within it, Daphne ends up meeting Haden…but he scares her off as a stocker and she is immediately repelled by him. But as many girls end up injured and the new-to-town (not to mention gorgeous) Haden tries to get closer to Daphne, they both start realizing things that point toward this not being any run of the mill Champion mission. SLOWLY, Daphne starts to spend more time with Haden, and thus their adventure begins… I REALLY enjoyed this book – I think it was great that the prospective alternated Haden and Daphne, it gave a great look at what the both were thinking and feeling, along with those around them. I cannot WAIT until the next installment of this series comes out! Daphne and Haden are just awesome together! A strong and intelligent couple that will save the world…and each other along the way!
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BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
The Shadow Prince was so so good. Haden is trying to reclaim his place as his fathers favourite in the Underrealm. He is picked as Champion, much to the chagrin of everyone, and sent to the mortal plain to get his boon and bring her back with him. His mission is special though, his Boon is the Cypher and can repair the Underrealm and return what was lost. Daphne is the daughter of Joe Vance who is a rock star. She longs to leave Ellis and find fame with her singing. Joe turns up and tells her that he was granted custody and she is to move to Olympus Hills and attend the prestigious school there. Whilst there she meets the enigmatic Haden. He isn't used to flirting with mortals and has to try hard with Daphne. Their lives take an unexpected turn when she decides to trust him. I loved Bree Despains take on the mythology. Hades is dead and Hadens father is King of the Underrealm. Hadens mother was mortal and he seems to take after her than his cold hearted father. I immediately loved Hadens character. He seems to bundle everything with Daphne but is so nice and sincere that she finds herself drawn to him. The author does a great job explaining Hadens powers. He can shoot bolts from his hands and is an extremely quick learner. He learns music just to get close to Daphne. She was another character I had no problem liking. Even though she has an amazing voice she is so down to earth and doesn't fall for Haden too easy. The Shadow Prince is an awesome book packed with plenty of mystery, mythology and plot twists. The pacing is fast and the story will draw you in and have you rooting for Haden. The secondary characters add more twists and turns and overall make the book even better. Haden and Daphnes story will stay with me and I'm eagerly awaiting book 2 to see what happens.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Enjoyable Stars I thought The Shadow Prince was an enjoyable read, and I'm really intrigued for the next one. However, there were elements I wasn't a fan of and sometimes it was a slow read. The Shadow Prince was based on the myths of Hades and Persephone, as well as Orpheus and Eurydice. Personally, I don't know these myths. I mean, I've heard about them before, but I've never looked at them too closely or actually read the original stories. So, my critique on the mythological plot of this story is based on how well I thought these myths worked with this story-line, and not how they compare and contrast with the original stories. And I thought the mythological aspect was fantastic! It was my favorite part of this story. I really loved how these myths were intertwined with one another, and I thought it worked! And I'm so excited to find out what happens in book two! I can't wait to see if the characters take back the Key, who the mysterious motorcycle dude is, and what will happen with Haden's unbreakable vow.  I loved Haden! His character was really intriguing, and I found myself enjoying his POV. It was unexpectedly funny. Haden is under a lot of pressure, with trying to navigate a world he doesn't know to making a human fall in love with him so she'll want to leave everything behind and literally go to hell with him. As he spends more time on earth, he starts to understand what love means and what's right. He goes through quite a bit of character development, and I liked watching him grow from a coldhearted, misunderstood "bad boy" to a true hero. The secondary characters—Dax, Garrick, and Tobin—all had places in this novel. Though, they weren't much better than cardboard cutouts. My least favorite part of this book was Daphne. Yup, the main character. I really disliked her POV. Everything is generally about her, she's always self-justifying, and she always has the answers. She's like an expert on everything and everyone. She can't accept kindness, and she's incredibly pig-headed. The plot was slow at some points, especially revolving around Daphne and Haden's "budding" relationship. Honestly, not a fan of that at this point. It just seemed too fast. However, I read this pretty quickly. It was generally fast-paced, and the suspenseful situations were played just right. Although, many of these situations and how the characters came out of them were too easy. They didn't really have to work hard to find all the answers. But I'm definitely excited to see what happens next!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Edelweiss.) Haden is a disgraced prince of the underworld, sent by his father the king to earth to find a boon – a girl called Daphne Raines. Daphne lives in a small town that her mother never lets her leave, until her rock-star father bursts in, and takes her to live in a swanky community, and enrols her at a school with a music programme – exactly what Daphne has always wanted. Haden knows that he must take Daphne with him back to the underworld, but he also knows that she’s very unlikely to agree to it of her own free will. Can Haden complete his task? Can he have his honour restored? And should Daphne have really left the small town where she grew up? This was an interesting story, but there were a couple of niggles that annoyed me a bit. I did like the book overall though, and it didn’t feel long, even though it was! Haden was an okay character. I felt sorry for the way his father treated him, but I also thought that his actions were sometimes inadvisable, and his desire to please people was sometimes a little too great. At times he really needed to think about things, and decide what he thought was the right thing to do, rather than what would get him the most honour. Daphne was an interesting character, but I didn’t quite get why she didn’t think her mother’s desire that she never leave her home town was maybe a bit suspect. I also thought that Daphne’s actions were a little naïve and un-thought-out. When she was told not to go to the glade, she didn’t wonder why people didn’t go there, or ask why she shouldn’t go, she just thought the acoustics would be good, and went there anyway. The storyline in this was interesting, and although this was a long book, it didn’t feel long. There were a couple of little things that didn’t quite sit right though. I think if you really loved this book you’d be able to overlook them, but I personally did notice them. When Daphne’s father turned up with a court order saying that he had custody, it was never questioned, yet nobody thought to ask why he had gone to the courts for custody, why he would be granted custody when he’d only met Daphne once in her entire life, and why the hell he suddenly wanted her anyway! And considering that her mother never wanted her to leave the small town where she lived, she didn’t exactly kick up much of fuss that Daphne’s father was taking her away! She just sort of shrugged and said okay! There were several other little things like this that were a bit silly, but I don’t want to get into any more of them because of the risk of spoilers. The story was split between Haden and Daphne’s points of view, and at first this was a little strange, as their points of view were very different, and it took a while for this to settle. There wasn’t really much of a romance in this book. There was one kiss, but there wasn’t really a relationship of any kind. I did enjoy this story overall though, and I did think that the story was written well, so that the large bits of information didn’t feel too info-dumpy. I also thought that the mythology side of things was integrated well so that it fitted in with the rest of the story without feeling totally foreign. The ending was okay, but although we had a showdown, a lot of stuff was left unresolved at the end, and we were even left with some extra little bits of information to keep us interested in reading the next book in the series. Overall; a good paranormal/mythology story. 7.5 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&hearts Stoneclan &hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story enticed me from the very beginning. The plot is exciting and surprising--so much so that is difficult to put the book down! I am looking forward to the next book! I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery, adventure, and mythology.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'The Shadow Prince' is the first book in a spectacular new young adult fantasy series that follows our two main characters - Haden Lord and Daphne Raines. Of course, nothing and no one are what they seem in the book - Haden is an Underlord Prince sent to find Daphne and bring her back to the Underworld with him. Daphne is an incredibly talented musician and singer - due to her destiny as the Cypher, which she has no idea about. Daphne gets swept away by her incredibly neglectful rock star father to a new town that has an incredibly prestigious music program - everything that Daphne always dreamt of. Now that Haden has walked through the Gate into the Overrealm, his destiny - along with Daphne's - is about to be set into motion and neither of them can do anything to stop it. They both learn a ton along the way, including one of the most important lessons of all - their fate is in their own hands. I absolutely loved this book! There was so much going on the entire time that it felt like a fast-paced action novel, only there was a ton of other elements mixed in to create a riveting story that I literally couldn't put down. As the genre description mentions, there's a lot of mythology going on throughout the book. I loved each bit of it and it only made me want to learn more. The author weaves in so many different myths that it felt like the gods were truly alive. It honestly sparked a huge interest in mythology for me - I definitely think I'll be reading into more of it after this. The characters were well written, each with their own strengths and flaws. Daphne is a wonderful leading lady for the story - she's smart, driven, talented, kind, and a very devoted and loving daughter and friend. She makes a great opposite to Haden's character, which is part of the reason I think they work so well together. Haden is your typical tough on the outside, but squishy on the inside guy. He's incredibly hot (of course) and he has the typical issues that most "bad boys" do - he's a bit of a jerk who thinks he's better than everyone. (Okay, so he actually was considered above most of the people in the Underworld, but still - no need to be a jerk about it.) Haden is half human, which everyone in the Underworld, including himself, has always seen as a weakness. As it turns out, it's this very side of him that might just save Daphne and the rest of the world. I liked digging into Haden's character - it was like ripping away layers until you finally saw the truth of who he really was - and then you just loved him all the more for it. The plot was full of action, adventure, and romance (of course). I loved watching Haden and Daphne interact and to see their relationship grow and change throughout the story. As I mentioned, the book was stuffed full of mythology - from the characters to settings and myths - and I loved every bit of it. I found the way the author mixed all the various myths together to create this intricate story was amazing. It kept me eagerly reading so I could learn more and see what was going to happen next. There's some elements of suspense and mystery thrown in for good measure, which only adds to the appeal - in my opinion. Overall, I honestly can't say enough good things about this book to convey how much I loved it. It far outpassed most other books in the same genre and left me dying for more. (How much longer until the next book releases?!) I very highly recommend this to fans of YA fantasy fiction along with those who enjoy mythology along with a wide range of other genres, including those looking for an original and refreshing take on mythology. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Bree Despain. Hope the next book comes out soon! If you like Greek Mythology mystery and romance you will want to read this book!
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain is a new take on some Greek myths, mostly dealing with the Underworld. Prince Haden has been disgraced as a prince and is now sent on an important mission to retrieve a very special boon. Daphne is this special boon that isn’t so fond of the idea of being retrieved. I loved this different take on Greek mythology. At first I was really into the book, then I tapered off a little, but then by the end I was so completely absorbed I wanted to read it again….the same day I finished. I loved the plot and the incorporation of the Greek myths. I thought the concept that Bree Despain comes up with is very unique and creative. I also liked how even though it was a dual point of view. I really felt like it was Haden’s story. Yes of course Daphne’s parts are important but it really felt like he was the character developing the most and it felt so refreshing. I was adored the side characters both good and bad.  I had a weird kind of love for Haden. Weird being he kind of comes off as a bit of jerk but at the same time there is innocence about him. He lives in a cut throat world that is really looking to cut his particular throat. He wants to prove himself but is impulsive and gets carried away. He has kind of entitled issue that has been bred into him. The thing that makes him different then the rest of the underlords though is he has conscious that comes out the more you read. So for some reason I formed a fondness for him. He wants to be heartless but he just can’t and as the story progresses I fall more and more in love with him. He is definitely boyfriend book material. Daphne annoyed me in the beginning. I had trouble connecting with her from some reason. I kind of felt like she was a brat. I seemed to like her more when she was by herself rather than interacting other people. She is very judgemental and it bugged when she would say things about Tobin like, I guess i don’t really know him... you’ve known him for a week!!! I kept telling myself it was her situation and she would grow on me. Which she did about halfway through the book. The more she interacted with Haden the more I liked her and the more I understood her. She is one pretty tough girl and I think that her toughness was just coming through to me the wrong way. So by the end I was invested in her character. Lexie, Tobin, Simon, Garrick, Joe, Dax and even Brim. There are a lot of important side characters and I loved how they added to the book. I admit while some I love other I couldn’t stand.Tobin completely annoys me. Especially when he goes off on Haden. I wanted to be like hello Daphne you should be pissed that this crazy guy is possessive over you even though you’ve known him, what one day. Oh wait maybe 3 even though you didn’t talk to him on the weekend. I could probably go on about my dislike of Tobin but I won’t. Simon is properly creepy for a sort of badish guy. There are moments I almost feel bad for Joe. Lexie is pretty awesome, I love when mean girl joins the band of merry men. Garrick, well, I don’t like him. I save the best for last. Dax. I loved the part he had in the story, I want to hang out with him. the awesome bromance between Haden and him kept me invested in the book. When Dax’s story finally comes out I love him even more. I absolutely can not wait for book two and it’s epic awesomeness. The romance is very light in book one because it’s developing. Yes my friends DEVELOPING how crazy is that. I have a feeling that things are going to start moving and shaking in book two on that front. I can’t wait to see where it goes. I also can not wait to see how the story progresses. Big things are revealed towards the end and I wouldn’t say you’re left on a cliffhanger because you’re not I just want to keep reading! So let’s say great plot, great side characters and a great male lead. I will admit I felt a little sluggish at one point in the book but I was quickly resucked in. Even with my early issues in Daphne I would say to definitely pick up the book. If you are Greek mythology lover like I am you most certainly like this take.