The Shadow Prince: The Prequel to Mortal Enchantment

The Shadow Prince: The Prequel to Mortal Enchantment

by Stacey O'Neale

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The Shadow Prince: The Prequel to Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045744997
Publisher: Stacey O'Neale
Publication date: 03/05/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 213,393
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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The Shadow Prince: The Prequel to Mortal Enchantment 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This is definitely a run-on story, as in one that doesn't end neatly after the first installment. It's an interesting story world and a quick read with intense situations and high stakes. I'm curious to see how the rest of the story plays out. Content: Swearing and violence.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
They say good things come in small packages, that said, The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale is a powerhouse of emotion and story that goes beyond good to great! Rowan is the heir to the Fire Court throne, but his mother, a vicious and brutal ruler whose lust for power and control will never give up her throne. When he is summoned to court, he is told the Queen will be abdicating her throne and he is to be installed as King, a very unusual act, as they have no relationship. All he has to do is go against everything he holds dear and perform one heinous act. Does the good he could do for his people outweigh the act he must commit? What happens next will shred every ounce of emotion from your heart as Rowan must come to terms with his new life. Filled with honor and compassion, Rowan is truly a fantasy hero come true. I was enthralled by this prequel, I immediately got book one. If this is any indication of the marvels that dance around Stacey O’Neale’s head, the Mortal Enchantment Series is going to hit my favorites list, book after book! Ms. O’Neale has thrown herself into and the love of her craft shows as she holds nothing back, wastes no words and plunges forward which in-depth characters, vivid and raw scenes and does it all with a bold flare. Highly recommended!
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
This is story that will leave you astoundingly mesmerized by its depth of heart and strength of conviction. The characters will take your heart by storm and never let you go. If you ever wondered how a story could be short and yet touch you in such a powerful way, then I encourage you to pick this one up and find out for yourself. You will not regret it. Rowan is a prince who has lived most of his life outside of his own world. His mother rules cruelly over their people, and he dreams of the day when she will give up her throne to another. He hopes to have a chance to set things right and see that his people are treated with fairness and dignity. As that chance is finally offered to him on a silver platter, he has only to fulfill one request in order to have that which he has dreamed of for as long. He thinks he knows the right choice, but in the space of a single glance, a single breath, and a single decision, everything changes. Will his strength of spirit and his small group of friends be enough to get him through this trial, or will following his heart lead to his ultimate self-destruction? What you find within these pages is a subtle but immutable truth that there is power and strength to be gained from loyalty, friendship, and respect. We are all different, and that should be seen as a wonderful thing. However, in our world that is most often not the case. I will never understand why being a copy of someone else is such a good thing especially when that person is unkind and cruel. Shouldn’t we want to strive to be better then who we are? Shouldn’t we want to treat others with respect and compassion? When freely and happily given to another, kindness and generosity are always returned in full, so why not live a life where others will benefit from what we can do for them and not what we can get from them? That type of a lifestyle will catch on like a wildfire and begin to consume each of us until all that is left is the good in humanity. Will you be the first to show kindness to someone that could very well be hurting and in the most need of such compassion? Stacey O’Neale has blown me away with this small but powerful journey that will test the boundaries of one’s inner strength and serve as an incredible example of why we should see each other as equal and important. I am in awe of her amazing talent! Watching her weave each tiny yet significant detail of this beautiful story until it was spun to perfection left me breathless and wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
EGRGRY More than 1 year ago
This was a short prequel novella, but I have lots of thoughts on it. First off THANK THE GODS for you right now Stacey O'Neale for helping to pull me out of this reading funk I've been in this week. I've been a reading machine the past few days and this is the first one (since Liz Long's Burned) that I could not put down. Seriously, why has it taken me so long to find this novella? I love the entire premise. It reads a lot like a Jennifer L. Armentrout book which is great, because she is a favorite of mine, and oh yeah, she likes it too! Anyway. This novel brings us into the world of the Elementals and their home of Avalon. The Elementals theme seems to be coming in pretty high demand right now as I have read several. It's such a great theme with endless possibilities, so I hope it continues. O'Neale has set up the basis for what can only be an amazing series here. Less than 100 pages of a novella and I am chomping at the bit for the next book! Rowan, a 16 year old fire elemental and prince to the royal throne, may be my new favorite male character. Such a refreshing take on a male character. As any of my readers will tell you, I have a hard time with some of the male characters written by female authors, but O'Neale hits it right on the head. Rowan is awesome and his story is really interesting. His mother, Queen Prisma, is about as evil as they come. Can Rowan do what's necessary to prove himself worthy to his family and his kingdom? I can't say anything else on that note without giving away major spoilers, but trust me, you'll want to find out. The characters in this novella are a whole lot of fun. In addition to Rowan and Queen Prisma, we have Marcus (Rowan's best friend and fellow Avalonian), King Talon (King of the Air Elemental Court), and his daughter Kalin (half-mortal heir to the Air Elemental Court). Kalin may have a twist. Could she be the next ahsaka: the one to wield the ultimate powers needed to restore balance to the Elementals? I can't even answer that question! Going to have to keep reading to find out! Honestly though, the themes present in this short novella kept me on edge. Family, love, and betrayal. The constant battle between good and evil. Balancing duties and obligations in the face of your moral standing. This little novella covers them all. I seriously cannot wait to read Mortal Enchantment and continue to have my mind blown. Kudos to you Mrs. Stacey O'Neale on writing an amazing beginning to what looks to be a great series! You've definitely gained a major fan here!
InkspelledFaery More than 1 year ago
I read the first 30% of this book and then Life (that annoying thing that’s always meddling in Living) happened. It was a few days before I could get my hands on a few minutes to read it, but I made time, meaning to just get to the halfway point. That endeavor ended at 1:04 in the morning when I finished. I greatly enjoyed this novella, in case there was any doubt. The mythology and the world building were new and fresh and it didn’t take long for me to develop a deep fondness for Rowan and Marcus. (Poor Marcus! Author, please let him come back!) I thought of Rowan as a bit of an annoying teenage boy at the beginning, but by the 35% mark, I was pulling for him. The relationship with his mother is about as twisted as a pretzel, but at the same time I related to it. It really does suck to love untrustworthy people, but there’s no much to be done for it. This was a very enticing taste of the series and the author’s writing and I am very, very excited for Mortal Enchantment. I definitely recommend this novella and if you get the chance to read the novel, I’d certainly jump at that, too!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K T Bowes for Readers' Favorite Rowan is an elemental of royal descent. He is young, handsome, and at the peak of his adolescence. Wandering in the mortal world, Rowan is exercising his elemental fire gift, growing up and enjoying life, when he is apprehended by his best friend, Marcus, who delivers a call to return home to Avalon at the bidding of Rowan's mother, a cruel and manipulative queen. Faced with no choice but to obey, Rowan arrives at the fire court, eager to find out if the rumours are true and his mother intends to hand over the crown to him. He is wary of her spite and is mortified to discover that she has made Marcus his guardian, a dreadful form of bondage that she knows will upset her son. The rumours are true and as Rowan's coronation is planned, the queen delivers her final blow. In order to succeed, Rowan must slay the only daughter of Taron, the elemental who has been the kindest to him throughout his young life.  In The Shadow Prince, Stacey O'Neale has delivered an action packed, adrenaline filled ride, which is the perfect prequel to the Mortal Enchantment series. From the very beginning, the pace is set at fast forward, drawing the reader through myriad tense and exciting moments. The character of Rowan is particularly well drawn, inviting sympathy and compassion from the reader for the dreadful life into which he has been unwittingly born. He is loveless, openly inviting the disdain of his mother, eventually suffering dreadful pain and humiliation at her hands, and the reader cannot help but find him likeable and take a personal interest in his plight. The hint of romance to come is nicely done, irrevocably linking Rowan and Taron's daughter, even though they don't meet properly until the very end of the prequel. There is so much conflict in this story, that the characters move from one crisis to another, keeping the reader galloping happily along to the end, eager then for the next instalment in the series.
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Such a fantastic intro into Stacey O'Neale's new series Mortal Enchantment. The Shadow Prince packs such an exciting and intense punch in a little novella. I love everything faerie, and hot boy, and exciting drama and this novella has it all!  I really like Rowan (hot name by the way) as soon as we meet him. You can tell he's strong and a good-hearted guy. On top of that his looks aren't so bad either. The fact that he goes against his court in order to do what's right totally sold me on him. Also, his dedication to friends and what he believes in made me love him that much more. I really hope we get to see good things with Kalin and even Marcus in the future books.  Overall a fiery novella filled with so much action. After being in Rowan's head and loving him, it'll be interesting to switch over to Kalin's view. The Shadow Prince made me super excited for the series and I can't wait to get my hands on the first book!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neal is a short prequel to her new Mortal Enchantment series. O'Neal gives us a glimpse into Avalon, which consists of different elemental courts. Rowan is our 16 year old hero, who after having been banished to the mortal world for years, is summoned home by his Queen Mother. His assignment is to kill a young air elemental, Kalin, in exchange for him to become King. Rowan does start out with his friend Marcus to kill the girl, but something about Kalin stops him, and goes home to refuse the assigment given him, even if he loses his crown. We don't get to see much of Kalin, but we know that she and Rowan are the main characters of Mortal Enchantment. O'Neal does a good job of letting us get to know Rowan, and we find ourselves totally in his corner. This prequel leads the way to the first full book, with a lot of action, and betrayal. O'Neal has this prequel on Amazon for free. A nice move to wet your appetite for Mortal Enchantment, which is expected out in May.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
One of the most intense, and shortest, novellas I have ever read! Stacey O'Neale really knows how to torture, squeeze and crush my heart in just a few short pages!!! The writing is amazing! Just enough details to let me picture this world within ours where all the elementals live and hide; enough details to let me know and feel the exact emotions that the main character, Rowan, is going through; enough details to make me hate a character SO much, Queen Prisma! I never thought I could have such anger toward a fictional character, and I always manage to find a way, to find any little reason how and why a character could be so cruel, especially towards their own child, but I really couldn't this time! Pure evil! Really, Stacey O'Neale, ripped my heart out in a particular scene - one of the most intense scenes I have ever read in a really long time. Such an evil thing to do...  This is a must read! It's free! There's no excuse! I cannot wait to read Mortal Enchantment!!! And, this time, I will try to be more prepared, the book is obviously longer and I will have to tread carefully through its pages - or this author will be the death of me! 
lms8esmith More than 1 year ago
Thank you Stacey for providing me with a copy of this novella! As a member of the fire court, Rowan is ruled by Prisma, who happens to be his mother. Rowan is summoned back to the court after living in the mortal world for 16 years, but things don't seem quite right. Prisma claims that she is giving up the throne to Rowan, but he must accept her request to break one of their most sacred laws. Rowan agrees to her request, but will he be able to follow through and take over the throne?  I enjoyed Rowan's voice, and there was enough wit and humor to keep me smiling. This promises to be a series full of action, surprises, and romance. Looking forward to book one! Team Rowan!
BookNerd6603 More than 1 year ago
FIVE FIRE ELEMENTAL STARS!! The Shadow Prince is the prequel to the Mortal Enchantment series by Stacey O'Neale. The first time I saw The Shadow Prince cover, it was posted in an ad on Facebook. The cover art immediately captivated me and I checked out the book. I bought it as soon as I finished reading its synopsis! AND I AM SO GLAD THAT I BOUGHT IT! The Shadow Prince immediately grabbed my interest and attention from page one. It tells of Prince Rowan and some of his background to lead up to the next book in the series, Mortal Enchantment. It starts before Rowan meets Kalin, a half human and half elemental princess, who he is supposed to kill. This enticing prequel gives a little history as to what took place with Rowan and the fire court before meeting Kalin. A wonderful and great start to an exciting and promising series. I highly recommend to any readers who love fantasy, romance, and adventure
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: The Shadow Prince Author: Stacey O’Neale Genre: YA Paranormal Romance Format: Ebook Pages: 111 Rating: 5 Heat: 0 Thoughts: OMG I could not put this down! And ARGH....cliffhanger from hell! This was an awesome tease of what is to possibly come and I can't wait to read the next one. This story is told from Rowan's point of view and boy is it easy to fall in love with him. You can't help but feel bad for him as you get to know his mother, yikes she's horrible. I love the world that Ms. O'Neale has created and look forward to visiting it again as soon as I possibly can. This quick read will have you engrossed until the very end where you will end up screaming and scrabbling to get the next book. I've already got my hands on it and can't wait to start it!
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Aydrea0 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting start to the series, I am glad I got a look inside Rowan's head it will be really helpful for the series. I love Rowan & Marcus, they are adorable. This is a pretty intense novella though, poor Rowan has to face a lot of brutality at 16. I am excited to see what happens now with Kalin & Rowan and the courts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to be able to read this novella before it became available to the wide public, and I'm very grateful for Stacey for this chance, because it was a really enjoyable read! Shadow Prince is a prequel to Stacey's upcoming series, Mortal Enchantment. The concept of the story is very intriguing, and you can feel Rowan's struggle and defiance throughout the novella, and he feels real. Sometimes I felt he was just going in circles, repeating himself, but if I think about it, we, too, do that sometimes, especially when confronted with such huge, life-changing decisions. Every character was unique on their own way and I was (am still!) curious about what happens to them. I really liked the ending, because it was believable and realistic. Bittersweet. The whole novella made me want to read more of the story, so I'm looking forward to the first book of Mortal Enchantment! Truly a very exciting read! Good luck with the series, Stacey, you already have a fan! :) PS.: Perfect grammar.
TuraLura More than 1 year ago
I liked Rowan from the first, despite his arrogance. This story had the potential for more development, more action. It could have been longer, but I doubt it would have made a full novel. But it served its purpose and made me want to read Mortal Enchantment when it releases. The concept intrigued me and now that I know the characters, I want to know more of what happens to them. I'm extremely curious about Kalin, more so after reading the preview for Mortal Enchantment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5/5 Beliefs, betrayals, friendship, family are the strongest themes in this short story and I believe love will be added when the next books come out. Kalin is important; you know it, but I can't wait to see how her character will develop through it all. We only had a small glimpse of her in this. Marcus... I liked him and I hope that we haven't seen the last of him. It was quite interesting. It gave us a good start about where the book his heading. I'm looking forward to read it and see what will happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free ARC of The Shadow Prince, which did not affect my opinion of this novella in any way. The Shadow Prince is a prequel novella for the author’s upcoming novel, Mortal Enchantment. First, this isn’t the type of book I normally read, so if there are things I don’t “get” that’s why! I do like some paranormals, but with a lot of grounding in our normal world. So for me, The Shadow Prince was a bit too removed. Yes, our world exists, but doesn’t play much of a part in this particular story. I also am not a connoisseur of faerie stories (I know, shoot me!) and because of that, I couldn’t tell if this was truly a faerie world or just used some fae aspects like glamour and allergy to iron. There were also wings and hell hounds and I didn’t know if that fit. So now you know my comfort zone wasn’t here! But – and this is a big but – I loved O’Neale’s characters and that the primary fantasy/paranormal aspect was Elementals. I love the concept of elementals, either in living, breathing form or in a source of one’s power, which is what drew me to The Shadow Prince in the first place. I was totally pulled in by Rowan’s character – yep, I’d love to have him watching over me at night, or the day! He cares about his people and those who serve the royal court, he’s strong and duh – hot! The Shadow Prince introduces the reader to how Rowan ultimately (I expect) becomes protector and hopefully much more to Kalin, a young wind elemental whom others fear and want to kill. The novella left me wanting more, fae and all, and concludes with an introduction to Mortal Enchantment, which is written from the POV of Kalin. Given that, I thought it was a great idea to give us more about Rowan in the prequel. And yeah, I wanted to keep reading beyond the excerpt. Now I have to wait until May for that. Thanks a lot. Great job, Ms. O’Neale, it took some good writing to convert me.