The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the first of a three novella series and a spin off from the Wicked trilogy. I didn’t care for the last book in the main trilogy, Brave, but I’m happy to say that I really loved this short spin off story. Since this is a novella, I’m going to keep this review spoiler free.
She’s everything he wants….
Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.
She’s everything he can’t have…
Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.
She’s everything he’ll take….
But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.
She’s everything he’d die for….
The Prince was everything I wanted; less of Ivy and Ren and more of the Fae Prince, Caden. Don’t get me wrong, Ivy and Ren have their good qualities but after a trilogy of them making out nonstop, I was ready for some new characters. No worries if you love them, though. They are briefly in the story and I enjoyed the updates given about them. This novella is primarily about Caden and Brighton, however.
Brighton was introduced in the original trilogy but she’s very much just a background character until this novella. For the most part, I really liked being in her head. She’s not overly confident in her looks or her abilities and that makes her seem more real. I also really loved her interactions and relationship with Caden. This novella didn’t provide much more information about Caden than what we already know but it did develop Brighton’s character and the story line in general.
My only true complaint with the whole thing is that Brighton’s “voice” is a little too similar to Ivy’s. There were times that I forgot I was reading from Brighton’s POV because it was basically Ivy speaking. After reading five of Armentrout’s books, I’ve come to realize that creating different character voices is something she struggles with. Also, after following her on Facebook, I’ve realized that most of her characters sound like her, lol. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s something that can keep a good book from being a great one.
I think I may end up enjoying the novellas even more than the original trilogy. I love Caden and the rest of the Fae so I’m excited to learn more about them; especially after this story’s cliff-hanger ending. Are you interested in this series or have you read it? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!