The Imposter Prince – The Imposter Series, Book 1
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Fantasy, captivity, war
WARNING: Mature Content
His love for an enemy prince threatens his very life.
Dare does not mind serving the spoiled and cruel Prince Darius. Growing up with him, Dare does everything for Darius including homework, bed play demands, and even doubling for him as the prince grows too paranoid to face even the smallest of crowds.
But everything changes in a single moment when Dare, while posing as Darius, is abducted by the enemy.
A captive in a new and hostile land, Dare meets another prince who seems just as indulged and rotten as Darius—until Dare gets to know him, until they fall in love. Against his will, Dare must continue to play the role of Prince Darius for real, or risk everything: his love, his land, and his very life.
His only chance for survival is to keep a secret from the one he loves, a secret that is also killing him.
What I think of the book:
The Imposter Prince is the first book in Wendy Rathbone’s The Imposter series. I’m not sure how many novels to expect, but unlike with her Fantastic Immortals, we can’t read these books as standalones.
Wendy Rathbone is an author who likes to explore themes of war and captivity, as well as falling in love. The Imposter Prince is no exception to that. It’s set in a Fantasy world which is very similar to what our world used to be centuries ago. It’s familiar enough for us to feel comfortable, but the descriptions of it are vivid enough to capture us. I especially like her use of colors in this novel. They really helped to set the mood. As a matter of fact, the way the story was written was even more interesting to me than the story itself.
That’s not to say that the story isn’t good. I have only two complaints about it and both have to do with characters.
One: there’s a surprisingly small amount of characters. Basically, when they are not main or somehow related to the main characters, they would pretty much blend with the background. Given the scale of events, I think introducing us to a few more people – even if they are just servants – would’ve helped to further develop the world and maybe better prepare us for the sequel.
Second: there was one particular character who really bored me. Mind you, I’m pretty sure that was the point. Dare – from whose POV we are told the story – describes them as someone prone to long-winded speeches and he himself shut off when that character is speaking. However, even though that was the point, I still had the urge to just skip over the dialogue when that character was involved. This is one of those cases in which the author does too good of a job.
As for the main characters and the people connected to them who were given more time in the book: I think Wendy did a good job there. I still don’t know what drives the queen to a certain behaviour (can’t go into details here because it will be a spoiler), but maybe we’ll find that out in the second book – The Imposter King, which is supposed to come out in the summer of 2018. Given how the story is developing, perhaps it won’t only be the second book, but also the last in the series. That’s just my personal conjecture though; I could be wrong and this could be a trilogy. Or perhaps, there would even be more than three books.
Who would I recommend this book to? If you like LGBT Fantasy books and aren’t sensitive to imprisonment and some torture, then check out The Imposter Prince.
My rating: (4.5/5 laurels)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
- Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)
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Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- The Imposter King – The Imposter Series, Book 2 (LGBT, Fantasy, captivity, war | Mature Content)
- Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods | Mature Content)
- Zeus: Conquering His Heart – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods | Mature Content)
- Prey (standalone | LGBT, Sci-Fi, Gay Romance, abduction, slavery, abuse | Mature Content)
- The Slave Palace: Wulf and Locke – Kingdom of Slaves, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Romance, Fantasy, pleasure slaves | Mature Content)
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