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Title: The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen #0.1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Paul's Review of THE ORPHAN QUEEN
Recent Release Date: June 2, 2015
Synopsis: The city of Skyvale is in trouble. Magic use is rampant. Crime is spreading. Told from the perspective of Tobiah, the crown prince with a dangerous secret, and set two years before the heart-racing action of The Orphan Queen, this 100-page digital novella brings to life one of Jodi Meadows's most beloved characters.
Tobiah Pierce knows he is a spoiled, sheltered prince, and he's tired of it. His only chance for freedom is if his cousin, James Rayner, passes the trials to be one of his bodyguards. But when Tobiah takes a rare opportunity to escape a courtly celebration and he witnesses a horrible—and magical—crime, he must make a momentous decision: return to the ignorance and comfort of the palace, or risk everything to discover the truth?
The Hidden Prince is the first of four prequel novellas that offer existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the complex city of Skyvale, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the heart-pounding fantasy of the Orphan Queen series.
Review: I am a big fan of Jodi Meadows and both of her series. This is the first novella that accompanies this duology. It is from Tobiah's perspective and takes place two years before The Orphan Queen. Tobiah is not the confident prince with a certain perception of him known throughout the kingdom. Other characters from Skyvale also obviously are featured. I'm really interested in the character of James, especially after the ending of The Orphan Queen. I'm hoping to find hints in these novellas about what he's hiding.
Since this is only the first of the 4 novellas, the prequel story has only started. It seems like these novellas all put together is a prequel book itself.
I read this novella in one sitting. I loved being back in the world. I also enjoyed seeing more of the everyday happenings of the royals in Skyvale.
I give this novella a 5/5 and can't wait for the next one! If you haven't read any of Meadows's books, what is wrong with you!!?!??!?!?! Go buy Incarnate right now!