Title: The Winter Prince
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Kisin, Razin
Sub-Genre: High Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Romance
His heart stolen by a powerful pari’s magic, a young prince’s veins slowly fill with ice. That is what the stories say. Three years have passed since, and all efforts to save Kisin have failed. He won’t survive another winter. To save the prince’s life, Razin, the court wizard and Kisin’s childhood friend, plans to seek out the pari. But unbeknownst to Razin, Kisin’s heart was never stolen; he gave it freely to escape the pain of impossible love—his love for Razin.
Razin won’t accept Kisin’s fate, for reasons obvious to anyone who knows anything of love. Kisin agrees to the desperate quest, out of duty and a need to protect Razin. But it isn’t long before Razin realizes saving his prince will require more than simply retrieving his heart. Razin will have to convince him to want it.
R. Cooper is one of the best when it comes to writing fantasy and romance. I love the descriptive way she tells a story. I’m always immediately swept up into the worlds she creates and in her unique and well-written characters’ lives.
The Winter Prince reads like a fairy tale. Between the lyrical tone of the story and the tale of Kisin and Razin’s unrequited love for each other, I was enthralled by their lives, their surroundings and the story they had to tell.
Several years ago, Kinsin’s heart was taken by a parin’s magic. Because of this, Kinsin is emotionally cold and withdrawn from his family. With each passing day, Kinsin’s life hangs in the balance between life and death. When the Queen mother suggests he leave for the winter, Kinsin is dismayed by the fact his childhood friend and wizard Razin insists on coming along with him. Razin has an idea to return to the pari and demand Kinsin’s heart back. Although, Kinsin believes it is too late, in some ways he cannot deny Razin who he has loved from afar since he can remember.
I loved this story. I truly enjoyed watching Kinsin’s frozen emotional barrier thaw within the heat of Razin’s love and friendship. The journey they have is a sweet and lovely one to experience and I hated to see the book come to an end.
Between the romantic tone and the adventurous tale these men tell, The Winter Prince by R. Cooper is a book not to be missed. It’s an easy book to recommend to those who love stories of fantasy and romance.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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