Monday, January 14, 2013

Review of PRINCE OF POWER by Elisabeth Staab

Prince of Power

(Chronicles of Yavn, #2)
by Elisabeth Staab

Cover: Prince of Power by Elisabeth Staab
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Audience: Adult
Cover: 4.5♥s

Release date: January 8, 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Kobo eBook

My recap:

Vampires and wizards are mortal enemies, as wizards kill vampires, eat their hearts, and thus gain the vampire's powers. Anton, son of the Master of the wizards, has spent his life doing his best to avoid the heinous acts of his people. When he is tasked with watching Tyra—the half-vampire sister of the King of the Vampires—and kidnapping her, he falls in love with her instead. He is beaten by his father, cast out, and left for dead. But Tyra is still in danger from the wizards.

Anton comes clean with Tyra, and offers to help the vampires kill his father. Tyra doesn't know if she can trust Anton to help her, or if he's leading her—and her people—into a trap. When she begins to fall for him, she must decide if she can trust him with her heart. And what will happen when their devastating secrets come to light? Will they tear them apart?

My analysis:

Anton is a likable beta hero who did what was necessary throughout his life in order to survive. He's assailed by guilt, but as honorable as they come. He is protective of Tyra, and is brave enough to go toe-to-toe with those stronger and more experienced than he is to keep her safe. He doesn't like some of the nasty things he is forced to do, but he will do anything—anything—for Tyra.

Tyra is a kick-butt heroine who is Anton's opposite. Like many of Staab's characters, she has an attitude. She is strong and experienced in fighting. Where Anton is in  touch with his feelings, she buries hers. Can they reconcile their differences and balance each other out?

The story is gripping and Anton and Tyra are in mortal danger repeatedly. They are both willing to sacrifice themselves to kill the Master in order to protect each other and the vampires as a whole. This self-sacrificing nature is a source of conflict between them throughout the book. Trust is a major issue. Can Tyra trust Anton? Can the king trust him on behalf of the vampires? Can the vampires of the estate accept his presence and his help?

Anton's plan results in unintended consequences, which leads the series in a new direction. A parallel story line involving Lee and Alexia leads into the next book, tentatively titled Hunter by Night. It's scheduled to be released in January 2014. Judging by what we've seen of Lee and Lexi so far, it should be a good one!

Until then, enjoy reading Prince of Power!

The Chronicles of Yavn series:
Book 1
King of Darkness
Book 2
Prince of Power

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