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The Demon Prince- Book Review

The Demon Prince (Ars Numina, #2)The Demon Prince by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Most of me enjoyed The Demon Prince, some of me was disappointed.
We delve into the point of view of Alastor, a Golgarian Prince who is also privy to his reptilian counterpart and able to transform at will. Against all odds and desires, Alastor is the only one standing in his brother’s way to becoming King. Plagued with a strange and seemingly incurable illness, he still commands the loyalty of those in his service and begins to earn the respect of a doctor as well as procure her people, the Anamari, as his allies.
Throughout the book, I found Prince Alastor the most relatable and enjoyable to read about. His struggles of inferiority and his impending death make his character three-dimensional and relatable.
We also meet Doctor Sheyla, the one treating Alastor’s illness as she accompanies him and his unit into battle to protect not only her home but prove himself to his allies. Sheyla is brusque and literally. She doesn’t see Alastor as weak or cowardly as his Golgoth brother may see him. She sees bravery, kindness, and charm. She soon finds herself needing him as much as he needs her.
Sheyla was harder to get a handle on. At times her passion for Alastor felt forced, but not to the point that I didn’t enjoy her point of view. She’s smart and strong-willed and the perfect fit for their romance to flower.
The plot behind the romance is just as intense. The Golgoth army is large and threatens to overtake an entire city. Alastor must make difficult decisions against his own people to save the lives of countless others and if he can name himself as viable competition to his brother, then maybe he can rally his allies to end the war altogether.
The story itself was enough to keep me going, but the romance is so sweet and leaves such a happy ending that it was the perfect package for me. I’m a sap, I know. Although, I felt that this second installment had more explicit moments than the first. I didn’t shy from it, but I won’t lie that there were moments I caught myself with an uncomfortable grin on my face!
Anyways, it’s a fun read and I can say with certainty that I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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