23 Apr '13
A Vicky Review – The Wolf Prince by Karen Whiddon (5 Stars)
Willow was unlike any princess he’d ever met.
As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both.
Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory.
But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben’s growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?
This is a story about how two people can save each other by giving them the strength and love that they ultimately crave. I really enjoyed the way the two worlds were combined in this story and how the Brights and the Shadows were intertwined throughout.
Willow has had a rubbish life – she is treated as an embarrassment by her own family but all she wants is acceptance – something she finds with the forest animals. She tries to keep her interactions with her family to a minimum as she knows from past experience that nothing good ever comes from being in their presence. But she is willing to risk their notice to help Ruben navigate the complexities of the court of the Brights and track the killer at large.
Ruben is really struggling with his wolf and feels like he is on the verge of madness but doesn’t know how to save himself. He feels isolated but wants to do right by his family and also their people so he battles his wolf every day to stay in control and be the prince he is expected to be. He appears to have a strong relationship with his family and doesn’t want to let anyone down, even though he doubts how much longer he can keep it together.
When willow enters his life she is like a breath of fresh air to him and in some senses provides him a bit of breathing room from the madness he feels he is descending in to. She is very wise and has a good understanding of people and helps Ruben in ways that he probably didn’t think possible.
It felt there was a lesson within the story about good and bad – what might seem good on the surface is not necessarily the case on the inside and vice versa. I thought that all of the Bright court were ultimately nasty people whereas the Shadow court were very accepting and seemed much more caring.
Although most of the other characters I found irritating I loved the accepting nature of King Leo and King Drem. I’m not complaining about the other characters I just found them so self absorbed and ultimately didn’t like them – which is why I know they were written to be that way and worked within the story.
Although part of a series The Wolf Prince is easy to read this as a standalone and thoroughly enjoyable. I definitely recommend giving this story a try.