The Dark Prince
Les Fées: The French Fae Legend Book 1
A young author discovers that a
mystical world she thought she created is all too real in Leech’s (The Key
to Erebus, 2012, etc.) fantasy.
Océane DuBeauvoir spends her days in
a Paris museum, engrossed in the research and writing of a novel titled The
Dark Prince. It describes a time when the lives of mortals and supernatural
beings called Fae were intertwined and both races traded freely between their
respective worlds. It also tells of three royal houses of Fae: the Light Fae,
the Dark Fae, and the Elves. The story relates how, after years of peaceful
coexistence, the relationship between mortals and Fae fractured, the connection
between the worlds was closed, and all evidence of the Fae was destroyed.
Océane believes that her book is merely a work of fiction until the day an
angry man comes charging into the museum, murders a security guard, and abducts
her. Her kidnappers turn out to be two Dark Fae—Prince Laen and his sister,
Aleish. They discovered the existence of Océane’s book and are taking her to
the land of the Fae to find out more about it. As the young woman learns about
the real-life Fae, she becomes caught in a love triangle with two possible
suitors: Laen and his best friend, Corin, the crown prince of Alfheim in the
Elvish lands. Leech’s briskly paced, compact narrative is bolstered by
well-developed characters and richly imagined settings. Océane is a plucky,
resourceful heroine who balances writing her book with volunteering and caring
for her best friend, Carla, who’s battling cancer. Leech’s descriptions not
only give life to the land of the Fae, but to Paris as well. She nicely stages
scenes in which Laen, Corin, and Océane journey to the City of Lights and
provides some light humor as Laen struggles to adjust to life among the
mortals. Although the relationship triangle among Océane, Laen, and Corin
follows a predictable trajectory, the author’s attention to the romantic needs
and histories of her characters and how they affect their choices keeps the
subplot emotionally involving.
An enchanting fantasy with a likable heroine,
romantic intrigue, and clever narrative flourishes.