The Shadow Prince

The Shadow Prince

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Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High--a haven for children of the rich and famous--Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High's prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father's mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn't the only student in Olympus who doesn't quite belong.

Haden and Daphne--destined for each other--know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers' lives collide. But Daphne won't be wooed easily, and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended--he's fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds. A pulsating romance of epic proportions, Bree Despain's The Shadow Prince will leave her fans breathless for the next book in the Into The Dark series.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 142 x 211 x 43mm | 590g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1606842471
  • 9781606842478
  • 631,844

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This new young adult series offers a twist on the tale of Persephone and Hades and will have fans clamoring for more. An intriguing cast includes strong main characters; Daphne, a songstress with miraculous capabilities and Haden, underworld lord, tell the tale from their perspectives in alternating chapters. Supporting characters will feel familiar to those who know the myth, as will Olympus Hills, the setting for special teens. Despain's descriptions however, and the introduction of the bloodthirsty Keres set the tale apart from other mythological fiction currently available. Add me to Despain's fans; I am looking forward to the remainder of the Into the Dark series. Recommended. --Library Media Connection
-- "Journal" (8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)
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About Bree Despain

Bree Despain is the author of The Dark Divine trilogy: "The Dark Divine," "The Lost Saint," and"The Savage Grace." She rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off from college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo. You can visit her online at"
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4,129 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 32% (1,327)
4 35% (1,439)
3 23% (966)
2 6% (265)
1 3% (132)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Edelweiss.) Haden is a disgraced prince of the underworld, sent by his father the king to earth to find a boon â?? a girl called Daphne Raines. Daphne lives in a small town that her mother never lets her leave, until her rock-star father bursts in, and takes her to live in a swanky community, and enrols her at a school with a music programme â?? exactly what Daphne has always wanted. Haden knows that he must take Daphne with him back to the underworld, but he also knows that sheâ??s very unlikely to agree to it of her own free will. Can Haden complete his task? Can he have his honour restored? And should Daphne have really left the small town where she grew up? This was an interesting story, but there were a couple of niggles that annoyed me a bit. I did like the book overall though, and it didnâ??t feel long, even though it was! Haden was an okay character. I felt sorry for the way his father treated him, but I also thought that his actions were sometimes inadvisable, and his desire to please people was sometimes a little too great. At times he really needed to think about things, and decide what he thought was the right thing to do, rather than what would get him the most honour. Daphne was an interesting character, but I didnâ??t quite get why she didnâ??t think her motherâ??s desire that she never leave her home town was maybe a bit suspect. I also thought that Daphneâ??s actions were a little na�¯ve and un-thought-out. When she was told not to go to the glade, she didnâ??t wonder why people didnâ??t go there, or ask why she shouldnâ??t go, she just thought the acoustics would be good, and went there anyway. The storyline in this was interesting, and although this was a long book, it didnâ??t feel long. There were a couple of little things that didnâ??t quite sit right though. I think if you really loved this book youâ??d be able to overlook them, but I personally did notice them. When Daphneâ??s father turned up with a court order saying that he had custody, it was never questioned, yet nobody thought to ask why he had gone to the courts for custody, why he would be granted custody when heâ??d only met Daphne once in her entire life, and why the hell he suddenly wanted her anyway! And considering that her mother never wanted her to leave the small town where she lived, she didnâ??t exactly kick up much of fuss that Daphneâ??s father was taking her away! She just sort of shrugged and said okay! There were several other little things like this that were a bit silly, but I donâ??t want to get into any more of them because of the risk of spoilers. The story was split between Haden and Daphneâ??s points of view, and at first this was a little strange, as their points of view were very different, and it took a while for this to settle. There wasnâ??t really much of a romance in this book. There was one kiss, but there wasnâ??t really a relationship of any kind. I did enjoy this story overall though, and I did think that the story was written well, so that the large bits of information didnâ??t feel too info-dumpy. I also thought that the mythology side of things was integrated well so that it fitted in with the rest of the story without feeling totally foreign. The ending was okay, but although we had a showdown, a lot of stuff was left unresolved at the end, and we were even left with some extra little bits of information to keep us interested in reading the next book in the series. Overall; a good paranormal/mythology story. 7.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain is a new take on some Greek myths, mostly dealing with the Underworld. Prince Haden has been disgraced as a prince and is now sent on an important mission to retrieve a very special boon. Daphne is this special boon that isn�?�¢??t so fond of the idea of being retrieved. I loved this different take on Greek mythology. At first I was really into the book, then I tapered off a little, but then by the end I was so completely absorbed I wanted to read it again�?�¢?�?�¦.the same day I finished. I loved the plot and the incorporation of the Greek myths. I thought the concept that Bree Despain comes up with is very unique and creative. I also liked how even though it was a dual point of view. I really felt like it was Haden�?�¢??s story. Yes of course Daphne�?�¢??s parts are important but it really felt like he was the character developing the most and it felt so refreshing. I was adored the side characters both good and bad. I had a weird kind of love for Haden. Weird being he kind of comes off as a bit of jerk but at the same time there is innocence about him. He lives in a cut throat world that is really looking to cut his particular throat. He wants to prove himself but is impulsive and gets carried away. He has kind of entitled issue that has been bred into him. The thing that makes him different then the rest of the underlords though is he has conscious that comes out the more you read. So for some reason I formed a fondness for him. He wants to be heartless but he just can�?�¢??t and as the story progresses I fall more and more in love with him. He is definitely boyfriend book material. Daphne annoyed me in the beginning. I had trouble connecting with her from some reason. I kind of felt like she was a brat. I seemed to like her more when she was by herself rather than interacting other people. She is very judgemental and it bugged when she would say things about Tobin like, I guess i don�?�¢??t really know him... you�?�¢??ve known him for a week!!! I kept telling myself it was her situation and she would grow on me. Which she did about halfway through the book. The more she interacted with Haden the more I liked her and the more I understood her. She is one pretty tough girl and I think that her toughness was just coming through to me the wrong way. So by the end I was invested in her character. Lexie, Tobin, Simon, Garrick, Joe, Dax and even Brim. There are a lot of important side characters and I loved how they added to the book. I admit while some I love other I couldn�?�¢??t stand.Tobin completely annoys me. Especially when he goes off on Haden. I wanted to be like hello Daphne you should be pissed that this crazy guy is possessive over you even though you�?�¢??ve known him, what one day. Oh wait maybe 3 even though you didn�?�¢??t talk to him on the weekend. I could probably go on about my dislike of Tobin but I won�?�¢??t. Simon is properly creepy for a sort of badish guy. There are moments I almost feel bad for Joe. Lexie is pretty awesome, I love when mean girl joins the band of merry men. Garrick, well, I don�?�¢??t like him. I save the best for last. Dax. I loved the part he had in the story, I want to hang out with him. the awesome bromance between Haden and him kept me invested in the book. When Dax�?�¢??s story finally comes out I love him even more. I absolutely can not wait for book two and it�?�¢??s epic awesomeness. The romance is very light in book one because it�?�¢??s developing. Yes my friends DEVELOPING how crazy is that. I have a feeling that things are going to start moving and shaking in book two on that front. I can�?�¢??t wait to see where it goes. I also can not wait to see how the story progresses. Big things are revealed towards the end and I wouldn�?�¢??t say you�?�¢??re left on a cliffhanger because you�?�¢??re not I just want to keep reading! So let�?�¢??s say great plot, great side characters and a great male lead. I will admit I felt a little sluggish at one point in the book but I was quickly resucked in. Even with my early issues in Daphne I would say to definitely pick up the book. If you are Greek mythology lover like I am you most certainly like this more
by Jen Stasi
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