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The Traitor Prince
Contributor(s): Redwine, C. J.
ISBN: 0062652982     ISBN-13: 9780062652980
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: Thrown into prison by the man who has stolen his identity, Javan is forced to fight his way out during the prison's twice-yearly tournament in the hope of gaining an audience with the king, an effort that is assisted by a slave girl who keeps a dangerous secret. 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Princes; Fiction.
Prisons; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018004664
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Ravenspire
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (1.05 lbs) 400 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Gr 8 Up—The latest "Ravenspire" novel, inspired by The Prince and the Pauper, delivers an action-packed narrative of monsters, violence, and political intrigue. Javin, the prince of Akram, an Arabian Nights—style fantasy world, has spent the last 10 years at a military academy. His return home is disrupted when an illegitimate cousin, Rahim, impersonates him as part of a political coup. Earnest and naive Javin is thrown into the vicious Maqbara prison, where he must fight monsters in gladiatorial battles in hopes of winning an audience with his father, the king. The novel's strength lies in its fast-paced action sequences and inventive monsters. While Redwine introduces themes of systemic oppression through her portrayal of the dark elves, an enslaved and subjugated race in Akram, the novel's ironic refrain that "the only good elf is a dead elf" comes across as heavy-handed moralizing rather than a nuanced exploration of these ideas. Characterization generally takes a backseat to the action, and the romantic subplot that fills the second half of the book feels rushed and out of place between the many graphic scenes of violence. Redwine's fans will appreciate cameo appearances by characters from the other "Ravenspire" novels, but this installment stands alone as a dark fantasy for readers who love fight scenes and political plotting. VERDICT Purchase where the author's previous books are popular.—Molly Saunders, Homewood Public Library, AL

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