When her brother's sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom's crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.
Thief Prince is a story of courage in the face of fear, and of love despite overwhelming odds. Whether you are looking for an adventure or the chance to see kingdoms beyond your world, Thief Prince is the story to sweep you away.
©2012 Cheree Alsop (P)2014 Cheree Alsop
The audio version of Thief Prince is fantastic! It is a YA fantasy adventure, with a side story about how love conquers all. It was very easy to slip into the story and escape my dull commute to work while listening to it.
Thief Prince starts off when the heroine, Kit, agrees to be the heir of her kingdom after her brother is too sick to do so. Soon after, Kit is "kidnapped" by Andric, the Prince of Antor, who wants Kit and other royals he has taken to experience the devastation his country is experiencing at the hands of the other kingdoms over the course of one winter. Unlike the other royals, Kit makes the most of her situation and learns from her ordeal and helps out where needed.
Michele Carpenter's narration really brought the characters to life, completely drawing me into the story. She uses a variety of voices, giving all characters their own unique voice. Michele seamlessly switches between genders and characters with ease. Simply put Thief Prince was a great listen and I highly recommend it!
It's pretty good. The narration was professional. The story engaging.
Andric and Kit becoming friends. Their conversations were often intense in one way or another.
No. But I would not hesitate to listen to other books narrated by her.
Close. Daily work prohibited listening to all in one sitting.
Princess Kit, second born to her kingdom, grew up riding, sword fighting, and spending more time with ‘common folk’ than her brother, heir to the throne. However, he becomes ill and it is grim. Kit is elevated to heir status and is forced to hang out with other kingdom heirs, much to her despair. Once a year, all the Crowns (heirs to the thrones) of several small nations gather to socialize. This year, they had the extra treat of ostracizing Kit, seeing her as a stand in and inferior. One night, they gather and things change drastically. They are all kidnapped and forced on a horseback journey of several days as winter draws near. Prince Andric, defacto ruler of the dying nation Antor, has determined that the only way to ave his people and his kingdom is to kidnap the Crowns and hold them as ‘guests’ for the winter.
Kit, who has a longer and much more formal name that she hates, is nice to everyone. In fact, if I have any complaint at all about this book it is that Kit is inhumanely nice, making her character a little unreal. She’s nice to her parents and ill brother (which is cool) but she is also nice to the snotty royalty she is forced to hang out with, including the Thief Prince (who later turns out to be a decent type). But I enjoyed this book greatly and I told my nit-picking self to ignore this character flaw. She’s in her late teens and has acquired many useful skills by not having to sit around being royal all day. These come in to great use once the thieving commences.
The other Crowns have a range of snobbish behavior going on. A few of them are friendly towards Kit even if they don’t see her as an exact equal (and they sure as blue blood aren’t dancing with any commoners at the Antor winter ball). Other Crowns are cruel in their comments and pretty darn hostile to anyone of inferior status. I liked that there was this range because it made them more human. They each reacted a bit differently to their kidnappings and each character grew, even if it was just a smidge.
Prince Andric, who has been ruling the kingdom since his mother died (his father fell into deep grief upon her passing and then stepped right into dementia), is making one last desperate play to save his people. His kingdom has only a single valuable export, diamonds, and the mines have run dry. There are also allegations that some of Antor’s neighboring kingdoms stole from Antor, weakening the kingdom still further. Of course, many of the Crowns didn’t want to hear that. The land of Antor can’t support so many people much longer and Andric and his people may have to leave their kingdom. The relentless attacks of the Brazens, human raiders gone wild and vicious, Antor’s population is in desperate straights indeed.
Now, for the magic. And I loved this bit. Many Antorans have a gift for communicating with animals. An Antoran will notice during their teen years that they have an affinity towards a species of animal. For some, it is horses, others it is most birds. They bond deeply with the animals they communicate with, often seeing through their eyes, and develop lasting friendships. For Andric, it is a small wolf pack. There’ more to this magic, but I will leave that for you to discover. It was very well done in this story.
While Thief Prince has a good solid ending, I was hoping there was a sequel. There’s room to grow with this world that Alsop has created and I very much hope she revisits it at some point.
Narration: Carpenter did an excellent job. She had the perfect voice (that of a quickly maturing young lady) for Kit. Her male and female voices were distinct, making it easy to keep characters straight. She conveyed emotion quite well and I often was engrossed in a scene.
My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery.
Ever since her brother’s sickness, Princess Kirit, aka Kit, has been forced to take on the role of Crown Princess. Unfortunately, she doesn’t fit in. As a child, she spent more time with the animals in the stable and learning how to swordfight than running a country. One fateful evening, when all of the Crown Princes and Princesses are visiting for a ball, the Prince of Antor, Prince Andric kidnaps all of them and takes them back to his kingdom. Right as they get there, an avalanche occurs, and the group is forced to spend winter in Antor until the mountain pass clears. As time passes, Kit finds herself getting chummy with the princes and princesses as well as Andric. She also discovers that she likes the people of Antor and, like them, can talk to animals. As she comes of age and grows up, she saves the kingdom and its people a couple times over. When spring comes, however, the people of Antor will have to leave their homeland due to lack of resources. Determined to find a solution for everyone, Kit begins writing home. Although her brother is getting better, her parents are stubbornly not listening to Kit’s pleas to take some of Antor’s people in. To make things even more interesting, Kit starts falling in love with Andric, but if her brother doesn’t continue to get better, she and Andric will have no chance together. Will Kit find a way to save Antor and continue her relationship with Andric? Will she get her parents to see sense?
Narrator, Michele Carpenter is a unique, funny, entertaining narrator ideally suited for this book. Her unique voices for the character bring to life their personalities. Although the narration was a little slow at the beginning, it picked up and here transitions were smooth. The plot is a little predictable, but enjoyable. The characters are well-developed and the dynamic that grows between them is amazing and engaging. Readers who like fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of romance will enjoy listening to this book.
While most young adult novels can be quite formulaic and become very boring quickly, the Thief Prince is not one of those. Wonderfully crafted characters, with rich backgrounds; an entire world created for them and a story that compels the listener to continue on sets this book far above many in the genre.
Michele Carpenters voice is a complete joy to listen to. Her character voice development was good - it was very easy to differentiate the characters from one another, and her delivery style is flawless. Great tone and great skill! I would most definitely look for more titles by this narrator.
Actually I will probably buy it in kindle form for my god-daughter. She enjoys a good fantasy book and it was clean. The major characters had values that I try and teach my kids and my GD so it's a book I'm willing to purchase and recommend.
The thief prince was probably my first favorite and the Kit. Each had a good heart and good intentions.
She was able to fluctuate her voice just enough during the performance so that you knew that someone else was talking. It can't be easy when so many characters talk at once during different scenes.
Yes but it wasn't always possible so I wore my Bluetooth around so that's I could listen during house work and driving...LOL...
No. It was a fun listen, but not a story I have any desire to revisit. It didn't suck me in at the beginning as I had hoped that it would.
Yes. I would rate this performance better because of the number of characters voiced. She did a great job altering her voice for each character which made it easy to follow the story. Michele has an easy to listen to voice that I really appreciate after having heard some narrations by others that were not so enjoyable. Of the 2 performances I have listened to, I enjoy that she adds the little song at the beginning and end of each. It's a nice touch.
I was provided this audio book for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.
I enjoyed the adventure aspect of the story. It was more vivid in description than I anticipated. The romance between Kit and Andric was obvious to me as soon as the kidnapping occurred though, so a little cliche if you will.
I really enjoyed the Thief Prince, It was a great YA adventure read, and I would have loved to give it 5 stars, but a couple of things bothered me.
It was a little too "sugar coated". There were no "dark motives" anywhere. The "thief prince" just wanted to "help the others princes and princess learn to rule better"... I just didn't buy it. He was way to pure of heart. No one is like that. It would have been better if he'd had an ulterior motive, even a little anger and hostility that was turned around. There was no real mystery either... just hostile man-beasts that attacked for no reason. Who were they? Why were they attacking?
The only "bad" people here were two of the kings that had been raiding the kingdom and refused to help later. Then SUDDENLY with no reason, no learning experience, no "AHA! MOMENT" they just changed their minds and started helping the Prince and his people.
I get that this is written for young adults/teens... but it was just too easily wrapped up and no one really got held accountable for their actions.
The performance was good. There were a few times when the narration felt a little stiff, but that often happens in fantasy novels when the language is very "proper".
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