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Prince of Air and Darkness

Darkest Court Series, Book 1
Narrated by: John Solo
Series: The Darkest Court Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control. Roark Lyne is his worst enemy and his only hope. 

The only human student at Mather's School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance - and will do anything to get it. They don't realize he can't levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war. 

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas's roommate - and self-proclaimed arch-nemesis - is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can't begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick. 

Trusting Roark's mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly. 

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn't the monster he'd imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war...or destroy them both. 

Contains mature themes.

©2019 M. A. Grant (P)2019 Tantor

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A good fantasy story

While i do like fantasy stories, they need a very solid set of principles and chatacter credibility to work and in Prince of Air and Darkness you have it, with John Solo's great flair for dramatic narrating.

This is a very slow burn and the tension is well written.

John Solo excellently delivers the story and its different characters.

And the world building has a fun college drama feel not unlike 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', with a sort of 'monster of the day' line of story and with the fantasy magic of 'Stardust'.


Despite that towards the end of the story things somehow got away from my understanding...
I admit I didnt understand why Roark was suddenly okay in the end that Phin would take on the mantle of the Knight - something he basically describes as a suicidal role.

And how the sudden frost helped save the farm after Phin's use of magic scorched the fields and crops there is beyond me.

Or why, after Mabe gives her promise she suddenly turns it to striking a deal, and Phin buys into it - when he couldve just as well demanded her to stop trying to bargain, uphold her promise and he and Roark would discuss with her the need to protect the kingdom.

Theres also a large cast of side characters that we dont get to see in the ending which i found disappointing.

Overall I think this story has a solid base and starts off with a lot of promise but in my opinion gets a bit lost towards its conclusion.

Its still a fun dive to a fantasy world, a bit on the dark side if you're fond of torture chambers, and a cute love story following self-imposed forbidden love.

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