Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review/Giveaway: The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk

Today I am excited to be a part of Sourcebooks tour of The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk. Enjoy my review, enter the giveaway and check out the other stops on the tour for interviews, excerpts and giveaways.


The Outcast Prince
by Shona Husk
Series: Court of Annwyn #1
Publisher: Sourcebook
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC in exchange for unbiased review
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Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife's infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.  While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she's the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.
I was immediately drawn to the synopsis of The Outcast Prince from Caspian Mort’s ability to the historical Callaway House and was eager to dive in. Husk offers up an interesting tale mixed with fantasy, mystery and romance. I found this to be an entertaining start to the Court of Annwyn series. Three word review: suspenseful, intriguing and enjoyable.

The tale begins when we meet Caspian Mort a changling (in this book the term means half fairy) who is able to glimpse the past when he touches items. This skill is an asset in his career as an antique dealer. It also has its downside like causing him to discover his wife’s infidelity. As the human son of the Crown Prince of Annwyn he is bound by fairy rules and has managed to do so. When he accepts a job assessing the contents of the Calloway House the tale that unfolds brings danger that could cost his soul and a woman who could cost him his heart.

Caspian is such an interesting character. All of his life he has hidden his abilities from the human world and ignored the fairies, brownies and other supernatural Fae. He has been deeply hurt by his ex and this adds a little vulnerability to his character. He is bright, swoon-worthy with green eyes quite capable of melting your spine. Lydia Callaway is sentimental, and struggling with the loss of her grandma and the real possibility she may lose her ancestral home. The faeries and supernatural creatures in this tale are dark and it added suspense.  The attraction and slow building romance was sweet and I found myself believing in them.

Husk delivered interesting worlds both in the present and the kingdom of Annwyn. Faeries have always been one of the darkest supernatural creatures I have encountered and I loved that she kept their darker elements. The hierarchy and rules for faeries was fascinating and while not entirely new she did add a few twists to make them her own. I really liked the Callaway house, its history and artifacts. The search for the mirror added suspense as did Lydia’s involvement. While things are not completely fleshed out I felt it was a solid beginning and I am eager to learn more. It appears each book will contain a fairy and their complete story along with an overall ARC regarding Annwyn and the series. The romance developed fairly quickly out of attraction but slowly developed into something more which made it feel genuine. We get some hot scenes with just enough detail to heat the pages but were tastefully done. The flow was fairly smooth, with twists and turns that kept me captivated and I consumed this in two sittings. Overall I feel it was a solid start and look forward to more.

Fans of fantasy and paranormal romance will enjoy The Outcast Prince. Lord of the Hunt and To Love A King are expected to publish in 2014. This is a clever tale on faeries for adults to enjoy with a side dish of romance.

Three and half cups of coffee out of five
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89 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Kamla L. said...

*crosses fingers* I'm such a series addict :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

so far there are two more books planned that will both release in 2014..but the author feels like there are more stories about the fae in her....we shall see!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome Lee and I will check out those worlds

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous Lee @shewolfreads said...

I love dar faeries and have enjoyed the worlds of Wicked Lovely and Anny Sinclair! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck Natasha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Ada, good luck:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

no problem Anita, good luck.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

nice, I don't think many peeps realize the different types of faeries and just see tinkerbell..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome, good luck

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

I am not really into fairies so I don't have an opinion on them. Thanks for the giveaway!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Wayne Lecoy said...

Please enter me in your giveaway.
It would be great to win a copy of The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk.
In response to your question of What do you think of faeries? Do you have a favorite type?
I think faeries are very interesting characters but i haven't read many books that featured them.
I don't have a favorite type but i think this would be an interesting book to read.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Shan said...

Sounds right up my ally! The faerie addition should be interesting. I have been obsessed with faeries since the Wicked Lovely series

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Anita H. said...

I don't read enough of about faeries to have a favorite! I don't even know the many types of them! I'm adding this book to my TBR pile. Cheers for the giveaway :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I think it was a good start:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

I so want to read this series/author, it is on my wishlist.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ooh yes and Briggs' fae aren't all warm and fuzzy!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Chelsea, good luck :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Darlene's Book Nook said...

I have to admit that I haven't read very many books involving fae, but that's not because of lack of interest. The only fae that I can recall reading about lately are the ones that are in the Mercy Thompson series. I've wanted to try one of Husk's books for a long time, so I was excited to see this giveaway. Thanks!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Chelsea said...

I like fairies but I have not read enough books with them to have really landed on a favorite type of fairie yet.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

me to Barbara!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I like jenks:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Maybe I should take notes from Jenks. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Okay, the being able to tell the history from touch sounds pretty cool. But fairy ... hmm. I need to get over my fairy prejudice. lol

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Barbara E. said...

I like faeries such as the ones in Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane series much better than the tiny flying fairies like Tinkerbell.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha...either that or you have garden gnomes!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

aww but Tink is cute and can be quite naugty

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous LadyBug Literature said...

The only fairies that come to mind when thinking of fairies are garden fairies. The ones that make plants and crops grow? Those I may believe in due to the fact that I have seen some pretty amazing things come out of soil that you wouldn't think would grow anything.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous bn100 said...

like fairies; don't have a fav

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Jo said...

I like the idea of the more dangerous fairies, out of touch with the human world - Disney fairies don't do it for me!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree Melissa, and I do like the darker elements.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh in a lot of ways I like adult fae stories better than YA! You can do so much more with them. Like you said... you can keep the darker elements in the story. Oh and he does sound very swoony! I guess that is my favorite type. LOL Oh and YaY for slow building romance in a story! :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Lauren, the fae can be tricky and I enjoyed this.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed Heidi and I like Blodeuedd's review too:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am the same way and yep, I think we all agree the cover is niiiiiiiiiiiiice.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Texas Book Lover said...

I have only read a handful of farie books but few I have like have been pretty dark. I will say I really like this cover.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I read a review of this last week on Mury Girl Castle's blog and I thought it sounded like a fun little read. I am all for a sexy male protag I don't get too many of them. My fav these days is Atticus from Iron Druid. I will be interested to check this one out.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

I love when authors keep the fae dark, those are my favorite versions of fae stories, and they're always so much more suspenseful! Caspian sounds absolutely swoonworthy, and I feel so bad for him! I hope he gets the love he deserves with Lydia. Lovely review! :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I now what you mean Tammy I am that way with angel books, thanks and good luck.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was my first experience and I will try others, good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Candace!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this is a neat blend of genres and yes I agree he is swoon worthy!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*giggles* I do too, as long as I don't have to interact with them!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh i would love brownies to live in my house!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Guest said...

I like Shona Husk and love her Shadowlands series. If you enjoyed this one then I'll add it to the pile (the pile with no end) lol - thanks for sharing Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have been there done that...comment what comment, what did I read? Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup is the worse, she puts man candy at the bottom of each post and it wipes out any thoughts I have..bwahahaha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck Debbie!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha..agreed Jenea!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

While it is there, it doesn't consume the story if you know what I mean.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh me too Laurie and we see some dark in this tale.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Anytime Erin and good luck :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Tammy said...

I don't have a favorite type of Faerie but Faerie books tend to be the most hit & miss for me, either I love them or I don't, no in between.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

I don't have a favorite faery I guess, they are so different in every book. I do love reading about them though! This book sounds great and I love that cover!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Erin F said...

Haven't really read a lot about faeries so I don't have too much of an opinion :) Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous laurie goudge said...

Fairies are a complicated bunch. I do enjoy them more when they fall on the dark side.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books said...

I've not heard of this one before but it sounds good. It's kind of cool getting to see a faerie story from a male pov. The only thing I'm leery of is the romance aspect. I'm not a big fan so don't know if this would work for me or not.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I am always up for a good faerie book, and if they look like him, I'm in! Great review. It really does sounds good too.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Thanks Kim I LOVE this cover, I'm entering :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Jenny @ Supernatural Snark said...

I'm sorry Kimba, I can't even forma coherent sentence about your review because I'm too busy staring at the hotness on the cover. Give me a minute.....


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Okay. Done staring. I like the sound of the romance in this one! I can completely believe in a relationship that forms quickly from attraction, but I'm glad the more emotional aspect of it takes a little longer. I don't think I can miss this one, thanks for putting it on my radar!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Traci Horton said...

I love books with faeries, there are so many types and each can be deadly in their own ways. To pick a favorite, I like selkies (they can shift from seal to human form) but a brownie might be nice to help me keep the house clean so I can read more :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Diana Leigh said...

Fairies are a complicated bunch. I do enjoy them more when they fall on the dark side.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

I'm not the biggest fans of faeries because they freak me out a little, but I love a good fantasy book. This one sounds like one. Caspian sounds like he totally made you swoon. I actually might like him!
I hadn't heard of this one before, so thanks for sharing, Kim!
Lovely review! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed Michelle :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I will check out The Dig, thanks Angela:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe..the cover as has been quite popular

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I think this was a good start, and liked his ability as well.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ok, you can get back to me..LOL. This book offers up a delightful mix and quite a few different types.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This has a mix of fae from tricksters to ones you will adore.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah the cover is easy on the eyes..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

Ooh, I love reading books about the fae and this one sounds like it has all the elements I tend to enjoy. I'm loving that cover & Caspian's ability certainly sounds interesting.

A wonderful review Kimba! :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

I am on the fence where Fae are concerned. Sometimes I adore them and other times I think too "trickster" like. I do think I would like this series though as they are written as love interest and tend to be more likable in that setting.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Diamond Nazaneen said...

I love supernatural and fantasy novels. That's why it's surprising that I haven't read too ,any books with Faeries in them. I did read one recently that painted them as a seperate race that was almost extinct but that lived hidden in the woods during the time of Vikings. That was pretty cool, but they weren't a focal pt in the story. Anyways, I just feel that since I haven't read much in the way of Faeries, I can't really judge what I like and don't like. Can I get back to you on that? Lol

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Dena said...

Veeeeery interesting. Thanks for the link!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Lindy Gomez said...

I sure do like the cover of this book! LOL This book sounds way different from my usual reads, but it sounds interesting! I like the whole idea of the M.C. being able to touch an object and get a glimpse of the past. Plus, I've read a lot of great series with faeries, and have a weak spot for them! Great Review! As always, it's very thoughtful, and well-written :) Thanks for sharing!


Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I have never been a huge fan of fairies but I like that darker version of them as well.
This sounds like a really interesting read and ummm, yeah, I am liking that cover. ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh yes there are good and bad. Here is a list of some: http://www.fairies-secrets.com/types-of-fairies.html

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Kamla L. said...

I LOVE Shona's Shadowlands series. The Court of Annwyn sounds like another great series to feed my PNR addiction. Is this going to be another trilogy or is there more books planned?

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

they all have cool qualities and freaky traits..i personally would love some brownies to clean my house!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I will check that out, good luck Sebella!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous harvester5905 said...

I like reading about fairies. I don't have a favorite type.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous Sebella Blue said...

I love books about the Fae. I love the Tuatha de Danan.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Angela Pratt said...

I love fairies. I love all different kinds. I like that people don't always write about good fairies. Some of the fairies that I've read about are mean and nasty.

If you like the history aspect where he can feel the history of an object, read The Dig by Michael Siemsen. Doesn't have the paranormal aspect to it, but his main character Matthew Turner can touch an object and live the memories that are imprinted on it. Really good book.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

I love fairies! The Fae are super diverse and I love that you can actually link other supernatural creatures to them. I don't have a favorite but Kelpies are really cool (the horse version...not the hairy man version) and Phouka are pretty funny.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Dena said...

I didn't know there were different kinds of fairies. I guess that shows how much I know! ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM , Anonymous Ada H said...

Hmm, I do like faeries but I don't think I have a favorite. I don't know nearly enough about them to have one! Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Natasha said...

I love faeries!
Thanks for the chance to win!

 
At July 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM , Anonymous tsukikomew said...

I'm sort of on the faeries are cool if they aren't cheesy.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ok no cheesy faeries :)

 

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