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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Crown Prince is a work of fiction penned by author W.D. Kilpack III in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres, and is the opening novel of the New Blood Saga. It is best suited to adult readers owing to some scenes of a sexual nature and some fantasy conflict. Natharr, the Guardian of Maarihk, holds the fate of mankind in his hands. With his ancient role rooted in his Firstblood, he possesses the Sight to see what is to come. Tasked with protecting the newborn Crown Prince Vikari, Natharr navigates a world shadowed by ill omens and ancient prophecies.
Author W.D. Kilpack III presents an atmospheric and immersive journey into a richly crafted fantasy world, balancing a strong character-led adventure with a wider web of plots, setting up a highly complex and enjoyable fantasy saga to follow. There’s a clear flair for character, dialogue, and attitude from the start, with Natharr's intense presence affecting all who encounter him and making for some really dynamic clashes. The weightiness of his responsibilities and the depth of the world-building immediately gripped my attention, and, as the story unfolded, the way the characters’ attitudes and actions were shaped by the realism of the worldbuilding was totally compelling. This book delivers on every promise of pulse-pounding adventure -- thanks to the swift pacing of the plot, coupled with dark storytelling, strong descriptive skills, and captivating character development that balances emotion with duty well. Overall, I would certainly recommend Crown Prince as an incredible opener to an exciting new fantasy series, and I’m all the more eager to continue exploring this fantastical realm.