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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Lost Princess of Aerides: A Princess for Sale by Rob Dorsey is a gorgeous offering for fans of epic fantasy, the second volume in the Avinon Chronicles. The most important woman in Avinon, the one known as the “daughter of a thousand Kings,” Crown Princess Adria Mereda of Avinon has been missing for more than a month. It is rumored that she is being kept captive by the scoundrel who passes himself off as the king of Bodaria — Vayus Audan. Jannus Holgar, her husband, leads a mission to rescue the princess. In his company are Prince Aron of Avinon, the princess’s son, and his Princess Sefina of Avinon, a well-trained and very skilled warrior, and many others. Can they find and save the princess before it is too late and do they have enough fight for the challenges ahead?
Rob Dorsey is a terrific writer who pulls the reader in with the beautiful and superb world building, introducing them to the planet of Aerides. The characters are not ordinary people; they are princes and princesses, warriors, and then there are the bad guys, too. The antagonist is well-written and Dorsey creates suspense by making readers guess if the one they suspect to be behind the kidnapping is the right person. The world the author creates for these characters is one that readers can easily imagine and the love that the entire planet has for the Crown Princess is evident in the pain that everyone feels when they learn about her abduction. The characters are robustly written, multilayered, and they evolve through the story in a way that is natural. The prose is hugely descriptive, oftentimes lyrical; the evocative style of writing and the royal use of language are among the many ingenuities of this narrative. The conflict in Lost Princess of Aerides: A Princess for Sale is strong and deftly written and it escalates quickly to a conclusion that is, at the same time, a satisfying moment and a promise to readers of what is to come in the next volume.