The Prince's Priest

Fiction - LGBTQ
282 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2022
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Prince's Priest is the first novel in the Traibon Family Saga by V.C. Willis. A break from your usual fantasy romance, the story has angst, unrequited love, emotions, and a marvelous storyline that keeps you hooked until the end. Dante could have an easy life, if only he accepts his position as the Prince of Bloodeaters. However, he walked away from the title and the responsibilities a decade ago. Things have changed since then, and Dante knows he will have to do something if he wants his people and the love of his life to survive. Father John was Dante’s only love, but Dante would never come in the way of John’s happiness, even if it means facing his bloodthirsty ex who wants to create an Army of Bloodeaters. It wasn’t easy, but Dante was ready to fight heaven and earth if it meant John could be safe.

The Prince’s Priest has everything you wish in a great story. Readers got a fantastic story, a brilliant protagonist, an antagonist that they will love to hate, and everything in between. Viceroy Falco was the man to beat and hate in the story, but wow, was he well-developed. From the moment he was introduced, and his connection with Dante was revealed, I could feel the charisma oozing from this man. Dante’s character was a little conflicted but determined to protect John at the same time. The chemistry between John and Dante was sizzling without being overbearing or overshadowing the plot. They were part of the main plot, but they have different stories to share with readers. The plot thickens towards the end, the mystery behind the “Madness” is revealed, and V.C. Willis does justice to complex characters that readers fall in love with. Perfect! Intriguing and fun!

Samantha Gregory

The Prince's Priest by V. C. Willis tells the story of Dante, a demon vampire prince who doesn't want his throne, or his legacy. Turning his back on it all, he runs away and finds himself at the home of John, a man he soon falls for, though he won't admit it. John has dreams of becoming a priest and the two are separated as he goes off to train. When he returns, Dante's past starts to catch up with him as people from his past come calling. John faces danger and Dante must do what he can to protect John. Faced with a hard choice, Dante may have to return to his old life if he is to keep John safe. Is he willing to give up everything or will he find another way?

V. C. Willis has created an entertaining and captivating story with The Prince's Priest. Dante faces a lot of turmoil as he tries to choose a life for himself, knowing it could end badly. He knows it is his duty to take the throne, but it is not something he wants to do. I enjoyed the fantasy elements in this book and the characters were well written. The author has created an interesting world and I could really picture it as I read. The plot moved at a good pace and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. I think this would appeal to paranormal fantasy readers and even epic fantasy fans. I would definitely recommend it.

Stephanie Chapman

The Prince’s Priest is a fantasy romance story by V.C. Willis. Prince Dante inherited the Dame D’Croc. The enchanted dagger that created daemons to become bloodeaters. Viceroy Falco made it apparent that he wanted possession of the blade and the power that it would give him. Keeping this in mind, Dante leaves the safety of his home and disappears into the dark. Dante wanted to end the bloodeaters and the madness that their bite caused humans. When he cuts off his hair and leaves the blade in the dirt, he encounters John. The young man takes Dante to his farm, and the daemon discovers he is facing the only knight who had ever defeated Falco in battle. Paul recognizes the prince, and Dante vows to be John’s shield and blade. John leaves the farm to become a priest, while Paul begins training Dante to maintain the farm and defeat Falco when war will eventually erupt. Unfortunately, Dante has fallen in love with John and knows his priesthood means celibacy for life.

V.C Willis’s The Prince’s Priest puts a new spin on daemons. Dante is a daemon, yet he is portrayed as being honorable and kind. When I picture daemons, I see evil. There were many times that I forgot Dante was more than a man. I felt his inner turmoil as the story unfolded. He kept his status hidden for so long that I watched his confidence waver as well. The emotions in the story are presented realistically. Jealousy, anger, envy, desire, and fear make every character come alive. I was able to see the scenery through the details Willis provided. This is the first book in the Traibon Family Series, and it sets the background of the political aspects of the Church, Tower, House, and the Court. Each represents significant factions of humans and daemons. The Assassin’s Guild interested me the most. They allied with nobody and threw a wrench into the entire story, making this a suspense-filled fantasy romance. Any reader that enjoys a well-developed character fantasy story filled with emotion and action should read The Prince’s Priest.

K.C. Finn

The Prince’s Priest is a work of fiction in the LGBTQ+ and romance subgenres and serves as the first installment of the Traibon Family Saga. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author V. C. Willis. The book tells the story of the romance between the human priest John and the Daemon prince Dante who has run away from his royal responsibilities and taken shelter with John. Kept apart by John’s priesthood as well as the dangers and the political intrigue from Dante’s world which continues to pursue him, the two must face numerous spiritual and supernatural forces that will try to keep them apart.

The Prince’s Priest proved to be one of those rare gems in fantasy romance novels that managed to capture the sweeping epic of kingdoms fighting for their traditions alongside the emotional intimacy of two people with an intense and innate connection. Author V. C. Willis juggles magnificent world-building alongside engaging and dynamic characters to create a sweeping tale of slow-burning romance set in a world that refuses to cooperate with the desires of its protagonists. The Prince’s Priest is deeply compelling with gorgeous prose that makes each page an exciting and thrilling joy to read. The protagonists are well-considered and hook the reader in, the narrative is a roller coaster of intrigue, danger, and unspoken desires, and the world it all takes place in is consistently deep and appealing. I recommend The Prince’s Priest to all fans of slow-burning LGBTQ+ romances.