Prince of Misery by Heather Crews
Warning: mature scenes, violence, rape
Prince of Misery by Heather Crews follows a vain vampire prince Theron Vansauvage and his imposed exile. He survives thanks to his servants kidnapping lost humans they take as slaves. The prince has been isolated for years, after an injury his wife dealt him left his face scarred. When a new slave is brought in with vitiligo, Theron becomes obsessed with her and intends to make her into a pet. When she proves to be more stubborn than anticipated and one of his loyal friends betray him, Theron’s world begins to unravel.
Iris was on an Alaskan cruise with her family at one of their port of calls when she wandered off and was abducted. When she wakes up in a dark room and is bitten by a vampire her only thoughts are of survival and escape, not accepting this as her new reality as the other slaves have done. An unlikely alliance with another unhappy member of the castle gives Iris hope, and then much more as their lives entwine in unforeseeable ways.
This is unlike any vampire paranormal romance I’ve read in a while. The vampires are monstrous, raping, abusing, and taking what they want when they want. Now, I do not condone any of the above behavior, but if you gave me the option of these vampires or the sissified, sparkling, sensitive vampires, I’d gladly choose these vampires. This is the kind of behavior I think of when I think vampires. I mean, they are monsters.
There was one scene that turned my stomach involving a cycle and a vampire that I think was gross enough to forewarn readers about but that’s it.
That being said, I did find Theron’s vanity and conceit annoying. Iris was another character that I didn’t understand. I thought I could respect her in the beginning and did near the end, but I never completely understood how her relationship with Seth came about. Seth was probably my favorite character, though I wished for a different ending for him.
The story was told in four different parts, as it covers a lot of time. Two parts are told with Theron as the narrator, which was a little hard to get into as he’s omniscient and having someone else narrate what other characters are doing without being there was odd at first, but I liked it. The other two parts were told mainly by Iris and a little by Seth. This isn’t a fast novel really, and despite not really liking the characters, I kept reading and thinking about them whenever I put my Kindle down, so kudos to the author for that.
The writing was decent and there weren’t any noticeable errors grammatical or otherwise, so it’s definitely worth looking at.
My Rating: 3.6/5
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