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The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale
(Mortal Enchantment #0.5)
Publication date: March 25th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Prequel novella to the award-winning YA fantasy series Mortal Enchantment. Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan is an elemental prince. Banished to the mortal world, he doubts he will ever return to Avalon and claim the fire court throne. Until he receives a challenge from his estranged mother. If he slays Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental, princess of the air court, she will abdicate her throne. Is he capable of completing such a heinous task? And what price will he pay if he refuses?
Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas.
“Filled with betrayal and intrigue, The Shadow Prince is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!” Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
The Shadow Prince is part of the
Mortal Enchantment box set

Excerpt -  “Are you going to do it?”
I glanced at him, wishing for any other way. “I have no choice. If I refuse, she’ll never offer me the throne again.”
Silence filled the room for several minutes. There was no doubt that Marcus was uncomfortable with the whole idea. Any other hound would’ve encouraged me—they followed Prisma’s orders without question. Hell, most guardians would’ve offered to do it themselves. But Marcus wasn’t like them. The rage they carried didn’t exist within him, nor did the desire to cause pain.
“This isn’t right. You shouldn’t be in this position. But I understand why you’re doing it.” He sat down next to me. “Which is why I’m going to help you.”
This was precisely why I didn’t want him to know. Once he made up his mind, there would be nothing I could’ve said to talk him out of coming. “It’s too dangerous.”
“Do you expect me to let you go off on your own?” He raised an eyebrow. “You’re my best friend, man. Not to mention, I’m your guardian now. It’s my job to protect you.”
I shook my head. “Being my guardian doesn’t mean putting yourself at risk. Maybe even getting killed.”
He let out a quick chuckle. “That’s exactly what it means. Now, what’s your plan?”
I let out a sigh. “I know Kalin’s kept under constant surveillance in the mortal world, but we’ll need to find the exact location. Once we’re there, we’ll need to search the area around her house, and find a place where we can watch her without the knights knowing we’re there.”
“Then what?”
“I’ll wait until the perfect opportunity presents itself.” I stood, peering down at Marcus. “And when that moment comes, I’ll do what is necessary.”
Marcus stood and put his hand on my shoulder. “And you’re sure you can do this?”
I unsheathed the sword Orion had given me. The iron weapon shimmered beneath the candlelight. “To save our court, I will kill her.”

Author Bio:
Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.