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Whereas it took some time to get into the world and atmosphere of the first book in this series, this one meshed a lot sooner That is in part due to the hard work done in Prince of Air and Darkness to build a complete and believable fairy world, with duelling kingdoms.Sebastian s confidence and ability to help his people grows as naturally as the plants he tends to Our masked prince, defeated and disguised learns to hope and love The twisty turny political intrigue is well handled and balances well with the romantic thread.Now we know what we re facing oooh, no spoilers , I can t wait to see how it all turns out and get to know the third brother in this remarkably noble family Thanks Netgalley and Carina Press for advanced copy It was out earlier this week. When I saw this was up on Netgalley I was so excited Despite my frustrations with the ending of Roark and Finn s book, I loved it and I was eagerly awaiting this I don t remember Sebastian much from the first book, I vaguely remember him as Finn s friend, but I absolutely adored him in this book From the beginning of this book, we found out a surprising fact view spoiler Slaine, Roark s older brother who apparently defected to the Summer Court was actually taken years ago by Aoife, the High Princess of the Seelie Court and put under a spell and a mask so no one could know who he is and he couldn t talk about who he is to anyone For a good portion of this others, particularly Sebastian, know him as Duine, and I will refer to him as that in the rest of my review to keep that spoiler out of it if people didn t read the spoiler hide spoiler @EBOOK å The Marked Prince (The Darkest Court, #2) Ö Torn Between Two Worlds, Desperate To Save One LoveThe Summer Court Is Nothing Like Sebastian Remembers The Oppressed Lower Classes Are Drained Of Their Magick, And Around Every Corner Political Intrigues Threaten An Already Unstable Regime Sebastian S Only Hope Of Surviving The Court And Bringing Home Prince Lyne S Traitorous Brother Lies With Duine, A Magickless Unseelie Servant Desperate To Win His Freedom A Servant For Whom Sebastian, An Estranged Seelie Royal Himself, Is Developing A Dangerous And Deepening AffectionBut Behind The Mask Duine Wears Are Secrets As Dangerous As What S Smoldering Between Them And The Duine Helps Sebastian Navigate Court Life, The It Becomes Clear The Servant Is Not Who He Appears To Be How He Came To Be The Whipping Boy Of One Of The Most Powerful And Corrupt Faeries In The Summer Court Is A Truth Sebastian Is Determined To Uncover, Even If It Puts Him At Odds With The Very People Who Can Lead Him To The Missing Unseelie PrinceWhen A Powerful Enemy Steps From The Shadows, It Could Spell The End Not Just For The Unseelie, But For Both Faerie Courts Sebastian Must Choose Complete The Mission And Earn His Place Among The Unseelie Who Took Him In, Or Risk His Very Life To Ensure Freedom For The Man He LovesThis Book Is Approximately , WordsOne Click With Confidence This Title Is Part Of The Carina Press Romance Promise All The Romance You Re Looking For With An HEA HFN It S A Promise 6.10.19 UPDATE I m thrilled to share that TMP is up for request on NetGalley now S NOTE If you ve read PAD, you know I tend to write a little dark As THE DARKEST COURT series continues and the civil war breaks out fully, the books don t shy away from that darkness, so I figured it might help to give a head s up here on some of the content warnings in THE MARKED PRINCE I also want to specify that these are the warnings that instantly pop to my mind I m sorry for others I miss, and appreciate reviewers who do include them so the reading experience can be enjoyable for everyone CONTENT WARNINGS violence blood and intense bodily harm kidnapping and abduction hateful language tied to classism and Faerie Court divisions death descriptions of battles war references to suicide and parental deathTHE MARKED PRINCE is out August 5, 2019, and I can t wait to share Seb and Sl ine s story with you all and see your reactions to the way the Faerie world broadens. I will be honest and admit that I didn t really pay much attention to Sebastian in Prince of Air and Darkness He was mentioned here and there but wasn t someone who caught my attention.I actually had to go through the previous book to reacquaint myself with him.First thing I will say is I can t tell you any specifics about this book I know I know but you deserve to experience all the ups and downs, twists and turns and the REVEALS Trust me, it made the book soooo good Look out for Duine s past it comes out and hits you right up the side of your head Man I cannot even HINT at something because it will totally spoil the book but it was a healing and redemption story as well for him He was not as expected and I totally loved him and the sweetheart that was Sebastian.The relationship first started as a means of survival then morphed to friendship, attraction and then love Happy Sigh The baddies were truly evil in this one and blew my mind with their casual cruelty I thought I hated Queen Mab of the Unseelie Court and still cannot stand that woman but the nobility of the Seelie Court really took the cake What cruel beings ESPECIALLY Aoife I mean she deserves a special hell because of the purity of her evil My skin crawled every time she came on page Shudders As I ve said, I loved all the twists and turns in this book but once again like in Book 1 the ending left much to be desired.It wasn t a cliff hanger but it was the most HFN ending to ever HFN.There was No epilogue, No extra chapter with our MCs being in love it was just an end with the threat of another conflict on the horizon I just stared at the last line of the book completely dazed.Fortunately, there are extra scenes on her website with Finny and Roark which somewhat appeased me But like the greedy reader I am, I hope we get from them, and from the MCs of this book eARC Graciously Provided by Publisher via Netgalley in Exchange for An Honest Review If you ll allow it, I would stand by your side until the end If you already didn t catch this from reading the first book in the seriesPrince of Air and Darknessthen let me tell you something This isn t Tinkerbell we re dealing with The Marked Prince, broader in its scope and expansive on its worldbuilding and political intrigue, is Brothers Grimm than Disney If the Brothers Grimm ever wrote happy endings, that is.I can t say much because there s so many things I might give away and trust me, you ll get whiplash from the amount of revelations in this book Even the prologue itself is one giant bag of spoilers But I can say that through all the intrigue and the civil war happening all around, it was absolutely fantastic to read the romance develop Seb and Sl ine come together and grow into the people they re meant to be, with each other s help As everything unfolds, you slowly realize that Seb and Sl ine are both contrasts to and complements of each other In Seb s own words, he and Sl ine would find each other in this world and the next.There s less steam in this one than usual readers of the M M romance genre have probably come to expect, but that s fine by me There s intimacy and growing love and affection expressed through actions and, eventually, words and I found myself not really seeking out any of the steamy stuff Really, I just wanted tender moments to cut through the pain If I have any complaint about The Marked Prince, besides my usual playful complaints about how much pain Seb and Sl ine go through before their happy ending, it would be that I really just wanted domesticity But we re in the middle of a war, so Most of all, I just think it s so easy to get attached to the characters, either to Seb or Sl ine or both, and it makes the experience of reading this book that powerful I myself have been attached to Sl ine since the first book, intent in my belief that there s something beneath the surface And there is Remember that we only got half or even less than that the story about Sl ine in Prince of Air and Darkness it s easy to fall for Sl ine here when the layers get peeled away to reveal who he truly is And Seb Seb is a wonder I dare you to find anyone who wouldn t love Seb.My advice is to read carefully, look between the lines, and don t rush a hardship for me, since I find the author s narrative style to be so engaging that I just want to power through the book If you re unfamiliar with the Celtic mythology woven into this book, it might take a while to understand a few things By the way, there s a pronunciation guide at the end of the book, if you re having trouble with the names Things aren t as they seem, and the only way to unravel the threads of this book is to keep your eyes sharp But don t forget to enjoy the ride of this fantasy world too, no matter how painful it gets.I m so excited and maybe a little impatient for the final book in this trilogy We get a happy ending for our two boys, but the situation with the war in the ending of The Marked Prince makes me itch Is it April 2020 yet The Marked Prince really hits it out of the ballpark for me, with both the fantasy and the romance aspects Are there flaws Yes, probably And maybe this book won t work for others because it develops differently from Prince of Air and Darkness But this one is perfect for me, and Seb and Sl ine are probably among my favorite book couples ever now They ve carved a permanent place in my heart.I ll be reading this one again after the official release in August Note I received an ARC from the author and am writing this review of my own free will. 4.25 starsA fabulous addition to this wonderful series I spent a bit too much time in Sebastian s head toward the end, which was frustrating but perhaps necessary I can hardly wait for the next one 4 1 19 WE HAVE A COVER AND IT S GLORIOUSI will kneel for you Only you, from this moment until my lastIf I could give this book than 5 stars, I would In a heartbeat IN A HEARTBEAT ALL the freaking stars for this book The truly funny thing about all of this is that after reading it s predecessor, Prince of Air and Darkness PAD , I was So In Love with Roark and Finny and their love story, that I thought there was No Way I could possibly buy into any other love stories in this universe Boy oh boy was I Wrong.This about sums up my emotional evolution while reading this book Me before starting The Marked Prince I hope I can get into this book, but I m honestly worried I won t like them as much a I liked Finny and Roark.Me about 96% into The Marked Prince OMG Roark, stop being such a self righteous ass and LEAVE THEM ALONE My babies Seb and Slaine need some space I won t say too much about the plot itself, because it s all one big, massive, mind blowing spoiler Long story short Sebastian who we don t really get to know too well in PAD , is or less forced to return to the Seelie Court on a secret undercover mission to retrieve Roark s traitorous older brother, Slaine Upon his arrival, he discovers an Unseelie slave, Duine, who is being mercilessly tortured by Sebastian s truly awful cousin, Aoife Sebastian convinces his uncle Aoife s father to turn Duine over to him to be his personal manservant As Duine helps Sebastian navigate court life, and Sebastian attempts to show Duine that not all Seelie Fae are terrible monsters, it becomes clear that both men are not who they at first appeared to be.This book.This Book I ve put off writing this review because I was so overwhelmed with how much I loved it, and how much it made me feel I was worried and still am that I wouldn t be able to do it justice or put it all into words.So, if you couldn t tell, I ended up than buying into the love story in this book Do I like this pair better than Roark and Finny It s hard to say, but maybe I loved these two characters, and I loved how much I felt like they needed each other It s probably best to not compare them because both couples are glorious in their own way.We learn so much in this book, so many secrets, so much backstory About Sebastian, Slaine, the driving forces behind the imbalance in magic between the courtswe even learn some new and super shocking things about Roark I felt like this book did a great job answering some of the questions I had from PAD, and really fleshing out the story in a cohesive way It s tone is very different from PAD, though this book gets a bit darker and grittier And our main characters are actually separated for good portion of the book which is such a heart breaking section of the book but so necessary we see just how connected these two have become, just how much they need each otherHis call echoes into my bones, and I obey because he s my prince, my king, the only man I ever wish to kneel before and he s here, waiting for me Seb, I whisper, and the leaves stretch toward me I ve come backI m excited and nervous for the next installment I m no longer worried in the least that I won t completely fall for the new love story Kieran and Lugh I know I will I m nervous, however, to see how the impending Civil War between the Courts plays out I have my fingers crossed that we won t lose any of the characters we ve come to love, but what s an epic story without some loss All I know is I will for sure have the tissues on hand when I start reading The Iron Crown Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for providing me with a free advance review copy ARC in exchange for an honest review And a HUGE thank you to author M A Grant who actually personally granted me access to the ARC HUGE shoutout to Carina Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read this masterpiece early After the magnificence that was Prince of Air and Darkness, I was a little nervous that the sequel wouldn t be able to live up to it Although the prologue gave us a huge, giant plot twist, I was also worried that the reveal of this twist so early would take away some of the tension.I am glad to report that I was horrifically wrong on both accounts The Marked Prince somehow manages to be even better than its predecessor, and that huge prologue reveal made the tension even better Grant also managed to throw us at least two absolutely insane plot twists that changed the whole foundation of the story and that I m pretty sure not even Sherlock Holmes could have seen coming Once , the characters and the plot are both absolutely sublime Duine is a fantastic, well rounded character with deep flaws and virtues, and Sebastian s development towards being a strong leader throughout the book felt organic and well written I m obsessed with this series, and I m so sad that a the third book won t come out for AGES and b it s the last book in the series Excuse me while I stalk Grant s bibliography now and forever amen. Oh, that was good, even better than the exceptionally good series opener for me and absolutely jam packed with everything I want in a fantasy novel.It s no secret to anyone who follows my reviews what a massive fan of this genre I am, and one of the overlooked gems for inspiration is Irish Mythology MA Grant has firmly established her world s heritage in the legends of the Sidhe Irish Fae and this instalment focuses its gaze on the Summer Court of the Seelie.I love the Fae, they re my favourite paranormal inspiration and the Seelie Unseelie in particular have such a wealth of stories that it s a challenge to create something new but with a deep foundation in the mythology With this narrative we get a glorious and, at times, viciously cruel tale of the Unseelie High Prince Sl ine and his captivity at the hands of the Summer Court s High Princess There s a huge plot twist which I absolutely loved and which fits so perfectly with the character of the villain inhabiting that role that I cheered even though he s an absolute bastard because it so brilliantly exposes the trickster part of his history The romance, like book one, drives the narrative but in an incredibly subtle fashion, it s what underpins everything without ever being the direct focus.I loved Sebastian He s conflicted, hesitant and desperately naive but also so brave and compassionate and kind His friendship with the man he doesn t know is Sl ine trapped behind a Thrall and mask is slow burning but compelling and I loved how their dedication and devotion to each other grew throughout.The book goes in directions I d never have guessed and I loved that it surprised me from start to finish ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.