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DARK PRINCE Mass Market Paperback – 10 Nov 2007
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Set in the 19th Century, the new arrival of a Mr Aidan Warrick stirs excitement and rumours through Pentreath but as a mutilated corpse of a woman washes up on shore, Jane's suspisions of the stranger start a chain reaction of doubt and unease as her alcoholic, widowed father is forced to bind Jane to Aidan Warrick in servitude as means of settling a fianancial dedbt he owes him.
Throughout the novel, Aidan's somewhat kind and generous nature towards her both confuses Jane and causes unease, as his disappearances at night and the scarred and troubled history,regarding her father, he keeps concealed, leaving a curious web of riddles, regarding his damaged and brooding character to mystery, which Jane attempts to solve.
This makes her both desire him and fear him as she battles her desires and his heated looks whilst attempting to unravel mysteries surrounding his character, as whispers of wrecker's and smugglers are feared to be in Pentreath, leaving trails of unease and suspision back to Aidan. Is Aidan Warrick the leader of this activity or is he the Dark Prince of Jane's dreams?
The depth and vastness of the characters as they both battle between light and dark within their souls makes this an absolute page turner! After reading the book twice I am certain I will buy and read again. If you are a fan of literature such as 'Jane Eyre', this is an absolute must read as I couldn't help but feel similar undertones between them. I will be reading more of Eve Silver's work.
As the title suggests, the mood of the story is 'dark' and foreboding and Eve Silver builds this atmosphere throughout the novel. We encounter murder, mystery, and deception, all through the eyes of our innocent heroine, Jane.
Jane is taken by the brooding Aidan Warrick as payment of her father's debt and though she presumes her new role to be that of a servant, the pair quickly fall into an easy routine, becoming 'friends'.
Dark Prince is a historical novel and I enjoyed the way in which Eve Silver's tone is consistent and the events are perfectly aligned with the period in which the story is set.
Aidan Warrick is by no means a perfect hero and if Dark Prince was moved to a contemporary setting, he would be a tatted-up bad boy! Yet, Eve Silver allows us to see past his need for vengeance in the way he protects and cares for Jane.
This is really a story in which roles are questioned; those who should be trusted, like Jane's father, become the villains and the murderous Aidan is the hero. Crippled, naive Jane, who at that point in history would have been shunned, becomes the shining star!
Despite its unsavory themes, Dark Prince is essentially a romance and I loved the way Eve Silver chooses to evolve this. We witness Aidan and Jane becoming necessary to each other and it is within this safety that Jane reaches her sexual maturity. These scenes are not gratuitous, but still intensely erotic because of the passion and emotion shared between the two characters.
After reading Dark Prince, I am now hoping to read more of this series and would recommend it to all readers.
I received this as a complimentary review copy, but my opinion has not been influenced in any way.
An innkeeper’s daughter, Jane seems to fight her more base instincts initially but once she settles more into her own skin and accepts her emotions as the tools that they are, she begins to shine. Aidan descends upon Jane’s quiet village and wrests her from her father in exchange for forgiving a large debt. By all rights, Jane expects to hate and fear this dark and handsome man who has forced her into indentured servitude, but the emotions he inspires are much more dangerous than dislike. At around 350 pages, this story is good for an extended read over the course of a trip and it is excellent to read before bedtime…if you can put it down. I read it several years ago, and re-read it this month to find it just as sweet as the first time.
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