Review: Seven Princes – John R. Fultz

Series: Books of the shaper #1
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 600
Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Orbit
Source: netgalley
It is an Age of Legends. Under the watchful eye of the Giants, the kingdoms of Men rose to power. Now, the Giant-King has slain the last of the Serpents and ushered in an era of untold peace and prosperity. Where a fire-blackened desert once stood, golden cities flourish in verdant fields. It is an Age of Heroes. But the realms of Man face a new threat– an ancient sorcerer slaughters the rightful King of Yaskatha before the unbelieving eyes of his son, young Prince D’zan. With the Giant-King lost to a mysterious doom, it seems that no one has the power to stop the coming storm.

It is an Age of War. The fugitive Prince seeks allies across the realms of Men and Giants to liberate his father’s stolen kingdom. Six foreign Princes are tied to his fate. Only one thing is certain: War is coming. SEVEN PRINCES. Some will seek glory. Some will seek vengeance. All will be legends.

My thoughts:
When I read this book I kept thinking that this book will get a conclusion, cool. And it did. Everything ended all nicely, but then, oh yes then there was that one loose thread and I realized that this is a series. But is felt like a different sort of series since it did have an ending. No cliffie at all (sort of.)
The story also felt kind of old school, and I love old school fantasy. A prince flees as an evil sorcerer kills everyone he holds dear. On his trip north he meets more princes and together they will fight this evil. D’Zan who we meet first is the hero on the run, a scared prince who grows. I liked him, because who would not be a bit scared? Then we got lots more and I will not name them all, since this is a many POV book. We got the two princes from Udur, I think this was my fav characters and kingdom. It is made up from giants and men and these princes are both. A very fascinating history. Their sister also plays a roll, and their elder brother he is not nice at all. Then we got their cousin and lastly 2 twin princes from the south. One a scholar and one a warrior. Together these princes forms bounds with each other and fight the coming battle. Then we got something called the Old Breed, I will not spoil anything. An evil witch from the south, a mysterious maiden a prince meets and I will leave it there. It might seem like a lot, but it is all connected and many of these spend most of the time together. A do like a good cast and the author is not very nice, he will make them suffer.
The story is rich in history and its setting.  There is a good mythology behind it all and good questions to be asked. These people do not know it all after all.
A nice beginning to a series, but by the excerpt at the back I still do not know if the people around in this book will be around in the next one. It will be interesting to see.

At least they look tough

34 thoughts on “Review: Seven Princes – John R. Fultz

  1. Chris says:

    I hit a bad, bad cliffie over the weekend – bad enough that my head almost exploded! Not only was NOTHING resolved by the end of the book, but something that was resolved at the end of the previous story was completely undone and made open-ended again.

  2. Jenny says:

    I really like that this one has an ending even though it's part of a series. I love a good series as much as the next person, but it's nice when you get a solid conclusion with just a few threads left to assure you the next book won't be grasping at straws to make the story continue.

  3. Mel says:

    I was looking at my must read soon pile and realised I don't have any fantasy in there at all! I must remedy this as I miss fantasy reads… πŸ™‚

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    AurianI do like the old fashioned one. And books with a rich mythologyChrisOh no!! Those drive me utterly insane! I need at least some kind of ends and not when it ends with someone lying on their deathbedVivienneI missed it too, so check Orbit, you will find it there.JennyThing is that I do want to know what the next book it about, cos the ending felt so a way. That it well could end there and the next book is like 20 years aftermelNo fantasy at all?! That is just dreadful

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    ChrisI can imagine :)Even with the EVIL cliffie at Carolyn Crane's book I still survived cos well it worked. But then there are those cliffies that make you insane

  6. Simcha says:

    While I enjoy classic fantasies there wasn't anything in the book's description to make me want to learn more about it though since you enjoyed it I'll have to look into it more.

  7. Carole Rae says:

    Mhmmmmm, sounds like a pretty nefty story. haha, I love when authors are jerks to their characters. Sometimes I feel that the authors base their characters on people they don't like so they can torture them in text.

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    MelissaIt was more…oh I can't say, it was a cliffie wrapped in a happy ending of sorts.SimchaYou can always wait for more reviews πŸ˜‰ I was just so fascinated by those giants.AartiI truly must try to read more fantasy this year since that is what I love the mostStephCliffies are the worst, they are just pure evil. Most of the time I can handle them but I have seen that in YA books they are just there to be evil for some reason

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    DanaI do hope you try a fantasy soon :=)CaroleHaha, yes I could see authors doing that. What a great way to get out aggressions. But poor characters.AlexisIf you are going for that challenge then you truly must try a fantasy bookYvonneThanks πŸ™‚

  10. SQT says:

    I have been wanting to read this one. I should have downloaded off of Netgalley but I already have too many books. But I may squeeze this one in…

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    SQTI know the feeling, I did have too many books too, but, well I had that e-reader for 2 weeks and went crazy ;)JennySadly that is how long most fantasy books are :/

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    NaidaThey are the best, I have loved them since day 1MelissaLol, yes get working on a list. I truly must read more this year. I mean it is the genre I love the most, but sometimes it feels I am not reaidng enoughKimbaWe are all addicts, we can't get enough πŸ™‚

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