Prince of Power by Elisabeth Staab

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Prince of Power by Elisabeth Staab
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure Contemporary Paranormal
Length: 342 pgs
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Peppermint

This Fight Is Personal…

Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king’s beautiful sister, Tyra…and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes…

Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined…

As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that’s decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other…

Anton has no control over his wizard blood any more than Tyra has control over her vampire/human mixed blood. They were born and raised to be sworn enemies, but sometimes in order for progress to be made, enemies need to become allies. With such strong emotions towards each other it is no surprise that hate can turn to lust, and even more.

Anton’s character really touched something deep within me. I turned into a true bleeding heart when I read how he was hunted and almost killed by his wizard family, and viewed as the ultimate enemy by the race of vampires he is trying to save. Especially when you add in his growing feelings for Tyra, a girl who can’t trust him, and he seems like the ultimate martyr.

Tyra was a character I had mixed feelings about. I could sympathize with the her internal battle between doing what she was raised to believe was right and what her heart tells her. What I sometimes did not understand is how she can judged Anton so harshly. You would think that she and her fellow vampires would understand his situation better, considering she comes from mixed heritage. They seem so willing to accept humans, succubus and other, yet Anton’s wizard blood is something Tyra and her kind cannot look past.

I really enjoyed the conflict between Anton’s father and the main characters. I think it really added depth to the story especially since they all seem to have a personal story that either directly or indirectly involved one another. I would have liked to have seen a little more action or build up towards the ultimate conflict, as well as Anton’s brothers involvement, but I still remained intrigued and emotionally attached to the storyline.

This story offers a unique view of vampires and wizards that I have not seen anywhere else and was truly entertaining.

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