Title: The Sand Prince
Series: The Demon Door #1
Author: Kim Alexander
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Published Date: November 6, 2015
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
I received this novel from Netgalley and the Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Netgalley)
“When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever.” In Kim Alexander’s debut novel she weaves a witty, epic fantasy brimming with diverse characters and plenty of intrigue.
On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive, and to keep her son’s parentage a secret.
On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds.
Bound by magic
Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a sultry book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis, he must travel through The Door or pay the price in blood.
Divided by a door
The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all . . .
I was really disappointed with this story. I DNFed at 22% due to pretty much wavering interest. I could barely keep myself coming back.
This was a brilliant idea with loads of potential but the execution just left me wanting. There was just too much backstory and world building in the beginning, a lot of it was unnecessary in my opinion. I realize that backstories and world building are important, but I felt that this just went on for too long. It would be better to leave a little guessing for the readers.
Before you even get to the main characters of this story (which I hadn’t even gotten to), the story begins five months before Rhuuns birth, and it was all for the most part the backstory for Rhuuns mother (the demon princess) and her human lover (whos name I can’t even remember), then very quick backstory on the closing of the door between the demon world and the human world. Unfortunately, we don’t move on to the point of the story; instead there is more backstory of the demon world learning to function in the aftermath of the door closing. I think this would have been better done by giving little information and then once we were hooked, creating a prequel book.
Overall, great potential, Iffy execution…I won’t be picking up the second book.