Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Winter Prince
Author: R. Cooper
Heroes: Razin & Kisin
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 147 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: His heart stolen by a powerful pari’s magic, a young prince’s veins slowly fill with ice. That is what the stories say. Three years have passed since, and all efforts to save Kisin have failed. He won’t survive another winter. To save the prince’s life, Razin, the court wizard and Kisin’s childhood friend, plans to seek out the pari. But unbeknownst to Razin, Kisin’s heart was never stolen; he gave it freely to escape the pain of impossible love—his love for Razin.
Razin won’t accept Kisin’s fate, for reasons obvious to anyone who knows anything of love. Kisin agrees to the desperate quest, out of duty and a need to protect Razin. But it isn’t long before Razin realizes saving his prince will require more than simply retrieving his heart. Razin will have to convince him to want it.
Years ago, Kisin gave his heart to a pari to get rid of his love for Razin without realizing what it would mean. Now known as the Winter Prince, he’s slowly turning into ice and won’t survive another winter. Razin and Kisin have been friends since they were kids and has been secretly in love with Kisin so when he finds Kisin sneaking off to die in peace, he’s livid. He won’t let Kisin just give up so he forces himself to accompany Kisin on his journey back to the pari to regain his heart. Along the way, their feelings for each other intensify but Kisin is still without his heart. Will they be able to convince the pari to give his heart back and even if they do, Kisin still has responsibilities as a prince so will their future be over even before it can begin?
I’m a huge fan of fantasy stories, especially when it deals with arranged marriages and royalty. So when I saw this one, I was so excited to read it! And I’m so glad I did because I ADORED this story. It wasn’t just the journey that Kisin and Razin go on but their relationship. Kisin is so clueless on love and oblivious to really anything so he never realized that Razin loved him. Razin was more hostile and sarcastic. He tried to hide his love behind his mean remarks because he knows nothing can ever happen between them but that doesn’t mean he’s going to let Kisin just give up. I loved that push/pull between them and I loved how intense their relationship got towards the end. Add to that, I’m not usually a fan of females in stories but I really liked Lana and I loved how fiercely she felt for her friends.
I absolutely LOVED this book but the beginning was soooo rocky. I almost didn’t continue reading it because I didn’t really understand what was going on. There were all these descriptions and info dump in the beginning that it was hard to follow along. On top of that, it’s never explained WHAT a pari is so I was always left wondering what exactly he was. He’s not a wizard, he’s not a sorcerer, he’s way more than all of that so he’s almost like a God… but not.
In the end, this was an phenomenal story. Once I got past the beginning, I couldn’t get enough of the story. I loved Kisin and I ADORED Razin. I loved their journey and I loved seeing them get closer during it. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Razin and Kisin because I’d love to see more of them!
Overall Impression: I really, really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*