The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan is her fantastic debut novel that introduced readers to her fascinating and enthralling storytelling. An imaginative tale of Max Ravenhill, an exiled Rider who has been living amongst humans in the Shadowlands that we know as Earth through multiple generations. His inestimable importance as the Prince Guardian to the all-important Talismans which will identify the next High Prince has garnered him three Wardens who have coexisted with and provided him with false memories throughout the many lifetimes he has experienced. Warden Cassandra Kennaby has retained the memories and access to dra'aj (magic) that they have stripped from Max and it becomes her responsibility and privilege to be his sole protector when the Basilisk Prince sends the Hunt after the virtually defenseless Prince Guardian. Unexpected allies utilize the minimal magic available on Earth to provide the Exile with the opportunity to fulfill his destiny. Cassandra must suppress her feelings for the male who doesn't remember their past relationships but continues to utilize her well-honed skills as well as any resources she can find to defend him against all who seek to destroy him. The race to restore his memories so that he can fulfill his destiny may very well determine the fate of all who live in the Lands.
A rising star on the fantasy scene, sure to become a favorite of any aficionado of the genre. An inventive combination of traditional fantasy elements without resorting to cliches such as armor that is literally an integral part of one's body, Hounds from the Hunt that are more than ravening beasts, alternate shapes that need more than the elusive and unavailable dra'aj and even more. Sinister villains, conflicted allies, swashbuckling fights and lost loves flesh out the story without becoming trite. The unexpected twists provide a welcome spice to a beautifully written and entertaining tale.
Max Ravenhill was perfectly happy with his life as a history professor until he met Cassandra. Told that he was more than a thousand years old and had known Cassandra and her fellow Wardens all that time, that his life as Max was pure fiction implanted in his mind, and that he was being pursued by the Hunt and his only chance for survival was to flee to the realm of Faerie, Max can only assume that Cassandra is crazy-or he is. But soon it becomes all too clear that at least part of what she says is true. And unless he goes with her, he won't live long enough to separate the truth from the lies.