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January 27, 2015

A fantasy adventure in ancient Greece

By Diane Stanley

The Chosen Prince occurs in a Greek world imbued with the mysticism of the goddess Athene. Zeus has rent the Kingdom of Acroferra into two warring factions doomed to fight until the time is right for Athene to send a champion to undo Zeus’ punishment. Prince Alexos is her chosen one, and his upbringing is harsh, but his love for his little brother glows brightly.

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The Chosen Prince occurs in a Greek world imbued with the mysticism of the goddess Athene. Zeus has rent the Kingdom of Acroferra into two warring factions doomed to fight until the time is right for Athene to send a champion to undo Zeus’ punishment. Prince Alexos is her chosen one, and his upbringing is harsh, but his love for his little brother glows brightly.

However, after a series of heart-wrenching events, Alexos commits a shocking act, very much out of character. Despite this, readers will still root for Alexos as he learns to live with his past while forging ahead with his destiny. The true magic of this book shines with the culmination of events on a deserted island. As the tale unwinds, the characters’ actions reveal themes such as power, truth and, most of all, forgiveness.

Readers familiar with William Shakespeare’s The Tempest will discover delightful allusions in The Chosen Prince. Some references are overt: a storm bringing characters to the island; a man and his daughter set adrift at sea to die. Others are subtle: unearthly music, mystical visions or references to a brave new world. However, knowledge of The Tempest is not a requirement for enjoying this finely wrought story, complete with surprising twists right up until the end.

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The Chosen Prince

The Chosen Prince

By Diane Stanley
HarperCollins
ISBN 9780062248978

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