THE OUTCAST PRINCE
Husk’s new Court of Annwyn series starts off on the right foot, adding realistic heartache and transformative romance to an innovative fantasy to create an emotional and engaging tale. A lack of early exposition may be a little disorienting at times, but as the details of her protagonists and world grow clearer, readers will no doubt become immersed in this ingenious world and come away wanting more.
Trapped in the mortal realm, Caspian Mort, son of the Crown Prince of Annwyn, has had little to do with humans outside of his work as an antiques dealer — until he is hired by Lydia Callaway to assess her late grandmother’s estate. Aided by his ability to see the history of the objects he touches, Caspian is soon overwhelmed by the memories in the house, and by the enigmatic and lonely beauty who lives there. He’s shocked to realize that Lydia’s house is haunted by fairies seeking the last known portal to Annwyn, supposedly hidden in a mirror. Protecting her from the fairy realm may mean losing her love, but Caspian is determined to do anything to keep Lydia safe. (SOURCEBOOKS, Jul., 320 pp., $7.99)