Shadow of the Prince
Dalia Leary, the eighteen-year-old daughter of an outcast Seer and a downtrodden merchant, lives in a city steeped in lore and magic, where the gods rule the seasons and the noble half-bloods rule the people. The kingdom of Eatrahan is down on its luck, facing mass starvation and economic failure from prolonged droughts. Dal’s mother seems certain that there is a strange, simple solution to both their problems and those of Eatrahan’s. Dal just has to marry the Prince of Eatrahan, Prince Tullvomm. Easy, right?
Of course not. The Prince is nearly ten years her senior, and engaged to be married to the fair-haired Princess of the East. She is nothing more besides a common girl from Bridgewater Avenue. Besides the obvious issues of his princess fiancée and her very un-noble birth, there’s one other small little problem – Prince Tullvomm is never seen without his pitch-black wolf at his side – his beastly protector.
The more Dal tries to get close to the Prince, the more the ghastly wolf seems to always get in the way. Dal realizes that to get access to the Prince she must either befriend the beast or slay him, and though part dog he may be, the beast doesn’t seem the type to lie down and roll over.
In fact, the more time Dal spends around the creature the less sure she is that he is a dog at all.