Reviewed by YA fantasy author Leisl Kaberry. 9.6/10
It’s rare that I love a book so much that I simply rave about it… I like a lot of reads but love is a whole different emotion. I was taken by this story from the get go, it is written in such a charming way with a wonderful dash of humor that instantly I became at one with the kingdom and its subjects.
Little did I realise that this fantasy tale was actually entertwined with a fascinating love story.
When Prince Harold the dashing playboy, forever the flimsy bachelor who has zero interest in his claim to the thrown finally falls in love he falls hard… For a stunning portrait. The lady in the portrait is like no other and worth searching the ends of the earth for… So it seems.
Add a magician, an arranged marriage and a plot to overthrow the queen and you have a fantastical journey accompanying a love story for the ages. Well worth the read and my fave read this year.
Joshua Grasso is a professor of English at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. from Miami University, specializing in British Literature from the long eighteenth century. As both a writer and teacher, he uses the past–whether its literature, art, music, or simply ideas–to help us see ourselves through the ‘mirror’ of time. Even with the passing of centuries, our reflection is remarkably consistent–if occasionally troubling. The Count of the Living Death is his first novel.
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