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Wynter Moorehawke has braved bandits and Loup-Garous to find her way to Alberon-the exiled, rebel prince. But now that she's there, she will learn firsthand that politics is a deadly mistress. With the king and his heir on the edge of war and alliances made with deadly enemies, the Kingdom is torn not just by civil war - but strife between the various factions as well. WynWynter Moorehawke has braved bandits and Loup-Garous to find her way to Alberon-the exiled, rebel prince. But now that she's there, she will learn firsthand that politics is a deadly mistress. With the king and his heir on the edge of war and alliances made with deadly enemies, the Kingdom is torn not just by civil war - but strife between the various factions as well. Wynter knows that no one has the answer to the problems that plague the Kingdom - and she knows that their differences will not just tear apart her friends - but the Kingdom as well....

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The Rebel Prince Reviews

  • Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
    2019-03-30 06:02

    Here is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also has many thoughts about how she wishes Christopher was suffering. Who the hell would want that? What's wrong with her? God, she so does not deserve him. At one point Chris is falling asleep with a cup of scorching tea in his hand, and she laughs to herself, hoping he'll drop it on his lap and burn himself. If it was cold, MAYBE that would be funny, but otherwise, no. She's like a little She Demon.Okay, so. I didn't like this book. The only reason it gets as high a rating as this is for Christopher, my dear, darling, wonderful Christopher. It started off okay, then became very boring. Alberon is an asshole and remains that way until the end, so I wasn't interested in his character. Razi is selfish and jerkish in this one, too. He turns Christopher's vengeance into something about benefitting himself and the kingdom, rather than having it be FOR Christopher, which may sound okay, but since Razi always puts the kingdom ahead of his friends/relatives, even though he's not even a prince or a king, this is just more of the same. It would be nice if he actually did something FOR his friend and his friend alone. Wynter is worse than Razi. She cares waaaaay more about strangers she's never met than her own boyfriend or brother. There were many more unneccessary deaths and a ridiculous bout of amnesia that was just a plot device to bring Wynter to center stage, which didn't even work well, since Wynter has gone downhill in this book. The characters seemed to grow stupid in this book as well. Chris was hardly in it, which was a mistake in my opinion, since most of the characters are unlikable, and when he WAS in it, he wasn't even acting like himself. Then there's the end. What was up with that? It goes on and on and then just ends. I swear, Wynter was running toward someone for a good three-hundred pages, even though the person was RIGHT THERE. And THEN, the man who claims to be Chris' father chooses to rescue a DEAD BODY instead of Chris. What the heck? Chris is lying there bleeding to death, and the guy ignores him to pick up a dead body and run away with it? Um, no. That's not how things are done. Grieve later, unless you want to be grieving for two people instead of one. Idiot. And the epilogue? Yeah, it needed to be there, but from the POV of someone we'd never met before? Why? Stupid. Which makes sense, since all the characters were idiots. Jonathon was basically a gorilla/baboon, except not as smart. Alberon was so dumb his head was almost deflating, since his brain was absent. He was either being dumb or strutting like a peacock.Jonathon:Alberon:Alberon again:When reading this, I was either bored or pissed off at either Wynter, Alberon, or Razi. I did not enjoy it. There was ONE funny line in the whole book, since Kiernan decided to take away Chris' sense of humor so she could concentrate on Alberon's meanness and arrogance. It really annoyed me how Razi wouldn't correct people when they called Christopher his 'property.' It's so absurd, because Chris is a better man than anyone in this whole book, and yet he's treated like crap and people think he's not good enough for Wynter, just because her father, who was a carpenter was given a courtesy title by the king. So the heck what? Yes. I get that titles were sooo important, but it sickened me how even Wynter felt this way. As if SHE deserved better? Good joke, Wyn. The lengths to which you do not deserve Chris are so immense they could make a planet. Also, at one point in the story, a HEALER tells Wynter it would be a good idea to kick Chris in the head next time he lost his temper. Even Wynter was like, Huh? So the lady justifies herself by saying, "Men are men." Um. Yeah. She's a genius, this one. Men are men! Really!?!?!? Wow! I never would have guessed! Men are men, so women should kick them in the head! That makes perfect sense! ...Ohman.I don't think it's a smart idea to make your narrator the least likable of the main characters.

  • Martha
    2019-03-30 02:49

    My husband was reading the back of this book and mentioned that it seemed rather violent for my tastes. In many ways, he is right, so I've been trying to figure out how to describe why I liked this series anyway. Let's see if I can explain...This series is about war, intrigue, betrayals, usurpations, rebellions, monsters (human & otherwise) and other ickiness that I usually avoid. It is also about love, loyalty, honor, and generally good people trying to find a mostly good path that leads out of the ickiness in a way that they can live with. It weighs revenge and when it should or should not be taken and what made it worthwhile (I didn't always agree). It yearns for peace after the price of freedom. It encourages finding out what makes one happy. It balances individual wishes against the needs of others.It is about an unconventional trio of "siblings" (two half-brothers and a sort of foster sister), who love each other very much and want to find a way to support each other without supporting the bad decisions they see each other making. It watches them learning that some decisions belong to other people, along with the consequences, and they cannot be removed by wishing or ordering. It cries as they grow up & painfully make their places in the world. And it celebrates their everlasting bonds of family.It is about their fathers, who love their children almost beyond endurance but struggle with the dangers & decisions that are thrust upon their offspring. Not only can they not help their children, they can't face their own pasts or see their own futures. It is about their friends, who won't leave them even if it means their own deaths or destruction. It also presents a variety of potential allies, with hidden benefits & dangers, strengths & lies--choices to be made with lifesaving or deadly results.It made my heart ache at times, from joy or sorrow, depending on the circumstance on the page. It had me rooting for some sort of "right" solution to be found, even when I couldn't imagine what that would be. And at the end, a solution was found (although not described in any depth).

  • Samantha
    2019-03-31 00:44

    I'd been greatly anticipating the third installment of Celine Kiernan's engaging trilogy, so when 'The Rebel Prince' came out, I scooped it up happily. First let me say I did enjoy it. It was overall engaging, and just as compulsively readable as the first two volumes, but there were a couple things that kind of gave me pause. In 'Prince,' we finally get to meet the long-missing Alberon. Who, regrettably, turns out to be a full-of-himself prat. Now, that might just be how royalty IS in this land. However, how he managed to earn so much loyalty with the attitude he portrays is difficult to fathom. And that right there is what threw me off the book, I believe. When you introduce a character who's been so key since book one, then make him just.. unlikeable, well. It throws the reader out of the universe a bit. There are some good action scenes, including a fairly thrilling climactic scene. From an emotional standpoint the book delivers too. One scene, with Christopher commemorating his father, is particularly poignant. Ultimately, the conclusion didn't wrap up as neatly as I would have liked, with some questions unanswered and at least one surprise development that was only vaguely hinted at in the book itself. Despite my criticisms, it's overall a decent read. I just wish I could have come to like Alberon more.

  • Kate
    2019-04-12 08:01

    I simply adore this book. There are truly no words to describe how deeply I adore this book. Celine has concluded her beautifully realistic trilogy with great heart and emotion, making 'The Moorehawke Trilogy' one of the best series I have ever read. I was so deeply engrossed in the story that at every twist and turn I fretted over the outcomes and reactions. Even when I was pried away from the book for sleep, meals and university lectures, I was constantly thinking about the latest plot development. Celine has managed to keep the secrets developed with the first two books teasing upon the edges of the story until they are suddenly brought forth and the truth exposed. I shall not divulge any plot spoilers, because ‘The Rebel Prince’ needs to be read whilst your hairs are standing on end and your gut is churning at all the possible endings to this magnificent trilogy.

  • Tegan
    2019-03-23 01:09

    I very sad to see this series end as I have grown so attached to all these characters. It is just very rare to find a book series like this. Anyways, onto my review.WARNING!!! SPOILERS!!!Rebel Prince picks up with the Wynter, Razi, Chris and the Merron on the way to Alberon's camp. After a happy reunion with Alberon, although afterwards Wynter and Razi discover Alberon's way to take control of his father's kingdom. The Bloody Machine. A machine that promises destruction to the kingdom, but through Alberon's eyes it promises victory. Razi and Alberon seem to disagree on all matters. Razi believes this tyrade against their father can be solved through political means, while Alberon sees that war is the answer. I found the interaction between Alberon and Razi to be very interesting. Their opposites, yet strongly bonded, along with Wynter who is their unofficial little sister. Wynter doesn't necessarily side with Alberon on all matters but she believes he is blinded by his views, that's what I interpreted. Wynter and Christopher's relationship is as strong as ever, with the couple's bond always thriving. Christopher always makes me laugh. Despite his dark and sad past, he is joker yet in Rebel Prince you see his dark side (if you read Crowded Shadows you'll know what I mean) when Alberon makes a dangerous alliance with the Loup-Garoups. The trio seem to have had enough of Alberon's dangerous games, and Razi and Wynter just want him to see sense. I have to say Sol has got to be one of my favourite characters. His bond with Chris is so heart warming and when he calls Chris his son, my heart melted. And Hallavor. I love this woman. With Hally, you got so much more of an impression of her than you did in the last book. And Sol and Hallvor have made me very interested in Merron, they are a fascinating bunch of folk. Razi also meets a lady, named Mary, who has a connection to a man from the first book. The ending ended abruptly, but I have no qualms with that and went straight to an five-years-later epilogue, it gives you a good insight to where the characters are in the future, Chris and Wyn, Razi and Mary, Alberon, Jonathon, even Queen Shuirken, everyone.Overall, the writing was flawless, the plot was magnificent and I just wish this wasn't the last book. Celine Kiernan my hat is tipped off to you.

  • Choco
    2019-03-24 07:57

    I just finished this book, and let me tell you it was so so satisfying.. This is definitely one of my favourite series ever!!I don't know where to start to describe how great this trilogy is, but I'll do my best.I believe there are mainly three components to a person both in a book or in a real life: behaviours (or actions), emotions, and thoughts (or cognition). A lot of books focus on actions and not enough on emotions, I think. If a book is written from the first person, we readers usually have access to all of these three in that person and only to actions of other people. One thing I absolutely loved about this trilogy is how we get to see deep and complex emotions from all the characters. How did the author do that? She does this through describing the characters' behaviours (including their facial expressions) in such details, and it allows us readers to really feel with them. To get what I'm saying, you may have to read the book!I also felt connected to the characters. By letting us readers see all the characters' emotions, I got to see various points of views, and all the characters behave in a way that is understandable no matter how crazy it may appear initially. Sure the characters disagree with each other and I may disagree with their actions as a reader, but their actions can be understood as neither good or bad. I also appreciated how the complexity of human lives and decisions we make wasn't simplified. A lot of books and movies love to portrait things in black and white, or good and evil, but this series doesn't do that. Despite all the flaws, I loved all the characters and it feels like they are actually alive living somewhere I don't know.Lastly.. I'm sure I READ this book and not WATCHED this book, but I have a detailed flashback whenever I think of my favourite scenes from any of the three books in the series. I can almost see how some of these scenes should be shot if they are to be made into movies. This is another reason why I loved this series; just how visual they are. Okay, enough rambling from me. I hope you all got my message by now; this trilogy is AWESOME!! (sorry for the poor adjective to describe such a great series..) I will treasure the books.

  • Allison (The Allure of Books)
    2019-04-15 04:59

    The three books of the series are The Poison Throne, The Crowded Shadows and The Rebel Prince. I'm reviewing them together partly because it would be hard to write individual reviews without a ton of spoilers...but also because I was insanely addicted to the series and read all three books in a row, and in a ridiculously short amount of time. Oh - and fair warning - there will be gushing to follow.Here, friends. Here is a series to get lost in. This world, these people...they don't let you keep them on the pages of the book for long. I got so completely caught up in the adventures of Wynter, Razi and Christopher; when I would set the books down for something it would take me a disorienting moment to remember that I wasn't actually with them and part of the story. That, my friends, is the biggest gift a book can give you. The politics, characters and different tribes and nations of people are all so layered and complex. I'm already looking forward to rereading the series sometime in the future because I know there is enough to the story that I will be picking up all kinds of things that I missed the first time. I could never critique these books by saying "I didn't like what this character did in this situation" or "I wish she had written this part different" because...of course there are things I wish the characters hadn't done, or things that I wish had happened differently. Reading these books means watching a world unfold. (I did warn you there'd be gushing.) But, fair warning, there is a lot of intensity, and a lot of things that are hard to read (like human sacrifice).In a lot of ways, reading is a never-ending search for books like these...the ones that give you a complete escape. If you like that feeling (and you know the one I'm talking about), then this really is a trilogy you shouldn't miss.

  • Yuriko
    2019-04-20 04:56

    After the end, I want to cry. But...those are not tears of pure happiness. To be honest,I'm kinda disappointed. It seems like author haven't had much ideas anymore, so she just added Maria, random lady in a place of Embla; Oliver, which was example of knight totally loyal to his prince (because there had to be someone for sacrifice of course), also haven't told us much about this famous machine (which was supposed to be one of the main concepts of this story, after all...). There are many boring parts, only a few chapters were full of action and pretty good for me. And how the book ended...just not. It was too sudden. We haven't been able to see what happend Alberon and Anthony (honestly, it was my dream to see them somewhere together, like father and son). Ok, there was Anthony going to school, but it was too little. Marguerite ended up with Jonathan, not Alberon, so I'm kinda happy with that. Razi lost his memory and we don't know if he was recovered. He just stayed with Maria, and it seems like he accepted her son like his own (I was like: 'Poor Razi...'). Solmundur was quite lonely, and Wynter and Christopher, finally...What they were doing ? Well, they were living together. Oh, ok. Author haven't ended everytihng in a good way.I really liked the whole series so much and I'm sure I will miss it. But this part...it was the worst part of whole series and that's for sure. Anyway, I will be grateful to author for Moorehawke Trilogy. I want to cry.~The end.

  • Kinsey
    2019-04-17 03:13

    If Goodreads allowed you to give a book zero stars, this book's rating would go down a peg.Where...do I even begin? I trudged my way through the first two books because I thought the premise was interesting (first book) and kept reading for the inevitable meeting between Razi and Alberon (second book). I was disappointed with both but soldiered onto the third book because - and let's be honest here - I had come too far to go back now. This book was just utterly incomprehensible. The prince that everyone said was "the best of us" was a bigot and a misogynist. What little independence Wynter learned in the wilderness disappeared as soon as a member of royalty looked at her sideways. Razi groveled to his brother and then (view spoiler)[ got amnesia just when his services as a diplomat were needed. Honestly, in what world does that plotline make sense?(hide spoiler)] Christopher is largely ignored unless he's acting to shore up Razi and Wynter's miserable characterizations. And then the ending where (view spoiler)[ it's in the middle of a battle and just...stops? Followed by an epilogue set five years in the future?(hide spoiler)] It was just...so bad...I read the Rebel Prince because I thought it would answer some of the questions the first two books were unable to. I was wrong and now I look forward to shoving this trilogy into a box and forgetting about it.

  • Laura
    2019-04-02 02:57

    The third book and my least favorite, but better than it started! This book was less of an adventure and more of a political battle of wits. I was having difficulty getting into the drama until the last third of the book. I guess I am an adventure/suspense lover at heart. Wynter, Christopher, and Razi finally meet Alberon in his encampment. We spend a good portion of this book learning about the politics of government. Most of the book takes place solely at the camp of Alberon and his supporters. But, I got to a point when there were only 150 pages left and panicked thinking, how is the author going to tie up the loose ends with the few pages left. She did and it went well. I just wish she shortened the politics and lengthened the adventure. I am also not a huge fan of sci fi and the Twilight like transformation was a little bit of a turnoff for me. However, I still liked the story enough to give it the four stars it earned.

  • Shazzt
    2019-04-18 23:47

    Despite the fact that I liked a lot of things about this series, to me it felt underdone. This was emphasised by the abrupt ending to the final book. I never really connected to the POV protagonist and felt that she was the wrong choice to tell a story where she was more often than not on the edges of the action. Seeing things through Ravi and Christopher's eyes (or even Jonathan's or Alberon's) would have given the story more depth and made the political machinations clearer. A map might have been nice too.My other bugbear was the supernatural elements. The ghosts and talking cats never really felt a convincing part of this world and seemed to exist purely as plot devices which was a shame because I liked both.It is not often that I wish a fantasy book was longer, but I really wish this series had had more depth. I enjoyed it but found myself wishing it was more.

  • Kate
    2019-04-10 07:00

    I loved this series so much I am so glad I finally got around to buying the last book. Such great characters and tension. I want more. But also so happy with how well the story ended, such a clever way of showing what happened to these amazing characters. Definitely will reread at some point in the future.

  • Kate
    2019-04-12 02:57

    Another re-read for this year, and I am not sure why but I find myself hopelessly drawn back to the Moorehawke world and the central trio. I suppose it is the combination of strong unique characters and wonderful writing that has me pulling these books from the shelf.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-05 02:02

    A fantastic conclusion

  • Snicks
    2019-04-15 23:46

    Loved this series...Loved the characters....Satisfying ending...Please write more Ms. Kiernan...

  • Cateline
    2019-04-01 01:07

    love this story til the end!!!

  • TheBookSmugglers
    2019-04-09 23:59

    Original Review of trilogy HEREA few months ago, Thea and I wrote a joint review The Poison Throne, the first book in the Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan and posted the review over at Tor.com. I loved it (Thea not so much – which is fine, because this series has ANA written all over it) and vowed to read the other two books ASAP. I didn’t and that was only because I knew that I needed at least a good 10 free hours in order to do so: I had the feeling that once I started reading book 2, I wouldn’t stop until finishing book 3 as well. I was right: a couple of weeks ago I had a free weekend and found myself staying up until Sunday 4am to finish it all AND OH MY GOD, IT WAS SO WORTH IT.Suffice it to say: in a perfect world, I would love all the books that I read as much I loved the Moorehawke trilogy. Furthermore, you know by now that I love Fantasy novels, LOVE them. But it is very, very rarely that they are character-driven and that is exactly the greatest strength of this series. I can always enjoy gritty, dark fantasy on an intellectual level but very rarely on an emotional one.The beautiful Australian covers form a pictureThe Moorehawke Trilogy is set in alternate Europe in what feels like the beginning of the Modern Era (circa 15th-16th century). Basically, in terms of plot and with as little in the way of spoilers as possible:The protagonist-narrator, Wynter Moorehawke and her dying father, return home in The Poison Throne after a 5 year absence, eager to see her two childhood friends/brothers Razi and Alberon only to find the Kingdom in the throes of political and religious turmoil. The once kind and enlightened King Jonathon has become a tyrant who opened the doors to the Inquisition, subverting the previous order. Now, the Cats who used to communicate with people have been killed and the Ghosts of the Castle have been declared non-existent. Even more distressing is the political instability as Alberon, the official heir to the throne is nowhere to be seen and his half-brother (and bastard son), Razi has been proclaimed the new heir. The story follows Wynter and her father as well as Razi and his best friend Christopher as they are caught up in the middle of transition. After events in the end of book one, in The Crowded Shadows, the three amigos – Razi, Wynter and Christopher – set out (apart at first, together eventually) to find Alberon to try and make sense of what in the world is going on and why is he rebelling against his own father and what exactly is this Weapon that everybody seems to fear so much. And then finally in book 3, The Rebel Prince, they meet with Alberon and all of the plotlines come together and we learn the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.Even more basically: book 1, is set at Court, is full of social intrigue and is effectively the Mystery book. Book two is a on-the road-book but also the Relationship book. Book three is set mostly at Alberon’s camp and is the Politics book.But more to the point: none of what I said so far reveals what really is the heart and soul of this series: its characters, their diversity (Razi is Arab for example and there are secondary gay characters in an awesome loving relationship as well), their struggles, the relationships. They are all well-drawn, from the three main characters, to the villains, to the secondary characters.Wynter, Razi and Christopher are all in a way reluctant heroes. Wynter would much rather be working than being at Court; Razi is a doctor and does not want to take his brother’s place much less be in charge of a whole Kingdom; Christopher has his own agenda but will put it aside due to his undying loyalty to Razi.Chris and Wyn, by the authorThey are all terrified by what is going on but they take upon themselves to do something: for their Kingdom, for their friends, for each other, for Alberon, who is absent and who needs to be heard. Razi and Christopher have been through a lot of stuff together before the story even starts; Razi and Wynter are like brother and sister and their relationship is awesome and heart-warming and then there is the equally awesome and heart-warming romance between Wynter and Christopher that develops over the course of the three books (the scene where he asks her name and we learn that Wynter is not her real name – and why she is called Wynter in the first place is all kinds of amazing).More than the main trio and their relationship with each other though, there are other characters that shone through: Wyn’s father, Lorcan; Razi and Alberon’s; Alberon, who was a huge surprise in the way that he was not what I expected at all and it took some time to warm up to him; and dear lord, the plethora of characters in the Merron’s camp (where a great part of book 2 is set). The Merron are a nation (to which Christopher almost reluctantly belongs to) of nomads who have their own religious beliefs (you can read more about them in the author’s website) and I thought this part of the story was absolutely fascinating: it revealed more about Christopher, it revealed more about the world-building; this is where Razi falls in love too:Razy and Embla, by the author.And it is all so heartbreaking and even more than that: there are huge plot twists in this part of the story and they are HORRENDOUS and it is even more awesome because even though these horrible things are perpetrated by the Merron people, still, the author makes it possible for the reader to understand WHY. This is no mean feat, because of what exactly I am talking about (clue: human sacrifice) .Just to make things clear: when I say that the characters are what made this series for me, this does not mean that the series is plot-less – this is far from the truth. It is just that the religious, political, economical issues are all felt and lived by the characters and they are the ones to move the plot forward not the other way around in a well-balanced story. It is interesting to note that out of the three books, The Crowded Shadows is by far my favourite: it is possibly where one can argue, “nothing” really happens, to wit I would counter argue that in fact, it is the book where the MOST AWESOME things happen, but they are all of the emotional variety.In the end, it was hard for me to side with one side or the other – which to me just shows how really COMPLEX the running of a freaking kingdom is and how there are no easy answers. And I appreciated how the author never once let me down in this regard.And not even the appearance of a last-minute deus ex machina that nearly BROKE MY HEART, was enough to bring down this series. I fully understood the necessity of said deus ex machina, even if the HOW it happens was not to my own liking. My reaction though, is admittedly a part of my personal emotional investment in this series. It is interesting, how that same sequence of events though, holds what is the ultimate, finest moment of each character.And I shall leave you with my MOST FAVOURITE scene, in which Wynter (have I told you how awesome she is?) tells Christopher:You listen to me, Freeman Garron. I am telling you now, I love you. ‘I love you’, she insisted, her face very close to his.’To court I shall always be the Protector Lady Wynter Moorehawke. To Razi and Alberon I shall always be Wyn – Razi’s baby, Albi’s little sis. These things are what I am, Christopher, and I am proud of them. But I am also your Iseult. You are the only man to whom I shall ever be thus, and I shall never let that go. We shall find our place,’ she promised. ‘I’m not yet certain how we shall find it, or where it will be, but wherever it is, we shall be together, Christopher; and whatever we are doing, it will not involve me sitting in a tent waiting for my menfolk to change the world.’It is stuff to warm up your soul, y’all.

  • Laura Portelli
    2019-03-26 01:05

    The final book of the Moorehawke Trilogy was a good read and the ending was so perfect and different, I wouldn't change a thing The 3rd book it differently much more political than all the other 2 but it is required with the prince and king situationAll the charters were amazing through out the whole book I love this series and i feel so lost now that I have finished reading it,I highly recommend this series for medieval fantasy and a hit of romance lovers

  • Izzy
    2019-03-25 23:51

    While this trilogy finishes on a positive note, it's a hollow victory for readers.Akin to "Breaking Dawn" in the Twilight saga, this trilogy had a distinct build-up leading to an epic battle only to be a complete let down when it dissolves into nothingness.

  • SparksofEmber
    2019-03-31 05:46

    Wynter, her friends, and the Merron tribe arrive at Alberon’s camp and reality slams back around our trio, reminding them of their social and political divisions. I hate diplomatic, political speak and it’s frustrating at first, watching Razi and Wynter dance around the issues with Alberon. But whether it’s a result of their close relationship or the long journey away from court, it doesn’t take too long to cut to the chase and lay it all on the table. Finally, we get the answers that have been sought since the trilogy began. But not all at once – we get bits and pieces slowly building to a whole. And a whole ‘nother side to the story as we finally get to meet Alberon and learn his side of everything that has been happening.And it’s a mess. A huge, jumbly, messy mess of wrongs and rights and do the ends justify the means and how to save a kingdom and it’s people and alliances made with those you hate for the sake of a purpose and how far should a leader have to sacrifice or compromise for his duty and responsibilities. The division between Alberon & his father is chasmic and I honestly thought war was inevitable. I just couldn’t see how Wynter and Razi would be able to mediate or resolve the differences of opinion (and approach) between the king and his disowned son.Wynter also has to make her own choices and decide where to stand on her own convictions; political and social expectations, and the relationship she has established with Christopher, a social inferior so far as the court is concerned. In the second book, Christopher made his stance clear when introducing Wynter to his people and protecting her from the Loups-Garous. Wynter has the same opportunity here and you can’t help but love Christopher all the more more for his patience and lack of pressure while she wrestles with the decision.You’ve heard the cliche about a crisis balancing on the edge of a knife? Well, it’s quite literal in The Rebel Prince. And not everything gets wrapped up in a pretty bow once the fog clears and the weapons are laid down. But it feels like it does. After a long series of drawing out every detail and explaining every action, the story stops in the middle of a huge tumult and then is wrapped up in a sugary-sweet epilogue. If you felt cheated by The Hobbit (and Lord of the Rings) employ of “The eagles are coming” then you’ll likely feel a bit excluded from the resolutory action here.Oh, but you finally get an answer for the whole wolves question. Frankly, while the ghosts served a narrative purpose in the first and second book (albeit small purposes), the talking cats were fun but felt like a bit of an unnecessary contrivance. And then you get “wolves” right in the latter third of this last volume and it felt out of left field. Going back & rereading, I can see where Kiernan sprinkled little hints along the way. But I think there has to be some basis to foreshadowing. Explaining what I mean through a different popular series – in Twilight, the hints that are laid regarding Edward being a vampire only work because the reader knows about the concept of vampires in the first place. The semi-fantasy/semi-reality world Wynter lives in never hints at the existence of anything outside of ghosts and talking cats (both of which are mentioned almost immediately in the first chapter of the first volume) so “wolves” being anything besides a solely canine-type animal felt like a sudden lurch in the established world-building.All that being said, I enjoyed this series and it is difficult to browse through a volume looking for a particular passage as I find myself an hour later, happily rereading the entire thing.

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-03-31 05:09

    This is the third and final book of the trilogy, some spoilers for the previous books could be present.Wynter, Razi, and Christopher are traveling with the Merron warriors, who are on their diplomatic mission to find the Rebel prince. They have all started to come to terms with the happenings of The Crowded Shadows. In trying to find the Rebel Prince they try different rendezvous points with no avail. Finally, they come across Alberon's military men and make it to camp. After some quick work with words Razi and Wynter make it to see Alberon. What they learn of his plans surprise and astound them. Could they work? Would they even want them to work? With everything that has happened between Prince Alberon and his father King Jonathan, could they repair the damage done to the kingdom? Razi and Wynter have the fate of the kingdom laying in their hands.This was a wonderful read for me. One I barreled quickly through, not wanting to put the book down. I have enjoyed these characters and the world here since the first book. This was a wonderful end to an amazing trilogy. I'm still a little sad to see it end, but in this book all the remaining questions are answered and wraps up gracefully. And yes, we learn about the Bloody Machine talked about in the first book. We also get to see more of the Merron ways, which I grew to love in The Crowded Shadows.The characters have grown in strength through these books. Especially Wynter. Wynter has grown into a wise and brave young woman. Not that she wasn't brave in the beginning, but she has learned much on her path and accepted a lot. She has found love and hate in these woods and how to express both. We get to meet one of Wyn's old friends here, one of the talking cats she had taken care of when at the castle before her and her father went North. And we learn more of Christopher and his hidden secret, and how Wyn deals with it. Razi is the constant rock and voice of reason, as always, but there is something that will shake his world as well. Then, we finally get to meet the Rebel Prince Alberon. Hmmm, yes. Alberon. I have to say when we first meet Alberon I had wondered of his state of mind. He seemed as he could be a little off from all the war and bloodshed he has seen at such a young age. But as the book went on I learned of why the Prince is the way he is and that he is aware of it. But, he has to be strong and almost cold as he is the heir to the throne... or so he believes.The story starts right in the thick of the woods with trouble all around. We get the feel of the danger in the woods still. Even when in the camp there is always danger lurking around. And even the different agents from different kingdoms and areas of this world there is friction between them.I also enjoyed the different degrees and angles in which we see danger coming at the main characters. All the characters are tested to their limits. We even get to see at the end, the characters that survive, a close future to see what has come of them. Lovely ending to a wonderful trilogy. I'm proud to say this is one that will stay on the shelves for years to come and I will revisit again and again. I will be keeping my eye out for any future work by Celine Kiernan.

  • Laura Summers
    2019-03-29 00:05

    Reviewed for www.bookchickcity.comWe've waited two books to meet him, so much that I wondered if we ever would. But, book three in this trilogy is finally about the alleged traitor, Prince Alberon. Once again the story is more about lethal political games than it is about action, as Wynter and Alberon's half brother Razi try to get to the bottom of the split in the kingdom and prevent an all out war between father and son.Prince Alberon is not quite how I expected him to be. We have seen him thus far only through the eyes of Razi and Wynter, which has been slightly rose-tinted and filled with childhood memories. The grown up Alberon is a mixture of nobility and bravery, but at the same time spoilt and impetuous. And I wasn't able to gel with him the same way I have with other characters in the books. There were times when I felt like giving him a good slap!At last, and most importantly we finally discover what the feared 'bloody machine' is that King Jonathan and Wynter's father have done everything in their power to hide. The revelation shocking to our three main characters, but perhaps more disturbing is Alberon's plans for it.Wynter, Razi and Christopher arrive in the camp accompanied by the Merron, Christopher's people. But after the events of the last book their relationship with Razi is shaky. And yet despite those shocking events, I still could not help but like most of these strange people, with their ancient habits and traditions and wanted them to get the new beginning they were so desperately seeking.Prince Alberon's camp is made up of numerous political envoys from different nations and the relationships between them are tentative at best. But when the hideously violent Loup Garous arrive, the same people that enslaved and mutilated the man she loves, Wynter is suddenly very fearful for the future. It seemed that Alberon the boy she had once loved like a brother, was no longer a person she knows or understands.For a lot of the book I had absolutely no idea how it was going to end. I got to about three quarters of the way through and I still had no idea and began to get worried that things weren't going to get tied up as nicely as I would have hoped for a trilogy. The ending seemed to come out of nowhere and totally took me by surprise. It's an explosion of edge of your seat action and horror. Then it all ended as abruptly as it started. But, never fear there is an epilogue, which in a one word summary was lovely.VERDICT:This has been a fantastic trilogy. The lure of the books has to be Celine Kiernan's amazing characterisation. These were people I loved, feared for and cared about. Wynter was such a fabulous heroine and at the same time while still brave and determined, very different from heroines seen in a lot of stories at the moment. Don't be put off by the less action scenes, because the political games and revelations are as thrilling and definitely keep those pages turning.

  • Adam Bourke
    2019-04-13 03:59

    I enjoyed reading this final entry in the Moorehawke trilogy much more than I did the first two. The pace was a lot faster, the objectives of the characters more clear, and we finally get to find out a lot of the answers that the first two books made us ask.However there are a couple of things I didn't really like. For example there are a considerable amount of storylines that are concluded "Off-Page". They results of these storylines are all pretty much mentioned in the epilogue, but not with the prominence that they needed concluding. One of them was quite major to this book, and the other is one that has been increasingly important throughout the trilogy, until in this book it becomes Christopher's Only real story.(view spoiler)[ That is, of course, his relationship with the Loup-Garous. I think I spelt that right. In the previous books it was interesting, but in this one it becoems overwhelming. It's almost all that drives him, and it's almost a cmplete change of character. Which I found quite sad, as I liked Christopher in the previous books. While we're under the spoiler alert, and this is a fairly big one, I though that Razi's amnesia was a cliché idea, and to be frank - pointless. For me, it only subtracted from the story and I really don't see what it was for. (hide spoiler)]What I DID like is the Merron. I always like the Merron. and although they don't feature as strongly in this book, I enjoyed those scenes where they did. Unfortunately I felt that their story could have used a little more tying up. Which is really the main issue with this book. It has too many loose ends, and the epilogue is a bit too complicated to be a nice ending. You have to try and think. The Ending of the final chapter would have been really good for the first or second in a trilogy, but I didn't like it for the last.There are good points to the book - A Character named Mary and Alberon's Cat. Particularly the cat actually, I love the way cats are portrayed in this series. it's quite Novel. I was hoping it would be more important to the trilogy, as it was introduced early on, but it's a nice touch. And the writing style and flow in this novel is particularly good. I never really found myself rereading anything to make sure I'd got it right, or because it didn't make sense. It just worked.If this was the first in the Trilogy, then I would recommend it whole-heartedly. But it isn't. I did really enjoyed this book, and if you started the trilogy, then it gets better as you move along. But I don't think that I would recommend reading the trilogy as a whole. It's just not finished.

  • Lexie
    2019-04-18 07:45

    There was, without a doubt, many moments during this novel that I wanted to take Alberon aside and smack him upside the head. Between him and his father I'm honestly not certain who has less sense. If Razi hadn't already said that he didn't want to be King (and proved as much time and again) I'd urge him to stay far away because it appears the royal family loses all sense once given power.I, like probably most of the readers, had been looking forward to when Razi, Albi and Wynter would be reunited. It was obvious that neither Razi nor Wynter accounted for the changes in their childhood playmate, but Razi was realistic. Wynter wasn't. Despite everything to the contrary she kept fast to the idealistic belief that once they were together again things would be back to the way they were before. Any wrongs would be corrected, any misunderstandings cleared up.Kiernan juggled a lot of developmental things in this book. Before Razi, Wynter and Chris treated each other as more or less equals while traveling. They accepted each other and ignored the rest. Once with Alberon however those differences in station and treatment became very apparent. Razi was still a Prince, Wynter was still a Lady of the Court and Chris was...nothing. Almost worst then nothing. Alberon held to the station differences, but I think he also felt like Chris was intruding on something. He was as much an idealist as Wynter, though in a different manner.Its not strictly true to say that there's a climatic showdown between Alberon and his father. Kiernan stuck to what she wrote best--character driven plot with a little bit of action. You can almost feel when 'childhood' falls away for the last time from the three friends, when they realize that no one is perfect and their parents lest of all.The ending was amusing and fun. It gave the reader a chance to see what everybody could be like in peace. Its an uplifting one, if a trifle sad when you think of what it cost to bring about. As a conclusion to a historical fantasy such as The Moorehwake Trilogy was, it fit perfectly.

  • Shaheen
    2019-04-07 00:01

    I was looking forward to finally meeting Prince Alberon after reading about him in the previous two books. But when we meet him it is instantly clear that Alberon is no longer a boy, but rather a harsh and somewhat unhinged young man who is sure of his power as Crown Prince. To be honest, I was disappointed in Alberon’s character: he had too many mood swings and generally made me uncomfortable. The other characters are also changed in the book because of the re-introduction of courtly life. Razi’s quiet strength is subdued because he is playing advisor to his borhter, Christopher is overlooked and downtrodden by those who feel he is inferior, and Wynter is treated unfairly as a woman who obvously isn’t good for anything except getting married off. All of these changes are to be expected, however, and I enjoyed the book despite them. The major change that I did not like is Wynter’s reluctance to acknowledge her relationship with Chris because others look down on him. It made me really angry and although she eventually realises that the opnions of others don’t matter, it ruined a lot of the book for me.The plot of the book is exciting - fast paced and full of political intrigue that I enjoyed a lot. Some of the slower parts of the book involved complex political manoeuvring and may have been boring, but the author makes it really interesting through amusing interactions between the characters as they theorise. The ending is abrupt and a bit confusing, but satisfying overall. There is an epilogue, which some readers may not like, but I enjoy reading them and found interesting.The Rebel Prince is a great conclusion to the trilogy and I enjoyed it a lot. I found it to be less character driven than it’s prequels but still a well paced, interesting read. You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.

  • Lemonice
    2019-04-09 07:07

    It was a bit slow paced and some events repeated themselves throughout the book, but there was enough action to keep me reading. The ending was abrupt and most open questions were answered in just a few pages in the epilogue. I expected more from the series but overall it was an OK read.

  • Kahmun
    2019-03-21 05:05

    I really liked this series but I felt like the third book was not as good as the other two, mainly because of the abrupt ending. The first book was phenomenal in that it set up a really good atmosphere for intrigue. It sort of reminded me of Act 1 of Hamlet. By the end second book it was less impressive and I found the characters kept me reading. I love the three main characters equally and in third book Anthony was gorgeous.Also, I read the series as if it were Alana (Tamora pierce) or Green Rider (Kristen Britain), so I think I was expecting different things out of it. In this series, there was less action required from the characters and Wynter especially didn't seem to be implicated as much as I would have liked. I should have realised that this series was different during the course of the second book, seeing as they had yet to find out what the bloody machine was, what Alberon was doing, etc. In essence, the series was 2/3 (or more) finding out about the problem, 1/3 resolution (and even then the problem was resolved within the course of a few serious talks between the brothers). The way it ended with the massacre (which just seemed a bizarre place to end)just proved that this is not your normal fantasy adventure book. as a side note...It also bothered me at the end that we did not find out for sure if Razi regained his memory, it would have been really sad for the trio if they had to start their friendship from scratch again.That said.... the high points (of the series) - Lorcan (and the last time he sees Wynter) - the friendship between Wynter, Christopher and Razi - the events in the first book (torture, fights, attempted murder) - The writing style (not nauseatingly simple like a lot of YA fantasy books these days)

  • GSGS
    2019-04-01 08:04

    How sad. My favourite part of this whole series is the epilogue. Of the trilogy, this one was probably my favourite. I dunno, maybe because there was actually some action going on, rather than description / running off with Merron people / nothing. The book was probably only two stars, but compared to the others it's a three. I only realised in this one that the Loups-Garous are actually... wolves. Like, they were always called 'Wolves' but I thought it was just a metaphor sorta thing. I wasn't aware that they could actually turn into wolves. I think it would improved Numero 2 a lot if I'd actually known that. Grr. Finally, we meet Alberon. Finally, we actually figure out what the problem is. We meet the... villain thing. The source of the whole plot line. How nice. In the third and final book. I'm still a little confused with all the countries and the politics behind it, but oh well. I could manage... Only just, though. I felt the resolution was a little... I felt like the author wrote up this climax, but didn't clean it up. She didn't take away the bodies, explain what was going. We just had a cliche 'five years later' in which what ACTUALLY happened was told in the eyes of a five year old who isn't even certain what happened. He wasn't, like, born! We just got glimpses of the real 'final battle'. Ah, well. At least I can put this series behind me. SPOILER: I KNEW WHAT THE BLOODY MACHINE WAS. The only reason why I kept reading it was because I wanted to know what The Machines were. I guessed they were guns, but I thought that'd be too predictable. Guess I was wrong.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-30 02:02

    Three words: Oh, My, Gosh.I thought this book was a very good conclusion to the series, with the trio finally getting to Alberon's camp and finding out the truth about why Abli and Oliver where there. Per usual, Wynter, Chris, Razi, Sol and Hallvor made me smile, espically Hallvors 'Hit him in the head' advice to Wynter about poor Chris.Towards the end of the book in spoilers(view spoiler)[Towards the end when Razi fell down the hill and lost his memory shocked me and I imediatly thought of the whole plan that had been prepared and Embla, but like a good girl, I waited it out and didn't skip to the end :D.The second last chapter had me reading at a super fast pace, filled with suspense about 'The Bloody Machine' and who would fall victim to it. The loyalty that was revealed in that scene was touching, espically that of Hallvor, Oliver and Alberon.The last chapter was cute. Little Issac with his message for Wynter made me smile, though it took me a while to work out that he was the unborn child of Mary from the previous chunk of the book. Finding out that Razi and Mary got together was sweet, and seeing how Wynter treated Chris on the scaffolding made me chuckle quietly. At first, I was confused about who the Horse Master was, then smiled as I realised it was Sol and that he hadn't left the others. (hide spoiler)]To sum it up, I was really hooked by this book and read it when ever and wherever I could. If another Moorehawke book was realised, either before or after this trilogy, that would be amazing.

  • Alice
    2019-04-03 02:45

    The Rebel Princetakes up after Wynter, Razi, Christopher and the Meron group decide to meet up with Albernon. From then on its court and military politics wrapped with side dishes of tragic pasts and a small serving of romance. This book is not so different from its previous ones, and so nothing changes. All the changes I had hoped for were non-existent. Only towards the end does Wynter start having a real role, but even then damaged Razi easily takes over- how does that work?My hoped for fulfilmment of Christopher and Wynter's love did not come. At all. Nothing. nada. zilch. rien. I was very dissapointed I understand that this series is for young adults or old children, but honestly a little honhon wouldn't have hurt anyone. Even Alanna by Tamora Pierce had a little under the sheets action, doesn't need to be explicit, but a litttle something just to keep us going would have been nice.I am a bit on the fence about this series. Although I blew through the books at an astonishing speed which would suggest utter enrapture with the books, i really was not. The politics (which i normally adore, were a bit dry) + the romance (blah) + the frienships (okay i guess) + heros (men were good, Wynter was despicable)= a blah book/series.This is not to sat I did not enjoy reading itbut it was mainly a divertissement from all the homework I have to do over Spring Break.