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The Lost Prince (The Dark Border #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Were it not for the awesome power of the Hasturs, the creatures contained by the dark border would overrun mankind. As humans reeled from the constant onslaught only to rebound, the darkness searched for another path to victory. It stole a princeling and raised him in Shadow, teaching him how to command the living and the dead, how to usurp his brother's throne through mag ...more
Published (first published 1982)
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"The Lost Prince" is the first of four novels written by Paul Edwin-Zimmer set in the same fantasy world.
Collectively, they are often referred to as "The Dark Border" novels, however, only two of them are set in the location of the Dark Border itself. "King Chondos' Ride" directly continues the story of "The Lost Prince", and is not in fact a sequel story. Without both novels, you have only half the story. The two other no
Federica Leva
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James H
I read this almost 30 years ago, and it took that long to find it again; I'd forgotten the title and the author. It was set up to have a sequel, and I've been looking for the sequel ever since (not easy when the author and title you remember are wrong).

The things that stuck with me: Two twin princes, one is lost to and raised by "evil things" as a baby; the book begins with a scene from his point of view. A "reluctant" swordsman. Towers to guard against the evil, and some "supernatural" beings t
I first picked up this book from my mom's book shelves when I was in high school. I enjoyed the story, but for ~15 years could not remember the title or author of the book I read. On a recent visit, I rummaged her shelves and found it, and she let me borrow it for a re-read.

I found that I enjoyed the story just as much the second time around. I thought the world building was very well done. The history and geography of the world seems to have a well-thought-out background that gives it depth. Th
The Dark Border duology. Incl: The Lost Prince, and King Chondos' Ride. I recently bagged a re-read of Zimmer's fantasy duology. Outwardly these are excellent works of drama, intrigue, and war. Inwardly, for those who care to look, there are themes of love and death, of honor, friendship, loyalty, and redemption.

Zimmer, brother to famed author Marion Zimmer Bradley, was known more as a poet, swordsman, and scholar. These were his first novels, and in them he created a major work of fantasy. The
Bill Reich
What first struck me about this book, and the "sequel," King Chondos' Ride," must be included in "this book," is how well the action scenes are written. In a field where so many protagonists have swords in their hands, Zimmer writes about combat much better than the competition.
However, Zimmer also deals with larger themes, such as honor love and the proper role of a warrior, with grace and intelligence.
Oddly enough, for a tale of warriors, the viewpoint of his major characters is that war amon
Mark Cameron
This is where the five star rating system fails. I want to give this a 7/10. I don't think that it quite deserves 4/5 but I think that 3/5 would be unfair.

There are two things that I really liked about this book. The first is that swordsmen/swordfighting is focused on. The second is that it is very unlike other fantasy novels because one of the main characters is a human raised by the creatures of evil. Imagine if Aragorn had a twin brother brought up by orcs and the haradrim. That is kind of wh
Stephen V.
I remember liking this series when I was younger, but the writing was so disjointed this time through that I had difficulty keeping track of story lines. I did enjoy the major characters and the world is cool, especially the systems of magic. I may go ahead and reread the sequel or I may not.
Leon Aldrich
Any fan of Steve Perry's, "The Man Who Never Missed," or Mike Resnick's "Widowmaker" or David Gemmell's "Legend" should enjoy "The Lost Prince." At least the first two volumes of The Dark Border.
Oneiric Moor
Praticamente introvabile, molto tolkeniano, ottima fantasy
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