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The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords #1)

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When a routine hanging goes wrong and a murderer somehow survives the noose, the man announces he is an immortal. And not just any immortal, but Cayal, the Immortal Prince, hero of legend, thought to be only a fictional character. To most he is a figure out of the Tide Lord Tarot, the only record left on Amyrantha of the mythical beings whom fable tells created the race of ...more
Paperback, 585 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Tor Fantasy (first published March 1st 2007)
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Felicia
Aug 21, 2010 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
I broke my "e-book only" rule and ordered this because it looked like I would really enjoy it, and I did indeed! It has a great epic fantasy feel to it, but the characters are very well fleshed out and enjoyable. The conceit of these extremely dis-compassionate and capricious immortal figures was very intriguing, and all the "king-capades" (as I like to call this genre) were interesting because the characters aren't totally cookie-cutter. Will read the next two for sure! (FOR SOME REASON 2 and 3 ...more
Steph
Oct 14, 2007 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought The Immortal Prince in Australia during summer 2007. I was looking for something that looked undemanding enough to make for good travel reading and also carried the store's "local author!" tag. I hadn't heard of Jennifer Fallon before, but the first chapter seemed nicely written, so I picked this up.

The Immortal Prince felt like the first book in a series (and it is) -- the plot is just beginning to unfold, there isn't any great emotional crescendo, and the ending is left wide open (tho
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Carol.
May 23, 2011 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, skimmed
This book was a struggle for me, from start to finish. The overall feel is a book that feels like it's paving the way for other, more exciting events in upcoming books. Most human characters were sort of stereotypical with a twist; the "ice duchess" and academic, intelligent, unaware of her perfect beauty and starved for love; the immortal "prince," who's actually the good-looking rogue who hasn't fully seen the error of his ways; the honorable duke, trying to do the best for the people under h ...more
Damali
Sep 23, 2011 Damali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I hate to give a Fallon book three stars, but there it is. I was hoping this book would get me out of the funky mood I've been in, but it didn't. So, is it me? Am I just not in the mood to accept a new series? I can't even really point out any hufw flaws with this book. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I didn't like the way it was set up, that it kept going back in the past, in a first-person narrative, but I wasn't allowed to experience or be a part of the story. Arkady kept going b ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
there is absolutely no reason for anyone to read my thoughts about this book, as this is going to be a RANT, not a review.

why on EARTH does half the the focus of this book have to be a homosexual duke? i mean, really, diversity in fiction is fine -- though a little forewarning would've been appreciated. but the whole situation is utterly ridiculous. he has a wife, who we are repeatedly told is the most beautiful woman ever, but he only wants his lover. the WIFE, on the other hand, is totally loy
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Lorena
Sep 15, 2014 Lorena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was the trouble with hiding for a thousand years. People forgot about you. Or they twisted your story around so much they turned you into a myth; they scorned your very existence until you began to wonder if you were real, or just a figment of your own imagination.
In this fantastical world, Jennifer Fallon blends fantasy, magic, romance and politics together to form a wonderful and fantastical story. With great characterization this story really comes to life. It's the first book in the
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Sarah
Jun 12, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Laure
Sep 29, 2016 Laure rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I read a year ago. I found the first part of the book very entertaining due to the unusal premise and characters. However, I found it hard to finish it as it 'sags' somewhat in the middle.
I have not yet continued on the second book in the series. Will do so soon with the hope it picks up again.
Kris
Apr 01, 2011 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I don't consider myself a squeamish reader by most standards. And this is not a book to be squeamish about. Not really. However, when talk of the Crasii, or humanoid animals, came up it got in my way of enjoying this story.

And I did enjoy this first book. I very much found myself drawn into the Immortal Prince Cayal's long lifetime and lore. I enjoyed how human he and his fellow immortals seemed. For all that they have all lived for many thousands of years the twenty two immortals still squabbl
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Lina Al-Midfa
Feb 20, 2011 Lina Al-Midfa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
If you liked Jennifer Fallon's work, then you'll definitely enjoy The Immortal Prince.

Looking forward to a decapitation execution, Cayal (The Immortal Prince, or so he claims) wants to die. Guilty for the murder of seven men, his fate is sealed. He is to be executed, but unfortunately, the executioner is on vacation, so he has to settle for a normal hanging.

When the hanging goes wrong, for Cayal simply does not die, he is sent to Lebec Prison; Recidivists' Row, reserved for the most dangerous c
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Bryan Giger
Aug 18, 2010 Bryan Giger rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent start for the Tide Lord’s quartet. Here, Fallon blends as great deal of magic, romance, and adventure plus her signature touch of politics together. The book also has a plot that I have never read before. The Immortal Prince is a book that would keep the reader guessing at its many unexpected twists and turns.
The opening paragraph of the book already captivates the reader with its unique storyline. Cayal the immortal prince of legend was looking for a way to die or close to
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Amy
Mar 17, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-in-series
I though this was a great start to a new series about the Tide Lords, immortals that have been out of power and sight for so long that the human population of the world doesn't remember they exist. It reminded me a lot of Greek and Roman mythology where the gods squabble with each other and wreak havoc on humans in the process.

Much of the plot revolves around Arkady Desean, an academic and wife of the Duke, trying to figure out if a prisoner who didn't die at his hanging is really insane or an i
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Mihir
Sep 15, 2012 Mihir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a series which I have liked and the first book is very deceptive in its approach. The story begins by introducing the readers to Arkady, Stellan and Cayal. Ordinarily this would be a run-of-the-mill fantasy that I would avoid like the plague, but with this being written by Jennifer Fallon, it takes on a whole another level.

This book is set in a world wherein Immortals ruled the world and threatened its existence many times over. These immortals are called Tide Lords and Cayal says he's
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Tiffany
Mar 25, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, sadly I finished the first book in this series. Mostly because I enjoyed it until the end. I really didn't want it to end. I did guess some of the twists, but some of them I didn't see coming, too much.

Her main character, the Duchess, does quite well in defining herself through the book. Or rather, it's trying to define herself as an academic, and prove herself, in a world filled with men thinking woman are good just for babies. But factor into this the fact that magic is real, and the ma
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Alexander
Jan 14, 2016 Alexander rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literally no one
For such an interesting premise - immortals, magical powers, werewolf type creatures - this book was so fucking boring I am appalled I finished it. There is rape. Consistently. Everywhere. A race of people bred to be slaves, but they like being slaves, so it's okay. If they disobey commands they get killed. In the end, they're just animals, tbh.

The Immortal Prince himself is aggressively underwhelming in every single aspect. He's so boring. Bored. Eight thousand years old and he's just so bored
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Emma
May 04, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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April
Jul 20, 2014 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly adored this book, and would have loved to give it 5 stars. I just couldn't do it after seeing all the editorial mistakes throughout the book. I've stopped reading books for bad editing and obvious errors. I ridiculed 50 Shades of Grey for these types of errors(as well as other things).

I hope all this shows that the book is definitely worth a read if I could look past that.

The book itself is wonderful. The plot is very exciting, only dragging in certain parts. I love the world building
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Ubiquitousbastard
A little wordy would be my complaint. The beginning dragged, especially with so many different characters introduced at once.
Still, an interesting concept of magic (the whole tide thing sort of makes sense) and the storytelling overall was pretty good. Okay, fine, I kept thinking Time Lord instead, but that's me. For now I'd say this is a bit above average fantasy, but that could change with the next book, depending on how the author handles it.
Also, don't like the anthromorphs. I just don't.
Richard
fuckin awful. it's so damn annoying, it just goes on and on about cayel's past. the only problem in the book is proving cayel is actually immortal. i spent the second half of the book hoping that the girl whose name i forgot would fall in love with cayel and some how make the book worth the effort it takes to get through it, because i'm a hopeless romantic at heart, she dosen't by the way. it was awful and the girl was stupid she watches cayel cut off the fingers of his left hand and then doesn' ...more
Potter
Apr 20, 2011 Potter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An interesting premise but many of the characters were two-dimensional, there was quite a bit of backstory, and not much action until the last few chapters Also the Crasii, human-animal hybrids bred as slaves, were often not well-realized and occasional somewhat ridiculous. However the world is well-developed and the premise is different. I think that there is promise that the story will develop, as this is only the first of four books.

**I have now read subsequent books and the series does impro
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Summer Ann
This ended up being another one of those books that I really wanted to like but ended up being disappointed. I think it's more of a not my cup of tea kind of thing. The premise is really interesting but for me personally I kept slogging through and the writing was just too dry for me. I didn't really care what happened to anyone, I just wanted something to HAPPEN. Perhaps if I'd stayed with the book it may have gotten better further but I did not have the patience to do so. bummer.
Lau
May 13, 2011 Lau rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just interesting enough to finish, but not engaging enough to continue the series. The characters are not particularly likeable, or well developed. The world does not make sense, and the politics discussed in this volume would be enough to destroy any non-fantasy government.

I dislike the concept of the crasii - especially the unjustifiably cruel origin and perpetuation of the races - and its 2-dimensionality.

Tiffany
Meh. Mass-market-produced fantasy with average writing (so many typos in the book!). Interesting premise, I suppose, but not really novel (ref: CS Friedman) and I guessed all but one of the "surprises" about three sentences after they were introduced. Will probably read the next one, just to give it a chance.
Jenny
Feb 15, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read it. kept waiting for something to happen. lots of mystery and intrigue. don't like good people being used by evil, and yet, it's probably more true to life.
Kylie
Mar 07, 2016 Kylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Monica
Dec 15, 2013 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the premise of this book, and it was really hard to put down
Jenessa
Jul 26, 2012 Jenessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
QUALITY: 2
ENJOYMENT: 4

WILL I READ THE NEXT ONE? Yes, actually. I already own the second book, got it cheap from a sale at the area store, but I suspect I'd read the next one anyway. I suspect the second one will be less of a page-turner than this one (and was this one ever a page-turner once it got rolling) but I imagine it'll still be good enough. And if I don't like it and put the series down after that, no harm done.

OVERALL: Interesting mythos, a lot of twists I didn't see coming, but all aro
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Shiku
Feb 05, 2011 Shiku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schon lange herrscht Ebbe, die die Gezeitenfürsten ihrer Macht beraubt und sie zu einfachen Unsterblichen macht. Schon längst haben die Menschen ihre Existenz vergessen, sie sind nur noch Gestalten aus den Legenden der Crasii – Mischwesen halb Tier halb Mensch, geboren um zu dienen. Da ist es kein Wunder, dass niemanden den Worten Kyle Lakeshs Glauben schenkt, er sei der Gezeitenfürst Cayal, obwohl er gerade eine Hinrichtung überlebte. Einzig die Crasii erkennen ihre Meister wieder – und einige ...more
Bissfan
Dec 16, 2011 Bissfan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bissfan by: Shiku
Schon lange herrscht Ebbe, die die Gezeitenfürsten ihrer Macht beraubt und sie zu einfachen Unsterblichen macht. Schon längst haben die Menschen ihre Existenz vergessen, sie sind nur noch Gestalten aus den Legenden der Crasii – Mischwesen halb Tier halb Mensch, geboren um zu dienen. Da ist es kein Wunder, dass niemanden den Worten Kyle Lakeshs Glauben schenkt, er sei der Gezeitenfürst Cayal, obwohl er gerade eine Hinrichtung überlebte. Einzig die Crasii erkennen ihre Meister wieder – und einige ...more
jD
I was quite pleased with this first book of the Tide Lords series. I have not read Ms. Fallon before. Since my library carries the series, it was only an investment of time to investigate her potential. Conceptually, the Tide Lords are unique and the plot development was well paced. The Tide Lords could have been fallen angels or any immortal but it worked better that they were once humans that were changed. The influence of the tide on their magical powers is a twist that I have never come acro ...more
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.

In addition to 4 complete fantasy series - The Demon Child trilogy, The Hythrun Chronicles, the Second Sons Trilogy,The Tide Lords Quadrilogy and the Rift Runners series - Fallon has written both a tie-novel and short fiction for the TV series, Stargat
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Tide Lords (4 books)
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“Solitude is an interesting companion. It is both enemy and friend, comforter and tormentor. I spent a lot of time in Dun Cinzci's meat locker trying to decide which. Fortunately, when I tired of solitude, I had guilt to keep me company. Guilt is an even more interesting acquaintance than solitude, let me tell you. Solitude is a harsh but essentially benign attendant. Guilt, on the other hand, is a living, breathing creature, cruel and remorseless. It eats you from the inside out; devours what little hope you have left. It feeds on you, growing stronger with every accursed replayed memory, every useless recrimination." ~ Cayal, The Immortal Prince” 5 likes
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