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The Immortal Prince

(Tide Lords #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,046 ratings  ·  191 reviews
He's insisting he's a Tide Lord and he's begging us to try kill him, that is.

When a routine hanging goes wrong, the survivor announces he is Cayal the immortal Prince, a Tide Lord. However, the only known record of the immortal beings of Amyrantha is the Tide Lord Tarot...and everyone knows it is only a parlour-game, an amusement.

Arkady Desean, an expert on the
Paperback, 658 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Voyager
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🗡Let's See How Much Malevolent Villainy and Evil Scheming Fallon Can Pack Into This One Buddy Read (LSHMMVaESFCPITOBR™) with my fellow BB&B Falloniacs Choko, Elena, Emily and Robin🗡

Actual rating: 4.38598744 stars.

Okay, this better not take long because I just finished The Bloody Shrimping Ninth Rain and need to start The Bloody Shrimping Bitter Twins now the day before yesterday so cup the crap to the max try I shall.

“What’s going on here? You’re supposed to behead me.” “The executioner’s on va
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 What Would Cayal Do Stars
Jennifer Fallon is


You know when you read an author and love a series by them so you decide ‘Hey I’ll read something else by them from their earlier works’ and then you are so disappointed because the other series was better or both series seem the same? Well that was not the issue here at all.

I was impressed


This story so far is completely different than The Second Sons trilogy. I love the fresh take on immortals and what would happen when one ready to die but ca
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

First off, let me start by recommending that you guys read the awesome reviews of Sarah and Elena, before we continue with my humble opinion:) Great, right?

"...“Kyle Lakesh, citizen of Caelum. You are charged with and have been found guilty of seven counts of heinous murder…”
As opposed to any other sort of murder, Cayal retorted silently, his anger welling up. The headsman’s on vacation? Are they kidding me?"..."

This is how we are introduced to Cayal, a self-proclaimed Tide Lord
Elena C.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Joy! This is exactly the kind of fantasy I love most: imaginative, pretty cruel and ambitious in its scope. We've just discoverd it and Fallon's world is already about to get a truly rude awakening: The Tide Lords are ready to make their comeback after long years of hiding, and you can bet they won't be gentle about claiming back what they believe is rightfully theirs (spoiler: everything).

Fallon's take on immortality is quite possibly the best I've read so far: and believe me, as an UF / PNR re
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
Okay, this book was recommended to me a while back by someone on Twitter (sorry I have forgotten who but I am very grateful) and I picked up the audiobook with the intention of getting to it at some point. I ended up getting to it sooner than expected as I hit a bit of a reading lull and wanted to try someone new and see if I would get into their work, and I ended up completely hooked into this story from the first few chapters and desperate to find out what will happen next.

First up, trigger wa
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Immortal Prince by Jennifer Fallon

What happens when an eight thousand year old immortal is tired of living and wants to die?

That is the main premise of Ms. Fallon's first book in the Tide Lords series. I had read this series years ago but can't believe how much I had forgotten.

I didn't find that there was an excess of world building (at least not in the present) but the characters in the story were so fleshed out and real I loved it.

Cayal, the Immortal Prince, tries to have him
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
A.R. Hellbender
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
I say this as an avid fan of Jennifer Fallon. I hated this book. The only reason I waited until almost the end to call it quits is because her series’ always get better after the first book. But never before have I given any of her books a rating under 3 stars.

The queer rep is terrible, in that literally only the people we’re supposed to dislike are queer, and it’s not portrayed very well at all, on so many levels.
We get one bisexual character who is a douchebag, and not with any real motivation
Oct 14, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Lina Al-Midfa
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2014 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 th
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the premise of this book, and it was really hard to put down
Miss Naseweis
Jun 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 50%. 300 pages of a little banter and Cayal telling Arkady about how he became a tide lord. Three. Hundred. Pages. I'm all into character and world building, but nothing effing happens. The characters feel likeable but oh so shallow, otherwise I probably would've finished this book even without much happening. But this is just so mind-numbingly boring. And don't get me started on the Crasii (a race bred for slavery and nobody questions this) and the 'chemistry' between asshole Cayal and A ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Jan 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting world and an independant female protagonist are dragged down by a glacial pace. While the stakes present in the threat revealed are high it never really feels that way. I have no real complaints about the writing or the world building here; this is a book I really just failed to connect with on any meaningful level.
Mar 17, 2009 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
Bryan Giger
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
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.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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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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“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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