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The Winter Prince

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  48 reviews
His heart stolen by a powerful pari’s magic, a young prince’s veins slowly fill with ice. That is what the stories say. Three years have passed since, and all efforts to save Kisin have failed. He won’t survive another winter. To save the prince’s life, Razin, the court wizard and Kisin’s childhood friend, plans to seek out the pari. But unbeknownst to Razin, Kisin’s heart ...more
ebook, 147 pages
Published February 24th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I love fantasy, but while I enjoyed the symbolism in this story, I found it overly descriptive and somewhat frustrating.

The Winter Prince is an allegory of sorts. A prince, yearning for his best friend, the wizard’s apprentice, gives away his heart so he doesn’t have to feel the pain of longing and loving someone who will never love him back.

After three years of isolation, three years of freezing literally and metaphorically, Kisin, who was called Prince Arrow as a boy, and Razin, the powe
I’m a big fan of fairy tales and especially the ones that have a little extra grit to keep them interesting. I’m also a big fan of R. Cooper’s writes, if you haven’t read Dancing Lessons yet, you really need to. So, I was really looking forward to reading this one. The premise sounded unique and in that way the book did not disappoint. The language the author used was beautiful and there was symbolism aplenty.

The Winter Prince himself goes by a few names, see, in his culture their names change a
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
2.5 stars

If you can help it, don’t read the blurb. It actually contains a few spoilers that I could have done without.

This is a story about prince Kisin who gave his heart away because he couldn’t handle the pain of loving someone else and assuming that his love wouldn’t be reciprocated. Razin, a powerful wizard who grew up with Kisin, is the love interest that could. Razin loved Kisin but never realized Kisin felt the same way. You see how a classic story of misunderstandings and miscommunica

This would be his third winter without a heart. He hoped it might be his last.

I am a sucker for a friends to lovers story but when you toss in a double unrequited love... *swoon* We have a ginger down! I repeat, we have a ginger down.

We meet Kişin as he is waiting to meet his newest suitor, the latest to come and attempt to win the hand, but never the heart, of the Winter Prince. But Kişin, he is beyond apathetic about the whole deal, unsure of why they find him so attractive when he lacks t
Amy Durreson
Mar 06, 2016 added it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm already sure this will be one of favourite books this year. It walks that fairytale line between sympathetic characters and metaphorical force perfectly. (view spoiler) and all the aching longing that R. Cooper always does so well. Loved it.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, sff, my-e-things, lgbtq
This is a charming fairy tale, told in the old-fashioned fairy-tale way. It's lovely and teaches an important lesson. There's great characters, a wily sorcerer to best, monsters to fight, that pining that R. Cooper does so well, and a satisfying resolution.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you believe everything you read on the internet, Albert Einstein has been quoted as having once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” I have no clue whether or not that’s true, but I can say one thing for sure—I think he was right because I’m totally biased.

R. Cooper’s The Winter Prince might be called a fairy tale romance by some, and that wouldn’t be wrong, but that’s not all this stor

Beautiful friends to lovers fairytale fueled by presumed unrequited love...

I absolutely adore R. Cooper’s writing. One of my favorite tropes is friends to lovers and the few I’ve read by Cooper, have been told beautifully. The Winter Prince, is no exception. The Winter Prince is a fairytale fantasy that tells the story of Prince Kisin. In an effort to escape his yearning for what he presumed was unrequited love of his best friend Razin, Prince Kisin gives away his heart to a pari. The absence
Joyfully Jay
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

As someone who makes a living working in two languages, I got a kick out of the foreign language bits, even if it was mostly just names. For example, our main character’s name is “Kaman,” which the narrator tells us means “arrow” and the MC’s moral rectitude is a pretty driving force in the book. When he loses his heart, everyone (save Razin) takes to calling him “ki?in” which means “winter.” It’s not a big detail, but I think it helps the reader conjure up a bet
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5Have to admit I'm a sucker for fairytales and enjoy reading R. Cooper, so I had to read this one and what can I say: it doesn't really disappoint. It's just that the first half was more fairytale than R. Cooper maybe even a bit too sincere, too strictly following the rules of that genre. Only in the 2nd half she breaks free of those rules, now at last it's a R. Cooper fairytale and the characters behave like only she can make them behave. I'm still undecided how I feel about the solution but ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Reviewed on The Blogger Girls

Years ago, Kisin gave his heart to a pari to get rid of his love for Razin without realizing what it would mean. Now known as the Winter Prince, he’s slowly turning into ice and won’t survive another winter. Razin and Kisin have been friends since they were kids and has been secretly in love with Kisin so when he finds Kisin sneaking off to die in peace, he’s livid. He won’t let Kisin just give up so he forces himself to accompany Kisin on his journey back to the par
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bromance
Something Important Is Missing!

There was a big discussion missing from this book. The prince supposedly saw the wizard making love to someone. He was not merely having sex. His performance convinced the prince he was seeing true love. Yet the wizard loved the prince long before that and had no other friends so friends with benefits is out. Who could he have been having sex with and why? They made a point it was someone who looked familiar but the prince couldn't place him. I kept expec
Romeyn Smith
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this read, very romantic. A sorcerer, a prince, a destination and lots of misunderstandings that threaten to pull two people apart that, in the end, brings them together, or doesn’t... you have to read to find out.

R. Cooper has become one of my top five favorite authors; and I started with her Beings in Love series - which drew me in and finalized my obsession - and i’m now devouring her other stand alone, as well as series books. Her unique voice captures gay culture and roman
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-fantasy-scifi, dnf
This was very much it's a its-not-you-its-me book. I just can't get into the authors writing, it puts me to sleep or I find myself getting distracted and falling out of the story easily. It was an interesting story, with a lovely fairy tale like feel that usually I would love, but I just couldn't get into it. Which is a damned shame but totally on me.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Don't let the cover art fool you, this story is about a historic (mythical) kingdom somewhere near Turkey.

The fairy tale in question is not really a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed the interactions between all of the characters.

Cooper's writing, as always, is beautiful and engaging, but this story, while enjoyable, is not a favorite.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 1/2 stars. This is a beautifully written story that reminds you of a fairy tale. It is also filled with symbolic and obvious messages. The only problem I had was that it was a little slow to get started.
I was always a fan of fairy tales. This one actually contained elements of at least three famous stories and they were nicely put together. I wasn't a fan of the wizard but I really liked the lioness.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of fairytale elements combined with lots of folklore elements from many different traditions. Very intriguing.

Some Favorite Quotes:
"Courage requires a heart. It takes bravery to face the world with its many tribulations."

"You aren't ice yet." He had such faith. "If you can hurt, you still have a heart."

"And you need your heart, Arrow. It will hurt you, but it will bring other things with it. Wisdom, if you can manage it." His tone softened. "Joy, for brief moments. Joy so vast it's too mu
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elaine White
NOTE: In the excerpt/on Goodreads, the main character's name is Kisin. In my edition (pre-formatting) the name is Kiºin. I don't know if this is because the formatting of the excerpt/Goodreads page won't allow the symbol to appear, or if my version is the incorrect one. In my review, I use the name used throughout the book, regardless of which one is "official".

Book – The Winter Prince
Author – R. Cooper
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages - 147

Movie Potential - ★★★★★ (This would make an awesome movi
QUEERcentric Books
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Christina for QUEERcentric Books

Okay, my 2016 reading resolution was to find more fantasy. I NEED more fantasy in my life and did I find such a splendid story in The Winter Prince by R. Cooper, for my first fantasy of the year.


The Winter Prince follows the theme of miscommunication between two soulmates. However, The Winter Prince is quite unique, dazzling, magical, thought-provoking and adventurous and, and, and etc. Long story short….I liked it A LOT!!!!

Prince K
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

Unable to deal with the love he feels for his best friend, Prince Kisin gave his heart away in order to free himself from the pain. Three years later he is slowly turning to ice; it is fairly well known that he will not survive the upcoming winter unless something is done. Determined to see that his friend survives, Razin, the court’s wizard in all but name, decides to go after the Pari that has taken Kisin’s heart. He may not have Kisin’s love, but he’ll be
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
R. Cooper is one of my favorite authors in M/M, and so any day that I get a new book from her is a happy day. This is a very Megan-Derr-ish fairy tale, and a little less contemporary. Even when she writes magical fantasy, Cooper's characters have been very modern and decidedly non fantasy-ish. Rather than kings and princes, she usually does the sheriffs and detectives and store owners and scholars. People in every day lives, with every day angst. This is a fairy tale about the mismanaged love be ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Prince Kisin is in trouble. A powerful pari stole his heart three years ago. As time has passed, he's become cold--both in temperature and temperament. Without a heart, his veins are turning to ice. And he likely won't survive another winter. Unable to empathize with his family, he's content to leave them, knowing he will never come back. The court wizard, Razin, who also happens to be a childhood friend of Kisin, will not let Kisin's plan stand. He convinces the prince that they must set out to ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Lately I’ve been in a major reading slump, trying to find good books that were within my painfully selective reading wants. I used to be so open to anything, but now I have so many pet peeves when it comes to what I enjoy reading that finding something good is incredibly hard. But this book left me so hungover that I didn’t know what to do with myself.

This is a good example of not judging a book by the cover. I almost didn’t buy it because most books with half nak
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Steph Goose
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
True fairy tales are missing in currant day literature. Reading The Winter Prince gave a feeling of nostalgia, with the cursed prince, the wizard companion, the call to adventure and finding companions along the way to help solve the quest.

The characters, as usual, are full of unrequited love, silly in their mutual pain because they're too scared/blind to see the love right in front of them. R. Cooper once again does a wonderful job of staying true to her characters, which left the ending satisf
This was definitely different than most of R. Cooper's writing. It had a formal style fitting to its "1001 Nights" kind of storytelling. I'm not sure how well it worked, though. I had a hard time really getting into it, given the formality and strange writing style, although some of the romantic moments still had me glowing and mush inside.

So idk. It's not my thing. I don't think it's bad, just maybe not for me? I prefer her other stuff.
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars!

I absolutely loved this book to bits! It's the kind of book where I just have to keep reading without much pause (other than to sleep) and it was really good.

The flow of the story was easy to follow and I love the bickering and interactions between Kisin and Razin and not forget Lana and Dorri. They all had their own issues and trials and lessons to be taught and learnt.

Overall, a very good read that hits all the right spots for me (fairytale, such touching love etc.)!
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