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The Castaway Prince

(The Castaway Prince #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Ostracized by his family for his sexual identity, Prince Stephan is forced to flee his homeland before his older brother ascends the throne.

Stephan has been drawn to feminine things for as long as he can remember, so when the dire need for secrecy arises, he seizes the chance to don the perfect disguise. With the help of his loyal servant, Stephan picks his way through hos
ebook, 59 pages
Published May 15th 2017 by NineStar Press
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* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

I have a penchant for historical fantasy, and this caught my eye during a recent sale!

Prince Stephan is not only gay but likes to dress up - both of which is highly frowned upon in his kingdom. Feeling persecuted by too many convenient “accidents”, he flees in fear of his life with his trusty manservant, determined to seek refuge with a past paramour.

Though Stephan’s reasons for seeking out Prince Arlen are flimsy at best, the set up was still unique and interesting. I enjoyed the evolu
3.5 Stars

New-to-me author Adler leaves a quick and memorable impression in this fantasy M/M series.

The story follows androgynous gay prince Stephan as he flees his homeland after his older brother and his uncle regent make attempts on his life. With his practical and ever-loyal attendant Warren helping him along the way, Stephan goes incognito as a lady, with the goal of making it undetected into a neighbouring kingdom to seek refuge (or at least assistance) from a fellow royal and an old flame
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I can't even believe I'm about to say this with the current state of my TBR but I wish this were longer. This was a little amuse-bouche that left me wanting more.

"The Castaway Prince" is a fantasy story involving Stephan, prince of Seveihar and his manservant, Warren. Stephan has fled his homeland with Warren and they are seeking asylum in Esnia. He had a brief affair with Prince Arlen of Esnia a few years ago and is hoping that will work to his advantage and curry favor with him. However their
2.5 stars

A simple, short story with an original touch of cross-dressing. Not bad, although I think it would have benefit from an adjustment in pacing, too much time was spent on setting up the main event, only to have everything resolved in a rush, with characters and relationships not nearly as fleshed out as I would have liked. This is my first book by Isabelle Adler, so I don’t know if I should put it down to the short length or if it’s indicative of the author’s writing style in general.
jessica ☾
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a really cute little story, but I honestly think it would be better suited to a full-length novel. Somethings seemed a bit rushed and like they didn’t get a chance to promptly develop.
Joyfully Jay
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

I was drawn to The Castaway Prince initially for the cross dressing angle. It is a theme I enjoy and we do see Stephan not only dressing in women’s clothes, but also get a sense of his interest in feminine things beyond disguise. I found all the characters here mostly likable and I enjoyed the set up to the story. However, things didn’t really come together for me here as well as I would have liked.

The biggest issue I think is that this is a fairly short story and
Jacqueline Rohrbach
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Castaway Prince was a moving, sweet Novella with a gentle romance at its core. I enjoyed the relationship between the main characters, Stephen and Warren. Stephan's anxiety regarding his love life and his identity felt real, and I found myself sympathetic to his plight. I don't see Stephan's desire to visit his old flame as foolish so much as nostalgic. There is something deeply human about wanting to revisit your past and recapture happiness from it. Stephen's mistakes were understandable g ...more
Cute story, I just wish it was longer, and the relationship between Stephen and. warren was more fleshed out.
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Was searching for a short read for in-between and was hooked by this. *.*

The pacing is awesome and I love the characters, especially how the story developed. :3 It satisfied my hopes & expectations & the end was sweet and adorable.

It had the right mix of descriptive elements to make the setting real & palpable and thrill & suspense to let me cheer for the characters.

Loved how we saw a character development, and o wouldn't mind to read a sequel or short story with Stephen and Warren. :3

5 out of
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
This was a very sweet short story
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
A ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Review.

Stephan along with his faithful manservant, Warren is on the run from his family. Stephan is a prince in the kingdom of Seveihar but when his obtuse ways get to be too much for his elder brother to turn a blind eye to Stephan invariably starts finding himself at the wrong end of a lot of mishaps. His only hope is Arlen, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Esnia and his first love. He wishes to reclaim their passion and seeks sanctuary in Esnia. But the journey
Adrienne Bross
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story? novella? The story falls into this glorious in-between that makes it engaging and compelling without being too short or too long. A quick, satisfying read that gives the reader a sense of closure while still wanting, to be quite honest, a bit more. My favorite part of stories that are of a shorter length is that they feel more like weekly episodes than they do entire novels. I hope to read more of Stephan and Warren in the not-too-distant future. I really l ...more
J.P. Jackson
A beautifully written story. I instantly felt as if I had been dropped into the middle of Beauty and the Beast. Gorgeous descriptions.
At times I wanted to shake the hell out of Stephen - such selfishness - but it played directly into his character.
Warren was dreamy - and I was in love with him from the beginning.

My only regret - it wasn't nearly long enough. I do hope Ms. Adler continues their story.

This is a short dreamy read, perfect for an afternoon's escape. Well done!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was both a nice read and a terrible match and I don't even know how to put that into words.

Nice things:

I really liked the worldbuilding, it was really present even in such a small amount of words. I loved Stephan and Warren a lot, I felt like they were really good and interesting character, and I would have liked to stay with them longer. Even Arlen was a very nicely written character, interesting and nuanced. I really thought this could have been longer so we could have gotten more of Warr
The Novel Approach
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
The Castaway Prince was a fun read with the feel of an older era with kingdoms and royal politics. We meet Stephan as he is fleeing from his home in search of safe harbor. Unprotected since the death of his father, against the hatred of his uncle and brother, Stephan believes his only chance at survival is to return to the one person he’d loved—his trusted companion, Warren. As the story unfolds, Stephan learns things about himself and, ultimately, pieces together bits and pieces of his life unt ...more
Molly Lolly
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four stars!
I truly enjoyed this story. The story is a quick read and kept my interest from start to finish. I liked Ms. Adler’s voice and writing style. I would gladly read more books by her in the future. Though I’m hoping there will be more written in this world. There’s some great setup in this story that could easily spawn a whole series.

Stephan was unabashedly himself and just wanted to live his life as such. The story is more about his journey to finding safet
A.C. Thomas
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and slow friends to lovers romance in a fantastical setting, The Castaway Prince scratched my itch for a fairy tale love story with a twist.

The characters are engaging, with believable flaws and lovable qualities that make sense together. Adler masterfully builds their beautiful and sometimes brutal setting with gorgeous detail that always kept my attention and left me wanting more. I want to see illustrations of the castles and kingdoms in this lovely world!

There was little heat to th
J.C. Long
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was incredible. Honestly, I thought it was almost a perfect short story. There was plot, and character development, sex, and wonderfully believable characters. I expected to enjoy this when I got it, but I had no idea the treat that I was in for. I recommend this short story whole-heartedly.
Christina's Bookshelf
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-fantasy
For such a short story Isabelle Adler does a fantastic job of getting us acquainted with the fantasy world she beautifully created. We're dropped in the middle of Stephan's flight for life and quickly caught up to what is happening. I loved it all.

You can see my full review here:
Victoria Loves Books
Cute story

3.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I like Isabelle's writing style with her gorgeous descriptions. I will definitely continue to read her other books. The story was more about Stephen's desperate need to find safety and it sure helps that he likes to cross dress. What a great disguise! A good start to this series. Off to read The Exile Prince.
2.75 Stars

What a romp! A cross-dressing prince on the run, accompanied by his ever loyal attendant posing as his brother. The Castaway Prince is my first Isabelle Adler's piece that I read. And I must say it was a nice piece.

The story centered on young Prince Stephan, a second son of a fictional Seveihar kingdom. Stephan was so impulsive, though being relatively young could give excuse. As the story was told from his POV, I could feel his anxiety all through the pages. As the main character, he
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

This was a nice little story that made for a perfect little afternoon break. The story starts after Stephan has already fled his home and is making his way towards a man that he hopes will help him in his bid for freedom and a new life. The story itself, while short, had enough detail, both with the characters and the setting, that I had no issues will falling directly into it. I don’t usually read a lot of books that feature cross dressing but I have to say
Apr 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
I have been thirsty for fantasy lately, and this novella called to me from the internet. Pretty writing? Check. Decadent descriptions of palaces? Check. An undercover prince attempting to reunite with his past lover? CHECK. And of course, there’s a ball.


The plot was simple, but perfectly suited for a piece this length. Not to mention that while simple, the stakes for our protagonist were still very high: discovery could mean death, whether by foreign dignitary hands or his own family’s. Step
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a lovely book to read. I’m really not a big fan of cross-dressing, but I can see in this book how the beauty of the character relays on his development and has nothing to do with what he’s wearing. Stephan was a sweet character, I liked him a lot. He was what I liked the most about the book, how sad he was but there was still hope on him. Maybe there was a little too much fantasy on his mind but being so idealistic, also made him beautiful.

The plot was nice, I liked how the blurb didn’t g
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, reviewed, fantasy
Thanks to Ninestar Press for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review before the sequel, The Exile Prince is released in July.

This story was short, but perfectly packed with intrigue and romance. Stephan is an optimistic, but wonderfully flawed prince on the run from his family and Warren is his steadfast, level-headed manservant and friend.

Stephan's hopeful expectations that Prince Arlen will help him are sweetly naive. Because this story was shorter, I liked that there wasn't t
Riina Y.T.
Lovely but with only a handful of chapters and a very open, HFN ending it feels unfinished 😔

I really enjoyed the characters, the light humor, the writing style... everything was quite perfect!

The eye opener came too fast and then it was pretty much over without anything being resolved. There is a war happening, Stephan isn't safe yet... I want more. It feels like we've reached only a quarter of what could've been an amazing novel 😔
Dec 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paid, mm, kindle-stash
Stephan was being naive when he concocted his plan for safety. Warren was more realistic and tried to keep him grounded even though it didn't work. I felt like their relationship developed way too fast but I was glad to see them together. I already have the next book loaded up onto my kindle so I will be continuing with the series. ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Isabelle Adler writes M/M romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination

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