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Prince of Death

(Lords of the Underworld #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.

Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published March 7th 2019
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sam Burns just cemented her place as one of my favourite fantasy/paranormal authors with this brilliant collaboration with W. M. Fawkes.

Although the Greek Pantheon is a familiar sight in urban fantasy or paranormal stories, their interpretation looks at the Underworld and focuses on the family of Hades and Persephone, adding their own twist with the character of Lysandros, youngest child and only son.

Our other protagonist is professor of magic Theodore Ward, someone who considers himself to be u
Chris, the Dalek King
I’ve pretty much become the go-to reviewer for Sam Burns books here at Love Bytes. Which I’m more than happy with. Especially when it means I get to read books like this one. I’ve liked, to varying degrees, all of Sam Burns other books, but I have to say that Burns and their co-writer, W.M. Fawkes (who’s a new author to me), has far exceeded my expectations with this newest release.

Despite the fact that had I read this blurb properly (and, dear Minerva, am I thankful I did not), there was a real
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying—if you are a fan of Greek or Roman mythology, and are also an M/M romance fan, then this book is an absolute MUST for your library. This is the first book I’ve read by either of these authors, and I was duly impressed by the writing, the characters, and the portrayal—particularly the humanization—of the mythological gods and goddesses in this modern day setting. I’ve been fascinated by the Greek and Roman mythologies since I first learned about them in middle school, s ...more
Michael S.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rounding up a tiny smidge because I adore Greek mythology and found the whole premise intriguing. The leads were fun and distinct from each other, there's plenty of meat here for follow-up books, and the whole thing was just very enjoyable.

While I usually appreciate it when authors show more than tell, I am still waiting to learn more about the book's universe at large (what is up with the magic colleges? Which other, if any, pantheons exist? Is this an alternate history real-world setting with
Lee Todd
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New to me authors.
Great start to a new series. Lysandros and Theo were awesome together.
I always enjoy UF with Greek gods and this didn't disappoint.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing take on Greek mythology with magic thrown into the mix. Both Theo and Lysandros have hangups in their life. Theo is working on a tenure, competing with his office mate who is naturally horrid, for a full time position while believing his magic isn't as spectacular. Lysandros has been hurt by a mortal in the past, so when he meets Theo in the underworld and sparks fly, he's naturally resistant.

The two men learn to overcome what they consider their issues and by being together
At about 10% in, the first 'main character heterosexual relationship' is revealed, and is actually a motivational plot device. When will the erasure of homosexual men in "MM" romance end? They say it takes two beats to make a tempo, but at this rate we're in a full blown symphony of homophobic appropriation, and it's a sorry indictment of presumably self-defining "woke" and "progressive" readers that they they continue to endorse it.
Joyfully Jay
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Prince of Death is the first book in Burns and Fawkes’ new Lords of the Underworld series and I found this one a lot of fun. There is a playful tone to the story that brings some nice lightness to this urban fantasy. The idea of gods living among us isn’t necessarily new, but the way the authors give them a sense of humanity, as if they are everyday people, makes this one really entertaining. I enjoyed seeing these guys sit down to breakfast, or have casual sibli
This book in one sentence: Theo Ward is an awkward and lonely professor of magic who stumbles upon the entrance to the otherworld and crosses paths with Lysandros, a jaded and anxious son of Persephone and Hades.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steaminess: 🌶🌶🌶
My recommendation: This was a really cute book, with a good balance between romance and plot. I found the characters endearing, even if their relationship is bit too whirlwind for my tastes. The portrayal of greek gods in a modern setting was fun and makes m
Diane Dannenfeldt
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new to me author and I can’t wait to read more from her. I loved Theo he was such a sweet unassuming character who couldn’t see his own worth. Lysandros was such a sweetheart. Theo is a professor at a magical college who teaches theoretical magic and is competing with his office mate, who I couldn’t stand, for a tenor position. He believes he has no shot at it as his office mate can create fireballs, he really is stuck on the fireballs. What Theo has is the ability to kind of drain mag ...more
So, the Greek pantheon again ... have to admit I was a bit reluctant because I never really read a book about those gods which I was able to enjoy completely if at all although Zeus & Co make an appearance in a lot of stories.

At the beginning Prince of Death seemed to be the exception of that rule. In a world similar to our own with only the addition that there is a college at Washington DC where magic is taught (not much world building in this book) Theo, a young self-conscious professor ac
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
As far as books about Gods go, I thought this one was rather...cute.
Lysandros, son to the Greek God, Hades, wasn't quite what I expected out of an immortal of the Underworld. Which was a good thing. No, there really isn't a Lysandros from actual Greek Mythology, and I like how they incorporated that into the story, about him maybe being "too new" for the Greek Myths before they fell to the wayside.

The one thing I thought was a little stale and could have been upgraded though was Zeus's bolt ge
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, series, reviewed
Theo is a teacher of magic, although not a really gifted one. His mother recently died and when a stranger gave him a book that might lead him to his mother he travel down a path that will change everything.

Lysandros is the son of Greek Gods. When he comes across Theo he is very taken with him. Thus changing the course of his (very) long life too. Their being together will change the course of humanity.

After meeting several of Lisandro’s family, including an interesting encounter with Zeus, Theo
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Contrary to what most everybody here seems to think, this is a mostly stale and incompetent book, which signally fails at establishing its complex, two-tiers mythology (the Greek gods on the one side, depicted in decidely unheroic fashion as worldly, vainglorious buffoons, and magical users on the other side, split between those who can harness power and the remainder who are merely siphoning it off into their body) while never providing motivation enough for its major plot twists. The first enc ...more
3 - 3.5 Stars

Prince of the underworld and an erudite magic professor. Who would say no to story with pairing like that?? I might be new to both authors’s works, but I just couldn’t resist that blurb. And it turned out to be a rather interesting and enterprising read.

“Prince of Death” is the first of “Lords of the Underworld” series, a collaboration between Sam Burns and WM Fawkes. It’s an urban fantasy that dramatized Greek Mythology and magical elements in Washington DC setting. Lysandros, you
Sarah Jones
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25* Prince of Death is the first in a new series, Lords of the Underworld, by Sam Burns and WM Fawkes. This book is an urban fantasy set in modern times that tells of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. This is one of my favorite genres and these authors did not disappoint.

Theo Ward is a professor of magic at the Banneker College of Magic. His mother passed away just a few months ago and he's feeling very alone. When a messenger gives him a book that shows him the way to the Underworld, Th
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh my word, I cannot say enough about this one. I'm a huge fan of Sam Burn's Rowan Harbor Cycle so I was already excited for this, and it's everything I wanted and more.

The characters in here are just stunning. I love Greek mythology, and the characters are perfect here. I love the treatment of Persephone, and the use of her story as making the choice to live in the Underworld instead of being tricked and trapped. Zeus is such a dick, which is the way it should be.

Lysandros is just the most
Amanda Viecelli
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love when MM meets Greek mythology, and this first book in the new Lords of the Underworld series is fun and unique. It gives an urbanized spin to the mythos (Charon and the train amuse me to no end). Lysandros is unlike what I would expect from a son of Hades and Persephone, but I liked the contrast from typical Underworld lore and absolutely loved Lysandros and his gentler-than-expected manner. Theo is an interesting character, and his experiences with various gods and goddesses range from h ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great weaving of modern day life with the gods of the Greek pantheon. Lysandros and Theo are adorable together. They meet after Hermes causes some mischief, leading Theo to the underworld. There was a good balance of intrigue, relationship development, and world building. While you meet an impressive cast of characters, it never feels overwhelming. The liberties taken with some of the gods and goddesses are excellent. Persephone in particular is a favourite in how she was written. The ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5* Brilliant Fantasy.

I have always enjoyed stories about Greek Gods and this is a really good one as it concentrates on the Underworld being an integral part of the world and not lesser or where the villains are, there is quite a bit of artistic interpretation as Hades and Persephone in legend don’t have a son one of our MC’s Lysandros who has the gift to give or take life but is haunted by that power. The mortal that the Gods draw into their games and manipulations is Professor Theodore (Theo
Lillian Francis
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sam Burns has been a great discovery for me as a reader and I thoroughly enjoy everything of theirs I've read. This new series is no exception. It's a coauthored book but I couldn't tell you which parts were written by which author and that's an amazing feat.

This is a fun urban fantasy with the Greek gods in modern day America. Oh and there's a twist, some of the mortals have magic. I could do with a little more world-building with regard to the magical element, but the Greek gods segments are r
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story

This was a very interesting world and story. 

It took me a little bit to get into it (Lysandros was one of these characters I need to get used to, before loving them). 

I loved Theo, he was my kind of guy. Shy, introvert, who does his thing, but in the end shows that being that way doesn't mean you are not made of greatness. He was amazing and I loved going through this journey with him. 

I loved the chemistry between them. I enjoyed the family interaction, the love between the immedi
Fi Brit
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute gem!

I loved everything about this book. First is that it is very well written and edited. The dialogue flows naturally with an easy pace and effective imagery.
The characters however, are what makes this book shine. Not only did I totally fall in love with Theo and Lysandros, many of the secondary characters also came alive. I am very much looking forward to reading Prometheus’s story.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was interesting! Gods meeting humans! I love Greek mythology, so I thought that this book had a good mix of the modern world and mythology! I, at first thought the story started off a little slow. I was a little confused, but as the story got further along I started getting into the relationship with Theo and Lysandros. I think this story was an intriguing take on mythology, combining the human world with the mythical one. I would recommend this book if you enjoy mythology and lov ...more
Kathryn Manzella
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Prince of Death by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes is an urban fantasy and the first book in the new Lords of the Underworld series. Lysandros and Theo Ward are interesting and entertaining characters. The supporting cast of characters are also intriguing. Gods and Goddesses with a fascinating story to tell. Magics and Myths, amazing characters and well told story... this book will be put on my reread list dor sure. Completely amazing... I loved it!

I received an advanced reader's copy of the
John Altman
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prince of Death!

Rating Review Rollout:
(1) Attention Keeper: 5
(2) Digging deep in Character Development: 4
(3) Feeling the Words: 5
(4) Give me more please factor: 5
(5) Going with the Flow of the Story: 5
(6) It's all about the Chemistry, baby: 4
(7) Love connection: 4
(8) Plot Worthy: 5
(9) Show me Entertainment: 5
(10) The Writing speaks for itself: 5

Total Rating: 4.7 out of 5 👍
Pamela Cunningham
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young professor who work at a magic school who meets the son of Hades at a subway stop .

This book was so fun to read I really liked you guy's take on the Greek pantheon all the characters are here and their awesome . Love the love story the sex scenes where scorching love Hades and the family can't wait for the next book thanks to the authors for an amazing new series .
Ornella (Nyx)
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, lgbt
I'm a sucker for anything Greek mythology so this was a no brainer. Not a fan of the incredibly fast loving on, but it was a sweet and fun read.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is such a good book. I love the use of mythology and the twists the authors added to it in order to tell their story.

Theo and Lysandros come from two different worlds, literally, but that doesn't stop them from falling in love. They're both lonely and a bit lost. Though Lysandros is surrounded by loved ones, and Theo only has one friend who cares about him.

The authors were able to use mythology and the modern world in a way that told the love story between two people who shouldn't work but
Misty M
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, romance
3.5-4 stars
This was a fun, interesting take on Greek mythology combined with a modern magical world. It’s a bit insta-love, but I’m more forgiving in fantasy. Lysandros was a great character, being somewhat of the odd man out in his family, and I loved how they explained why he wasn’t in the myths. Theo was adorable in his insecurities.

There were a couple of things that didn’t quite work for me. Being somewhat of an adult retelling of Percy Jackson, of which I’m not a fan, and some of the simila
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