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The Rebel Prince

(Moorehawke Trilogy #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Wynter Moorehawke has braved bandits and Loup-Garous to find her way to Alberon-the exiled, rebel prince. But now that she's there, she will learn firsthand that politics is a deadly mistress. With the king and his heir on the edge of war and alliances made with deadly enemies, the Kingdom is torn not just by civil war -- but strife between the various factions as well. Wy ...more
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Published October 18th 2010 by Orbit
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Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy cold, heartless heroines who treat their man like a slave.
Here is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):

Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also has many thoughts about how she wishes Christopher was suffering. Who the hell would want that? What's wrong with her? God, she so does not deserve him. At one point Chris is falling asleep with a cup of scorching tea in his hand, and she laughs to herself, hoping he'll drop it on his lap and burn himself. If it was cold, MAYBE that would be funny, b
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
My husband was reading the back of this book and mentioned that it seemed rather violent for my tastes. In many ways, he is right, so I've been trying to figure out how to describe why I liked this series anyway. Let's see if I can explain...

This series is about war, intrigue, betrayals, usurpations, rebellions, monsters (human & otherwise) and other ickiness that I usually avoid. It is also about love, loyalty, honor, and generally good people trying to find a mostly good path that leads out of
Nov 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I'd been greatly anticipating the third installment of Celine Kiernan's engaging trilogy, so when 'The Rebel Prince' came out, I scooped it up happily. First let me say I did enjoy it. It was overall engaging, and just as compulsively readable as the first two volumes, but there were a couple things that kind of gave me pause.

In 'Prince,' we finally get to meet the long-missing Alberon. Who, regrettably, turns out to be a full-of-himself prat. Now, that might just be how royalty IS in this land
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The third book and my least favorite, but better than it started! This book was less of an adventure and more of a political battle of wits. I was having difficulty getting into the drama until the last third of the book. I guess I am an adventure/suspense lover at heart. Wynter, Christopher, and Razi finally meet Alberon in his encampment. We spend a good portion of this book learning about the politics of government. Most of the book takes place solely at the camp of Alberon and his supporter ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: treasured, signed
I simply adore this book. There are truly no words to describe how deeply I adore this book. Celine has concluded her beautifully realistic trilogy with great heart and emotion, making 'The Moorehawke Trilogy' one of the best series I have ever read.

I was so deeply engrossed in the story that at every twist and turn I fretted over the outcomes and reactions. Even when I was pried away from the book for sleep, meals and university lectures, I was constantly thinking about the latest plot develop
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series...Loved the characters....Satisfying ending...Please write more Ms. Kiernan...
Sophie Gardiner
I loved this series when I was younger but re-reading it was a mistake. The writing is repetitive and badly paced (everything happens so suddenly and in superlative! Characters are happy! Then furious! Then despairing! Most of the time within two sentences!) and the way race and sexuality is dealt with is iffy at best. Just because a character is a POC doesn't mean you have to mention their 'brown skin' or call them a 'dark young man' every thirty seconds. Honestly I struggled to finish this cau ...more
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-favourites
I just finished this book, and let me tell you it was so so satisfying.. This is definitely one of my favourite series ever!!

I don't know where to start to describe how great this trilogy is, but I'll do my best.

I believe there are mainly three components to a person both in a book or in a real life: behaviours (or actions), emotions, and thoughts (or cognition). A lot of books focus on actions and not enough on emotions, I think. If a book is written from the first person, we readers usually ha
Allison (The Allure of Books)
The three books of the series are The Poison Throne, The Crowded Shadows and The Rebel Prince. I'm reviewing them together partly because it would be hard to write individual reviews without a ton of spoilers...but also because I was insanely addicted to the series and read all three books in a row, and in a ridiculously short amount of time. Oh - and fair warning - there will be gushing to follow.

Here, friends. Here is a series to get lost in. This world, these people...they don't let you keep
Maddy Lanslots
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, own
Again, I remember not entirely grasping what everything meant when I read The Rebel Prince the first time. The plot is so intricate at times, as are the characters' plans, that as a teenager, I sometimes found myself slightly confused - and yet I still loved this book. As a 25-year-old, all the confusion is gone and I love it even more. This trilogy just gets better as I grow older, because I keep discovering new things I didn't notice or understand the first - or second, or third - time I read ...more
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Oct 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
If Goodreads allowed you to give a book zero stars, this book's rating would go down a peg. I even begin?

I trudged my way through the first two books because I thought the premise was interesting (first book) and kept reading for the inevitable meeting between Razi and Alberon (second book). I was disappointed with both but soldiered onto the third book because - and let's be honest here - I had come too far to go back now.

This book was just utterly incomprehensible. The prince that
Dec 18, 2011 added it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Despite the fact that I liked a lot of things about this series, to me it felt underdone. This was emphasised by the abrupt ending to the final book. I never really connected to the POV protagonist and felt that she was the wrong choice to tell a story where she was more often than not on the edges of the action. Seeing things through Ravi and Christopher's eyes (or even Jonathan's or Alberon's) would have given the story more depth and made the political machinations clearer. A map might have b ...more
Laura Portelli
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The final book of the Moorehawke Trilogy was a good read and the ending was so perfect and different, I wouldn't change a thing
The 3rd book it differently much more political than all the other 2 but it is required with the prince and king situation
All the charters were amazing through out the whole book
I love this series and i feel so lost now that I have finished reading it,
I highly recommend this series for medieval fantasy and a hit of romance lovers
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series so much I am so glad I finally got around to buying the last book. Such great characters and tension. I want more. But also so happy with how well the story ended, such a clever way of showing what happened to these amazing characters. Definitely will reread at some point in the future.
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another re-read for this year, and I am not sure why but I find myself hopelessly drawn back to the Moorehawke world and the central trio. I suppose it is the combination of strong unique characters and wonderful writing that has me pulling these books from the shelf.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
love this story til the end!!!
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2010
Original Review of trilogy HERE

A few months ago, Thea and I wrote a joint review The Poison Throne, the first book in the Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan and posted the review over at I loved it (Thea not so much – which is fine, because this series has ANA written all over it) and vowed to read the other two books ASAP. I didn’t and that was only because I knew that I needed at least a good 10 free hours in order to do so: I had the feeling that once I started reading book 2, I wo
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
I really enjoyed "The Rebel Prince", it was a lot more fast-paced and information filled than the previous book in this series, which I found was a very good upturn. I also really enjoyed finally getting to meet Alberon after two books in which he wasn't present. Although, the ending seemed to be rushed and finished very quickly, the actual outcome of the book was never really mentioned. The prologue did clear up some of that, but the end to the story wasn't as satisfyingly written as it could h ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
While this trilogy finishes on a positive note, it's a hollow victory for readers.

Akin to "Breaking Dawn" in the Twilight saga, this trilogy had a distinct build-up leading to an epic battle only to be a complete let down when it dissolves into nothingness.

Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved this series..right up till the end. I just thought that the ending left too many questions unanswered. I would still recommend it to others as it is still a good series with great characters.
Poor Christopher. He deserves much better than his shitty "friends" ...more
Wynter, her friends, and the Merron tribe arrive at Alberon’s camp and reality slams back around our trio, reminding them of their social and political divisions. I hate diplomatic, political speak and it’s frustrating at first, watching Razi and Wynter dance around the issues with Alberon. But whether it’s a result of their close relationship or the long journey away from court, it doesn’t take too long to cut to the chase and lay it all on the table. Finally, we get the answers that have been ...more
Melissa Hayden
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and final book of the trilogy, some spoilers for the previous books could be present.

Wynter, Razi, and Christopher are traveling with the Merron warriors, who are on their diplomatic mission to find the Rebel prince. They have all started to come to terms with the happenings of The Crowded Shadows. In trying to find the Rebel Prince they try different rendezvous points with no avail. Finally, they come across Alberon's military men and make it to camp. After some quick work wit
Laura Summers
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We've waited two books to meet him, so much that I wondered if we ever would. But, book three in this trilogy is finally about the alleged traitor, Prince Alberon. Once again the story is more about lethal political games than it is about action, as Wynter and Alberon's half brother Razi try to get to the bottom of the split in the kingdom and prevent an all out war between father and son.

Prince Alberon is not quite how I expected him to be. We have seen him thu
Adam Bourke
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed reading this final entry in the Moorehawke trilogy much more than I did the first two. The pace was a lot faster, the objectives of the characters more clear, and we finally get to find out a lot of the answers that the first two books made us ask.

However there are a couple of things I didn't really like. For example there are a considerable amount of storylines that are concluded "Off-Page". They results of these storylines are all pretty much mentioned in the epilogue, but not with t
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There was, without a doubt, many moments during this novel that I wanted to take Alberon aside and smack him upside the head. Between him and his father I'm honestly not certain who has less sense. If Razi hadn't already said that he didn't want to be King (and proved as much time and again) I'd urge him to stay far away because it appears the royal family loses all sense once given power.

I, like probably most of the readers, had been looking forward to when Razi, Albi and Wynter would be reunit
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-owned
I was looking forward to finally meeting Prince Alberon after reading about him in the previous two books. But when we meet him it is instantly clear that Alberon is no longer a boy, but rather a harsh and somewhat unhinged young man who is sure of his power as Crown Prince. To be honest, I was disappointed in Alberon’s character: he had too many mood swings and generally made me uncomfortable.

The other characters are also changed in the book because of the re-introduction of courtly life. Razi
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Celine Kiernan is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for young adults. Her critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian and philosophical themes. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex trilogy of fantasy YA books set in an alternative renaissance Europe. First published in Celine’s native Ireland in 2008, the tril ...more

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Moorehawke Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Poison Throne (Moorehawke Trilogy, #1)
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