Prince Kattanan duRhys was in direct line to the throne—until his royal family was cruelly slaughtered by a usurping uncle who spared the life of his "favorite nephew" but left the boy mutilated and incapable of claiming his birthright.Nearly a decade on, Kattanan is a harmless wanderer—a coveted prize—serving many different masters. But now the singer's simple life is threatened by chaos and dark wizardry, by his impossible secret love for the betrothed Princess Melisande . . . and by an obligation of the blood that forces Kattanan to pursue vengeance and a crown he's not certain he wants.
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Elaine Isaak turned to writing after working in design and theater. She lives with her husband and daughter in New Hampshire.From Publishers Weekly:
Kattanan duRhys, the appealing hero of Isaak's engaging fantasy debut, is a singer whose golden voice came at the expense of his manhood. He was castrated as a child, when his uncle, Duke Thorgir, usurped his father's throne and murdered his family, sparing only his "favorite nephew," but rendering him unable to bear children who could threaten his reign. Since then, Kattanan has served master after master, his incredible talent making him the perfect gift to exchange for favors. His days of being passed around end-and his real adventures begin-when he's given to Princess Melisande of Berenholt as a betrothal gift. From here on, the story follows some predictable plot lines. Still, many of the details are moving, and the prose is taut. Rivals become fast friends, blood enemies fall in love and families unite and fly apart at breakneck speed. Despite its flaws, this stand-alone is an enjoyable read, and fans are likely to eagerly await Isaak's next book.
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