The intrigue was a great build up
At first, it seemed a bit slow paced and many paragraphs a bit dense. Yet as I read further, I was pulled into the magic, mystery and could not stop reading. You do an excellent job with getting inside the heads of main characters Prince Nicky and Elizabeth. NO problem at all with any point of view shifts, which in and of itself shows great writing talent.
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I did not know who to feel worse for, Prince Nicky or Lady Elizabeth, but lean more reader compassion towards the Prince being so young and really robbed of his youth. I LOVE, the mother-son bond of his spirited mother and the magic entwining, such creative flair.
I don't know if this was intentional, and hope not to be a spoiler---but I saw metaphors like a Hunger Games backdrop: the poor out hunting with bow and arrow, youth robbed of their childhood through forced oppression with either violence or marriage, the wagon and waving to the "cheering" crowd while they are all dressed up in glitter and "glory", the suppressive crown rule.
I like it, and really appreciate the time you took to give me feedback on my novel, Masks of Morality. My novel is already in print and doing well on Amazon, yet I can still make changes and you provided GREAT advice. Thank you for that, and for sharing this amazing story!