Book Review: A Dark Prince

review-cover-the dark princeTitle: The Dark Prince [The French Fae Legend 1]

Author: Emma V. Leech

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 4 (4.5) Stars



The man of your dreams is coming… or is it your nightmares he visits?Laen is Prince of the Dark fae, with a temper and reputation to match his black eyes, and a heart that despises the human race. When he is sent back through the forbidden gates between realms to retrieve an ancient fae artifact, he returns home with far more than he bargained for.

Océane DeBeauvoir is an artist and bookbinder who has always relied on her lively imagination to get her through an unhappy and uneventful life. A jewelled dagger put on display at a nearby museum hits the headlines with speculation of another race, the fae. But the discovery also inspires Océane to create an extraordinary piece of art.

Océane’s lonely and romantic heart has created the story of The Dark Prince, but it soon becomes apparent that her story cannot be confined to the pages of a book.And it seems that her hero is far from the troubled, romantic figure she had painted, but something far more sinister.


The Dark Prince by Emma V. Leech was an easy 4.5-star book for me. The writing flowed easily and drew me in. The characters were colorful and dynamic, and the romance was tantalizing and sweet. Though there were some questions left unanswered, I didn’t feel as if they were forgotten – simply waiting to be answered.

I do have two qualms though. The first is that the book moved a little too quickly for me – not egregiously so, but enough that I wished the pace had been slowed down a little, particularly in the last half of the book. The second qualm I had, is that the plot was a bit thin. I understand that there is more to the series and this is simply an introduction to a larger plot… but individually, the overarching plot of this book didn’t progress much.

If anything, I wish the book was longer, more in-depth, but this is a passing dream. Overall, I loved the story. I was happy to read it and I am excited to continue in the series. I would certainly recommend it to fantasy romance lovers.