Book Review – The Lost Prince by Sara York

Royal Powers #4
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 110
Characters: Crave/Devin
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shared World

Danger lurks in the forests, but will he know to hide?

Crave Woods hides his truth from everyone, even the couple who raised him or tries to. But his family knows he didn’t outgrow the strange affliction of being able to sink into the dirt and travel below ground.

Devin Dumtsteed can’t quit his job though he hates it. If only he had better powers, he could do more for Abarra, but he tracks criminals and illegal power users, getting them off the street before they do something stupid, like kill someone.

A freak cave-in at the mine has him traveling to a small town to check out the undocumented power users when all hell breaks loose. Is the unassuming young man he met in the middle of the forest the cause of the cave-ins or is Crave Woods more than Devin could ever imagine.

The Lost Prince is a 30,000-word M/M superhero romance with angst and plenty of hot fun.

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I’m enjoying the Royal Powers series and the different takes on superhero powers. I thought both Devin and Crave’s powers were very cool, and unique. I liked the way they were able to work together to solve the mystery and save people.

Despite their different backgrounds I thought they had a lot in common too, and I liked the way they connected not only physically but emotionally too. They’re both trapped by their families, Devin because he’s used by them, and Crave because his adoptive family have rejected him and made him think he can’t do anything with his life because he’s defective. I liked how they were able to give each other the strength they needed to break free. I also liked that they’re both flawed and have fears, and especially how Devin’s is something intrinsic to Crave’s powers.

One of the things I’m enjoying about this shared universe is how characters from other books turn up or are mentioned. And also how we see a bit more, or a different side, of the world with each subsequent book.

Crave’s adoptive father is a total piece of work, and I was very happy with the conclusion of that part of the storyline. I liked how the plot wasn’t just about their powers and relationship but that there was a mystery to solve and bad guys to stop too.

This story is a fun addition to the series, with an interesting plot and characters. It’s my first read by this author, but I’ll be looking out for more. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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