Review: The Secret Prince by Violet Haberdasher

“Fast-paced and full of delicious plot you will race through the pages to find the identity of The Secret Prince.”

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Title:The Secret Prince (Knightley Academy #2)
Author:Haberdasher, Violet
Publisher:Aladdin
Pages:503

From Goodreads: Knightley Academy is back in session, and Henry Grim is confident that nothing else can prevent him from earning his knighthood. But Henry and his friends quickly discover that their professors have made some troubling changes to the curriculum — an old classroom filled with forgotten weapons. It is the discovery of this classroom that prompts Henry and Valmont to become the unlikely leaders of a secret battle society. But disaster strikes as Henry, Adam and Frankie find themselves stuck as Partisan School servants. Yet something is rotten in Partisan Keep. And when Henry is discovered by a secret society of outlaws with a sinister purpose, he must come to terms with a great sacrifice that will take him away from everything he has ever known and wanted. The stakes get higher and tension mounts in the second installment of Violet Haberdasher’s fresh, fast-paced, and always surprising Knightley Academy books.

While I was a bit confused when I reviewed Knightley Academy I have since asked questions of the author about what what Harry Potter Inspired Fiction really is. Now that I understand this concept so much better I went into The Secret Prince armed with knowledge and was able to simply just fall in love with the story and the characters. Oh, and fall in love I did. The book starts off with amazingly intriguing prose:

In the pale gloom of the unusually cold January afternoon when our story starts, the roads are desolate but their emptiness is not due entirely to the dreadful weather.
As you have probably heard, or read, or suspected without quite knowing why, sinister things indeed were happening up north, and in those dark days, fearful rumors were more common than holiday cheer.

But where there is suspicion there is also doubt, and some people still pretended that nothing was the matter. After all, appearances have to be maintained, especially by those looked to as an example. “Let the superstitious servants worry!” the aristocracy scoffed from the comfort of their elegant town houses.

After all, it wasn’t as though there were proof to any rumor. pg2 of the ARC

The Secret Prince was quite honestly an adventure mystery. I loved every minute of reading this and I adore Henry and his ragtag group of friends. I greatly appreciated and enjoyed the love story side plot and that we as the reader get to know more about the Nordlands and what makes them so different from where Henry lives.

There is love, laughter, death and life decisions made that are forced upon our protagonists. We learn more about Henry and his history, we learn about his friends and what their home life is like, and it reads like a suitor to Harry Potter.

I cannot wait to read book three and see what Henry and crew come up with to combat all of the things they learned in this book. Fantastic reading.

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4 Responses so far

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    Okay, so, important question: which character is Snape?

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    I loved Knightley Academy and have an ARC of The Secret Prince that I will be reading (hopefully!) very soon. :) I agree with you that when I heard it was Harry Potter inspired fiction, I didn’t quite know what that meant. Once I read Knightley Academy, though, I understood. It’s a totally different world, and one that I love btw, but it FEELS like Harry Potter. It’s not the same, not a carbon copy by any means, but it has that essence. :) I can’t wait to get to The Secret Prince and I’m so glad that you loved it!

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    And now, I have to pick this one up. Thank you. I was a bit unsure.

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    Harry Potter Inspired Fiction is probably going to just become even hotter I would think. Nice review!

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