The Lost Prince
by Edward Lazellari
Edited by Paul Stevens
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765327888
Date: 20 August 2013 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Following a successful debut with Awakenings, Lazellari continues the Heroes of Anador series with The Lost Prince. Now awake, the various guardians gather to locate the young prince before Dorn, the Farrenheilian sorcerer, and his henchmen find the prince. Dorn is determined to kill him and ensure Farrenheil's dominance over Aandor. A combination of urban fantasy and high camp, The Lost Prince takes the reader on a breathless chase filled with danger excitement, magic, and monsters.
Aandor and Farrenheil exist in an alternate reality. Travel between the dimensions requires magic. When the infant prince and his guardians arrive on Earth, their transfer was botched and they suffered amnesia. The couple carrying the infant are killed and he disappears. Now thirteen years have passed.
Cal, leader of the expedition and an Aandorian knight, works as a policeman. In Awakenings, his partner is beheaded. Cal wants vengeance as well as finding the prince. His sorcerer is Seth, a porn photographer who botched the original transfer. Seth doubts his ability to wield magic. The centaur Lelani tries to help him re-learn and improve his skills.
Allyn is a Baptist minister and represents the cleric among the Aandorians. He can scry and is attuned to earth magic and people. He does not want to return to Aandor, but still feels he must heed his sworn oath and ensure the prince's safety. Religion and gods matter to him, as does his family.
Mal, billionaire and drawv (Aandor spelling), has resources to help the guardians. Unfortunately, his security team, superior to others, is not a match for Dorn and his henchmen. He also is a good hatchet man.
Cat, Cal's wife, knows of Aandor and the prince. She's not sure she wants to live in a 15th century world, but is fiercely attached to Cal. When she learns of Cal's betrothed in Aandor, she is furious with him.
Lazellari's world is used to needle and comment on modern American life and present issues. Some readers will complain, as did those who read Awakenings, that Lazellari doesn't give the reader enough information. He does incorporate much of what occurred in that first novel in this one. Astute readers will have no trouble even if they did not read Awakenings. Highly recommended.