The Immortal Prince
by Jennifer Fallon
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Review by Danny Birt
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316820
Date: 13 May 2008 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Despite being hanged for murder, Cayal's body refused to die. He wanted to die, actually – he had demanded a different type of execution, to no avail. However, no one would listen to a murderer who claimed he was a Tide Lord, and for good reason: the Tide Lords were figures of ancient myth, supposedly magic-wielding immortals. Yet, when Cayal tries to insist he be executed again, international politics make his captors leery of acquiescing to his wishes. Instead, the king's spymaster sends an unlikely interrogator to discredit the prisoner, the historian Duchess Arkady Desean. From official release/information:
Product Description: When a routine hanging goes wrong and a murderer somehow survives the noose, the man announces he is an immortal. And not just any immortal, but Cayal, the Immortal Prince, hero of legend, thought to be only a fictional character. To most he is a figure out of the Tide Lord Tarot, the only record left on Amyrantha of the mythical beings whom fable tells created the race of half-human, half-animal Crasii, a race of slaves.
Arkady Desean is an expert on the legends of the Tide Lords so at the request of the King's Spymaster, she is sent to interrogate this would-be immortal, hoping to prove he is a spy, or at the very least, a madman.
Though she is set the task of proving Cayal a liar, Arkady finds herself believing him, against her own good sense. And as she begins to truly believe in the Tide Lords, her own web of lies begins to unravel...
(Source: Tor Books)