Only work of fiction at its best can be expected when Denae Christine with her thoughtful writing teams up with illustrators like Tatiana Mariah, Aubery Beck and David S. Allen, who know who to give the story that cutting edge to make it believable. Royal Deception leaves no room for deceptions when it comes to questioning the author’s or illustrators’ work, as all of them have done a commendable job at it.
Royal Deception is the story is of a thirteen-year-old Prince Symon, who is a fighting machine. Being a living weapon, his ability is to transform his arms into sword when the need arises. Descending from a family of royal blade shifters, Symon had never anticipated that he will be asked to use his powers at such an early stage after his younger brother is murdered by merfolk. Next in line to take the throne, Symon’s parents are now worried for his safety and relocate him in order to keep him alive.
But what can Symon really do even if relocated to safer places when the things that fear him the most are the prophetic nightmares that openly talk about his future death? How can he run from them? With all the responsibilities he is now burdened with, over-protective parents and a kingdom what might go to war any minute, will Symon find the strength to face them all and stand tall? Will magic be enough to save them from the evil intentions of Claur, who has sworn to bring down Symon’s empire? Readers will have to find out for themselves.
A fantasy novel, although portraying a very similar world as ours minus the shape shifters, Royal Deception is a delightful read. It has everything a good fantasy novel should have. Assassination, deception, betrayal, love and hope galore, Royal Deception on many levels depicts a strong social infrastructure of paranormal species not many authors before have attempted to write about.
It’s a thought-proving book as many situations the little prince faces are ones that we as humans in the real world face too. Prince Symon’s life talks about insecurities, overprotection, fears and nightmares; all of which most of us can relate to.