Prince of the Moon is one of those Megan Derr books that has a character that is very much a ‘cinderfella’ except that Solae is a prince. He’s had a hard life, a sad life where he’s blamed for the wrongs of others. This is also a story where nothing is quite as it seems.
Despite being ignored and being the brunt of jokes and gossip, Solae does all he can to help the kingdom under siege from a curse. He even goes so far as to enlist help from far off. Enter Millio, a curse breaker. Once he enters Solae’s life, the whole story starts rolling.
The story starts of quite strong. Both the main characters are solid and well developed characters. There is quite some background and the story reads as a fairy-tale. As a reader, you can’t help but love Solae and want to protect him. Much the same as Millio, I suspect.
A lot happens after Millio’s arrival and the hints start dropping that nothing is quite as we suspected. It makes for good reading. However, around the middle of the story and very much during the end, the plot starts to weaken. With all the built-up, one would except and explosive ending. Yet, the end is more of a quiet sizzle. I think I understand what the reader was trying to do. Not every hero gets a neatly wrapped up and perfect happy ending. That is something I can appreciate. However, the way this story ends is not quite deserving of the story.
I did like this story. I liked the twists in it and the set-up for the whole world and the magic in it. Solae’s background was very tragic and sad, but at the same time it also made the whole kingdom he lived in seem as cardboard villains. It’s hard to believe that everyone was nasty to him. But that could be just me.