I am Leo, Prince of Singara, and I am about to die. . .
Prince Leo is next in line for the throne of Singara, a land ruled by super-evolved felines. Like every thirteen-year-old, Leo must prove his worth by hunting a deadly beast called a slaycon. But killing a slaycon is the least of Leo’s problems. The enemy beyond the Great Wall is rising up. Inside the wall, Singara is being torn apart by Leo’s rebellious cousin. Worst of all, Leo is a Spinner, cursed with a dangerous and forbidden power he can’t control.
The future of Singara is in Leo’s hands. Can he conceal his curse, claim the throne, and protect his realm? Or will he embrace his power and discover a far greater destiny . . . for himself and for his world?
Title: The Spinner Prince
Series (if applicable): Pride Wars
Author: Matt Laney
Publisher (if applicable): HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Children’s, Fiction, Animals, Science Fiction, Fantasy.
Recommended Age: 13 and older, for some language and crude sayings.
This was an interesting thing to discover from my local library. Normally I wouldn’t be as interested in a book told from first person. I originally suggested it to my sister, but after she gushed over how good it was, I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.
I have to admit the beginning was confusing, for me at least. If you read the synopsis, you probably know Prince Leo was apparently going to die (which, you know, he really doesn’t if the book is that big). It took me a while to grasp what was really going on, but I realized I actually really liked this book.
I found myself getting a bit bored at times, and I actually really didn’t like Leo. I know he’s the main character, but he wasn’t really likeable…. other than his special ability. I kind of found him to be a bit whiny and the actions he took didn’t necessarily make sense to me. Why push someone away who knows you have the forbidden disease when she could’ve totally told on him?
I became fond of Anjali for some reason. She actually might come across as annoying to people, especially since she’s the strong female in the book, but that wasn’t the case for me. I think it’d be really cool to discover some more information about past as well as her brother who was a Spinner.
While I’m on the Spinner topic, it probably seems weird. But I think it’s cool. Apparently, Leo’s people don’t believe in fiction and only in facts, so it’s illegal to even tell a story. Leo has a special “disease” that forces him to tell stories and he can’t control it nor hold it back. The best part about this all is that characters from the story actually appear in thin air. Sigh, if only that were true and could happen.
There were two things I really didn’t prefer. One would be the evolved aspect. I personally found it to be very pointless, and unnecessary. I really think this book could’ve been set in a whole different universe where humans just didn’t exist instead of saying these lion people evolved from them. Another thing would be the lack of description. I understand that this was told from first person, but I really couldn’t make up an image in my mind of what the characters looked like from the one or two sentences about them. I pretty much just put lion heads on Kung Fu Panda characters. And for some reason, the only male lion dude that had a mane in my head was the great Khan. Eh, I have a weird mind…. I guess. xD
There’s some violence, battles, and death, but I don’t really recall anything super descriptive. There was some language (I actually only remember one word) and crude sayings, and those did bother me, but it might not matter to others. Some religious stuff as well. This would probably be best for maybe thirteen and older?
The story is pretty interesting and intriguing. Leo doesn’t really know who his parents were, and I do have a suspicion to who his father is. I would love to read the next book, and am going to watch out for it next year.
I’m not going to spoil what happens, but if you’re a fan of Erin Hunter’s work, then this would probably be the thing for you to read!