Natharr is Guardian of Maarihk, one of a long line of protectors dating back to the Firstborn Age, before the Aa Conquest. Natharr’s is an ancient role, rooted in his Firstblood, giving him Sight to see what is yet to be. He adheres to his sacred duties even in the centuries since the Firstborn were forced to the brink of extinction by the Aa.
Natharr still stands guard over all men, Aa or Firstborn, Seeing what will come to pass, deciding what is unavoidable and what is not. He spends decades planning how to save the life of the newborn Crown Prince Vikari so he may one day reclaim the throne of the land where Mankind was created, back in the time when the Olde Gods still walked.
• 4/4 Stars — “Crown Prince stands out with amazing descriptions, complex characters, and intriguing supernatural elements … book one in the New Blood series, the storyline is incredibly promising … the author has a flair for setting the scene and creating memorable characters … I absolutely loved the descriptive prowess of this author, the thing I enjoyed most about the book … W. D. Kilpack III genuinely takes the time to help us immerse in the fantasy world, no matter if he describes a battle scene, a peaceful moment, or a mythological creature like a Hamadryad or a Manticore, he always manages to conjure the best images in our minds … the author does a great job of incorporating the supernatural elements in a general atmosphere of myth and legend … there was nothing I disliked about this novel … I am rating Crown Prince by W.D. Kilpack III 4 out of 4 stars … fans of sword and sorcery fantasy will definitely find this novel a delightful read … the series has the potential to acquire epic dimensions … I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Order of Light.” — OnlineBookClub.org
• 5/5 Stars — “Crown Prince is one of the most brilliant fantasy novels that I have ever had the pleasure of reading and a book I am now obsessed with! … Crown Prince is an incredible, thrilling and memorable story that will take its readers on a journey like no other … The story of Crown Prince captivated me from the first page thanks to the book’s sharp literature and strong opening … [the author] is not only a phenomenal writer for his flawless ability to capture his reader’s attention, but he is also a great writer for his descriptive powers and characterization of characters which will hook his readers! … Crown Prince is a sensational, thrilling and addictive story that will thrill you as well as entertain you.” — RedHeadedBookLover.com
• 5/5 Stars — “Kilpack delivers a stunning blow to the belief that Indie-Fantasy is worth any less than its salt. Crown Prince is a well-crafted epic with unique plot mechanisms, well-developed and believable characters, and a world grounded in the visceral and the real. I could not recommend this series any higher!” — Clay Vermulm, Host of Sinister Soup Podcast
• 5/5 Stars — “A fantastic world of swords and magic! A very strong start to the series! W.D. Kilpack III does know how to draw a reader into a world of swords and magic. I found myself unable to put the book down, diving deeper into the fantastic world. I can say, that I am a fan of his work and will soon be reading Order of Light, the second book from the New Blood series.” — BooksShelf.com
• 5/5 Stars — “Crown Prince is one of the most fantastic fantasy books that I have read so far! The book is a blend of thrills, mystery, fun, excitement, and drama! It has got everything that a good book should have. The plot is unpredictable and twisted. So much is happening all at once, but the smooth narration takes care of it all.” — Just Pratibha (India)
• 5/5 Stars — “Crown Prince was referred to me by a friend I trust and I loved it! The story is very cool, showing the burden of knowledge and the responsibilities involved in being able to see the future. Natharr is a great hero: think Aragorn/Alanon/Teddy Roosevelt. He bears the burden of being Guardian of Maarihk with dignity but, at the same time, is human and has flaws, like having a bit of a temper. Darshelle is conflicted and a walking contradiction, being proud and strong, while still insecure and flawed. I love the world, where magic is more subtle, while there is another element that reminded me of Greek mythology, because the gods are real and took direct action in history. There is some violence, which seems to fit well within the framework of this world where epic fantasy and realism are intertwined.” — Critic, Salt Lake City, UT
• 5/5 Stars — “From the start you are drawn into a world of fantasy. With each page, you want more. Natharr is Guardian of Maarihk of a long line of protectors. With Sight to see what will come, he has a sacred duty to stand guard over all men. Join in each fight, with every swing of the sword! The author gives the feel you are the character fighting for your life and those you defend. A great read, with the power to keep you from putting it down. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in something new, with a twist and feel of a classic fantasy!” — Tom Carr, author of Talking to Yourself in the Dark