What a lovely new #review of THE PRINCE’S MAN #fantasy #EpicFantasy

What a lovely surprise to find this wonderful new review of THE PRINCE’S MAN on Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog Smorgasbord‘ . If you haven’t yet discovered Sally’s blog, take a look – the title really does describe it to a tee.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Elves, Magic, and Spies–what a fast-moving tale
By Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE on September 7, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

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Deborah Jay’s The Prince’s Man (Amazon Digital Services 2014) is a beautifully told epic of noble people, magic, elves, and vicious trolls. Rusty is a bon vivant male companion to wealthy women and undercover spy in the service of his king. To save the kingdom, he partners with a woman–something that just isn’t done in this fantastical world–and together they rescue a captured elf in the hope it will garner the assistance of his kinsmen. As they travel the long journey required to return him to his home, they face trolls, sprites, and elementals, each with their own goals and none of which help the pair succeed. When they finally reach their destination, they find this is only the beginning of a mission fraught with danger, unusual alliances, and death-defying consequences. 

This elaborately constructed world of royalty and spies, intrigue and romance, truly is a mix of fantasy and 007. In so many ways, it resembles the delightful conniving multilayered world of the French and British court life with its flirtatious characters, the one-upmanship of lords and ladies, and the subterfuge that can surface at any moment to threaten the ruler. But when you add an elixir that offers the fountain of youth, the price of victory or defeat skyrockets. This award-winning story, the first in the Five Kingdoms series, is intricately woven, dramatically told, and filled with twists and turns that will keep every reader guessing. 


And a huge thank you to the author of this review, Jacqui Murray, who blogs at  https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

So glad you enjoyed it!



  1. Congratulations

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    1. Thank you 😀

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      1. You’re welcome

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  2. I forget how I found your book but what a find it is. I truly enjoyed it, Deborah.

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    1. I’m delighted you found it and enjoyed it so much!
      I remember you being interested in the tagline, ‘James Bond meets LOTR’ – was it on The Write Stuff?


  3. Huge congrats Deb! It was great seeing Jacqui’s review featured on Sal’s blog. And in answer to your question you left Jacqui, I think you saw that comment on my blog when I featured your Spy and the Lady and The Prince’s Man last week, lol. I know we can get dizzy trying to remember where we were when we saw something. 🙂 x

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    1. Aha! Deb, thank you, NOW I remember! Yes, it was your blog, thanks again for featuring The Spy and the Lady, that’s exactly where Jacqui saw it 😀.

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      1. Yes it was. Glad my post enticed Jacqui to read. 🙂


  4. I found this book through a BookBub recommendation, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it – so much so that I immediately bought The Prince’s Son! I was not disappointed in any way – the plot continuation/development/extension gave me a real ‘page-turner with a plot and characters fitting for such a fantasy world, giving the books a very readable and almost believable quality. Is there another book in the pipeline? Please !!!!!!

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    1. Hi Russ, thank you so much for your enthusiasm! And I can assure you there will be another – in fact I have 2 more planned with this set of characters before I branch off into others.
      THE PRINCE’S PROTEGEE is currently 25% written, and coming along well – why don’t you join my mailing list and keep up to date?
      You can find the link on the Newsletter Sign Up page on this blog, and grab yourself a free Rustam short story while you’re at it!
      Oh, and a review on Amazon would be highly appreciated too 😀


      1. RUSS HIBBINS · ·

        Hi Deborah The review has been added to Amazon, and I am signing up for the newsletter. I should also add that it’s really rewarding to get a more personal response rather than an impersonal ‘thank you for your comment’ automated response. Good luck with your continued writing – you have the knack of enabling the reader to picture the characters and the settings/action without falling into the trap of providing so much detail that the plot gets relegated to a secondary position. Best wishes Russ Hibbins

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      2. You are a star! Thank you so much for your lovely words, writing is such a solitary process (although if you’ve rooted around here at all, you may have noticed I have an awesome day job too), I do love to be interactive when people take the time to tell me they enjoyed reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them 😀


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