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Once again a well done book!
Once again a great book! The story is one hell of a ride with twists and turns you never see coming. It's an epic story of conspiracy, love, and hardships that is DEFIANTLY worth reading!
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An absolutely riveting tale that will leave you wanting more!
Alflor's first novel is absolutely incredible. The author seamlessly blends romance, action, adventure, and politics to create a riveting novel that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. The worldbuilding is at its best, the plot moves briskly, and the characters are multi-dimensional and will keep you guessing the whole way through. Suffice it to say that you will never be bored while reading this story! In my opinion, this novel shows that Alflor deserves a place among the greatest fantasy authors of all time.
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The world of Llyra awaits you -- don't miss out!
Prince of Knaves presents a very interesting fusion of medieval intrigue, romance, and swashbuckling adventure. The work is particularly impressive for being Alflor Aalto's debut novel; many established authors are less effective at world building and character development than Alflor manages to be with his freshman effort, and Alflor also deftly develops a very intricate, multi-book spanning plot. His characters are complex and dynamic and seem to exist in a living, breathing fantasy realm. Additionally, the book is quite well researched; the scenes involving intense navel battles and high-stakes thievery all ring true, which makes the novel all the more exciting and entertaining. The novel is certainly worth reading in its own right, but it sets the stage for Alflor's prequels Streets of His City and the forthcoming Spies in Their Midst as well, the former of which is excellent and the latter of which I fully expect to be. And have I mentioned the steamy bits? Those are probably worth the price of admission by themselves!
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An AMAZING book by an AMAZING Author
I was instantly hooked on the world of Llyra since the prequel Streets of His City came out on FA. When The Prince of Knaves was finally released, I just couldn't get enough of it. Alflor does a masterful job of showing (not telling) you the personalities of his characters and story; so well in fact that he's made me do everything from crying to yelling out and fist pumping during key moments in the story. I guess you could say that he put my emotions on a spin cycle. The only problem I had with this book was that it ended.

If you haven't had a taste of Alflor's writing before, then you are missing out on a great deal of unforgettable entertainment.
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"The Prince of Knaves" - A Review by Ryan Blackbear
“The Prince of Knaves is a fantastically-written, fast paced classic adventure story interwoven with a touching, heartfelt (and sometimes explicitly described) homosexual romance.
If you spent your childhood reading books like Robinson Crusoe, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, and so on, this book will absolutely and without doubt be a welcome addition to your collection.”
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Flayrah: Review 'The Prince of Knaves' by Alflor Aalto
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"The Prince of Knaves is smoothly written, fast-moving, full of action and intrigue and 18th century-style naval battles. But the plot seems very superficial. Natier is introduced as such a hedonist, hating the duties of aristocracy and preferring to live incognito as a commoner, that it is unconvincing for him to work dangerously in disguise to restore his father’s government. As someone whom all the authorities are trying to kill, he is too quick to trust strangers with his real identity. His efforts to foil the thieves from within their gang, without arousing their suspicion, seem too easily successful. He works all day in the shipyard, spends all night in the thieves’ gang – when does he have the time (or the stamina) for his extended, graphic gay lovemaking? (He is tired after Chapter 10.)"
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Go to Llyra, NOW!
For fans of anthro stories, for fans of romantic period stories, for fans of intrigue and political machinations, for fans of a ripping good read - get this book!

The Prince of Knaves is a well-written character study of the young Prince Natier of Llyra, caught between two lives - one of duty and priviledge, and the other of excitement and love. Which will he choose? Or will the choice be made for him? Will he be brought low by his baser tastes, or will his noble nature win out?

A thoroughly satisfying read for furry fans of all stripes...and spots!
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Dont judge a book by its cover
I got this book at fwa. It has an unassuming cover, but the content is amazing. I agree with the other reviewers. The story is fantastic, the sex scenes are tastefully woven in, the writing is very clean and the flow is very absorbing. There were 400 pages but it didn't take me long to finish this book. If you like adventure stories and don't mind (or want) the M/M romance, this is the book for you! I could not recommend this book enough! Waiting patiently for the sequel.
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Words cannot describe how much I fell in love with this book, especially its characters. This book had my emotions going in every direction without forcing these emotions. In addition to a wonderful plot there are many things that Alflor adds in the book that moved me personally because they seemed so real to me. Once I got into it, I couldn't put the book down. I'm thrilled that Alflor can be published and he is going to have a wonderful future in writing. Keep him in your radar.

It's by far my favorite anthropomorphic book and I recommend this everyone.

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My new favorite book
I picked this book up at FWA without thinking much of it. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the battery in my laptop died, and I had a whole plane flight with nothing to do. So I began reading, and the rest is history.

Alflor has many strengths as a writer, but perhaps his best is character building. The characters in this book are nothing short of real. They all have their merits and flaws. I found myself cheering for them one moment and booing them the next. That's exactly how real human beings are. Way too many books go with the knight in shining armor as their protagonist, a fact that bores me. With Rivard you never know which way things will lean. And it's those characters who drive the plot. This results in realistic situations and realistic resolutions. Things never feel forced. Too many writers out there push the characters into weird actions just to drive the plot. The narrative is very strong as well. I found myself lost in it to the point where I stopped seeing the words and started seeing the story beneath them. To me, a narrative you barely notice is the mark of a talented writer.

There *is* sex in this book, but it is very tasteful and romantic. I'm actually not gay and I enjoyed it just for the sheer plot progression it provided.

I think we have an Ursa Majors contender. I certainly know where I will put my vote.

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Absolute Brilliance
Such a perfect tale of adventure, action, and drama. With each of the chapters that you read, you will find yourself wanting to know what is gonna happen next and know the fate of all of the characters. When not dealing with the aggressive parts of the story you see the softer and more fragile side of Natier and his struggles with not only what happened to his father, but as well as deal with falling in love with someone.

I am so thankful that I not only pre-ordered this book, but also have been a fan of the brilliant author for a while.
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Cheers for Alflor
I per-ordered this book as soon as it went up and enjoyed reading it immensely.

A compelling tale of one prince's life changing forever and the unexpected love that ends up being his beacon of hope in the turbulence even as it grows.

I can scarcely remember a buy I've enjoyed more and look forward to revisiting this world again when I reread it.

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I pre-ordered this book and once it came in it only took me two days to finish, that's how exciting this book gets you.

It takes you deep inside the character and how they change over time.

It keeps you on the edge and takes exciting twist and turns you'd never expect. Very good story would recommend the read to any one.

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