Inspired by “The Frog Prince,” THE VAIN PRINCE is the story of Adalbert, the legendarily beautiful and legendarily obnoxious son of King Heinrich of the fairytale kingdom of Evermore. When Heinrich decrees a contest for any eligible bachelor to try to win his son’s heart, Adalbert dismisses one after the other. Most harshly, he turns away a Troll, provoking a curse that brings famine and war to the kingdom. Locked up in a dungeon for life, Adalbert discovers he has a mysterious cellmate who enchants him with a story of love and tragedy. In the stranger’s dying days, Adalbert learns self-sacrifice and ultimately love.
Andy gives an overview of the book:
In the land of Evermore, Beauty had a name, and that name was Adalbert. He was the only son of King Heinrich and Queen Lutecia, a marriage of convenience, but on the day of Adalbert’s birth, his father and mother linked arms and stood at the palace balcony to present their swaddled child to their subjects. It was said that on that day, the sweet melody of songbirds carried across Evermore’s vales and bluffs, fallow fields turned green, and toadstools in the forest’s dankest reaches surrendered their slimy heads and blossomed petals like shiny buttercups and hollyhocks. Squires, ladies, woodsmen and dairymaids from every hamlet in the kingdom filled the palace grounds, and plum-faced, blond-haired Adalbert looked out at them, his deep blue eyes twinkling as though to say: “Yes, here I am.”
Andrew J. Peters writes fantasy, young adult and contemporary fiction. His work appears in several publications including Ganymede, La Bloga and Wilde Oats. While writing and looking for 'homes' for his projects, he works as a social worker for LGBT youth. He lives in New...