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Review: Lost Prince (Salt Road Saga #1) by Ainsley

Review: Lost Prince (Salt Road Saga #1) by Ainsley

by davincikittieDecember 4, 2011


TLDR recap:

After spending many lonely years hiding from his enemies when his planet is destroyed during the war with the Coalition forces, crown prince Aric finds that some of his men escaped the massacre and are awaiting his leadership.  Katriel is a woman with a terrible secret, a past that constantly haunts her as she struggles to make a new life for herself.  When fate tosses her lot in with the lost prince, they will lead his men to victory over the Coalition and help them find a new home or they will all die trying.  If you are a fan of scifi romance, you must read Ainsley’s Lost Prince!

  • Title: Lost Prince
  • Series: The Salt Road Saga – book #1
  • Author: Ainsley
  • Prominent Characters: Aric & Katriel
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: moderate


*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***



Lost Prince has an old school Star Wars feel (the good Star Wars films and books), from the skin-of-your-teeth space battle escapes to the solid teamwork and camaraderie between the characters to the seedy little space port cantinas and rescue attempts.  The connection between the characters sizzles from the start, with more than simple lust.  Here are two people indelibly intertwined in each others lives through an event so terrible it has defined both of their existences since, and neither of them knows the tragic secret of the other… a secret that could destroy the fledgling trust they’ve built their already-fragile partnership on.

The cover of this book is misleading.  Based on the quality of the cover art, I thought I’d take a quick peek before bed (no more than a 30 minute tease to gauge my interest level) and ended up turning pages for over two hours!  I had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed on a work night, at almost 4am!  The story arc and characters are so well written that you nearly forget about the SciFi element, which is usually jarring for me with all the alternate lingo and tech speak, and become completely immersed in the tale.  This is war… brutal, relentless, winner-takes-all survival… the coalition versus the ragged survivors of devastated Calixte.  Unapologetic and harsh, the antagonists in Lost Prince don’t mind taking prisoners… after they torture all the information and life out of them first.  They are to the Salt Road Saga what Darth Vader and the Empire were to Star Wars: regimented evil overlords capable of horrible atrocities who will stop at nothing to achieve their plans for dominance.

When this book ended, I was actually disappointed and wanted more!  I’m glad this is just the first in a series because it’s gritty and real and full of hope for new beginnings, and the passion between the main characters is searing without feeling akward, forced, or cheesy.  This story is very well done and I fully intend to keep reading this saga!


Memorable quotes:

These are not the droids you’re looking for…

“Where is your rebel base?”


The unfortunate & irrefutable truth of war…

The rich wage war, but it’s the poor who pay their debts.


One reality check coming right up…

Alaric ran a hand over his head, feeling grime in his hair. His chest ached with bruising from the torture. For the first time he noticed, really noticed, that he was nude.

“Holy Crimes, this is rebellion? From firefight to capture to escape to repairs?”

Katriel looked at him, an odd expression—nearly a smile, on her face. “No, Your Highness. In my experience, this is just life. For us commoners, that is.”


If you liked Lost Prince of the Salt Road Saga series…

If you enjoyed Lost Prince for its SciFi theme and running-from-the-bad-guys-while-falling-hopelessly-in-steamy-love feel, you might also like The League series (starting with Born of Night) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

If you liked Lost Prince for its intense connection between the main characters and the strong family ties that bind them, you may want to check out the Black Dagger Brotherhood (starting with Dark Lover) by J.R. Ward and the Feral Warriors series (starting with Desire Untamed) by Pamela Palmer.  Both series feature powerful men (vampires and shapeshifters) who love their women and would sacrifice anything to keep their families safe.

Final thoughts:

Even though this was a review for The Forbidden Bookshelf, I wouldnt classify it as erotica. Don’t get me wrong- it was explicitly hot, but the sex didn’t drive the storyline nor did it dominate the word count.  It was steamy, yet appropriately placed for maximum plot and emotional impact. Instead of, like many novels classified as “erotica”, the sex scenes being front and center as the focus of the story, Lost Prince stands solidly on it’s riveting and heart-wrenching story and the relationship between the characters helps bring that to the next level.

Don’t judge this book by its cover.  Ainsley’s Lost Prince is a GraveTells “must-read”, especially for fans of SciFi romance.  Even readers new to the genre, and those who have kept their wary distance from SciFi in general, will enjoy this riveting and touching story.

Rating: Lost Prince



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Thanks to The Forbidden Bookshelf for providing this review copy!  This review was written for, and originally appeared on, (see it here).

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Sophia Rose
    December 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I do have a little taste for this genre- a very little tolerance, but I will give it a whirl. Hey, what’s not to like if its a Star Wars-style piece- just a prince not a princess.

    Your review has made me willing to give this one a peek if I come across it.

    Thanks for the posting!

  • December 4, 2011 at 11:34 am

    LOVE your review. It is now on my must read list.


  • Shereifa
    December 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I love your review, this book sounds just wonderful and I’m a avid reader of Sherrilyn Kenyon books.

  • December 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks guys! I was surprisingly impressed with this book, and that’s not normal for me. =) I’m a little bit of a cynic when it comes to reading things for review. For some reason, even though I grew up on Star Trek and Star Wars, SciFi stories don’t usually call to me, but this one really works with (and outgrows!) its genre rather than being confined or defined by it. If you like the Sherrilyn Kenyon scifi stories, you’ll like this one (I think at least *grin*).

    <3 you guys for all the fantastic comments!

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