The Last Life of Prince Alastor (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #2)
Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love. Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm—under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prosper's sister in the clutches of the evil queen Pyra, Prosper has no choice but to agree. But when they arrive in Alastor's deliciously demonic home, the realm is almost as alien to Alastor as it is to Prosper—the lowest fiends have dethroned the ruling malefactors, while an unfathomable force called the Void is swiftly consuming the realm. The desperate fiends cling to the one person who says she can stop it: Pyra. As Prosper embarks on a perilous rescue mission to the Tower of No Return, he can't help but feel for the demons losing their home—even Alastor, who lives by a set of rules that have vanished in a new world. With the fates of humans and demons at odds, the battle lines are drawn. Long ago, Prosper's ancestor Honor Redding proved that humans and demons could never be friends. But is Prosper like his ancestor? And is Alastor the same demon who was betrayed by the one human he cared for?

The Last Life of Prince Alastor (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #2) Details

TitleThe Last Life of Prince Alastor (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
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GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

The Last Life of Prince Alastor (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #2) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.1.) The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding ★★★★★Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Cas
    January 1, 1970
    God, I'm not emotional, you're emotional. This was so good. I can't believe an ancient demon and a disaster of a kid and a cat with bat wings gave me enough feelings to wish I could go off and make a contract to take my heart away from me? I don't want it? RTC
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  • Ally
    January 1, 1970
    The sequel picks up immediately where the first book left off. Prosper Redding finally makes a pact with the fiend Alastor and goes through the portal to Below to rescue his twin sister Prue. Upon entering the world of Below, Prosper must be smart in order to rescue Prue from Alastor’s younger sister Pyra. However, Alastor learns that there is a dark force in his homeland that is eating up all the magic and destroying the world — not only that, but Alastor finds out the fiendish society has chan The sequel picks up immediately where the first book left off. Prosper Redding finally makes a pact with the fiend Alastor and goes through the portal to Below to rescue his twin sister Prue. Upon entering the world of Below, Prosper must be smart in order to rescue Prue from Alastor’s younger sister Pyra. However, Alastor learns that there is a dark force in his homeland that is eating up all the magic and destroying the world — not only that, but Alastor finds out the fiendish society has changed in the last couple of hundred years and what he felt was the right way to behave is no longer smiled upon. Prosper meets old and new friends along the way and together they go to face Alastor’s sister while learning new mysterious secrets about the world, themselves and their families. The most important take away of “The Last Life of Prince Alastor” is the important of family, and how sometimes cruel things are done in the name of protecting the family. Throughout the novel we see the action through the eyes of snarky and witty Alastor as well as the courageous Prosper. While this novel is targeted at a middle grade audience, Ms. Bracken’s brilliant prose can attract readers of all ages. It’s is beautiful, simple and has the right amount of Nightmare Before Christmas-like spooky.The characters we met in book one went through some really beautiful character development arcs. And as you guys may know my favorite stories feature character development where the person we met at the beginning has grown emotionally as they struggle towards their goal. I am not entirely sure if “The Last Life of Prince Alastor” is the end of the story, because the ending left me with a feeling that there was more to come. I sure hope so!
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  • Aleta
    January 1, 1970
    !!!!!!!!!!!
  • MARIA NAVARRO
    January 1, 1970
    I need to have this book ASAP!
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    While this book had some clever components and sharply funny moments, it was a significant step down from the first book in the series. So much of what was good about Bracken's first Prosper Redding book was about atmosphere, and the decision to set the second book largely in the demon realm damaged that badly. The setting for this book had some clever moments (the Disney World parody was excellent), but otherwise it felt half-baked and generic. The plot felt convoluted and meandering at times, While this book had some clever components and sharply funny moments, it was a significant step down from the first book in the series. So much of what was good about Bracken's first Prosper Redding book was about atmosphere, and the decision to set the second book largely in the demon realm damaged that badly. The setting for this book had some clever moments (the Disney World parody was excellent), but otherwise it felt half-baked and generic. The plot felt convoluted and meandering at times, and the heavy-handed moralizing was obnoxious and made me actually hate the book at times. The book isn't a complete failure by any means, but it's a huge comedown from its predecessor.*I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Jeremy West
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this series so much, and this new book is no different! Though not set in creepy Salem like book one, Prosper goes on a harrowing journey Downstairs to the demon realm to save his sister who was kidnapped by Pyra, Alastor's malfactor sister! While the setting differs greatly from the first book, readers will love with whip-smart dialogue between Prosper and Alastor just as much and possibly even wish they could visit the world of Downstairs themselves, with all its icky, creepy locations I adore this series so much, and this new book is no different! Though not set in creepy Salem like book one, Prosper goes on a harrowing journey Downstairs to the demon realm to save his sister who was kidnapped by Pyra, Alastor's malfactor sister! While the setting differs greatly from the first book, readers will love with whip-smart dialogue between Prosper and Alastor just as much and possibly even wish they could visit the world of Downstairs themselves, with all its icky, creepy locations. Disney, at least give me an "It's A Small World" type ride through the Downstairs full of putrid smells and ghosts and evil carnivals!
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for the E-Arc copy of The Last Life of Prince Alastor.Alexandra Bracken is a talented writer and storyteller. If you haven't read these books you are missing out. I can honestly say that this one is better than the first one! A very rare thing for a series!
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent follow up to Prosper Redding and a satisfying conclusion to the two book series. We learn some more about Alastor and Prosper and Prue and Nell. Everyone grows as characters. There are friendships and lessons. Def recommended to 5th-8th grades and all others interested.
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  • Cynthia Parkhill
    January 1, 1970
    This second book in a series throws the reader immediately into the story's action -- so if you're new to the saga, I recommend you back-up and read the books in order.Alastor, a "malefactor," is a ruling-class spirit of the demon realm. Among the realm's spirits, "malefactors" are uniquely able to form contracts with humans.Three hundred years ago, Alastor made a bargain with Honor Redding, a European settler to the New World. When Alastor met Honor, he was an upright and goodly man who simply This second book in a series throws the reader immediately into the story's action -- so if you're new to the saga, I recommend you back-up and read the books in order.Alastor, a "malefactor," is a ruling-class spirit of the demon realm. Among the realm's spirits, "malefactors" are uniquely able to form contracts with humans.Three hundred years ago, Alastor made a bargain with Honor Redding, a European settler to the New World. When Alastor met Honor, he was an upright and goodly man who simply wanted to ensure the survival of the family who'd journeyed with him -- but in later years, Honor changed.To ensure the fortunes of his own family and to eliminate a rival, Honor bound the souls of his family and all of their descendants into a contract with Alastor. When they died, Honor, his family and their descendants would become servants in Alastor's demon realm.Which brings us to the present: Alastor resides -- is trapped inside, actually -- a human boy, Prosper Redding. Alastor's sister Queen Pyra has taken Honor's sister Prue into the demon realm and Prosper has made his own contract with Alastor so that they can go after them.Alexandra Bracken's Dreadful Tale is an exciting series; read-alike possibilities might include Cornelia Funke's Inkheart trilogy.In particular, this story has my appreciation for a nuanced tale. Few characters are all bad or good, and often have complex motivations for the actions they take.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    Our young adult patrons have read books by Alexandria Bracken before and were curious about this book. I received this book as an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review and all I have tosay , what if the Loch Ness monster was in Lord of the Rings and is best friends with a young prince?The story focuses on Prosper Redding and Prince Alistor bound.to each other three hundred years ago to save the realm.they love from the evil.queen Pyra. Ours has cursed the kingdom pro!using the f Our young adult patrons have read books by Alexandria Bracken before and were curious about this book. I received this book as an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review and all I have tosay , what if the Loch Ness monster was in Lord of the Rings and is best friends with a young prince?The story focuses on Prosper Redding and Prince Alistor bound.to each other three hundred years ago to save the realm.they love from the evil.queen Pyra. Ours has cursed the kingdom pro!using the fellow demons under Prosper that she can save them and they join alongside her. It's up to Prosper and Alistor to travel to the Tower of No Return and coexist with one another in order to save their realm and eachother.This book was very captivating and it's easy to get hooked into the adventure. I know Our young patrons are going to love it. That is why we give this book 5 stars!
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  • Elevetha
    January 1, 1970
    *An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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