Reviewed by Mandi
Note: The review is spoiler free but the comment section does have spoilers!
To gain everything and lose everything in the space of a moment. That is the fate of all princes destined for the throne.
I’m going to write this review spoiler free, because to spoil anything about this book would be a true disservice. This will probably be the most non-review I’ve ever written. Let me also say, you can not just jump into this series with book three. You must read the first two, and trust me you want to.
Back in March of 2013 some twitter friends told me I must read Captive Prince Volumes one and two. I did, and I fell in love with Damen, Laurent, the world and author. At that time, Volumes one and two were self published – the entire series started as a free online fiction serial. What she wrote turned into something amazing. I read the first two parts and I was blown away. Maybe not so much with Volume one, but Volume two took my breath away. The twists and turns. The romance. The end. I gasped. This author knows how to build suspense until you can’t stand it, and then she throws in a twist that makes you flail.
Then we heard news that Penguin bought the series – we all cheered, and then realized the wait for book three would be torture (book two ends on a big cliffhanger). Formerly known as Captive Prince Volume one and two, the books are now titled, Captive Prince and Prince’s Gambit.
And now Kings Rising is here. And oh….my….god. It starts exactly where book two ends. We all know how book two ends. *hold me*
Like I said, I’m not giving anything away – except to say – it’s absolutely fantastic. It made me smile. It made me read between my fingers when I got super stressed (super stressed y’all). I laughed. I swooned.
“What?” Damen was smiling
“You’re very,” said Laurent, and then, flushing, “attractive.”
“Really,” said Damen, in a rich, warm voice.
“Yes,” said Laurent.
Oh, my dear awkward Laurent.
This author does such an amazing job with these two guys I can’t even deal with it. Damen – a natural-born warrior, forced to be a slave to a man whose brother he killed in battle. Stripped of his lands and his family. And Laurent – who everyone underestimates but can out-manuever anyone. A mastermind to beat all others. Always planning, always manipulating.
And as we see in book two, these two unlikely fellas fall for each other. They have this passion that is almost too much to bear. Laurent, so in control and icy – and Damen, full of heat and emotion.
I almost didn’t survive reading this. Almost. (I may be just a little attached to these characters).
More twists, more adventure, more heartache. A truly great end to an amazing journey.
This series deals with very dark tones – slavery, non-consensual sex, violence. It’s not for everyone. But if you try this and you feel yourself falling in love with Damen and Laurent, hold on tight. This author will make you laugh and smile all the while quietly weaving a web of plot twists that will have you freaking out.
Thank you C.S. Pacat. Truly a pleasure to read.