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Captive Prince: Book One of the Captive Prince Trilogy Kindle Edition
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The story is mostly about military, wars and politics in two countries/kingdoms. There are a lot Machiavellian strategies, conflicts and trickery. Other adjectives to describe the story: enslavement, rape, torture, sexual depravity. Gay male sex is talked about a lot. Both countries have sex slaves and other slaves.
Laurent is a 20-year-old prince soon to be made king of Vere. His uncle is the current Regent but plans to kill Laurent so he can stay in power. They are master manipulators working against each other. Laurent appears to be evil, cold and intriguing. There is a lot of mystery about him.
Damen is a prince from Akielos. Damen’s brother Kastor took over the Akielos throne and sent Damen to Vere to be a slave.
I don’t know the author’s inspirations, but I imagine the following could have been inspirations: David Bowie for Prince Laurent, his country Vere being like Italy, valuing art and beauty. Gerard Butler in the movie 300 would be Damen. His country Akielos similar to Sparta.
Throughout the books characters talk a lot about men having sex with men, teenage boys, and male slaves. These are references to sex not detailed explicit sex scenes, but this keeps sex frequently in the reader’s mind. Most of it is male-male sex but there is one male-female sex scene.
The total number of sex scenes for all three books is about 6: 3 short scenes, 3 longer scenes, and many references to sex having happened. In one scene two men are forced to wrestle naked on stage with the winner raping the loser.
There is a whipping torture scene in Book 1. A couple torture scenes are referred to in Book 3.
An example of a Book 3 stupid event: someone surrendering himself to an enemy who will kill him - without good reason - then luck saves the day. The logic for this did not fit the character’s logic and abilities in the first two books.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: about 947 pages includes all 3 books. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong/explicit. Number of sex scenes: about 6. Setting: a time of swords and horses in a fictional land. Copyright: 2013, 2014, 2016. Genre: gay male fiction.
Here’s the set up for Captive Prince, imagine this: You’re a slave, bound up and ready to be sent as a gift to the prince of the neighboring formerly hostile country of Vere. You’re angry and confused and feeling very much betrayed by your people. You’re not trained, but that’s alright. The prince apparently likes a challenge.
Jk, you’re actually the prince of Akielos.
Your brother has apparently pulled the biggest dick move in history, and has taken the throne while telling everyone you’re dead and sending you off to a nation that hates you because you killed their precious previous prince. Yea, his little brother isn’t too happy with Prince Damianos.
Right now though, you’re just Damen, and no one is the wiser. If anyone in Vere figures out that you’re not just named in mockery of the supposedly late Akielon prince, you’re screwed. Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter much to your new master, Prince Laurent. He hates your entire nation, and he’s not particularly interested in having a difficult slave. He’s also not particularly interested in sleeping with anyone, let alone his new slave, despite what the Venetians think.
Your treatment in Vere is pretty bad, despite you theoretically having a comfy gig as the prince’s slave. Everyone calls you a barbarian, and seems to view you as an unbroken stud horse. You may or may not be a “pet,” which is basically a concubine, but since you’re not actually sleeping with the prince, you basically just sit around until you piss him off enough to do something about you. And oh, he will do things to you. Not fun things at all. This is not that kind of story.
Hey, at least the prince is totally your type. Except, you know, his whole terrible personality. In the quiet of your head, there’s plenty of time to thinking about murdering him. You’ve got priorities, after all.
“Sweetmeat?” said Laurent.
In the stretched-out moment that followed, Damen thought explicitly about killing him.
If, as a reader, you’re looking for a sweet gay romance story, this is probably not it.
As of the first book, this story is largely about two men who don’t particularly like or trust one another being forced together by politics and intrigue. Damen is a noble guy in a terrible situation still trying to find a way to do the right thing. Laurent is an absolute jerk, but you can’t help but feel for the guy. It seems something is going terribly wrong with his life, and Damen may just be the man to help him. Or maybe they’ll murder each other. You have to read the book to find out!
Captive Prince is a book that seems to be building up to something big. Not to spoil anything, but by the end of volume one, everything is about to hit the fan and you’re left starving for resolution.
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