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- Book 3 of 3 in The Captive Prince Trilogy
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“You will be completely enthralled and on edge.”—USA Today
“Have you read Captive Prince? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?”—HeroesandHeartbreakers.com
“The cumulative effect of reading them back to back is mind blowing.”—Dear Author
“Pacat’s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure...The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel’s erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Pacat’s internet-serial sensation will need no convincing of the merits of this series, but new readers should take note—this book lives up to every word of praise it has garnered. The lush setting, full of intricate historical detail, engaging decadence and ruthless scheming, will draw many, but it’s Pacat’s characters...who’ll surely keep readers captive. Their tenuous, fractious relationship is the heart and soul of this trilogy, and thankfully, readers will not have long to wait between installments in order to watch it unfold.”—RT Book Reviews
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- File Size : 1437 KB
- Publication Date : February 2, 2016
- Publisher : Berkley (February 2, 2016)
- Print Length : 363 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01071RG8A
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,585 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have only two minor complaints:
Firstly, that Jokaste's subplot is rushed through as quickly as possible for something that is so incredibly complex. Her motivation, or the examination and revelations of, is so tacked on that it either needed more room to breathe or might as well have been removed entirely. Her pregnancy may as well as not have happened - the one thing in the novel that feels like an Obvious Plot Device so that Certain Things Can Happen As The Plot Demands.
Secondly, the novel ended too soon. The denouement is a critical part of any novel and 'Kings Rising' seems to be missing it, cutting off at the end of the climax. There is no chance to see the dust settle or learn how the characters follow through after the villains are all dealt with. I know they say 'leave them wanting more', but the abrupt end feels like someone ripped out the last chapter of the novel - ultimately unsatisfying, all the more so because the quality of the entire trilogy up til this part.
Two kingdoms at war, two princes at odds, political intrigue and personal betrayal - welcome to the last chapter of Damen and Laurent's journey to reclaim their birth right to be free and to rule. The story is so engrossing, so gripping. The opposing sides are racing against time to destroy each other, and at the center of it all are two young men in love. Damen and Laurent true to themselves enter in alliance. On the surface everything is a spectacular pageantry but underneath it all is a volatile relationship between two equals rife with jealousy and conflict.
But there comes a moment when something changes between them. Laurent becomes shy and unsure, he opens up to Damen. Those moments are so tender. During the day both men are stoic and sharing covert glances but in private at night they are gentle and loving. I loved the second part of the book. The truth of what happened to him rocks Damen's world, every action and word uttered by Laurent before takes on a new meaning. Things are not what they seem. The climax of the story is spectacular. They dare to attempt impossible. Laurent's cunning plan and Damen's maneuver disclose treachery and murder weeding out the traitors and turning the tide. There are moments they come too close to losing but both men are too smart for that.
This is an amazing story of courage, devotion and unquestionable loyalty. It's subtle, emotionally honest and provocative. I loved Damen and Laurent's love story and their quest for truth and revenge, and I highly recommend it!
Damen and Laurent are both fascinating to read about. Both of them princes, but from vastly different cultures and with such distinct personalities. I loved getting to know both of them as the series progressed. They are both a product of their upbringing, and yet still very much their own person. I had a lot of fun seeing them navigate the intricacies of court intrigue in their own respective countries as well learning the balancing act of dealing with foreign nations. In terms of culture, history and landscape, Vere reminded me of medieval France while Akielos seems based on Ancient Greece. I also really enjoyed seeing Laurent, and with Damen to support him, learn the rules of command as he grew into his own type of leadership. There were so many twists and turns in the story, I was happily surprised by some of them and I enjoyed the ones I was able to predict in a "Ha! I knew it!" sense.
At its heart, the Captive Prince trilogy is an M/M romance between two princes: the best kind of slow burn between enemies who become lovers! At the start, they truly hated each other and everything they believed the other person stood for. Until they started getting glimpses of the other person's personality. Which blossomed into a reluctant friendship. And then into something more.
I have had the worst kind of book hangover since I finished reading this trilogy and some of the related short stories. Definitely a favorite read for this year!
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I wish I had a way with words to describe how brilliant this series is, but I just don't have the capability. Captive Prince is my ultimate favourite book series, the one series I can read and reread, that will cheer me up when I'm down or distract me when I need. There's details in every corner of the book so no read is the same, you always pick up something new. Every time I read a book I rate it on a normal scale and a scale compared to captive prince.
The series will have you feeling so many emotions, for a range of characters. You'll be angry at one character and, after another reveal, be angry that that character that you once hated was hurt. The plot is unlike anything in the romance genre, the book simply surpasses that genre into something amazing. The characters are all great, with many sides to every one. Damen and Laurent will forever be in my head and the brilliance of their amazing friendship and romance will dull a lot of future books for me!
It's been an amazing journey, and if you have yet to step on the captive prince train - I envy you! Thank you to C S Pacat who has been an amazing author, her social media and blog presence has only enhanced my love for this series. I wish her all the luck in her future writings.
The one thing I will say is that the ending was good, but it didn't feel like an ending. I thought it ended rather abruptly and would have liked some follow up. Apparently the short story The Summer Palace - which I have downloaded but not yet read - serves as an epilogue, but I just thought it would be better to have that epilogue at the end of the last book, since it is advertised as a trilogy...
Still, I can tell this is a trilogy I'm going to go back to again and again and I'll look out for more from this author.
We begin, literally, exactly where we are left at the end of Prince's Gambit with Nikandros and his men in Ravenel discovering their King is alive, much to the surprise of the Veretian's who believed Damen was a bed slave. You are then thrust immediately into the war between the rightful heirs to Akielos and Vere and their dastardly usurpers.
This is something I have definitely liked over the course of the trilogy. The fact that the books follow straight on from each other. There is no time jump so there's no need to take time explaining what has happened in between books. It allows the narrative to have more fluidity and doesn't stop the momentum from book to book.
Laurent's character development is very admirable. If someone had told me after I read Captive Prince that he would become a very likeable character and have many redeeming qualities I would not have believed them. It feels as thought the real slow burn of the trilogy was Laurent developing as a character. The way C.S. Pacat gradually brings him along and slowly reveals elements of his past to the reader make you empathise with him. She creates a character that you can't help but detest but then slowly begins to strip him back and take the armour of almost. It is an incredibly compelling and constant progression.
The trilogy as a whole feels like a constantly moving jigsaw puzzle. You read the first and assume you know all the facts. But then, you read the second and find all the pieces have moved. Finally, the third and final instalment comes in and just knocks the pieces off all together and makes something new. Pacat never reveals anything at once, she keeps you in a constant state of revelation and bewilderment.
Something I found surprising was the banter. Damen doesn't have to pretend to be a slave anymore, he can answer back and be demanding. This caused very casual, yet amusing moments of humour and cheeky whit.
As I have said, finales do concern me somewhat but with Kings Rising you find yourself longing for the close encounters. The sweet and gentle moments yet, you still had the need to see the villains bested. Pacat gave it all. There was not as much bloody violence as I was expecting, which does mean that anticipation of deadly battles and fighting is missing slightly. This book definitely focuses more of the politics. It is very proper but that doesn't make it any less viscous.
In all, it was satisfying. You get what you want in the end but it wasn't what you were expecting to want at the beginning of the trilogy. It is all about the journey to get there. The rearranging jigsaw puzzle that makes this trilogy.
I definitely give the trilogy a solid 3 in rating. I may be slightly old fashioned in the way that I prefer things to be antagonist vs protagonist. I like the villains to be present to feel them there. I didn't get that feel with these books. I do think that is because the villainy was very in-between the lines rather than outright. You know its there but its subtle. I just needed more.
I am not madly in love with it but I do find it enjoyable. The trinity is certainly held together by the relationship and progression between Damen and Laurent. Their slow burn along with the steady release of information makes this trilogy for me.