21-23/100 Books: The Captive Prince Trilogy

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THE CAPTIVE PRINCE, PRINCE’S GAMBIT, and KINGS RISING by C. S. Pacat

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary of the first book:

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

Usually I rate entire trilogies as one, but the first book started off a little slow for me, but the second two were awesome, so–

My rating for THE CAPTIVE PRINCE: 3/5 stars

My rating for PRINCE’S GAMBIT and KINGS RISING: 5/5 stars

This is another trilogy that’s Very Dark and not for everyone, but it has a protagonist who’s instantly sympathetic, a man readers are happy to cheer for. Too bad there’s not much to cheer starting out.

The narrative seems straight-forward until it’s not, then you have a horrible moment of existential vertigo (right along with the protagonist) as things are revealed. Once the plot picks up in the second book, it’s like a roller coaster no one will let you get off of. If you can stomach the twists and turns, it’s a great ride. I don’t usually get so stressed out by a book that I have to set my Kindle down for a moment, but that nearly happened several times while I was reading this.

It also has a slow-build romance at the center of the story, one that’s handled very well and develops naturally. Check this one out if you’re in the mood for the kind of novel that never lets you catch your breath.

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