- STAR RATING: 5 stars
PAGE LENGTH: 368 pages
- WHAT SERIES? The Captive Prince series
- WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Captive Prince
- HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
- DATE PUBLISHED: February 2nd 2016
- PUBLISHER: Berkley
CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, slavery, violence, pedophilia, incest, child death
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Damianos of Akielos has returned.
His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.
Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?
I think this series might be one of my new favorites. Hands down. The writing is absolutely phenomenal. The characters feel like real people — with wants, pasts, and dreams all of their own. I wasn’t sure what this series was going to be when I started it, but holy crap, guys. What a story.
CS Pacat does a phenomenal job weaving the storylines of our two leads, Damen and Laurent, into something absolutely breath-taking. Kings Rising is the end of a three book story, and it wraps everything up in a tidy little bow. You feel complete at the end, without feeling like the story got cheap, either. Everything makes sense. Everything ends well-rounded, and lovely.
The reveal at the end is just…UGH. It’s so good.
Laurent is a treasure of a character. You think you know who he is, but oh, you do not. (Though I am sad to say what was alluded in the previous book does turn out to be true. Poor Laurent.) He thinks about twenty-million steps ahead of everyone else, and it is a delight to watch him out think everyone else. Damen continued to be the best boy — doing what he thought he needed to to protect his people. Watching them realize they need one another was like candy. Watching them realize they loved each other was even better.
The two of them together are completely unstoppable. Please, if you’ve ever thought about reading this series, just do it. You won’t regret it.
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