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.Taken from book blurb
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .
Okay, so I have been promising myself that I would write a blog post dedicated to this book or the Captive Prince series as a whole… and I haven’t. So it looks like this is the perfect opportunity to force myself to write about how much I enjoyed this book.
I really enjoyed this book.
The characters of the book are so distinct and the lives that they live are so harsh. The fantasy setting of the book is wonderful with the surrounding kingdoms full of such intricate and detailed world building. The story telling is also so intensely in-depth and offers so many twists and turns it is hard to keep up with the mind of Laurent and his snake pit political world.
The book does feature a relationship between the two princes but it is a slow burn. Three books of slow will they/won’t they, ‘can they over come all of this’ slow burn. So worth it though. The characters of the book and their hard won relationship will stay with you for long after you have put the book down.
Critics of the book will warn that a lot of hard issues such as slavery, dubious consent, and non consent are romanticised but I do not believe this is so. All of these issues are suffered through. While the pair do end up together, it is a struggle – they fight through the past and their actions – there is no romance in what has been done to them – no romance in what they do to each other. These issues are simply overcome and suffered through, rather than glossed over.
Not only is the book great but the author, C.S. Pacat, is Australian. So it is absolutely marvellous to support her writing and I am so happy that she has continued on to create a graphic novel/comic series called Fence.
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