Captive Prince

captive princeby C.S. Pacat
Fantasy
4 of 5 stars
Debut novel: February 2, 2013 (eBook)

*Mature readers*

When all of your friends give a book 5 stars, it’s time to check it out!

This story began as an online serial before getting picked up and published in print format. Looking back, I think the serialization is a bit evident in that each chapter feels episodic. This is an intensely character-driven story, so don’t look for intense world-building or much action. This is about relationships and political intrigue between Damen and Laurent.

Kastor kills their father and removes his brother Damen to usurp the throne. He sends Damen to Vere as a slave, his true identity a secret, in shock from betrayal and unsure of his future. Laurent is the Crown Prince of Vere, waiting to ascend the throne currently ruled in his stead by his uncle, the Regent. He is Damen’s new master. Laurent hates Damen and his country, Akielos, for killing his father and brother during a war. Damen knows if Laurent finds out his true identity, he’ll be killed, so he resolves to escape. Mind games, torture, and surprising acts of understanding ensue in the sensual Veretian royal court.

I have to admit, even though technically not a lot happens, this book had me engrossed. The characters are so vivid, and Damen’s predicament gets progressively more complicated as he tries to balance pleasing the different factions within the court with his true desire to escape and reclaim his throne in Akielos. Dominance and submission is of course the biggest theme in this story, as the push and pull between Damen and Laurent deepens into a sort of grudging, mutual respect. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Similar reads:

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Another instance of someone winning a slave they don’t want, only to discover they might not be so different. See my review here.
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik – For another relationship between captor/apprentice this is an excellent story with dark magic. See my review here.
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant, meaning she is a criminal just for existing. When the totalitarian government Scion captures her she becomes Warden’s personal slave. What she doesn’t expect is that he might be the key to her escape. See my review here.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Feyre kills a fairy and her life is forfeit. But her time spent in Tamlin’s kingdom makes her wonder what his true motives are for holding her captive. See my review here.
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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katy Pool
    Jan 19, 2016 @ 11:28:11

    I’m SO pleased with how many of you guys Janella and I bullied into reading this series… now you all can internally scream with us for the next 2 weeks before the third book comes out 😉

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  2. Amy
    Jan 19, 2016 @ 15:27:41

    This sounds so, so good!! I’m definitely adding it to my TBR!

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  3. erinkbay
    Jan 23, 2016 @ 18:05:58

    OMG AMANDA YOU FINISHED CAPTIVE PRINCE AND DIDN’T TELL ME? HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME? I CAN NEVER FORGIVE YOU, I CAN NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF BAM END SCENE!!!!!!

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