Kings Rising

KRby C.S. Pacat
4 of 5 stars

*This series is intended for mature readers*

This is a surprising and satisfying end to the trilogy! Once again, the level of plotting amazed me. Within the first twenty pages everything is turned on its head, and I spent the rest of the story slowly piecing together what was really going on. It’s hard to say much without spoilers, but I’ll do my best!

Damen’s true identity is revealed, and that changes everything. His people want him back. Laurent wants him out of his sight. Damen is unsure what he wants now, but he knows that he’ll help Laurent keep his throne and overthrow the Regent’s schemes. But the Regent has plans running deeper than Damen could ever suspect, and it will test the reserves of his strength, honor, and will to restore peace to Akielos and Vere.

These characters—I don’t know how to properly express how compelling they are. Damen and Laurent’s individual arcs and their relationship seize your attention and never let you go until you’ve turned the last page. Although I find the writing style a bit distant, the political intrigue wrapping around these men continually raises the tension and the pacing is almost flawless. The romance is amazing.

It’s not often you get a good twist in a story but this one had three or four of those and it was incredible! This trilogy is dark with moments of humor, and presents a detailed character study of two princes in rival nations that’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. There—no spoilers—go read it! Although there is mature content, I found most of the trigger warnings from the first book weren’t repeated in the next two.

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