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Prince's Gambit (The Captive Prince Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
“You will be completely enthralled and on edge.”—USA Today
“Have you read Captive Prince? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?”—HeroesandHeartbreakers.com
“The cumulative effect of reading them back to back is mind blowing.”—Dear Author
“Pacat’s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure...The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel’s erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Pacat’s internet-serial sensation will need no convincing of the merits of this series, but new readers should take note—this book lives up to every word of praise it has garnered. The lush setting, full of intricate historical detail, engaging decadence and ruthless scheming, will draw many, but it’s Pacat’s characters...who’ll surely keep readers captive. Their tenuous, fractious relationship is the heart and soul of this trilogy, and thankfully, readers will not have long to wait between installments in order to watch it unfold.”—RT Book Reviews --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B00I3REIKK
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (Jan. 28 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1481 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,714 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I need to make something clear before I make a bold statement. What I'm about to say is NOT something I take lightly but it is the absolute truth for me...
Out of all the books I have read in the last three years since I switched to the romance genre, Prince's Gambit is my favorite. Not one of my favorites. Not top five. My absolute FAVORITE. Plain and simple. I really think you have to be in the right mood for this series but I read it at the perfect time. A time when I needed something completely different. As much as I loved book one, this book blew me away!
Take all five stars and add five more...that's how I would rate this book if I could.
“Because a king maker would always choose the weaker man. The weaker the man, the easier he is to control.”
Pretty much everything is a spoiler so this review is going to be pretty vague. Sorry, but I refuse to ruin this book for anyone. There are so many things that I could gush over when it comes to Prince's Gambit but Laurent won't stop screaming in my head to be heard. I'm not sure if I have ever been more intrigued by, or as invested in a character, as I am him. Yes, the political intrigue is enthralling and will keep you guessing as to how everything will play out. But this series is character-driven, so what stands out most to me is their development, ESPECIALLY Laurent. This is more than just a little growth. They are not without flaws, but C.S. Pacat gives you reason to forgive those flaws, to sympathize with them. It's expertly written in that sense. I might be slightly obsessed with Laurent. I want to live inside these books forever so I never have to leave his side.
“Laurent fought the way he talked. The danger lay in the way he used his mind: there was not one thing he did that was not planned in advance.”
Damen and Laurent have one of the most complex relationships I've ever read. I've heard people say this is a slow-burn but honestly, it's so much more than that. Do they hate each other? Do they trust each other? Do they want to kill each other? Do they have an intense connection that confuses both of them? Do they need each other? The answer to all those questions is just as complex as their relationship. The tension between them is palpable. Seeing it all unfold and trying to figure out the answers was absolutely fascinating. It makes for a story that is unputdownable. It also makes me extremely jealous of Damen. I told you...I'm obsessed with Laurent. But then I love Damen too. It's all very confusing on my emotions. Gah...this series owns my heart and soul right now!
“I'm not going to use the knife,” said Damen, “but if you're willing to put it in my hand, you underestimate how much I want to.”
I said in my review of Captive and The Prince that it was one of the best books I had read in a very long time and that was the truth. Well, Prince's Gambit was even better. If you read the first book and loved it, or even just liked it, you will want to read this one. Trust me.
''A kingdom, or this.''
Oh god, I'm such a pathetic mess. I grew so attached to Damen & Laurent that it hurts and maybe you find it stupid to feel so helplessly bewitched but this is the best and most perfect, in all its flaws, love story I've ever read.
''To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.''
These are not my two favorite quotes, but they're powerful if you're able to catch their meaning, and they represent Damen & Laurent's relationship oh so well.
Maybe you'll believe me, maybe you won't, but it took me 20 hours to re-reread this book. I reread my favorite passages four, five times when I encountered them and tried to find meaning to everything inside it.
This is why I am now convinced of this: (view spoiler). There is no doubt. I'm 99% percent sure... only something Laurent says about The Regent and the King of Akielos not knowing what an asset Damen would be to him makes me doubt, but even then... Tell me what you think.
First read: January 2014
Second read: March 2015
How is it that, right after finishing this sequel for the second time around, I wish to re-read it all over again? And again. And again. That is the Captive Prince effect '
The machinations of this book are extremely detailed. This is a game of chess played out over years, each action with the forward thought to the possible risk and reward. I could not guess every twist and turn and doubt that I will ever be able to.
I loved that this book !management focus more on the expanding relationship of Daman and Laurent. They are so complicated, enemy countrymen, slave and master, antagonistic in so many ways. Yet lust existed between them, though that simply could not be a basis for anything. No, they built a complex and strong relationship through this book, in ways I did not expect.
Those last forty pages are a real doozy. I held off until I could read them alone and truly appreciate them. I was not disappointed and remain anxious and hopeful going into the final book of this groundbreaking trilogy.
Top reviews from other countries
In this book we pick up pretty much where its predecessor leaves us. With Damen and Laurent travelling South in an attempt to stop war between Vere and Akielos. What follows is a masterful display of political power play that is both intriguing and suspenseful.
The development of the characters essentially comes from the slight change in dynamic within their relationship. Damen goes from just being Laurent's slave to becoming a respected and strategic member of Laurent's army. They make up for each others weaknesses. With Damen's strength, strategy and war-worn mind and Laurent's tactical, calculating and ever-thinking mind they become a good team.
C.S. Pacat subtly places elements of back story for Laurent in small moments. It gives you a better understanding of him and makes him more likable. It was interesting to see the progression in Damen. In the first book he was forcibly taken from his home and and placed in a country and society he isn't familiar with. Understandably, he wasn't at ease. Now however, he is heading towards his home and given some form of free-reign. It was nice to see him in his element, fighting and being a strategist.
There is so much tension and hate between the two main characters and yet they still have a deep connection. It feels like a masterclass in how to write the perfect slow burn.
In all, I am pleased and surprised with Pacat. She has created an enjoyable world but given twists and betrayals that I never saw coming. The reason this book is still within the 3's is because even though I do like and enjoy them I'm not madly in love with them. They're a nice easy read and I would recommend them if this type of book is something you're into but I'm not scrambling to turn the page and practically hanging off my seat. But, I still like them.
Even more addicting.
Even more intrigue.
Even more mystery.
Even more secrets and betrayal.
Even more EVERYTHING.
The plot and the characters are so smartly developed and woven together here, it's mind blowing.
"I know exactly what it is to want to kill a man, and to wait."
This trilogy is a slow burn like no other. Slow burn aren't my favorite books to read because I want ALL the romance, I'm not even sure these can be classed as romance and yet I have never been addicted and so invested in a couple like I am with Laurent and Damen. There is so much hate and so much imperfections between the two but they are the most unforgettable characters I've ever read about. And there's still more to their story.
The sexual tension here is something else. I've never read anything like it. Those small moments. The looks with no words spoken. The near touches. The slight, small touches.
Then, THAT first kiss and THAT first sex scene. That freaking sex scene. Everything. The emotions and each and every touch and word spoken. Holy f... Sh.... I am dead serious when I say no other sex scene will ever come close to that one. THE FEELS. Gah.
'He caught Laurent's wrist, felt the fine bones, and the pulse, before Laurent could rise from the bed. Damen said, "Kiss me."'
C.S. Pacat played with my emotions big time.
Trust absolutely No one.
She pulled me into this world, consumed me with her words, this story and the characters she created. Made me fall in love with many more than just the main characters. And she devastated me in many ways. She's created a villain I really didn't see coming. There was betrayal from places I did not expect at all.
She is a genius.
I ate up every single word, not wanting to miss a single thing.
(Warning: This book contains mature content and graphic scenes.)
RATING: 5 Stars
The main protagonists, Damen and Laurent, will make you want to cry parental tears because they are your children and you want to protect them at all cost. Their characters are incredibly well written and you will fall in love with them, trust me on that. Damen is this tall, dark and handsome warrior prince on the outside but deep down he's an actual cinnamon roll, too pure for this world and you just want to smush his cheeks, wrap him in a blanket and make him a hot chocolate. I'm not exaggerating. And then there's Laurent. Oh dear, how do I even begin to describe Laurent. He's a character you will not start liking from the get go. You probably want him to just s t o p. But Jesus Christ on a cracker the character development he goes through in the books are so amazing. By mid book two you will fall in love with him as Damen is falling in love with him. My feelings for Laurent can be described with this one line ‘I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.’ You will be slapped and attacked by so many emotions about this Cast Iron Prince (actual nickname from the book), and you will Suffer when he Suffers.
The antagonist will make you want to gouge your eyes out everytime he comes into the story and g o d please just send him to the deepest corners of hell and incinerate his soul.
Also, the world building is absolutely fascinating and the plot makes you want to claw at your own face. Book one might be difficult to go through, due to the master/slave dynamic that is not for everyone and abuse in many different forms (physical, sexual and they are written explicitly or sometimes just vaguely inferred). Please heed the warnings. But, it does such a good job setting up the world, characters, and plot base.
Book two is when you realise the pain you go through in book one is freakin worth it, because character development! Plot! Rooftop chases! Tension! Sexual tension! HAVE I MENTIONED CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?
BOOK THREE IS JUST A COMPILATION OF ME SCREAMING FROM BEGINNING TO END.
THE BOOKS ARE JUST THAT GOOD AND IT’S WORTH THE MONEY YOU SPEND BUYING THEM, THE TIME YOU READ THEM, AND THE PAIN YOU SUFFER.
In conclusion, please read Captive Prince trilogy. I haven’t been so in love with original fiction in such a long time, and I love these books so m u c h.