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Absolutely Phenomenal. One Of the Best Books I've Read In a Long Time.
Reviewed in Canada on May 12, 2016
I'm a passionate reader but The Captive and The Prince brought out the “crazy” in me according to me family. The evil laughter that would burst out of me sporadically while reading, couldn't be helped. When I read a book with a plot that is so well executed, a book that is THIS good, I get excited. I was completely lost in this story and the world C.S. Pacat has created.
“He was not inclined to believe that cruelty delivered with one hand was redeemed by a caress from the other.”
When Prince Damianos AKA Damen, the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, is betrayed by his brother, everyone believes he is dead. He is sent to Vere as a slave and straight into the hands of Laurent, the heir to the throne of Vere. Not good. At all. Laurent, it seems, is an evil man. The villain of this story? Maybe.
“A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking the wings off flies.”
Laurent, you beautiful, diabolical, brilliant bastard....
At 30% I HATED you. With a ******** passion.
At 50% I loved to hate you.
At 80% I hated that I was starting to love you...a little.
By the end...I own that ****...I love you. Villain or not. You're an enigma and I can't wait for all of the revelations that I know are coming.
The character development is absolutely BRILLIANT. When an author can change my mind about a man like Laurent, then they have weaved some kind of magic. And this is only the first book! I'm convinced that by the end of this series C.S. Pacat will have me believing that Laurent is a ******* saint, despite all the terrible things he has done. Okay, maybe not a saint but hopefully you know what I mean. Like I said...magic.
Damen is an honorable man. That's the best way I can describe him. The things that he sees in Vere, the violence and debauchery are almost too much for him to bear. But he's a fighter. He is strong and not easily broken. And it becomes clear by the end of this book that as much as Damen wants to hate Laurent...things aren't as black and white as they may seem.
“And what did it mean, to be a prince, if he did not strive to protect those weaker than himself?”
When I read the last page, I nicknamed this book “the little trigger-happy masterpiece”. The world and the people are brutal, depraved and violent. I won't deny that there are scenes that are difficult to read, BUT everything felt integral to the plot and world-building. To understand these characters and how hard they will have to fight, I think it was necessary to know what they were up against.
“Learning the words of an enemy was as important as learning the words of a friend.”
For anyone going into this for the romance, just know that you won't get that in this first book. Throughout most of the story Laurent and Damen hate each other. By the end, you can feel that it's building towards something, but this is going to be a long journey for these characters to get to a place where they can trust each other enough for any kind of love to grow.
Honestly, this is one of the BEST books I've read in a long time. I'm a huge fan of m/m, but I don't read a lot of fantasy novels. I am SO happy I stepped outside of my comfort zone and read it. I have to go dive into book two now!