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5 MASSIVE 'A Kingdom, or this' STARS
Reviewed in Canada on May 12, 2016
“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you're willing to give up.”
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.