Title & Author: Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: January 28th 2014 (First published February 4th 2012)
Series: Captive Prince #1
Description: “This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison”
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
I realize this doesn’t really fit the theme of the blog but when Sarah J Maas recommended this book in her newsletter a few months back it’s been on my radar ever since. Anything Sarah is willing to recommend means it has to be amazing. And she’s right. This book is everything and more than I could ever imagine. The world is well built, the characters are perfectly fleshed out and wickedly cunning, the court politics were easy to follow yet jaw dropping with twists, the romance/relationships in this book are dark and gritty and I just loved everything. EVERYTHING.
Damen and Laurent are now one of my top OTPs. Sorry not sorry. I adore hate relationships, they are one of my weaknesses. When you hate someone but grow to have feelings and its like this big explosion of emotions and power and just *fans self*. You get what I’m saying. Anyway this book starts off really quickly and everything is easily laid out for you so you can’t get confused save for the absurd amount of characters in the book. By the 30% mark I was better able to know the differences in characters and by the end the cast is whittled down to just the main characters so it’s all good.
Basically this was a super quick addicting read. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. I also know that the next two books are going to physically wreck me so I’m putting them off because I don’t want to be a blubbering sad fangirl just yet. For those of you who have read Laurell K. Hamilton’s work this is like a twist of her work and Game of Thrones.
Yes but I realize this book isn’t for everyone and this REALLY isn’t a book for young readers. At all. This is 100% adult fiction with sexual content and taboo topics that made even me feel uncomfortable and sad at times. If you’re looking for something to ease yourself into this sort of genre I recommend starting the Anita Blake series by Hamilton. Eventually it gets gritty and super rough emotionally but the first like 5 books are easy reading. For those of you that are more experienced readers I say give this book a try! I loved it!