From global phenomenon C. S. Pacat comes the first novel in her critically acclaimed Captive Prince trilogy.
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful 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...
Pacat's powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure. When the king of Akielos dies, his son Kastor takes the throne. The other prince, Damen, is betrayed, kidnapped, and taken to Vere, a country with which Akielos had a nasty war a few years before. In that war Damen killed Vere's crown prince; now he is the property of Vere's new heir, Laurent, who does not, as yet, know who Damen is. Pacat's ubiquitous and varyingly grim depictions of sexual slavery play brutal counterpoint to Damen's optimistic attempts to regain agency, and the obvious ways Damen and Laurent could help each other are made plausibly difficult by old hatreds and deep cultural differences. The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel's erotic turmoil, and readers who struggle with the extensive scenes of nonconsensual sex will still be drawn in by the subtle, powerful writing. Fans of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon.
Gotta push through
I’ll admit the goodreads reviews on this first book of the trilogy are pretty accurate, there’s very little plot and I certainly wouldn’t think of this book as a romance. That being said if you push through the eh of this book you’re sucked into the plot picking up during second and third of the trilogy. Just be prepared for some slow burn
Read this book in a day, couldn’t put it down!
A true trilogy
Read this and I can almost guarantee that you’ll read the other two parts of this trilogy. Thoroughly enjoyed all three books.