The second novel in the critically acclaimed Captive Prince trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat.
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them a final devastating blow...
Pacat's second Captive Prince erotic political romantic fantasy novel, set in a well-drawn fantasy world, continues to follow Damen, Prince of Akielos, who has been enslaved by Laurent, heir to the neighboring and enemy country of Vere. Laurent's uncle, the regent of Vere, sends Laurent to the border between Akielos and Vere with a group of undertrained soldiers as part of a plot to start a war, kill Laurent, and take the kingship. Damen is torn between wanting his freedom (and protecting his own country's interests) and his growing admiration and affection for Laurent (and hatred of the Regent's poisonous political intrigues). Laurent schemes for his life in a setting where it's impossible to have any idea who is trustworthy. Interlocking layers of betrayal and a realistically complicated unfolding romance help cushion the book against the sense that the overall political plot is waiting to unleash its true potential in the next installment. Pacat sometimes depends too much on romance tropes to propel the characters' relationships forward, but the writing is assured, intelligent, and consistently entertaining.
Just wow. Could not put this one down.
Worth the read
It’s significantly better than book one, as someone who was on the fence about continuing I have no regrets. The slow burn romance was amazing and I loved the dialogue between the main characters. In this continuation, they more out of court life and there’s much less poor treatment of pets/ slaves (it still occurs, but I’m glad the book progressed away from this more). Instead, the book focuses on the survival of Laurent and countless political/military maneuvers. I strongly recommend this to anyone!
Sweeping! I haven’t read a historical fictional tale of this caliber in a long time.