Review: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

August 6, 2016 Book, Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Review: Captive Prince by C.S. PacatCaptive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Genres: Adult, Erotic, Fantasy, Fiction, LGBT, Love & Romance, Romance
Published by Berkley Publishing on January 28th 2014
Source: Borrowed from Library
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five-stars

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 . . .

I would like to start this by giving the caution that this book is not for the innocent of mind, anyone squeamish of LGBT, or simply doesn’t like it.

After seeing this book a thousand times in my Instagram feed and on a bookstore I went to for a book event, I gave up and decided to borrow it from the library to see what it was all about. It has joined the list of books I don’t understand why I didn’t read earlier in my life because of how good it was. 

Captive Prince was a hell of a ride. from the moment the story starts we are thrown in the middle of the action that will change Prince Damiano’s life into that of Damen, a slave sent to the enemy territory of Vere. I was entranced by the character of Damen as his world turned upside down as he tried to survive as a pet to the Prince of Vere, Laurent, and the horrors of the Court. I was traumatized at first with how erotic and uncensored everything was, but at the same time, it let me understand these people and how it all looked from Damen’s eyes. From same-sex relationships, rape, slavery, customs and traditions, it was all interesting and spellbinding to the story.

The story is filled with many political controversies and conspiracies. This pleased me because it made the world building so much richer and interesting to know about while also pinning for Damen to survive this nightmarish place. Though among the politics there was Laurent, and that was a force to be reckoned with.

Laurent was the epitome of evil, cruel and cold, yet endearing as we get to understand him better. The sexual tension between him and Damen killed me in a way I didn’t anticipate. I shouldn’t ship it, shouldn’t want it, shouldn’t want it to happen, but I do with all my fangirl heart. Theirs is a complex and rocky relationship as pet and master that slowly progresses to a better understanding of one another and somewhat agreement.

It was a fast and easy to understand read that introduces to a far more complicated plot to come in the next two novels. I feel like lovers of Game of Thrones and Greek Mythology might be interested in this one as it gives off that kind of vibe with its themes and settings. I am definitely reading the sequels, probably will look for money under rocks to buy them, and can’t wait. A must read for lovers of LGBT and fantasy/historical-ish fiction <3

Rating: 5 stars

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Romance
four-stars
Overall: 4.7
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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • I’m so curious about these books but I’m a little wary of it at the same time. Glad you loved it!

    • I had been like that too but because of my slump at the time I just rolled with it. I hope that whenever you read it, you enjoy it <3 Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  • YES I have heard so many great things about this book, but I’m still not sure whether it’s for me because of all the brutality and everything. Thanks for the review, lovely!

    • I had gone into it without knowing all that and it was so shocking! I expected this overwhelming romance or something else entirely, but I liked the surprise. I recommend maybe reading the first two chapters as a tasting of what the book holds, and if you like it, go with it. And if not, oh well. There’s other books xD Thanks for reading and commenting <3