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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spoiler-freer Book Review: Kings Rising #3 (Captive Prince Trilogy) by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3)
by C.S. Pacat
February 2nd 2016
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
The epic conclusion to the internationally acclaimed Captive Prince trilogy.

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

I read this book months ago, but Kings Rising is the climatic (pun intended) end to the Captive Prince trilogy and any pre release talk was punishable by...I don't know, but I wasn't going to chance it. I will keep this spoiler free because everyone has been waiting to find out how this story plays out. Kings Rising is definitely worth the wait and if you've read the first two books, RUN and get this one cause...*slaps hands over mouth*

The story is told from Damen (Prince Damianos of Akielos) POV. He was raised by a loving father, the king. The people of his kingdom are sexually modest and treat their slaves with reverence. It was his naive and trusting nature that made him susceptible to the treachery of his brother. Even though he was put through humiliating and awful circumstances, as a slave to the Prince of Vere, he never forgot who he was or compromised his principals. Just an all around great guy. His polar opposite is Laurent, the Prince of Vere. He is now one of my all time favorite fictional characters. Laurent was raised in an environment of corruption and betrayal. The one person he could trust and love, his brother, was killed in battle. Left at such a young age to fend for himself, he had to rely on intelligence and cunning to survive.

Watching Laurent battled his desire to trust and let Damen in was heart-wrenching. The feels! This trilogy will forever be on my favorite shelf. I can count the number of books I've reread on one hand...but I will be revisiting this one again.
Review: Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince #2) 
Review: Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1)

This series gets a rating I've only given once before 10 "my little cinnamon roll" Sheep!

About the Author:
C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

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