Title: Captive Prince Volume One
Author: C.S Pacat
Synopsis: 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…
Rating: 4 and a half stars
Review: I swear, I’m such a junkie for popular books. If I see loads of people interested in it on Twitter/Tumblr/Goodreads/Booktube, then I’ll be compelled to read it and see if it lives up to the hype. I kept seeing Damen/Laurent posts on Tumblr, and got curious, so I started to read it, and finished within a few hours. This is my reaction to it:
Damen is a prince, heir to the throne – until he isn’t. Suddenly he’s a slave for the spoiled, arrogant prince of Vere, and he’s thrust into this world of courtesans, and pets. The only thing worse than being a slave would be to reveal his real identity to these people.
This book has so many layers to it – it’s all about the scheming, and the plotting, and while it’s obvious that this book is meant to set the scene for the real action, I was caught up in the plot nonetheless. It’s got more bitchiness than an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and that’s saying something.
Laurent…how do I even begin to explain Laurent? Out of all the pricks in this book, he is the biggest. He is rude, but manipulative, and he is obviously very used to getting his own way. However, I’m intrigued as to why he doesn’t bed anyone – maybe that’s in the next book. I can’t wait to uncover more layers to this peculiar character. Something tells me that there’s more than meets the eye with Laurent.
Nicaise though – there has never been such a little brat. If he were in the modern world, he’d have a reality show all about him, and it would mostly consist of him sulking or making trouble. Ugh. I’ve never hated a character so quickly. Well, except for Cersei Lannister.
The writing is superb, but there were a few parts that I had to skim over because it was focusing on something insignificant. The pacing could do with some work, but overall I loved it.
If you liked the premise of Fifty Shades, but without Christian Grey, then have a go at this. The few sex scenes aren’t explicit, probably because Damen is the viewpoint, but it’s still very intense.