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.
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his master Prince Laurent exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Leading a band of loyal men against desperate odds, Damen must fight together with Laurent to overcome machinations, ambushes and betrayals. With the future of both their nations at stake, a single misstep could be fatal.
Despite himself, Damen is increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But even as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, their enemies are poised to deal them a final devastating blow . . .
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Comments about Prince's Gambit:
This trilogy is, at heart, a complex love story. We see it develop through the three books, heartrendingly and carnally. It is no ordinary romance, but one beset by intrigue, power, false starts and danger.
The burgeoning love is both achingly private and extremely public. The lovers ultimately cannot hide their feelings, much less their actions, from the public gaze, though they put a lot of effort into trying to hide it from themselves and each other.
Although the complex story in Captive Prince, Prince's Gambit and Kings Rising is set in a time long past, the speculations and revelations about the relationship between the two central characters are very similar to the way these are so frequently played out in our modern world, with its celebrity press and the internet and the telephotographers. While the exploration of love should be a very private matter, this becomes wellnigh impossible for two people who otherwise live such public lives.
Pacat fleshes out the two main characters with a depth and understanding that few writers manage. We are again and again let into the hearts and minds of these two, into their inner conflicts and their interpersonal struggles. We are also allowed to 'view' the carnal expression of the unfolding relationship, which deepens our investment in the story, though the detail may upset some readers. Pacat is not voyeuristic – the reader is drawn into the sexual episodes in the same way as s/he is drawn into the battles and the feasts.
The story that is wrapped around the inner, not-quite-private one is a classic tale of intrigue, deception, power play, war, murder, loyalty and treason – all the elements you would expect in a tale of two neighbouring kingdoms that despise each other. Pacat does not disappoint in her thrust and parry, her weaving of plans, her laying of baits, her hints and misdirections. It all comes together in a way a good thriller should, so that the reader finds it difficult to put the book down.
Comments about Prince's Gambit:
I assume the second book will be read by people who liked the first so... what are you waiting for??? It's the best in the series, if you like chessmaster gambits, jaw dropping battle scenes, tortuously good romance, heartbreaking betrayal and tragic death. Not to mention running across rooftops and perfect diplomatic comedy. Emotional ride from start to finish, love it the most out of all three books!
Series: Captive Prince Trilogy
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24th June 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 14.3 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2