Captive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy #1)

Captive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy #1)

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by C. S. Pacat

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From global phenomenon C. S. Pacat comes the first in her critically acclaimed trilogy—with a bonus story.

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


From global phenomenon C. S. Pacat comes the first in her critically acclaimed trilogy—with a bonus story.

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…

Includes an exclusive extra story! 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/23/2015
Pacat’s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure. When the king of Akielos dies, his son Kastor takes the throne. The other prince, Damen, is betrayed, kidnapped, and taken to Vere, a country with which Akielos had a nasty war a few years before. In that war Damen killed Vere’s crown prince; now he is the property of Vere’s new heir, Laurent, who does not, as yet, know who Damen is. Pacat’s ubiquitous and varyingly grim depictions of sexual slavery play brutal counterpoint to Damen’s optimistic attempts to regain agency, and the obvious ways Damen and Laurent could help each other are made plausibly difficult by old hatreds and deep cultural differences. The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel’s erotic turmoil, and readers who struggle with the extensive scenes of nonconsensual sex will still be drawn in by the subtle, powerful writing. Fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency. (Apr.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Captive Prince Trilogy Series , #1
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Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C. S. Pacat is the author of the Captive Prince trilogy. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, she has since lived in a number of different cities, including Tokyo and Perugia. She currently resides and works in Melbourne.

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Captive Prince (Captive Prince Trilogy Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A prince is usurped before ascending throne after his king father died (good stuff and a light read for anyone who doesn't like to long paragraphs dedicated to description). From the protagonist's vantage point, the reader understands the prince's plight and curses the enemy kingdom as the character does. Likable protagonist, wonderful world-building, and leaves this reader willing the sequel.
KaraAM More than 1 year ago
OH MY. I stayed up all night reading this book. In fact, there were several times I put it down to actually sleep, to find only 20 minutes of non-sleep later that I couldn't resist its siren call and had to pick it up to keep reading. Captive Prince is about Damen, a Prince who everyone believes is dead, but has been secretly shipped off to serve as a slave for another countries' Prince, Laurent. The two countries used to be at war, but there has since been a treaty for peace. Cue political intrigue and secrets and betrayal! The romance doesn't really come into play in this book, and with good reason. It's realistic for it to take time with these two characters. But the story itself is just so smart and well-written, and the characters' voices are so strong. This book was a surprising 5 stars from me. I'm ready to devour the next one.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Pacat takes something that I love - M/M Romance and puts her spin on it so that it becomes this living, breathing thing. The first thing you notice when you start reading Volume One is the rich details. Pacat does not skim anything. A story that is not for the faint of heart, CAPTIVE PRINCE takes on the notion of slavery and puts it front and center. Let me warn you now, it's graphic and sometimes unpleasant, but nevertheless you become so attuned to Damen's character that you cannot bare to look away. Damen is a warrior of his own kind. As the rightful heir to his kingdom, he has been stripped of his identity when his half brother gains control and is sent to their enemies' territory to become his slave. A chilling thought, that but once again, the writing hook you in. I also think the big reason why readers become so entranced by this book is because it's told through the eyes of Damen. We see some vulnerability, yet Damen never really backs down through it all. Strength and power are all relative when it comes to this fantasy world. I think if this story were told from a different perspective, it wouldn't hold the same appeal and it definitely wouldn't be so entertaining. Prince Laurent is desperate to break Damen. Seeking revenge for his brother's death, Laurent doesn't simply want an eye for an eye. He wants Damen to suffer. Now I know you're wondering if there could be a HEA. That has yet to be determined in this volume. But I can tell you that there are traces of a romance blooming. It's not clear at first. In fact, you may think the opposite when they first meet, but Pacat lays details that are there if you look closely enough. For this alone, I'm willing to read on to find out. It's been awhile since I've read a good fantasy book and this is what it is. Pacat weaves an intricate world filled with politics and unknown lands yet to be discovered. Rich descriptions bring this world to life and page by page, Pacat makes a fictional fantasy world feel real for readers. If you're not reading for its characters, then read it for its worldbuilding. This is truly an extraordinary book! Favourite Quote: "A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you havent read it yet start now because ive read it atleast 5xs &its great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk what the other reviewers were reading but it wasn't all that great. It was average. Nothing much to say about it. Just meh. I won't buy the second one.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This book lays the foundation for a solid series centered around intrigue, spattered with the right amount of action. I was totally drawn in by the characters and the artfully unfolding plot, as well as the beautifully descriptive language. There is not as much physical movement through The Captive Prince as intellectual movement, but with all the questions raised awaiting answers as the story unfolds, I was never bored. Also, although some of the more brutal aspects the story were difficult to read at first, the author handles them with enough delicacy to help the reader not be too off put. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy and finding out how things are resolved.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The weakest in a strong series, but not a bad book. Heavy adult content, not for the faint of heart, but if you can tolerate the content of the 1st book, the next two are smooth sailing full of intrigue.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book, I didn't really know what I was getting into. I picked it as a recently-downloaded ebook for an 8 hour train ride back from visiting a friend and figured, what the heck. Why not? Little did I know that I'd quickly go from wondering why I'd picked this book to read to wondering why I would ever pick another book again. The novel follows the story of Prince Damianos of Akielos after an uprising occurs. He's shipped off to the enemy land of Vere where he's held captive as a slave to the crown prince, Laurent. Damianos, known as Damen in his slave name, has to keep his identity a secret to the lands of Vere, lest he lose his head. That's the general summary, but that definitely isn't what drew me in when I decided to read this book. I'd heard of the book from a friend of mine, who insisted that it was worth the read, and despite the intrigue I found at the summary, had I picked this book up in any other scenario, I don't think that I would have given it the same chance that I did thanks to the recommendation. In terms of the book itself, I found it a little bit slow at first. Initially when I was reading it, I found myself stopping and wondering if it was worth it, but that doubt was easily wiped away. A lot of the confusion was due to keeping up with all the names and places that the book throws at you early on, but once you start learning how they all connect, it's easy to keep track of them and everything becomes focused on the plot. My favourite parts of the book are nestled in the dialogue. Laurent's quick, witty words and Damen's biting refusal to play along with the rules of his new home show that there is so much more behind these characters than what meets the eye. Not only are the main characters a treat, but each and every character they interact with has such a distinct personality that they easily reflect the way that humans inherently are. From shy and quiet Erastmus to bold but young Nikandros, the pets of Vere all have their own intricacies to them, and their owners are just as intriguing. There's not a single character that comes to mind that's boring or bland when you read through Captive Prince, and that's exactly what I look for when it comes to novels. Not only that, but the author's depiction of the scenery of the world is truly amazing. The way C.S. Pascat describes the intricacies of Vere and how they compare to the land of Akelios where Damen hails from is breathtaking, and she uses an immense amount of vocabulary to provide the readers with the best picture possible so you can fully immerse yourself in the book. I found myself losing track of the train that I was on because I was so sure that I was in the palace of Vere, experiencing everything that Damen was. Everything about this book had me completely hooked on it, and after the first few chapters, I didn't want to put it down. I'd finished the entire thing on the train and started the second one before I'd even arrived home, and trust me, once I was back in my hometown, I didn't want to sleep because all I wanted was to keep reading. If you're looking for an enticing start of a series with witty characters, lush scenery, and a thrilling plot, Captive Prince is definitely the place to start!
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
This is a slow building first book in an great trilogy. Laurent is such an intriguing character that slowly unfolds through the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked!
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Kassiah More than 1 year ago
Captive Prince Volume I by C.S. Pascat is a story that is part fantasy and part historical (I think). Set in the city of Vere, the book begins with a military coup the ends up with Damen otherwise known as Prince Damianos of Akielos being given to neighboring and enemy Prince Laurent of Vere as a slave. To say that it feels like you’ve been dropped mid scene with the opening words is an understatement. From the very beginning the aura of political intrigue is present, if not overwhelming at times. Through the interaction of the first characters we’re introduced to, we understand that Damen’s brother has killed their father, the king, and ascended to the throne as the rightful heir … now that Damen has been disposed of. Drugged and abused, and also chained and imprisoned, Damen arrives in enemy territory confused and intent on escape. There is much world building that needs to be established in order to give the reader a real feel for the setting, building that leaves a bit to be desired. I found myself often confused and had to continually flip the pages to figure out who was who. With little to no backstory at the beginning, it was difficult to follow they why’s and how’s of what was going on. As the story progressed, I was able to get a feel for the motivations of the main characters as well as the plot of the book. If you are looking for romance, or even some erotic romance, this is not the book for you. Laurent is cold, calculating, and almost evil, and Damen is definitely not at all interested in pleasure, forced or otherwise. These two can barely stand to be in the same room with one another, let alone have any chemistry whatsoever. This is only Book One of a trilogy so maybe the relationship will progress into something romantic, but as this book ends, I don’t see how. I don’t always have to, or even enjoy, sex in the books I read, but I do need to see a connection at the very least and in this book, I just didn’t feel it. I did enjoy the political intrigue … to a point. Once I was able to discern who was who and belonged to which kingdom, I was engaged. C.S. Pacat’s writing is solid, and I found myself not wanting to stop until I knew how the book would end because I was interested to see how things played out. If you enjoy worlds full of palaces and kingdoms and battles and servants, then give Captive Prince a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently bought this book but... it wasn't anything special. It was very boring, slow, and just lacking in a strong story. I believe the author is all over the place with their characters and story. Plus, there aren't enough pages to even call this a book. I'm so upset. Won't be buying from this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago