Prince's Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two

Prince's Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two

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by C. S. Pacat
     
 

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The second volume in the Captive Prince trilogy.

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous,

Overview

The second volume in the Captive Prince trilogy.

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/25/2015
Pacat’s second Captive Prince erotic political romantic fantasy novel, set in a well-drawn fantasy world, continues to follow Damen, Prince of Akielos, who has been enslaved by Laurent, heir to the neighboring and enemy country of Vere. Laurent’s uncle, the regent of Vere, sends Laurent to the border between Akielos and Vere with a group of undertrained soldiers as part of a plot to start a war, kill Laurent, and take the kingship. Damen is torn between wanting his freedom (and protecting his own country’s interests) and his growing admiration and affection for Laurent (and hatred of the Regent’s poisonous political intrigues). Laurent schemes for his life in a setting where it’s impossible to have any idea who is trustworthy. Interlocking layers of betrayal and a realistically complicated unfolding romance help cushion the book against the sense that the overall political plot is waiting to unleash its true potential in the next installment. Pacat sometimes depends too much on romance tropes to propel the characters’ relationships forward, but the writing is assured, intelligent, and consistently entertaining. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency. (July)
From the Publisher
“Pacat’s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure…The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel’s erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Pacat's internet-serial sensation will need no convincing of the merits of this series, but new readers should take note—this book lives up to every word of praise it has garnered. The lush setting, full of intricate historical detail, engaging decadence and ruthless scheming, will draw many, but it's Pacat's characters...are the ones who'll surely keep readers captive. Their tenuous, fractious relationship is the heart and soul of this trilogy, and thankfully, readers will not have long to wait between installments in order to watch it unfold.”—RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698155107
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Captive Prince Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
15,442
File size:
1 MB

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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Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize how much I enjoyed this book until I finished reading it and picked it up again and read it over. I like the characters and the world the author has created. While I did like Volume 1, Volume 2 is where the action is. I can't wait till Vol. 3.
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iisraiis 11 months ago
4.5 stars. Spoiler free review. Okay, if I thought the first book was good, this one absolutely blew my mind. I don't think I've ever been more attached to two completely ridiculously adoring characters as I am with Damen and Laurent. First things's first: The Writing. Once again, C.S. Pascat did not let me down in terms of such beautiful writing and such wondrous descriptions. When I was reading this book, let me tell you, I felt like I was there. I could see every scene in my head to the point where I was sure that I was one of the soldier's in Laurent's army, watching the storyline unfold (well maybe not, but I like to imagine I was). More importantly, the characters grow with you while you're reading the book. I could see the way that Damen and Laurent's personalities changed and grew in Pascat's writing style, and not only that, but I saw the way that the minor characters each had their own character growth, whether it was small or large, occur throughout the course of the novel. As for the story, well let me tell you I am in love. The way that Laurent and Damen went into the field together, strategising for a war that neither of them had initially planned on fighting, was just gorgeous. Honestly, I could go on and on about the character development in this novel because of the fact there is just So Much There. Laurent's coldness towards Damen completely transforms, and Damen's initial reactions to Laurent from the first novel completely morph into something that's less about protective animosity and more about true, honest caring. The lengths that these two have changed from Captive Prince has left me in awe still a month after reading the book. If I had the time right now, I'd delve right back into a reread because I want to watch their personalities change and expand once more. To be fair, once again there were times where I felt the storyline lagged a little bit, which is the only reason that I knock half a star off of this book. Small points during their travels down to Ravenel left me a little bit bored, but the second that I started feeling like there was too much of a lull, things picked right back up. Scenes with Damen and Laurent carefully (or carelessly) eluding danger in towns and their trip into the mountains with an unlikely ally kept me on my toes and helped to drive away some of those sleepy bits of the book. Overall, I came out of Prince's Gambit feeling two things. The first was OH MY GOD FINALLY and the second was HOLD ON THAT CLIFFHANGER WAIT WHAT????? To me, that's really all you need to know in order to pick this book up, especially if you loved the initial novel. I don't know how else to express just how much I adored this entire series, but most people say the second book is usually not as good as the first, and in this case I entirely disagree. Prince's Gambit was absolutely worth reading, and I'll admit wholeheartedly that King's Rising is too, but that I'll defend in another review. For now, all I have to say is what are you doing still reading this? Go pick up Prince's Gambit!
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent series and I love how Laurent is slowly starting to reveal more of himself in this book.
KaraAM More than 1 year ago
Even better than book 1! This series is just amazing, I was hooked and I flew through this book. Make sure to get the paperback because there's a bonus chapter at the end you won't want to miss out on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the first!
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<3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This follow up to the first book is so captivating (pardon the pun). You become emotionally invested in the characters and that's a sure sign it's a great read. Excited for the 3rd book - hope it comes out in 2014!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago