Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy Series #2)

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy Series #2)

by C. S. Pacat

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The second novel in the critically acclaimed Captive Prince trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat.

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 a final devastating blow...

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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: 60,687
File size: 1 MB

About 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 0 ratings. 18 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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I have no words! At the end of the first book Prince Laurent's uncle, the Regent, has ordered him and a small group of his troops to the border to ostensibly fight the Akielons but, truly, to be killed in any number of ways on the journey. As Laurent and Damen, the true King of Akielos who was deposed by his half-brother and sold as a bed-slave to the Veretians, travel there are plots and machinations and twists and turns that I just never saw coming. If the first book was perhaps mistaken for some kind of m/m slave-porn this one surely puts the reader right. It's a delicate courting dance between two princes, one a slave to the other, one a straightforward soldier, the other a clever, manipulative politician. No-one is ever quite what they seem and I have seen friends turn to foes and back again so often I think I've got reader's whiplash. It's epic yet taut, brutal yet sensual, simple yet also complex. I loved it and I am twitchy because I have a full day of work ahead of me before I can start the third book. Oh, and what a cliffhanger! And does that mean ...?
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iisraiis More than 1 year 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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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!
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