4 starsM/M RomanceMaria Recent Review

Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising Book Cover Kings Rising
Captive Prince Series #3
C.S. Pacat
Fiction, M/M Romance
February 2nd 2016

The worldwide phenomenon continues—from the boldly original author of Captive Prince and Prince’s Gambit.

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regents final, deadly play for the throne?

Maria’s Review

➦I’ve been meaning to read this trilogy for a long time and now, finally, I’ve read all three books back to back. This will be a quick review of the trilogy as a whole.

➦My overall impression was positive. But I was surprised by a couple of things. I’ve expected this fantasy to have, well, more fantasy?

➦This felt a bit like… like… Game of Thrones pumped full of testosterone and minus the dragons. Or magic. Ok, forget it, it wasn’t like GoT. But there was a battle for the throne (or two) and it felt like most characters were those of the male variety. 

➦D’uh, exactly. It’s an M/M novel. But still? Anyways. A captive prince sold to slavery to another prince. Sounds fun! A lot of action, twists and betrayals in this trilogy to keep a reader interested until the end, but no magic. It’s a fantasy world with lots of fighting but a traditional kind, with swords and such. Yeah, not even a little bit of magic. It’s ok, I got over it. It was still good.

➦Another surprise was how slow burn this was. Also, not a bad thing. But if you’re expecting pokepoke you might not get it for a while. May be some strokestroke to keep you interested. lol I know, so eloquently put.

➦Ok, so, to sum it up: if you’re looking for M/M fantasy with a lot of war strategizing, action and twists then this is for you! And in the midst of it all is a slow burn romance between two people who are very unlikely to ever trust each other or be friends. But no magic.