Book Review : Captive Prince (Volume I) by C.S. Pacat
Warning: This books contains slavery and other subjects that might not be for everyone. Readers’ discretion is advised.
Damianos (Damen) is the prince of Akielos and the legal heir to the kingdom. When his father passed away, his half-brother, Kastor, ascended the throne and sold Damen to their enemy, Vere, as a slave.
There has always been bad blood between the two countries. Being sold to the enemy as a bed slave to Vere’s prince, Laurent, Damianos tried to find ways to escape and go back home to Akielos. Laurent, who is 10 months short to being a king, is a cunning and merciless prince. Being forced to this predicament, Damianos finds himself caught up in the play for the throne and realizes, in Vere, nothing is ever as it seems.
I have been in a book slump for a while now and this is the book that brought me back to life. Not sure how to begin this because this is my first m/m romance novel. I have been shelving this book for quiet a while, and last week I decided to give this book a go. At first I was intrigued to start reading this book because of the reviews I read on Goodreads.
At the time, I was trying to find something similar to Captive In The Dark , as I have been hung up on that book. The first impression I have of the book is that it is very descriptive, the kind of books that elaborated and described every single nook and crannies in the story. At first I had a hard time trying to adjust to the writing style, however, the more I read it, the more I fall in love with the story and the characters.This book was a short read which was exactly what I needed to get back into my reading routine.
A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
Let’s first talk about Damen (Damianos). I, for one, will be eternally amazed by Damen and his personality. He is such a wonderful and refreshing character to read. It is like one of those characters that seems as if they are just plain and simple, but then every now and then they do something that surprises you.
Being thrown into slavery without his consent would obviously be hard, so while reading this book, I already readied myself for him to fight his way through everything and be a brute, but instead he used his brain and tried to understand how things work in Vere.
Moreover, he is not bleak and depressed about his situation either, he acknowledged his situation and he tried to make the best with the situation at hand. Being the slave of Laurent is not an easy situation to be for someone who has no experience about being a slave at all, but I would say that he really handed the situation well, considering. Altogether, I liked his character, he is very well balanced all around.
Laurent, the prince of Vere. Beautiful, manipulative, deadly Laurent. I have never read about a character as manipulative as he was. He was a very interesting character, you can never guess what he is thinking about, or what he is feeling. He was a prince who is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. He will go through all sorts of lengths to make things happen once he set his mind to it. Laurent has a way with words, he was also very good at lying. With Laurent, it was always like threading the deep dark ocean, you never know what you will get.
When I started reading this book, I expected there to be a lot of nonconsensual sex, and a lot of abusing and all those gritty stuff. However, I do find this first installation of Captive Prince a little bit tame. I was expecting a whole lot more sex, to be honest.
I liked that C.S. Pacat let the feelings grow and manifest between the two of them and instead of just let the characters fall in love after a few chapters. The development of the characters in her books are evident. It is not too rushed nor is it way too prolonged to make the story longer. You can tell that C.S. Pacat put in a lot of work into this story and for that I will be eternally grateful.
I am interested how would it play put with the two of them, seeing that they are both alpha males and they both crave control. It makes me wonder how the relationship between them would evolve. The distrust and dislike between them is true and palpable in this book, I hope that would slowly change in the second book of this series.
The Verdict :
This is hands down one of the best book that I have ever read to date, and the more books I have read, the harder it is to find a good book that fits all the kind of criteria that I look for in a book. This book is perfectly written, and I enjoyed every single second of it.
If you were to read this book, I want to tell you that this book does contain rape, non-consensual sex, and all the filthy stuff you could think of which is not for everyone. If you were planning to read this book, go into the story with an open mind and I promise you will have a great time with this series.
“It was like watching a man smile as he surrendered himself to drown in deep water.”