Title: Captive Prince: Volume Two
Author: C.S. Pacat
Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: C.S. Pacat (rereleased by Berkley Books)
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The intrigue, the tension, and the stakes are all intensified in the second volume of the Captive Prince series. Damen is still enslaved to Prince Laurent and has managed to keep his true identity–that of crown prince of the neighboring kingdom and the one who slayed Laurent’s brother in battle–a secret. But Damen still hasn’t given up the hope of returning home and reclaiming his rightful place on the throne.
When Laurent’s uncle, the Regent, begins to move against him, however, Damen and Laurent find themselves force to move from the castle and instead to the country’s borders. But faced with potential battles, Damen cannot hide his own skill and prowess. And although he might be able to strike a tense peace with his master, will he be able to keep the truth of his identity a secret until he can earn his freedom?
Everything about this book is amazing. The story builds in an almost incredible way, with every single element of the plot seeming to be part of a perfect mathematical equation. C.S. Pacat proves to be a masterful storyteller and there were times when I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading this one.
Be warned, though, this one builds to an incredible cliffhanger finale that you may not see coming and that will leave you screaming out loud for the final book in this trilogy…