A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies
This is definitely a novel I wouldn’t normally pick but after seeing a mutual on Twitter speak so highly of it I thought I’d give it a whirl.
It is definitely a character driven story as there isn’t much world building, which isn’t something I’m used to but I got over it very quickly. The focus of the novel seems to be the relationship between Damen, aka Damianos heir to the throne of Akielos and Laurent heir to the throne of enemy Vere.
The narrative sticks mostly with Damen as he is captured and sent to Vere as a pleasure slave by his half-brother when his father dies. As Vere is an enemy of Akielos, Damen soon realises that pretending to be a slave is a much safer option than telling everyone who he really is.
Then we meet the spoilt, pampered and vindictive brat Prince Laurent whom is to be Damen’s new master.
I found Laurent extremely unlikable at first but C S Pacat manages to grow the character through the book to be very well-rounded, sarcastic and slightly less bratty character. I’m sure that I’ll grow to like him within the rest of the trilogy. Damen however, I found incredibly likeable. He is strong and resilient and a great character to follow through a story full of brutality and rape.
Laurent could inspire homicidal tendencies simply by breathing
It comes as no surprise that the two Princes despised each other the moment they meet but their relationship evolves as they reluctantly put up with each other and begin an unlikely partnership built on mutual understanding and some small relating motives.
Their relationship is definitely appealing to me as it is a slow burn which a nice change from the rushed and overdone romances that dominate novels nowadays. The characters also grow with the plot line which keeps the story fresh. They also actually have chemistry with each other so it isn’t painful to actual imagine them being together.
The reason I’ve rated this book a 3.3 is because nothing much happens throughout the majority of the novel. It is mostly Damen adapting to his new role and planning his escape. That being said I did spend about 5 minutes upon finishing this novel flicking back and forth between the pages as it did come to a very abrupt end…which just makes me want the next one!! How could you end it like that we were just getting going!!
Captive Prince is definitely a dark book at times featuring themes of rape and torture which may upset some readers. That being said, this book sets both the story and relationship between the Princes up nicely for Captive Prince: Volume Two.