King’s Rising by C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince #3
Published by Berkley on February 2, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, LGTBQ, Historical
Pages: 352 : Paperback edition
Source: Bought on Amazon because I couldn’t wait for my library to get it
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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 Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?
Spoiler Free Review
Have you ever been so in love with a book that it makes you sick to your stomach with happy thoughts if you think about it? That’s how I feel about the entire Captive Prince trilogy. You’re probably wondering if it lives up to the hype, if it’s really that good. It is. It’s that good times ten. Not to mention that the fanart that people have come up with has been FANTASTIC and made me fall in love with the series anymore.
(I mean look at this!! Click here for artist credit)
Throughout the whole series (but most especially this final installment) I was kept on the edge of my seat and just when I thought things were dying down or going back to normal, a plot twist would come up and I was left saying “what the hell!?!?”. This is how I ended up stumbling into some of my classes the next morning bleary eyed and thinking of nothing but Damen and Laurent, because I had only gotten four hours of sleep after thinking “well I’ll just read to the end of this chapter” (haha yeah right!).
Seriously though, if you’re going to sit down and read this series, then put aside two whole days of your life so you can just run through the whole thing. Taking breaks in between the different installments would just be sinful (my thoughts go out to those of you who actually had to wait for them to be published).
Out of all of them, I think I liked King’s Rising the best. Captive Prince was good for setting up the series, and Prince’s Gambit didn’t have that mid series lull that a lot of trilogies suffer from, but King’s Rising was just so packed full of adventure, excitement, twists and turns, that I read through three quarters of it in an afternoon. After that I had to put it down and dragged it out so that I wouldn’t finish it too quickly. But now the series is done. And good luck if you take it upon yourself to read this. Your feels won’t be safe.
Also, in the spirit of my other Captive Prince Reviews, here’s my crazy/overly excited Goodreads updates: