Author: C.S. Pacat
Cover Artist: Diana Kolsky
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
Includes an exclusive extra story!
Captive Prince: Volume One was the beginning of an epic trilogy. This portion of the story was basically for the purpose of setting things up. The world was established as well as the rules and behaviors of the various cultures. The main and supporting characters were introduced and the author began giving the reader glimpses of their true natures. Finally, the political plot was established and things were set in motion with bad and good guys being revealed as things moved forward. I found a lot of this interesting in some ways and boring in others.
I enjoyed the world building and the way I had to constantly rethink things as the politics unfolded. Laurent was so much more than he seemed at first and to be honest, to discover his true self would be the only reason I would continue reading this series. But I am not sure I understand why the author needed an entire novel just to set things up. I was very often wondering when something would happen to move the story forward. I found myself in a state of deja vu many times as actions and sometimes thoughts were repeated. I feel that too much time was devoted to setup and not enough time was devoted to forward movement. And I am unsure as to why this was tagged as a romance, as there was no romance.
Finally, I am not sure why most of the behaviors and actions of this culture were really necessary. While this story was well written and at times interesting, I was not prepared for the “rape for sport” events and the way the main character was almost raped or how rape was threatened repeatedly. Rape was constantly talked about as if it was a normal thing and was very often used for punishment and as a way to keep slaves in line. This culture was focused on almost nothing else but rape and more ways to rape. I just don’t understand the purpose. Rape is not something to play around with. I have no problem with rape in a story when it has a purpose or is treated respectfully, but here is was barbaric and treated as if it were acceptable. There are many other ways to show discipline and cruelty without resorting to rape for sport. I have to admit, I wish I would have been warned about this because the story itself was not enough to overcome my revulsion at the quantity and use of rape. Maybe it was my fault for not doing better research ahead of time or assuming that slave automatically meant non-con, but I didnt. As much as I want to know what happens to Laurent and as much as I want to know about his HEA, I don’t think I will be continuing on with this trilogy.
The paperback edition I read came with an additional short story that I chose not to read.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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