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Damen e un guerriero e un eroe per il suo popolo, nonche il legittimo erede al trono di Akielos. Ma quando il fratellastro si impadronisce del potere, Damen viene catturato, privato del suo nome e spedito a servire il principe di una nazione nemica come schiavo di piacere. Bellissimo, manipolatore e pericoloso, il suo nuovo padrone, il principe Laurent di Vere, rappresentaDamen e un guerriero e un eroe per il suo popolo, nonche il legittimo erede al trono di Akielos. Ma quando il fratellastro si impadronisce del potere, Damen viene catturato, privato del suo nome e spedito a servire il principe di una nazione nemica come schiavo di piacere. Bellissimo, manipolatore e pericoloso, il suo nuovo padrone, il principe Laurent di Vere, rappresenta tutto il peggio della corte di quel paese. Ma all'interno di quella letale ragnatela politica niente e come sembra, e quando Damen si trova, suo malgrado, invischiato nelle macchinazioni per il raggiungimento del potere, e costretto a collaborare con Laurent per sopravvivere e salvare la sua casa. Per il giovane condottiero, a quel punto vige una sola regola: non rivelare mai, in nessun caso, la propria identita, perche l'uomo da cui dipende e anche colui che, piu di chiunque altro, ha motivo di odiarlo... "Un romanzo coinvolgente, un perfetto mix di passione e azione in un'atmosfera suggestiva tra intrighi di corte, desiderio e battaglie per il potere." Francesco Falconi, autore di Gray e della serie Muses...

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ISBN : 9788893122399
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Number of Pages : 242 Pages
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Il principe prigioniero Reviews

  • Navessa
    2018-10-14 12:28

    WARNING: I'VE BEEN DRINKING.*hiccup*You know-*gestures with wine glass**sloshes some over the side*I mean, this book-*licks wine off fingers**tries to refocus*What was I saying? Oh, yeah. This fucking book, man. *takes another sip*There's Damen. A prince betrayed by his bastard of a brother. Sold into slavery to an enemy nation. *stumbles up to standing*And do you know what? You know who he's fucking sold to? *raises voice*To an even bigger bastard than his brother! *sits back down*A prince named Laurent. Who may or may not be the best written "villain" I've ever read. He's as beautiful as he is brilliant. As manipulative as he is sadistic. As enigmatic, as...*hiccup*I hate his face. I want to do terrible things to him. Dirty, lascivious, debauched, terrible, terrible things. *wanders off in search of appropriate meme*AH-HA! FOUND ONE. The world surrounding these characters is just as harsh. Brutal, seductive, violent, depraved. I want to write myself into it with a sword and carve my vengeance from the flesh of Damen and - God help me - even Laurent's enemies. *brews pot of strong coffee**hiccup**starts second book*This review can also be found at The Alliterates.

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-10-21 20:35

    I am firmly of the belief that this series will one day become a classic in the M/M romance genre.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2018-10-21 16:28

    I don't read m/m fiction. It's not because I'm homophobic in any way (julio would beat my ass down if I were), it's just that it's not a genre to which I gravitate. For example, I don't read new adult. I don't read chick lit. I don't read m/m. It's simple as that. I prefer the romance in my books to be something that I can relate to, and I feel that for me, a romance would be more realistic if it's m/f. A book has to be completely amazing to change my mind about an m/m romance, and this book, while not selling me on the genre, did a tremendous job of engaging my attention.This is due to the fact that the character building is so amazing. Let's make it clear, this book contains torture, sadism, rampant displays of sex - generally things that I don't care for, because despite my rampant use of profanity, I am a prude at heart. *blushes* Despite those facts, I really liked this book. The characters are so well-written.Damen is the Captive Prince. When his half-brother usurped the throne, he found himself a slave, shipped off to Vere. A prince, now a slave, he has to learn to completely change his personality, his will, his natural instincts, in order to be survive. He forces himself into submissiveness.He knew what he had to do. Against every rebelling instinct, he forced himself forward, and dropped to his knees before Laurent.‘I fight in your service, Your Highness.’ He searched his memory for Radel’s words, and found them. ‘I exist only to please my Prince. May my victory reflect on your glory.’Laurent. Damn. What can I say about Laurent? Oh, how about the fact that he makes Jericho-fucking-Barrons look like Prince Charming?‘You look like a whore.’ The soft words barely stirred the air by Damen’s ear, inaudible to anyone else. Laurent murmured: ‘Filthy painted slut. Did you spread for my uncle the way you did for Kastor?’There are many words that can be used to describe Laurent. Words like raging asshole, ginormous douchebag, sadistic motherfucker, and other endearing phrases. The fact that I grew to like Laurent and sympathize with him is a testament to the author's skills.No, I will not be reading m/m all my days. No, I still do not enjoy rampant amounts of sex and debauchery, but I enjoyed this book, and that's enough.

  • Maraia
    2018-11-06 17:24

    Slavery isn’t sexy. Corporal punishment isn’t sexy. Rape isn’t sexy, and it certainly isn’t entertainment. This book is utterly disgusting.There are so many things wrong with Captive Prince, it’s hard to know where to start. I’m having trouble understanding how this book can be praised by so many people, especially by those who promote LGBT relationships in books, consider themselves feminists, and are outspoken against violence against women being used as a plot device. I love seeing LGBT relationships in books, but the characters in Captive Prince are either sex slave owners or sex slaves themselves. Personally, I don’t think that’s the kind of “relationship” we should be promoting, regardless of whether it’s LGBT or not. I fail to see how a book with graphic same sex rape scenes is beneficial to the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign. We need positive portrayals of LGBT characters, yes, but we don't need degrading ones. There has been a lot of criticism in recent years of gratuitous sexual violence against women in books, movies, and TV shows, as it is both offensive and harmful to the feminist movement. But apparently sexual violence is only a problem when directed against women, while it’s fine to have graphic scenes that serve no purpose other than to “entertain” the reader, as long as men are the ones getting raped? (Although how someone could find these scenes entertaining is beyond me.) When I define feminism, I think of women being valued as highly as men and being treated with as much respect — not more. Since I’ve seen people argue that the book isn’t that bad because the main character doesn’t actually get raped himself, I’d like to point out that forced oral sex is still rape. I’m not sure why this is such a hard concept, but my guess is that it’s connected to the fallacy that men can’t be raped in the first place. In Captive Prince, Damen has oral sex forced on him, and although he does have an orgasm, that doesn’t change the fact that, as a sex SLAVE, the act is in no way consensual. It is rape, any way you look at it. Orgasming does not equal consent, and that’s a dangerous idea to perpetuate. Rape isn’t the only thing trivialized by Captive Prince. I also find the portrayal of slavery quite offensive. As far as I can tell, all the kingdoms in C. S. Pacat’s world support slavery, and the slaves are used for sex. At one point, Damen compares slavery in his home country of Akielos to that in Vere, where he himself is a slave. According to him, slaves in Akielos know that they’re trading their personal freedom for “perfect treatment” by their masters, as if this somehow makes it okay. Not only that, but the life of a sex slave is glorified in the short story included in the paperback, which gives the background story of a minor character from the book. Claiming that slavery is “not that bad” because the slaves are “treated well,” they “enjoy their work,” and it’s “for their own good” is complete bullshit. That argument didn’t work when the U.S. had slaves, and it doesn’t work here. Just like rape is rape, slavery is slavery.The first two thirds of the book essentially has no plot, but instead features explicit rape scenes, alludes to even more, and throws in a beating or two to mix things up. All of a sudden, C. S. Pacat seemingly changes her mind and decides she wants to write a real fantasy novel, rather than rape erotica. At this point, the book actually does become captivating — the good kind. The potential for a solid fantasy is definitely there, I found the book hard to put down despite my revulsion, and I can see why people are quick to let themselves “forget” how the story starts. Unfortunately, no amount of engaging plot or world building can make up for the rape and sexual slavery in the first two thirds of the book, nor can a slave owner suddenly become a believable love interest for the slave. I’m assuming that’s where the story is headed, at least: Laurent has a tragic back story; he’s not really a bad guy, he’s just misunderstood; he doesn’t actually rape his slaves himself but lets others do the raping for him; he secretly has feelings for Damen, etc. Let’s stop right there. Shipping Laurent and Damon is the equivalent of shipping a Nazi concentration camp guard with a Jewish prisoner. I know this is a current trend in the romance genre, but how much (justified) outrage has there been at these novels? I fail to see how the upcoming “romance” in the Captive Prince trilogy is any different, and to be honest, I’m horrified by all the praise it has received. The fact that Captive Prince is being touted as a romance novel is the worst of a long list of faults and is incredibly insulting and insensitive to real victims of both rape and slavery. I’m giving this book one star, but only because zero stars would make it look as if I just forgot to rate it.

  • Emily May
    2018-10-16 16:11

    For Romance month at my blog, I decided to take the opportunity to read something I wouldn't normally pick - this highly-praised M/M Fantasy Romance.The first thing you should know: this is a character-driven story. I think you will enjoy it as long as you don't go into it expecting a lot of grand world-building. The focus of this book - indeed, the whole series, it would seem - is on the relationship between two men, and their relationships with other royals, guards and slaves around them.As romances go, it has everything I could ask for:1) A really slow burn that makes a nice change from all the instant gratification NA romances I've read.2) Characters that grow and develop with the plot.3) Chemistry, both sexual and otherwise. Plus, a nice bit of hatred turned to reluctant partners in crime turned to...?The main story goes like this: Damen is a prince and the heir to the throne of Akielos. But when the king dies, Damen is captured and bundled off to Vere, disguised as a slave, while his half brother takes the throne. Vere is an enemy to Akielos and Damen must continue pretending to be a slave if he wishes to live.Enter Prince Laurent - heir to Vere and a pampered, spoiled and vindictive brat who becomes Damen's new master. Laurent is extremely unlikable at first, but Pacat manages to successfully grow him into a well-rounded and eventually likable character. I loved how our perception of him changes gradually.Not surprisingly, the two princes despise each other at first. But what starts as an attempt to "break" one another, eventually becomes a reluctant partnership and a mutual understanding and respect.The book is quite dark at times and is definitely an adult novel. The romance in this first book is pretty much non-existent but the tension is set up nicely to deliver on that in the next two books. However, romance/sex aside, the book contains some graphic descriptions, floggings and rape scenes that could be upsetting for some readers.I enjoyed it, though, and will be picking up Captive Prince: Volume Two.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2018-10-28 20:24

    Little flummoxed by this one. It's an epic fantasy but focuses more on sexual slavery than any sort of active plot. I don't feel the sexual slavery/rape culture was promoted as "good or acceptable" but just underlining the depraved society, buuuuuut. Mine eyes are too young for this. Plus if your master orders you orally raped and then later slave + master start having a thing...let us just say: no.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2018-11-01 17:20

    TRIGGER WARNING: rape, physical abuse, pedophilia I am so excited to continue with the next book, the way things ended I can tell that things are going to pick up and get REALLY intense!

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2018-10-15 20:35

    The two main reactions to this book are "OMG BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD" or "this was gross and despicable and i cannot believe how people enjoy it." I'm somewhere in between there.I knew going into it that there would be a lot of rape/torture scenes, but even so, I was surprised. I think if you read this, you need to know several things in advance just to make sure that you don't automatically hate it: 1) it's graphic book centered around sex slavery 2) major trigger warning for rape, abuse, and pedophilia 3) literally every single character in this book is gay or non-straight and 4) there are zero female characters. All of these things combined made the first half of the book almost unbearable, but there was one nugget of light that got me through it, and is continuing to push me to want to read the sequel: there is something about the characters, their depth and complexities, that makes me want to know their inner workings. The subplots and tiny character mannerisms in this book are absolutely fascinating, and it's like Stiefvater characters that you subtly grow to love, even the side characters you hardly see. This book is very political and that part of it lost me (I'm not a huge fan of books like this, so it's just a personal preference), and additionally, I wish it was longer in order to explain the history of the kingdoms and give the reader some kind of context about the conflict(s) occurring in the world. Otherwise, I couldn't put this down, even when it was hard to read. I can understand why people love it, I can understand why people hate it. I'm going to go order to sequels from Amazon.

  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    2018-11-03 12:33

    DNF @ 30%*slow claps*My first DNF of the year and boy, is it a cracker.I promised myself I wouldn't write anymore rage-ranting reviews about books because, although they might be enjoyable to write and read, ultimately, they left me feeling less than satisfied.But I will make an exception. For this book, I am making an exception, because I am sick of seeing this shit in literature and people praising it.Captive Prince is marketed as "slave erotica." I should've known, way before reading it, that it wouldn't be my cup of tea, but curiosity made me buy it, and I regret it immensely. It's a book about a prince who is sold by his half-brother to an enemy kingdom, and forced into becoming a slave to the Crown Prince.That's not what sickened me. What sickened me is the blatant disregard of men. Men, funnily enough, are human beings with rights and feelings and are not the monstrous, hulking animals they are made out to be. Now, I don't speak for all men, but let's please keep in mind that women do fucking horrible things, too, okay? And they are not crucified as much as men. Damen, our 'captive prince', made to be a slave, is almost raped, is drugged and tortured and treated worse than an animal, all for the entertainment of nobility. But Damen is a man, so who cares, right?REVERSE THE ROLES: Damen is actually Davina, a princess captured and sold to an enemy kingdom. She is drugged, tortured and almost raped, all for the entertainment of nobility. Watch the world explode in outrage. The possible romance she cultivates with the Crown Prince can't possible be love if he let that happen to her! She was an innocent victim, abused and treated like an animal! She is a survivor!WHAT MAKES DAMEN ANYTHING DIFFERENT? Because he's a man, he doesn't deserve the same amount of sympathy? How the fuck is this book popular? How DO PEOPLE SHIP LAURENT AND DAMEN? HOW CAN PEOPLE POSSIBLY SHIP SOMEONE WHO DRUGGED, TORTURED AND THREATENED HIS SLAVE WITH RAPE? This is what I don't get about our world. Men are raped by both men and women just as much as women are. Men are abused, tortured, murdered just as much as women. But the comments, "He probably deserved it" are backhanded insults whereas the same sentence aimed at a victimised woman is the cause of outrage and campaigns. We scream for equal rights until our throats are fucking raw and bleeding, but when a book comes out where a man is repeatedly tortured, drugged and raped, we CELEBRATE it? What is wrong with this world?Trusted reviewers have given this book 4 and 5 stars. They call Laurent brilliant, they call the romance a "slow burn" and I am so fucking angry right now I can barely see straight. All it took me was 30% to realise that no way was this going to be redeemed. I am a huge fan of anti-heroes and villains (and I am ALWAYS shipping the heroine and the anti-hero) but in this case, I can't. I CAN'T. There's a huge difference between an anti-hero and a fucking villainous asshole who humiliates and has his slaves raped for his own entertainment. That, right there, that cannot be redeemed. It just can't.I am beyond furious. I am so angry right now that I could happily burn the entire world to the ground, because it's not fair. It's un-fucking-fair that if the MC had been a girl, the book community would've exploded and caused utter mayhem, but because he's a man... he, what, has to man up? Deal with it? Big boys don't fucking cry? Grow a pair? Like, I'm actually in tears writing this. This world fucking sucks.

  • Candace
    2018-10-26 18:36

    'Captive Prince' has been on my radar for a long time now. I have seen a plethora of glowing reviews from friends that have loved this series. As curious as I was, I kept putting off reading this series because M/M reads aren't really my thing. However, my curiosity finally got the best of me and I downloaded the first audiobook in the series. The rest is history! I blew through all three audiobooks in a couple of days, listening to them back to back until I had devoured the entire series. This series was fantastic!Since I finished all three books in the series before sitting down to write my reviews, I'll do my best not to give any big spoilers. The specifics of where one book ended and the next began are a little hazy for me. However, they were all worthwhile and highly entertaining books.'Captive Prince: Volume One', introduces us to Damen and Laurent. The two are princes from rival kingdoms, only Damen's true identity is a secret to everyone in Laurent's court. If his true identity were known, he would surely be executed. Damen is surrounded by enemies, betrayed by his half-brother and sold into slavery.Although the two are enemies, Damen and Laurent have many things in common. Both princes have fallen prey to family members who want to seize their crowns. Damen had his rule usurped by his illegitimate half-brother, Kastor, while Laurent is at the mercy of his uncle, who rules in his stead until Laurent is old enough to claim his crown. That being said, it is hard to envision Laurent in the role of a victim. From the first introduction, his manipulative, and often cruel, nature is apparent. His treatment of Damen is deplorable as he strives to assert his power over his new, wild and unbroken pleasure slave. Laurent is clearly a character that enjoys head games.On the other hand, Damen is a character that has instant appeal. He is put in an unspeakable situation and betrayed by the brother that he looked up to. My heart went out to Damen. I wanted to see him prevail.Upon Damen's arrival in the Vere, he is thrown into a life of debauchery. The Verethian court is filled with hedonistic and taboo sexual activities. The members of the courts indulge in every depraved act you can imagine. Nothing is off-limits, with the exception of enjoying pleasure slaves of the opposite gender in an effort to prevent the conception of illegitimate children that would sully the Verethian bloodlines. Rape and pedophilia are a way of life.Accordingly, this will not be a book for many readers. It is full of dark, controversial and offensive content. This is not a lovey dovey type of story AT ALL. You will be appalled.In fact, that is a large part of the appeal of this story. There aren't too many graphic sex acts depicted, but the constant lingering threat of rape gives this book a very ominous feeling. I spent the entire time on the edge of my seat, waiting for the assault that I knew was inevitable. The anticipation, and resulting anxiety, was immense.For most of this book, Laurent portrays a spoiled, bratty and cruel prince. He treats Damen harshly and is extremely abusive. However, there are brief glimpses of another side of him. I have no doubt that there is far more to Laurent than meets the eye.This book definitely had my rapt attention. It wasn't like most of the books that I read, but I was completely hooked. Without missing a beat, I dived right into the second book to continue Damen and Laurent's story.Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2018-10-23 20:22

    I’m aware that “Captive Prince” is a highly controversial book and I know that many people have a lot of mixed feelings about it. As it seems you either hate it or you love it. There is no in-between. I think most of that is due to the fact that it deals with subjects we feel very uncomfortable with. Our modern minds have a tendency to shy away from those kinds of things, but just because a book makes you feel disgusted and angry, this still doesn’t automatically mean that it’s a bad book. Sure, C.S. Pacat confronts us with a lot of heavy topics. (And I’m not going to sugar-coat them!!! Just to make that perfectly clear!) There is rape, slavery, sexual abuse, torture, violence and even the mention of paedophilia. Just to name a few of them and there are scenes that no doubt will revolt you immensely. (view spoiler)[For instance the moment with Ancel and Damen in the gardens!!! I’ll never ever be okay with that scene!!! (hide spoiler)]BUTIn contrast to the generally prevailing opinion, she always touches those delicate subjects with care. Well at least with as much care as is possible in such a book… In my subjective opinion she doesn’t glorify the conditions of the pets and slaves at Vere’s court and she definitely doesn’t sympathize with their tormentors. I think the fact we see everything through Damen’s eyes, the eyes of a mistreated slave, is testimonial enough that C.S. Pacat is not okay with the things that happen to the slaves in the book! You are permanently disgusted by us, aren't you?" said Laurent.I guess that quote says it all! So yes, I do get why the topics in this book rub people the wrong way and I know that “Captive Prince” might not be for everyone. I still want you to keep in mind that things like that are nothing new though. Throughout the long history of mankind those subjects have always been a part of our lives. There were plenty of wars and people have always been tortured, raped, abused and enslaved! Damn it! Who am I kidding? Things like that still happen all around the world. Just take a closer look at other countries (or even your own) and you’ll know what I mean. So yeah, I think what I want to say is that C.S. Pacat shouldn’t be blamed for mentioning those topics, because for some people they were actually reality (ancient Rome and Greece instantly come to mind) and in fact still are a part of some people’s reality. We should neither forget that nor ignore it. Whilst it’s true that Pacat sometimes has a tendency to exaggerate excessively and easily slips into clichés that doesn’t mean that all parts of the historical accuracy are wrong. ;-) The author obviously aims to provoke and we are supposed to feel uncomfortable when we read her book. I can only speak for myself but in my case it definitely worked. Well, this said I’m glad that the world in Pacat’s book is just fictional and that I can finally get to the fun part: My actual review! The plot:Betrayed by his own brother and shipped into the lands of his enemies Prince Damianos of Akielos ends up in the foreign land of Vere. Brought as a gift for Prince Laurent he is supposed to be the young heir’s pleasure slave, a role that revolts Damen immensely and makes it exceptionally difficult to keep a low profile. Powerless and enslaved he has no other choice than to obey though, his hope to find a way to escape the only thing that helps him to endure. As long as no one knows about his true identity he has a chance at survival…. But sooner or later someone is bound to find out that he’s not who he claims to be. Will Damen be able to escape the corrupt court of Vere or will someone blow his cover before he even gets a decent chance to flee? I know the story sounds so cliché and cheesy! And in fact it is! But damn did I enjoy this reread! *lol* I think it’s because I know what’s coming in the next two books and to be aware of the plot made this reread such an interesting experience. I noticed so many things I didn’t see the first time around and I have to give Pacat kudos for dropping so many subtle hints. XD I think she didn’t really know what she wanted to achieve with the first book and mainly aimed to shock her audience, but boy does it get better in “Prince’s Gambit”. Anyway, let’s head to the characters section! I can’t wait to gush about those two! *lol*The characters:Damen – The pleasure slave”Why not?” said Damen. “I don’t share your craven habit of hitting only those who cannot hit back, and I take no pleasure in hurting those weaker than myself.” Driven past reason, the words came out in his own language.I feel soo damn sorry for what happens to him in this book! He doesn’t deserve any of the things that happen to him (not that anyone would ever deserve such things!!) and he’s such a precious and innocent soul. Even enslaved and in the hands of the enemy he still tries everything possible in order to help his people and to remain true to himself. No matter what happens to him, he always does what he thinks is right and if that means that he’ll take a beating for his convictions and beliefs he still goes through with it! I love that about him! He’s brave and honourable and at the corrupt and thoroughly tainted court of Vere to be like that is actually more than just an achievement! XD”He wanted to face Kastor, his brother, and ask him, man to man, why he had done what he had done. But life in Akielos went on without Damianos. These slaves had no one else to help them.And what did it mean, to be a prince, if he did not strive to protect those weaker than himself?””This place sickened him. Anywhere else, you simply killed your enemy with a sword. Or poisoned him, if you had the honourless instincts of an assassin. Here, it was layer upon layer of constructed double-dealing, dark, polished and unpleasant.”Laurent – The cast-iron bitch”Laurent was indeed good at talking. He accepted sympathy gracefully. He put his position rationally. He stopped the flow of talk when it became dangerously critical of his uncle. He said nothing that could be taken as an open slight on the Regency. Yet no one who talked to him could have any doubt that his uncle was behaving at best misguidedly and at worst treasonously.”Oh Laurent! My ruthless and poisonous “nest of scorpions”! He’s so damn cruel and obnoxious in this book, I can totally see why everyone hates him! *lol* My weird and crazy mind always likes a good villain though so it’s no surprise I actually ended up loving him. XD Laurent is such a complex and well-thought-out character, it’s a pleasure to read about all his cunning and almost artful schemes. Well, at least for me it was. I know one of my fellow buddy readers hated him fiercely! Haha! ;-P The prince of Vere isn’t all controlled anger and hate though; he has a soft side too. Admittedly we really don’t see a lot of it in the first book (which actually is the reason why it’s the weakest and worst book of the entire series) but since I know that this is going to change I really can’t wait to read book two. And yes, I admit it: Laurent’s cunning and strategical mind is sexy! Don’t blame me, just like Damen I stand by my opinion. ;-)”I’ll offer for you, if you like. When the time comes. I wouldn’t want you in my bed, but you’d have all the same privileges. You might prefer that. I’d offer.”Laurent went very still; then he deliberately shifted in his seat and leaned in, bringing his lips right to Damen’s ear. “I think I’m out of stabbing range, he’s got short arms. Or perhaps he’ll try to throw a sugarplum? That is difficult. If I duck, he’ll hit Torveld.”Laurent took it without saying anything. He tucked it carefully into a fold of his riding clothes. Then after a moment, he reached out, and touched Nicaise’s chin with one knuckle. “You look better without all the paint,” said Laurent.Nicaise – The pet”I don’t need you. He’s promised. He’s not going to give me up.” Nicaise’s voice was smug and self-satisfied.“He gives them all up,” said Laurent, “even if you’re more enterprising than the others have been.”I will always have a soft spot for Nicaise. I know he’s bitchy and at least as insufferable as Laurent, I can’t help but like him though. When it comes down to it, he’s just a product of his environment and he’s still so very young. I hate and despise the Regent for choosing him as his pet and the thought of them together makes me feel sick to my stomach. >_< It’s obvious Nicaise and Laurent care about each other deeply, yet they have no other choice than to play by the Regent’s rules. Poor, young and innocent Nicaise… Urgh… he was 10 when he started to serve the Regent… 10 for Christ’s sake!!! I’ll never get over that! ”Don’t underestimate him because of his age. He has experienced things many adults have not, and his mind is no longer that of a child. Though even a child may learn how to manipulate an adult.””He ordered everyone out of his apartments. I wouldn’t try to see him.”“Why not?” Nicaise said. He looked past Damen towards Laurent’s chamber. “What happened? Is he all right?”The Regent – Mr. I-freaking-hate-him-so-much”Do you think it pleases me to discipline my own nephew? No uncle acts with a heavier heart. Shoulder your responsibilities – ride to Delfeur – show me you have even a drop fo your brother’s blood and I will joyfully restore it all.”Did anyone of you ever notice that the people of Vere always consider the Akielons to be barbaric and brute? Considering what I saw of the Regents court I’d rather say it’s the other way around!! They hide behind their sophisticated demeanour and their complicated clothes but in fact they are the true barbarians of the story, none more so than the Regent himself!!! I despise and hate that man so much and I truly hope he burns in the nine circles of hell. Come to think of it, his actions might easily cause him to end up in all of them. *lol* So yes, the Regent is a villain I hate with a fierce passion and I can’t wait for him to get what he deserves!!! *grrrr*”Why must you always defy me? I hate it when we are at odds, yet you force me to chastise you. You seem determined to wreck everything in your path. Blessed with gifts, you squander them. Given opportunities, you waste them. I hate to see you grown up like this,” said the Regent, “when you were such a lovely boy.”This said, I really enjoyed my re-read and I can’t wait to see the “true Laurent” in the next book! XD I think what made this even more fun was the fact that it was a buddy read with my two lovely girls! My adorable Gansey and mo mhuirnín kept me entertained with their different opinions (and their strong emotions *lol*) and it was such a pleasure to be able to discuss this book! =) I can’t wait to dive into “Prince’s Gambit”! ;-) Now it’s finally getting cute and nice! <3["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Victoria Schwab
    2018-11-05 13:25

    LOVED.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2018-11-10 19:28

    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsIf you haven't been seeing/hearing the buzz surrounding THE CAPTIVE PRINCE by C.S. Pacat, you've probably been living under a rock. I'd seen it EVERYWHERE, even before one of my favorite authors recommended it in her newsletter (<------why I finally caved).My impression before reading it was that it was some kind of pseudo-fantasy/MM/BDSM mashup . . . and that impression was fairly accurate.Not my typical choice of reading material, but HYPE. And CURIOSITY. *shakes fist at curiosity gods* As one might guess from the title (if one pays attention to things like titles *shakes fist at self*), the MC of this tale is a prince (Damen) made captive . . . A prince given as a sex slave to the prince and heir (Laurent) of a rival kingdom, only they don't know he's a prince, but that's a good thing, b/c Damen did a really, really Bad Thing in the last war, and if Laurent found out Damen was actually the REAL Damen, and not just called "Damen" b/c Kastor (Damen's illegitimate usurping half-brother) thought Laurent would be amused by having a sex slave named for the man he most hates in the world . . . Well, that would be Bad.Did all of that cross your eyes? B/c as convoluted as it sounds, it's deceptively simple.What isn't simple is everything that came after the initial introductions, and how I feel about it. Obviously, as a prince, Damen isn't too keen on becoming a sex slave. But who cares? B/c sex slave. And even though there technically wasn't much sex (on page), the hedonistic attitude of the nobility permeated the atmosphere, and the threat was constant, like background noise. And YES . . . I do mean threat. But in that weird, willful suspension of disbelief way that's exciting even as you're consciously uncomfortable. Enter Nicaise, the thirteen-year-old "pet" of a dirty old man in Laurent's court. The thirteen-year-old who's been serving in his role as "pet" for THREE YEARS. Who is maneuvering to keep his position, b/c he knows--EVERYONE knows--that he has maybe another year before he outgrows his master's tastes. So there are two things you need to know before picking up this book:1. There's rape.2. There's pedophilia.I almost stopped 20% in, when Nicaise first showed up. I'm not sure what kept me going. Could've been the remnants of curiosity. Could've been the person who made an asinine comment on one of my status updates about how pedophilia isn't being endorsed by the book, which pissed me off enough to make me want to finish it, all the better to KILL IT WITH FIRE. B/c really? Show me a book that does endorse the sexual violation of children, and I'll show you a jail cell. #GTFOEither way, I kept going. And much to my chagrin, I found myself fascinated by Laurent. He's a prince with the foul mouth of a tavern brawler. Hatred burns in his eyes, but he almost always maintains a perfect calmness that is infuriating. He's a brilliant manipulator who superficially appears to be no more than an indulged royal brat.Beyond my newfound obsession with Laurent, I was reading not only to try to understand my prince, but in anticipation of other (despicable) characters' downfalls. So I'm hooked. *shrugs awkwardly*But if I'd known what I was getting into, I'd never have started. A secondary issue was the thinly veiled attempt to elevate the book above the stereotypes of its genre.I have an extensive vocabulary. I majored in English, but even if I hadn't, you can't read as much as I do and not pick up an impressive number of words along the way.#thestruggleisrealEven so, it's not unusual for me to make use of the handy, dandy word lookup feature found on all ereaders.What is unusual is having to use said lookup feature every few pages. It took awhile to catch on, so I missed the early ones, but after I grew wise to the tactic, I began highlighting: appurtenances, peripatetic, damascened, febrile, machicolation, etc.I could go on . . . and on . . . and on.After I acclimated to the overuse of words rarely (if ever) found . . . anywhere, I began to notice that many of them were frou frou stand-ins for more common words and phrases. A man didn't frown. His "smooth brow corrugated."A room wasn't ostentatious, it was, "afroth with ornament."I was pretty sure "afroth" wasn't a real word. I was further convinced when the word lookup yielded no results. BUT. Word lookup isn't infallible, so I googled it . . . And discovered that it was a real word, but had been misused. Unless Pacat intended to say the ornaments in the room were, "in a state of lively or angry excitement."[Afroth." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2016.]I usually applaud the Shakespearean tactic of adapting, evolving, creating words to suit your purposes . . . BUT.In this case, it felt disingenuous. Like the author had hangups about the type of book she was writing--SMUT. Maybe intelligent SMUT, but still SMUT--and decided to overcompensate by impressing her readers with her intelligence and/or education via the implementation of obscure words that none of us have ever heard of.Instead, it provided a distraction, b/c constantly having to lookup words. SO. THE CAPTIVE PRINCE by C.S. Pacat is a deeply flawed book, despite its low page count. If you can handle rape and sexual exploitation as abhorrent cultural practices, then you, too, should willingly fling yourself into this deep, dark hole. If you can't, RUN AWAY. If you don't, you'll probably find yourself as entangled as I am, but you've been forewarned, so you'll have only yourself to blame. BUT.If book 2 isn't the significant improvement I'm promised . . . Heads. Will. ROLL. SPOILERY final thoughts:(view spoiler)[Unless Pacat is laying false trails, I think it's pretty obvious that Regent orchestrated the deaths of both Laurent's father (the King) and older brother. Both Damen and Laurent believe their side was the one betrayed by the other, and that REEKS of a puppet master. ALSO, the second Nicaise was revealed to be Regent's pet, it made sense both why Regent didn't just kill Laurent as well, and why Laurent has such violent reactions to the strong taking advantage of the weak.Despicable. 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  • Clau R.
    2018-10-25 15:12

    More like a 3.5, I had some issues with it, but OMG. IT WAS GOOD! I'm gonna marathon the trilogy!

  • V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT:A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you
    2018-10-30 13:28

    TRIGGER WARNINGS ALERTStay away from this one if you prefer safe reads. Don't read my review if the word "rape" makes you unconfortable, because I use it a lot, because this book has a lot of that.I don't recommend this if you feel uncomfortable reading about: Pedophilia (view spoiler)[ Nicasius is only 13 and he's used as a sex slave. The worst is that he is supposed to be willing to be forever a sex slave because the king, his master, gets tired of children when they grow up and Nicasious is eagerly searching for a new master. (hide spoiler)] Rape and Sexual violence(view spoiler)[ Damianos the Main character is entered in a slave contest where the loser gets raped. He gets drugged by Laurent "his love interest" so that he'll get weakened and lose the contest and Laurent can watch when Damianos gets raped...publicily!! In this book the court takes rape as a sport. Later Damiano's forced to receive oral sex from another slave to the enjoyment of Laurent. I repeat, Laurent is the "love interest".(hide spoiler)] No romance (view spoiler)[ by the end of the book there's not even a kiss(hide spoiler)] Stockholm Syndrome (view spoiler)[ Erasmus, A sexual slave, gets raped all the time but he supposedly enjoys being a sex pet and is all grateful when he gets to serve another master because said master treats sex-slaves "better". Sorry but in what sick world a sex-slave enjoys being a slave?How is that romantic or sexy?(hide spoiler)] Extreme violence(view spoiler)[ Laurent, the MC "love interest", is a Prince and he gives orders to whip Damianos. This is vividly described and Damianos spends some time recovering from his injuries. How is that romantic? (hide spoiler)] Double standardsSo Christian Grey gets the sh*t here in GR although he NEVER raped ANA, (although, to be honest he pushed her consent, but NEVER raped her) yet Laurent gets nothing but praise??? So dubious consent, sexual violence, and rape are okay when the characters are male? NO JUST NO!! That's not feminist at all, that's not fair. If the main character had been Princess Damiana everyone and their dog would be screaming murder. "Oh the abusive relationship in romance!" But because the victim is a male then it's okay? How is that fair? Unsafe readsThis is supposedly a slow-burn-romance between two males, but there's a lot of cheating and disloyalty. (view spoiler)[ In the sequel of this rape -fest Laurent who is Damianos owner and master, "lends" Damianos to a group of women warriors so that they can use him for reproductive purposes. Laurent's not even slightly jealous! He laughs with joy when Damianos returns to their tent worn-out from having sex with a lot of women in just one night. Damianos is attracted to Laurent but he is more attracted to women than to males. So we the readers don't get a little bit of cute jealousy and the couple doesn't kiss until way into the second book. (hide spoiler)]I'm not the most articulated, coherent reviewer, so I invite you to read these reviews if you want more info on the problematic issues of this book.Cait's reviewLainey's reviewThis book makes me angry. The writing is exquisite and clever, but it's the most disgusting portrayal of an M/M relationship.Contrary to what this book portrays, Homosexual Men have healthy, committed relationships . This is not the best book to portray diverse couples, because, as it is, a lot of people think wrongly that homosexuality and bisexuality are against nature and that Bisexuals and Homosexual aren't capable of loving, committed relationships. This book only re-inforces the idea of sexually "degenerated" characters. In real life gay people aren't like this. Not at all. I gave two stars to the sequel because the graphic rapes aren't present. It's cleverly written and it's addictive, but it's still a harsh read because poor Nicaise. It's not fair what happened to him.Final note: There are reviewers here in GR who praise this book to no end, and yet get all angry and write rants about romances like Twilight, Hopeless, FSOG, Beautiful disaster and other romance books of the romance genre. At time it feels like some of those reviewers are trying to make the people who enjoy, for example, FSOG bad with themselves because "they are supporting a book that portrays an abusive relationship". Yet they go and praise this very abusive book. This isn't about me having a problem with the people who like this book. I think it's okay if people enjoy this kind of books because* Everyone has different tastes and opinions and all opinions are equally valid. You enjoy this book? That's fine. * WE ALL ARE SMART! WE ALL KNOW HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE REALITY FROM BOOKS. We all know that In real life rape is wrong. The people who love this book to death aren't supporters of rape, this is just a book. But just like the the captive prince fanbase knows the difference between reality and books, the FSOG fanbase knows better than go and get themselves in abusive relationships because of a book.My problem is when the double standard comes:Contrary to popular GR belief the people who enjoy books that portray abusive M/F relationships are as smart as the people who enjoys Captive prince. Just saying. So anyone who enjoys FSOG or any other bad-reviewed romance, but never says it aloud for fear of how their opinion will make them look in a site like GR where people trash "abusive relationship" books, should say it aloud. Most of FSOG bashers are top reviewers who praise this rape-fest so there's nothing wrong with liking FSOG or any other poorly-reviewed romance. If you like me feel unconfortable reading certain topics, ignore most of the 5 star reviews, very few of them mention the problematic issues of this book and most lack trigger warnings. Read some 3 stars reviews and some triggers warnings before deciding if this book is for you or not.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Monique ~ Sinfully
    2018-10-16 14:37

    Compelling Reading...I was totally engrossed from start to finish....5 Fabulous StarsCaptive Prince, literally captivated me! this is amazing storytelling and I can honestly say I picked it up to read and did not put it down until both book 1 and book 2 were finished.....it was 5am, but I was hooked! These 2 books are FREE, yes, can you believe it, such a great story is free to read. The only down side is that there is no news on book 3 yet, however I have noticed that she will be publishing books 1 and 2 shortly in ebook and paperback, with added scenes, so 3 should not be too far behind and I would gladly pay good money for it. We see this wonderful story unfold from Damen's perspective and it is full of political struggles, atrocious acts of violence and sex (these scenes are not graphic in nature), decadent entertainment, battles, intrigues and mysteries, but it all revolves around Power and the mind games and tactics of the players and pawns. You are constantly riveted to the action and unsure of the direction to which it will next take you. It is unpredictable and not a minute is wasted in this book.Our two main characters Crown Prince Damianos of Akielos and Crown Prince Laurent of Rabat are pitched right in the middle of the unfolding events and action, they overcome their hatred of each other to tolerate one another and eventually to become friends and confidants. The sexual tension between these two leaves you constantly on the edge, to the point of frustration.......but Ooooh so worth the wait.The story flows seamlessly and the world building is full of warring Kingdoms, beautiful landscapes and an array of colours, decadent buildings filled with opulence on a grand scale and beautiful people with adorned pets/sex slaves bedecked in gold and jewels. Ohhhh and the characters, easily recognised with their personalities and individual voices, my favourite being Laurant, so cool and aloof, with graceful beauty and an air of contempt, arrogant and nefarious in his actions, with each nuance and idiosyncrasy so clear in my minds eye...he is definitely an enigma.This is a fabulous read, I loved it and I happily recommend it to all of my friends, well...those that have not already had the pleasure of reading it and are also waiting with baited breath for the next book!For more reviews, please visit...Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

  • Dd
    2018-10-25 18:27

    Readers,what do I say about this book??Power. Brilliance. Excellence. All delivered in one perfect package.This is fiction at its finest!!!Captive Prince.....This is what they mean when they say that a book has the ability to transport you to worlds beyond!!And was I ever???This one gripped me in it's powerful clutches,and did not let go.This is what I look for in a book.This book entranced,enchanted and devoured me.And I loved every minute of it!!---------------------------------------------------------Damianos is Crown Prince of Akielos.Rightful heir to his father's throne.But then is caught in the plotting of his half brother.Overnight,he loses everything....His kingdom,his freedom and his very identity.He is then gifted to the Crown Prince of Rabat as a pleasure slave.Once an enemy nation,now a tremulous treaty exists between them.And then it all starts.The true tests of bravery,courage and honour.And what captured me the most??The beauty,which shone even brighter in the face of all the brutality!!And what I did not like......Ummm....,errrrr....,nothing!!Seriously,I loved everything about it!!It captured my heart!!I wish I could have told you more,but frankly,I won't be able to do it justice.-----------------------------------------------------------Note to Readers--I know that for many of you this premise is a big no.Slavery,brutality,the darkness.I understand.But still,I will ask all of you to give this a chance.I absolutely loved it.READ IT!!!You may not fall in love with it like me,but then again,you may!You'll never know unless you try.That's all for now,Readers.Ta-Ta!!

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-11-08 12:21

    This book owned me today, completely owned me.I just have to give S. U. Pacat a huge round of applause. I was 100% drawn into "Captive Prince". It is going to be hard to write a review of just Volume 1 because I read them back to back like a rabid fan-girl so I'll just review them together. It was like my eyes were glued to my phone today. I wouldn't and couldn't stop reading. I won't rehash the plot because the overview doesn't sound terribly interesting or new. It is the masterful, smart writing that sets this book apart. The writing is so crisp and fan-freaking-tastic that it gives each word the power that it is due. Details sing in all the right ways. The way the author portrayed Laurent in the beginning made me think I could never sympathize with him. It is through truly skilled writing that little facts play out just as they should over time and reveal Laurent's character in new lights. We learn hard truths along with Damen and I felt my point of view morphing as his did. I was entwined with Damen and felt deeply connected to his story and his emotional and physical journey. The book is a study in deception and human emotion. It grips you until the very end. Book 1 set the stage for book 2, which just brings everything to a head. There are no missteps. It is like a ballet dance of words, and I don't think I'm being too complementary or over-exaggerating. Book 3 will be my most anticipated release of next year (if that is when it will come out)!

  • Julio Genao
    2018-10-20 13:37

    glorious.review to come; the bonus story at the end of this edition has rendered me completely useless.holy shit.______________previously:watch me twerk it to da left! twerk it to da left! twerk, twerk, tw-twerk it to da left!______________previously:fucking awesome.dafuksit with these ozzie writers kickin' ass? lisa henry, s.u. pacat... (also: supacat. niiiiice. [ETA: author has since chosen the pseudonym C.S. Pacat]).can't even be troubled to write a full review. i've got volume two to read.more later, when my passion for these characters has been consummated further.gonna get wet.(it is alleged.):-P

  • Samantha
    2018-11-12 12:30

    I neither loved nor hated this book and I was surprised about that since it tends to bring out very strong emotions in people. I'm going to be doing a full review on this book, but wanted to touch on a few things here since it is such a controversial read. Firstly, I've always planned on reading this entire series regardless of if I hated the first book. Especially because this series should honestly just be one book. All of the books are short enough to combine. Secondly, yes OBVIOUSLY trigger warnings for rape, abuse, pedophilia, etc. Most people know that going in by now. And maybe I was over prepared, but this book isn't nearly as brutal as I was prepared for it to be. If you don't have those warnings before going in, maybe it is. But not as bad as I was expecting. Yes, the world is very different than ours. All of the countries have slaves. All of the countries have pleasure slaves. Rape is a prominent thing. But there is definitely more grey area and room for discussion of consent in this world than one might think going in, and that's probably why opinions on this series are so black and white. Lastly, THIS BOOK IS NOT A ROMANCE. Now that all books are out, we know that's the direction it goes. But there is no romance in this book at all. I'm actually really interested to see how this series goes about its redemption arcs and how so many people come to love Laurent. Because yeah, he's an asshole. So what is done to possibly redeem him?!? I'm intrigued to see how that is attempted and if it is successful in my eyes, because I'm super skeptical. The writing in this is nothing to write home about. It's definitely over the top at times and stumbles into "fanfiction AU" territory with some of its tropes. But it is very easy to read because of that. That was a lot more than I planned on writing but oh well. I'm committed to the rest of this series so we'll see which side I land on in the end.

  • Kai
    2018-11-03 17:37

    “A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.”My body is ready.I really enjoyed this rather quick and easy read. The writing is uncomplicated but captivating. C. S. Pacat knows her way around words. The plot is compelling, part fantasy, part historical. It all seemed very authentic and well researched.Above all I'm totally shipping Damon and Laurent. Madly. I can't wait for them to get close - emotionally and physically. A single kiss would probably kill me. I'm very intruiged to find out more about Laurent and what's going on in this wicked mind. I also hope to see more of Erasmus and his master.It won't take long for me to pick up book 2, that's for sure.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Judith
    2018-11-06 12:21

    4 Stars.This has been on my radar for so long.The ridiculous price but me off,so I was so happy when a friend lent me this series.I read a few reviews and a lot mentioned sex slave so I was expecting maybe a bit of bondage?....maybe a bit of sexual coercion?Well,there's none of that,in fact there's ..No romanceIt's not eroticBut there is a very hedonistic feel to the book.I'll keep this brief because there are already some fantastic reviews out there.Damen is the heir to the throne of Akielos and is captured and given as a gift to Prince Laurent,heir to the kingdom of Vere.Damen has been with men and women but Laurent's sexuality is definitely a mystery.There is hardly any sex on page (view spoiler)[and none between the two main characters (hide spoiler)] and it is a bit violent in places with scenes of rape( but not too graphic,imo )I think this first book was more scene setting and story building of what was to come.These two men obviously hate each other initially,coming from rival Kingdoms.There is sexual tension of sorts but more on the part of Damen as the book is only from his pov.So was the hype about this book justified??Most definitely.The writing and the characters are so compelling.I'm currently reading book two and loving Damen and Laurent..["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Riley
    2018-11-14 17:33

    If you saw any of my updates on this book then you will know I absolutely hated it. I was excited to read this because of the number of rave reviews I have seen and I am honestly shocked. Did I read the same book as everyone else??? There was no plot. No world building. Just 270 pages of abuse, torture and lots of rape. I did not enjoy a single second of this book but I kept reading to see why people could possibly love it so much. I still don’t know. Within the first two chapters there is one rape, one attempted rape and an orgy as people watch these rapes. And to my surprise that wasn’t even the worst of it. Why is this book so loved??? I feel like I am in some weird alternate universe because I don’t understand why this is so highly rated. This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2018-10-24 15:29

    TRIGGER WARNING : graphic violence, rape, slavery4.5 stars. Oh, the dilemma. Review it? Jump on book 2? Review it? Jump on book 2? Review it? Jump on book 2? Eenie meenie miney moCatch a tiger by the toeIf he hollars let him goEenie meenie miney moOh, screw it. I swear that I'll write a real review of Captive Prince: Volume One because Helloooo, it deserves ones, but for now my excitation and eagerness to freaking KNOW what will happen leads me to shorten my ramble and only give you reduced information (perhaps that's for the best) (you don't want to read my entire rambling) (trust me)☑ Welcome to a harsh and unforgiving world where slavery (including sexual), torture and rape are common practice (including towards youngers, which makes the book so fucking hard to stomach at times). I know, I know, YIKES, but trust me, if I could handle it it's only thanks to C.S. Pacat's talent for dealing with these awful subjects without never showing any form of indulgence towards them. Indeed it's obvious from the start that Damen, the MC, doesn't condone nor accept Vere's barbaric customs. This said, he is the product of this world, therefore what is normal to him can appear quite horrible for our contemporary minds, and with reasons. If he hates people to be abused, he does accept slavery as normal - like a Roman would have. This does not mean that we readers are supposed to agree with him, but actually the opposite. Although I was trembling with rage as soon as I reached page two - and my sentiments never wavered - my fury was focused on this world, as I'm sure the author intended to. ☑ If the world-building leaves several shadow zones and can't be compared to the level of a full fantasy novel, in my opinion it wasn't the point : Captive Prince: Volume One is character driven and the political machinations and cunning mostly made up for the relative lack of information about the 'outside' world. Early on my mind was reeling, and despite the fact that I guessed several outcomes, it didn't diminished my enjoyment because - Well, because -☑ Laurent. HOLY SHIT I CAN'T HATE HIM. He fascinates me way too much. Perhaps I should feel ashamed, given the fact that he's a torturer son of a bitch for most of the novel but HEY! You're talking to the girl who loves Jorg of Ancrath. So there's that. You know you can't trust me when it comes to COMPLEX and straight on CAPTIVATING villains. I just can't. I'm sorry, blablabla, and all that. So, Laurent. He's harsh, manipulative, intransigent, secret, unwilling to trust, multi-layered, HE MADE ME LAUGH (because dry humor is somehow right up my alley. WOOT!) - He also is growing. I cannot wait to see who he will become in the next books. (to be taken literally) (on to book 2 right now)☑ The grow of Damen and Laurent's relationship is perfectly handled - there's no romance here, guys. Also, banter. Banter is EVERYTHING. Especially when it's so subtle that every giggle comes with a gasp of surprise. To conclude this review that is already way longer than I had expected (somehow it doesn't come as a surprise), I'll say that I was never bored - Not at any moment. Appalled, furious, captivated, curious, yes. Not bored.► This is quite a success. Color me surprised. No, scratch that : color me stunned instead. Beware, this does NOT mean that I would recommend this book to anyone. I WOULDN'T, because I'm not lying when I say that it's really REALLY harsh and morally questionable. Please go warned.________________________► WHAT? This is just me jumping on the bandwagon :PThanks so much to my adorable friend Simona for the gift ♥

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2018-11-08 14:16

    Re-read 2/6/15...because book 3 finally came out and - not gonna lie - I can't remember SHIT about books 1 and 2...My bad!Original Review:This will be short because my laptop is dying and, quite frankly, I'm feeling lazy as shit. Tah-Fucking-Dah. I went into this knowing it was more political intrigue and less m/m romance... I just didn't think it would be ALL political intrigue and NO m/m romance. Obviously, the seeds have been planted for future shenanigans, but anyway, that's my only gripe.Otherwise, this was a very interesting story with an interesting setting. At first it was a bit Game of Throne-ish with all the different characters and character names coming at you from seemingly every nook and cranny, but thankfully the author included a character glossary in the beginning - I definitely used it a few times. I found the societal practices to be fascinating, and particularly Laurent's character and the Regent's pet child. Yes, yes, I know that it's technically CHILD MOLESTATION and that I should be more like this:And less like this:But what can I say?It will be interesting to see how that all plays out.

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    2018-11-07 13:14

    Holy. Shit. Folks.I was so disappointed in this book. I've been meaning to write a review for this for a while because there is an OVERWHELMING amount of positivity surrounding the series and I just... WHY???The plot was vapid beyond belief. The first 3/4 of the story goes practically nowhere and is made up of lots of weird sex and torture. Contrived elements that were meant to make you feel desperation & sadness? They only succeeded in making me feel bitter and unconvinced. The big reveal at the end was predictable and totally dissatisfying.Now let me just mention here that there are many sexual encounters in this novel but it seems that in most scenarios there is at least 1 unwilling party involved.And that's what bothers me... this is supposed to be a romance???There was hardly anything sexy going on here, and the strange interactions between our two main characters honestly had me laughing out loud (in a "laughing at you, not with you" kind of way.)I've seen many reviews calling it a "slow burn" romance but I felt zero chemistry between our two princes. ZERO.The other outstandingly terrible feature of this novel was the writing. Oh my god. Did the author have her face buried in a thesaurus to try and make her writing seem more sophisticated?? It felt like she went through and found the MOST OBSCURE synonym and slapped it haphazardly into a sentence. "Sentence enhancers, right Patrick??"I have a decently stocked vocabulary, but these words were completely out of left field and interrupted the flow of the sentence. It's not cute. It makes your writing sound like it's trying too hard.When I tried to return this bookAmazon didn't even want it back...I'm afraid I will not be able to understand all the high praise this book is receiving. I have no interest in what happens next, as I didn't even read the sneak preview of the sequel. I was excited to read a m/m love story with a medieval essence but all I found here was a boring foray into absurdity.***P.S. 10 points to anyone who got my Spongebob reference before reaching the end.******P.S. x2 I did actually end up reading the second book in this series and you can find my review here if you love a good weenie roast!***

  • Susan
    2018-10-21 16:15

    OBSESSED. <-me.Captive Prince (Vol. 1) took the sharpest hook it could find and dug it deep into me and just pulled me along wherever it wanted to go.The writing: phenomenalThe world-building: detailed & fascinatingThe characters: deliciously layeredThe story: political intrigue and mind-fuckery at its bestI was in a mild haze of confusion some of the time…there are a LOT of characters and countries and deceptive alliances and loyalties. But, if you just play along, it all starts to make sense and is knit together into an intricate weave of something…something fantastic. The story is a chess match with everyone thinking 3 moves ahead and me wondering what just happened in the last move! (a little slow, this one…*points at self*)But Volume 1 left me wanting more. I need explanations and more details and I need to know what happens of heroic Damen and brilliant Laurant (<-one of the best “bad guys” I’ve read in a long time…reminds me of Carnac from The Administration)Yes, it’s a WIP and that made me hesitate to start for awhile. But honestly, don’t delay. It’s too good to pass up…

  • sana°¤°
    2018-11-08 12:31

    EDIT: Okay so after reading the second book, I'm changing my rating for this to 2 1/2 stars.***I have re-written my entire review bc my previous one was unsaved and got deleted, so I apologize for any spelling errors or if nothing makes. I'll fix it all later.***WARNING: There will be unmarked spoilers in my review. Proceed with caution =)This book was so loathsome, yet weirdly enjoyable? It's like drinking spoiled milk and liking the taste. This book includes sexual slavery and rape as if it a common topic and not revolting at all. Like someone hit me really hard in the head with a shovel and knock some sense into me bc I seriously did not just enjoy this book.Like, this book has such disturbing things (rape and sexual slavery) mentioned - frequently throughout the book, yet a morbid part of me enjoys this story and what's in it. Sadly, I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping to, but at least it was something really unique - no matter what this book was about. For those of us who read it, we know there were some pretty fucked up things mentioned in this book that just wasn't right.◇Rape is used as a form of entertainment. Rape is used as a form of entertainment in this book. Now that is one of the things that I disliked most about this book, but then again, this entire book is based off of rape and sexual slavery and I obviously didn't hate the entire book. (Judge away people.) Like, men would be raping each other and the people would sit back, relax, and cheer on about it. Fucking morbid right?◇I love how this book emphasizes on LGBTQ+, but what's wrong with a straight couple? The females would only have female slaves and the males could only have male slaves. There was this one part in the book I was reading where a woman got pregnant (obviously she had sexual intercourse with a male) and they beat her stomach with rocks to kill the child. Apparently, a man can't have sex with a woman and he can't get her pregnant or have kids with a woman? Just curious to why this happens in the book and I hope for an explanation to all this in the next books.◇Aaaaaaaaaand pedophilia. How the frickity frack is a 13 year old a pleasure slave master? Why are kid(s?) involved?Some issues I had with the book:※I wanted some romance! Sadly, this book had none. So for those of you looking for a good mm romance from this book, please don't get your hopes high bc you will be highly disappointed. ※There isn't much world building. I really wanted to know more about the two kingdom's and what caused their hatred, but there is no explanation for it. I'm hoping the next two books can explain more about that. ※Last but maybe not least, I'll admit it was a bit slow and boring for me at first. I wasn't expecting sexual slavery and rape. Characters:○Laurent (this guy is 200% fucked in the head btw)What a horrible, morbid, clever, slimy little fucker. I don't exactly like this guy, but I don't really hate him either. Stop lying to yourself Sana, you obviously love this kid the most from the book. This guy is the Prince of Vere and he is a morbid piece of shit and he is not good in the head and he needs help. like me Yet, I would gladly appreciate him eating my secret stash of Doritos, naked, in my kitchen. He's the type of kid who would laugh while everyone else is crying at the funeral. He's the type of cold stone hearted that gives no fucks and talks back to everyone, but is a manipulating, clever, menacing piece of shit. *dreamy sigh*Judge judge judge away, I don't give a fuck. =)But like seriously though, let's hope there's not a real life Laurent out there bc then we're all fucked. Literally.○DamenHe is so precious, but sadly I didn't care much about him. butOBVIOUSLY I SHIP THOSE TWO LIKE??? how can you fucking not??? even though i'm 95% sure Damen OR Erasmus is going to end up dead bc like this is a crazy fucking book and death is all i can expect. ○ErasmusOh my fucking God, someone deliver this kid to me and let me kiss him and feed him Doritos forever please? Like this kid is the definition all the fucking sweetness and love in the world. I want to kiss him and hug him all day ty very much. Overall, this book is amazing shit and you should pick it up and read it unless you are sensitive to rape and slavery. And, I have also learned that this book fucks with your head and leaves you sped for the rest of your life. I am currently going through the sped phase bc of this.

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2018-10-26 13:16

    #1 Captive Prince ★★★★☆#2 Prince's Gambit ★★★★★#3 King's Rising ★★★★★Let me begin this review by saying that these are just my opinions and I am, in no way, about to glorify rape or abuse. I am a survivor myself, and I'm fully aware that this book bothered a lot of people. I would never question another reader's rating of this book, though, and I'm just going to ask you guys to extend the same courtesy. ❤This book is NOT for everyone. It involves a lot of rape, sexual violence and slavery, abuse, pedophilia, and various other incredibly uncomfortable topics. I can fully understand why someone would NOT enjoy this book, but I loved it.A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.I had no idea that it would be able to pack so much character- and world-building into such a short little story, or that it would be so political! Betrayal stories are some of my absolute favorites, so this was solid for me in that aspect, too.Not only did I enjoy the story line, but Damen/Damianos is such an enjoyable narrator and I felt so sorry for him, constantly. He makes some really poor choices at times, but he's genuinely got a heart of gold. He comes from a country where "slaves" are treated less like property and more like what we would consider sugar babies in our society, so watching adjust to the terrible ways the Veretians view their slaves and "pets" is a tough journey. I loved how true to himself he stayed, regardless of how miserable his circumstances were.This place sickened him. Anywhere else, you simply killed your enemy with a sword. Or poisoned him, if you had the honourless instincts of an assassin. Here, it was layer upon layer of constructed double-dealing, dark, polished, and unpleasant.Of course, Damen is the only genuinely likable main character in this story, and all other prominent figures are raging douchebags, but there are a few lovable side characters (like sweet little Erasmus), or minor characters that are terrible but pitiable (looking at you, Nicaise). Honestly, the complexity and terrible nature of most of the characters reminded me of GRRM's writing, where almost everyone is just totally despicable."I'm not surprised you've driven three men to kill you, I'm only surprised there weren't more," said Damen, bluntly.All in all, please know what you're going into before picking this book up, and if you're triggered by rape descriptions and abuse scenarios in books, please, do not pick this up unless you know you're in the right head space for it. If you think you can handle it, though, and enjoy stories of political intrigue/royalty/betrayal etc., I highly recommend this series.

  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    2018-11-13 19:26

    “A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.”If this book was a person it would be:I mean. This book was full of depravity and brutality and cunning characters. And just plain ol'fucked up. And what's worse? I enjoyed it. A lot. And at times, it was even quite funny. I laughed. Some parts were so twisted I really just couldn't help myself.Let's get something straight. I don't enjoy the topics of slavery, torture, rape, sadism. In spite of my sometimes awful potty mouth, I'm a little bit of a prude. *winks*. So I was kind of nervous to read a story that has the reputation this book has. But..this author. She took some really awful topics, some downright shitty characters, and made them so freaking engaging and interesting that I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN.Quick summary: Damen, Prince of Akielos, is betrayed by his half brother and sold to the enemy land of Vere. Once there, he's forced to act as a slave to the revenge thirsty, sadistic Prince Laurent who hates Damen's country and everything it stands for. Laurent. Oh, Laurent. I was so excited to meet this character dubbed as one of the most evil characters out there. And he did not disappoint. I could use so many words to describe him: Asshole. Sadisitic. Viscous. Calculating. OUT OF HIS FUCKING MIND. But the fact that I actually grew to LIKE Laurent is really just a testament to the author's clever and impressive writing skills. ‘I can end this any time I like?’ said Laurent. ‘I haven’t even begun.’What happens after, I won't get into. But Captive Prince clearly sets the foundation for the books to come. The relationship between Laurent and Damen, the fantastic writing, and all of the political intrigue left me wanting MORE, so I'm off to read book two like right this second!**I clearly enjoyed this, but I'm fully aware this book isn't for everyone. The writing is fantastic. (Really. You can claim the events in this are horrid, and I'll agree. But no-one can say this woman's writing is not beyond. This review explains it so perfectly.) I can see how it would be hard far some to follow, especially with the many difficult names and characters that are introduced. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone sensitive to or uncomfortable with upsetting stories and non-consensual sexual encounters. Also, this is categorized as romance, but there wasn't any in this installment. Don't go into this one expecting any sort of lovey dovey feelings, because you won't be getting any. It's clear there will be romance in the upcoming books, though, and I CAN'T WAIT to see how that unfolds.Find Me On:Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter