“I think if I gave you my heart, you would treat it tenderly.”
Title: Kings Rising – Captive Prince: Volume Three
Author: C.S. Pacat
Why you should read this book: Because this is the last book of a trilogy that blew my mind and I want to share it with everyone.
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
“You’ve spent a morning with him and you’re warning me off. Just wait,’ said Damen, ‘until you’ve spent a full day with him.’
‘You mean that he improves with time?’
‘Not exactly,’ said Damen.”
Spoilers ahead, I want to write about everything, about the glorious ending of a magnificent trilogy about two wonderful men, love, treason, war, demon/pedohpile/uncle, flirtatious glances, horses, women tribes, naked sport events, etc.
We left the second book with the revelation of the real identity of Damen, aka Damianos true King of Akielos. Laurent left to face his uncle’s man, to a place that was 200% a trap, as usual, and Damen stayed in Ravenel with Akielon soldiers, ones from his past. Nikandros, an old friend of Damen is leading the troops. Nikandros, Nikandros, what a great guy. Nikandros is really a loyal friend and he knows how to save the day, he speaks words of truth, Damen really needed him by his side. Nikandros saw Damen looking at Laurent with eyes full of love, lust and everything nice. I think that without Nikandros Damen would’ve been dead by the first quarter of the book.
There were many frustrating moments, ones that lead me to humming sad love songs and that had my heart in so much pain. One was at the beginning of the book when Laurent said he knew all along that Damen was Damianos, his brother’s killer and that everything was a plot to hurt him. I was 100% sure Laurent knew who Damen really was, it couldn’t be any other way but I wasn’t expecting the “I’m going to stab your heart and watch your feelings kill you” scene. I thought Laurent was a little too mean and he didn’t need to be, he had to say the truth to Damen, hold a grudge because he killed his brother but admit he has fallen for him unwillingly and now they had to killed their usurpers, get married and ruled all the kingdoms together. Laurent chose a tortuous way back into his arms.
“There was a warmth in his chest whenever he looked at Laurent. He didn’t look often for that reason.”
Yes, a way back into his arms because, of course, they couldn’t stay away from each other. It’s love, you know? One that can’t be shut down by the end of the life as they know it. Damen being jealous because Laurent took a slave to help him unlace those terribly complicated Veretian clothes. Laurent trying to be cool watching Damen’s legs and arms all exposed in that tiny Akielon mini dress.
He let his lips form half-smile. “You aren’t going to offer me one of your gaudy Veretian handkerchiefs?” “You could use the clothing you’re wearing. It’s about the same size.”
I love those two and I’m going to miss them so much!
You know who I’m not going to miss??? Demon/pedophile/Uncle is the one I’m going to miss less. How can a man be so devious and evil? Why were everyone so loyal to him? You knew there was something clearly wrong with him, you could all stand together with Laurent and kill him, nobody would have missed him, everyone would’ve lived happily ever after.
Another one I’m not going to miss is Kastor but there weren’t many scenes with him so the main villain of the entire story is, of course, the Regent, master pedophile, lord of the bullies and winner of the Worst Human on the Planet Award. How much I hate him, you don’t know. Kastor is evil but he wouldn’t have done any of the things he did without the Regent’s mastermind behind it. Also, not without Jokaste, the Lady Jokaste, the lady who wanted to rule and needed a weak prince to be able to do it.
There were so many interesting characters and also very interesting situations. It was the perfect conclusion to this rollercoaster trilogy with two men, princes, now Kings of their own countries that want to be united out of love, wanting their kingdoms to be one again and wanting the safety of their citizens.
“Guilliame came to talk to him, since they were the same rank.
‘Lamen. That’s an unusual name.’
‘It’s Patran,’ said Damen.
‘You speak very good Akielon,’ he said, loudly and slowly.
‘Thank you,’ said Damen.”
I am really going to miss them, Laurent of Vere, Damianos of Akielos, this was a great adventure and I’m happy I could share it with you both.
Do I recommend it? Of course, I think that if you give this trilogy a shot you won’t regret it.