PRINCE'S GAMBIT is volume 2 of stunning The Captive
trilogy by C.S. Pacat. It was originally released as
original serial fiction under the pen name S.U. Pacat. It's
slave fiction erotica, with a male/male romance, but it is
so much more. I've already reviewed volume One, THE CAPTIVE PRINCE.
is positively Byzantine in its plot, like the Lymon
Chronicles from Dorothy Dunnett, or Umberto Ecco's The Rose.
The complexity is utterly compelling. There are double
crosses and triple crosses and intricate political intrigue,
and the whole convoluted plot is oh-so-incredibly marvelous.
I stumbled across Pacat's work several years ago from the
recommendation of a couple of my book blogs, and was
instantly hooked on the serial. Pacat had been posting the
work in serial form online for years, developing a slavishly
loyal following panting for the next update. The first two
volumes were first published in 2013 and are now being
re-released, and now we are awaiting with bated breath the
third volume (which has not been released in a serial form
online- sad face). I'm praying that volume three will be
released SOON- the continued wait has been absolutely
killing me. The Captive Prince series, even
unfinished to date, easily
makes my top 10 book series favorites of all time.
Volume two continues with our hero Damen, Prince Damianos of
Akielos, the true heir to the throne of Akielos, trapped in
the country of Vere. Damen remains a slave of the Crown
Prince of Vere, Laurent. Damen killed Laurent's brother in
a war between the two countries several years ago, and
Laurent would kill Damon if he knew who Damon really is.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen still finds himself
increasingly drawn to the dangerous and charismatic Laurent.
But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the
truth of deep secrets from both their pasts is poised to
deal them and their romance a crowning death blow.
Laurent and his country are being manipulated by his uncle
the Regent into war with the Akielos. The political
machinations between these two remain absolutely
breathtaking in volume 2. Damon is caught up in this high
stakes games of the Verian court, and struggles to maintain
his dignity and honor in the corrupt world of Vere. Damen
is increasingly realizing that Laurent is not corrupt as the
rest of his court, and the blooming respect and growing bond
between the two men is lush and gorgeous. This powerful
volume remains unflinchingly (stark/ deep), and the story
is taut and utterly compelling.
Once again, there are not enough superlatives in the world
to describe my love for this series. Powerful eroticism and
political fantasy create a mesmerizing world in Pacat's
PRINCE'S GAMBIT. Fans of Dorothy Dunnett or of Jacqueline
Carey's Kushiel series will be instantly hooked, and I think
this book will make almost everyone's keeper shelf.
Certainly it is a series I have re-read over and over as I
eagerly await the publishing of volume three, KING'S RISING.
The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from
global phenomenon C. S. Pacat—with an all-new chapter
exclusive to the print edition.
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new
master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the
palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they
travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself
drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the
fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of
secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the
crowning death blow…