review: captive prince: volume one by c.s. pacat

Published: May 22nd 2012
Genres & Keywords: fantasy, adult, romance, m/m
Works From Author: Captive Prince series

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“This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison.”

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful 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…

Rating: ★★★★

“You’re a slave. You’re worth nothing. Prince Damianos is dead.”


This book is not for the faint of heart. Or stomach.
Content warning: rape, abuse, torture, pedophilia, slavery
The magic is in the delivery. The author, nor the main character, justify or condone, the behavior represented in the book. Instead, it’s shown in the horrific, stomach-curdling light it should be in.

“A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.”

Let me tell you, this book is something else. Highly addictive and as equally horrifying, it’s difficult not to be sucked into Captive Prince. The best way I can describe this book? A puzzle. You’re thrown in right in the middle and left to piece things together as you go.

Damen, a prince in his own right, has been betrayed a left at the mercy of his enemies as a sex slave. What ensues is debauchery in every sense of the word. But like I mentioned, it’s all in the delivery and the fact that the actions that took place were never condoned, made it marginally bearable.

So, who’s the lucky winner of this prince turned sex slave? Laurent, who might as well have been an angel from hell. Don’t let the unassuming blonde hair and blue eyes fool you, he’s a twisted one. AND YET, there’s just something that keeps you from hating him with an all-consuming passion. At least, that’s what I tell myself as I hate him with a partially-consuming hatred.

“Laurent could inspire homicidal tendencies simply by breathing.”

^^I second this.
However, there is just something so interesting about him. Another thing you’ll need when reading Captive Prince? Patience. Because you won’t be getting answers any time soon. I still know next to nothing about Laurent, and that is what has me so damn captivated.

Is he just hell in a hand-basket, malicious in all things and only concerned for his wellbeing? Is he hiding some deeper pain, suffering inside and lashing out to keep himself from trusting anyone?
Who knows?

“A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.”

I really love what a slow-burn kind of story this is. Nothing is rushed and it creates a refreshing tension that is hard to find in romance novels nowadays. I especially loved how Captive Prince broke the typical romance M/F romance dynamic and presented something different in the way their society viewed sexuality (not including underage participants and sexual brutality, which was heinous to say the least).

Overall, an enthralling read that did a pretty good job to living up to all the hoopla surrounding it!


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