Book reviews

Book Review | Kings Rising

Title: Kings Rising

Author: C.S.Pacat

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis 17158532Damianos 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?

I am so torn. My brain is having a difficult time comprehending what I just read.

Let me being by saying this was not my favourite book in the trilogy and I’d go as far as to say it wasn’t a particularly satisfactory conclusion either.

The book had a solid beginning with the two protagonists trying to work out their differences and the complications arising due to family history. The underlying hatred also was a form of entertainment. Then came the second half, everything was just thrown out of the window and the characters are embarking on this unexpected journey.

All these sub plots are introduced towards the end of the book and my head is having difficulty staying in one place, of course there is lots of betrayal.

The ending I believe was a bit abrupt but then again the author was probably trying not to make it appear too cliche.

Overall, the book seemed lacking, there is something that just isn’t pleasing me and maybe it’s the lack of witty conversation between the two protags that was present in the previous two books.

Rating

3

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Book Review | Prince’s Gambit

Title: Prince’s Gambit

Author: C.S.Pacat

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Captive Prince #2

Synopsis: 24706448With 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 increasingly 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 . .

I recently reviewed the prequel here which I absolutely loved! this book was just an amazing as the prequel but everything was just amplified. From the mind games, to the politics, to the goriness and the sex.

I highly appreciate the consistency the sequel managed to have as I was unsure of whether the sequel would be able to live upto the standard of its predecessor.

The novels are highly focused on plot development yet that’s not to say the writing or the characters are lacking. The novel excels at every aspect I believe. The writing is straightforward avoiding confusion or being lost what with all the new names and places being tossed around. The plot is highly organised and the author doesn’t serve everything on a platter but lets the reader do their own figuring out which lends its own thrill to the book. The characters I can tell have been highly thought out.

The central relationship between Damen and Laurent developed further in this book with them getting more personal and intimate with each other. The conflict was made even more obvious and in terms of the way the book ended I CANNOT WAIT to see where it’s going. like I NEED THE FINAL BOOK NOW.

But we’re gonna have to wait until next year.

I highly highly recommend you guys to get into this series. Everyone needs to read it, like NOW.

Rating

5

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Book reviews

Book Review | Captive Prince

Title: Captive Prince

Author: C.S.Pacat

Series: Captive Prince #1

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:24706405Damen 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 epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . .

This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. I would have to say it resembles Game of Thrones quiet a lot. Going into the book I expected it to be about wars and dragons you know but it;s about..sex slavery. Yep.

Although the content is mature, the central focus of the novel is the highly sophisticated mind-games that occur in a kingdom and a court, the relationship between two very complex yet alike characters and just politics really. And I love all those things oh my .

It is a short novel but every page is packed with adventure and I admire how systematically the plot is arranged. It’s graphic and brutal and ruthless and it will leave you turning pages.

I highly enjoyed watching Damen and Laurent’s relationship develop, it’s very amusing and almost like watching a game of cat and mouse.

The book leaves you on edge from the get go, I believe it’s very sophisticated fantasy with characters that I can see have been very well thought out.

Rating

5

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book haul

December Book Haul 

 


The approach of the holidays equals more reading time equals more books. Here are some books I bought recently

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #3)  by Ransom Riggs

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesley-  Reading this one for school

Yellow by Megan Jacobson- Thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for this ARC!

The Jane Austen Trio

Persuasion

Sense & Sensibility

Emma

Upon recommendation by Sarah.J.Maas and Penguin Teen Australia I picked up these books at Supanova and the lovely author signed them for me too!

Captive Prince by C.S.Pacat

Prince’s Gambit by C.S.Pacat

I plan on getting more books during this month but this is it for now! Super excited for all the books mentioned above

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