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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.




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 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.