I don’t think there’s anything I can say about this book that I haven’t already said about the previous ones. This series has seriously impressed me, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I didn’t want to put any of the books down once I picked them up.
Much like the others, this one had the same eloquent writing, the complex, consistent, amazingly well-written characters, and the intricate plot involving so many different plans and troops and battles and nations and places but still somehow staying focused on the characters and not getting convoluted or confusing.
The main difference in this book versus the others was that the romance finally happened! Yeah, there was a sex scene in Book 2, and Damen had feelings, but it wasn’t a relationship, and Laurent’s feelings were still a bit of a mystery. I loved all the scenes between Damen and Laurent in this book though. They were so filled with tension because of how they still weren’t sure if they could trust each other and were still struggling with the idea of having feelings for someone they felt like they should hate. Seeing Laurent’s actions and reactions and words in those scenes was the best because he was such a complex, hard-to-crack character who was usually so iron-willed and in control and shielded.
Speaking of Laurent, I felt for him so much in this book after getting to know him and his life more. I really wanted to give him a hug and make his life and his past better and tell him that he doesn’t always have to be so rigid and shielded anymore. The poor guy, half his life has been spent trying to counter his uncle’s shady plans, he’s been alone and hasn’t had anyone he could trust and be close to since Auguste died, he’s kept everything to himself… I felt so much sympathy for him. And some things (that I suspected) were revealed in this book that definitely explained some of his behaviors.
And oh! There were some fantastic scenes that still stand out to me, like the epic okton, and the whole Charls thing that had me cracking up so much.
So yeah, this was just a fantastic, gripping, well-written series, and I am so glad I finally read it!
Now, who wants to talk fan art with me? Because I rarely read books popular enough to have fan art, and I am LOVING some of the artwork I’ve found.
For Laurent, this is closest to how I picture him, but with actual skin color instead of corpse color. Also this one. I also love this one for the harder, stronger, fiercer look he has. And both this one and this one for bit more of the pretty androgyny he has (I mean, he was able to pass for a girl when he had to). But I also love this one. So I see Laurent as kind of a combination of all those.
For Damen, I haven’t found any that look exactly how I pictured, but this one comes closest, with this one (but with darker skin and hair) and this one being next closest, and I love his vibe/attitude/body language in this one .
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in C. S. Pacat's Captive Prince Trilogy. M/M high fantasy fans who like slow burn, enemies-to-lovers, tension-filled romance, complex characters, intricate plots, and eloquent writing.