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Captive Prince: Volume Two: Volume 2 Paperback – 31 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Gatto; 2 edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987507389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987507389
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pacat's powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure...The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel's erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Fans of Pacat's internet-serial sensation will need no convincing of the merits of this series, but new readers should take note--this book lives up to every word of praise it has garnered. The lush setting, full of intricate historical detail, engaging decadence and ruthless scheming, will draw many, but it's Pacat's characters...are the ones who'll surely keep readers captive. Their tenuous, fractious relationship is the heart and soul of this trilogy, and thankfully, readers will not have long to wait between installments in order to watch it unfold."--"RT Book Reviews"

Pacat s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel s erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon. --"Publishers Weekly"
Fans of Pacat's internet-serial sensation will need no convincing of the merits of this series, but new readers should take note--this book lives up to every word of praise it has garnered. The lush setting, full of intricate historical detail, engaging decadence and ruthless scheming, will draw many, but it's Pacat's characters...are the ones who'll surely keep readers captive. Their tenuous, fractious relationship is the heart and soul of this trilogy, and thankfully, readers will not have long to wait between installments in order to watch it unfold. --"RT Book Reviews"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

C. S. Pacat is the author of the Captive Prince trilogy. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, she has since lived in a number of different cities, including Tokyo and Perugia. She currently resides and works in Melbourne. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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This is hands down one of the best stories I've ever read. Rich with detail and complex characterisation, the only thing it really lacks is female characters. That's usually a deal breaker for me, but the men and the world is so compellingly drawn here that I just can't get enough. Bring on book 3!
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'Laurent was complicated and contradictory, and Damen could look nowhere else.'

Even more addicting.
Even more intrigue.
Even more mystery.
Even more secrets and betrayal.
Even more EVERYTHING.

The plot and the characters are so smartly developed and woven together here, it's mind blowing.

"I know exactly what it is to want to kill a man, and to wait."

This trilogy is a slow burn like no other. Slow burn aren't my favorite books to read because I want ALL the romance, I'm not even sure these can be classed as romance and yet I have never been addicted and so invested in a couple like I am with Laurent and Damen. There is so much hate and so much imperfections between the two but they are the most unforgettable characters I've ever read about. And there's still more to their story.
The sexual tension here is something else. I've never read anything like it. Those small moments. The looks with no words spoken. The near touches. The slight, small touches.
AND THENNNN!
Then, THAT first kiss and THAT first sex scene. That freaking sex scene. Everything. The emotions and each and every touch and word spoken. Holy f... Sh.... I am dead serious when I say no other sex scene will ever come close to that one. THE FEELS. Gah.

'He caught Laurent's wrist, felt the fine bones, and the pulse, before Laurent could rise from the bed. Damen said, "Kiss me."'

C.S. Pacat played with my emotions big time.
Trust absolutely No one.
She pulled me into this world, consumed me with her words, this story and the characters she created. Made me fall in love with many more than just the main characters. And she devastated me in many ways. She's created a villain I really didn't see coming. There was betrayal from places I did not expect at all.
She is a genius.
I ate up every single word, not wanting to miss a single thing.
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It is not exaggerating to claim that Captive Prince is the best in its genre.

Intriguing plot set in the fictional world very similar to Game Of Thrones only without magic, walking dead and dragons (a big plus in my opinion). Extremely intelligent writing, great care for details and character development: Laurent and Damen's relationship is sizzling!

Finally a book that explores master/slave theme satisfactory, avoiding usual stereotypes and self -serving pornography.
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Can't believe I've never written a review for this!

I can't express how much love I have for this series, I have re-read them so many times I've lost count and any time I'm in a book slump or just generally need a pick-me-up I'll have another read.

Laurent and Damen are great characters, their romance is slow but not in a frustrating way, and you love the characters individually rather than just rooting for them to just get together and be done with things. This book is not like anything I have read in the gay fiction world, it's plot is complex, there are twists and turns that shock you all the way through, characterisation is brill and the worlds are brilliantly built. If you like fantasy novels in general then you need to give this a whirl.

Can't wait until the next one is out, there's no way it can be a disappointment!
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The second book in this series is so much better than the first. Whereas Captive Prince read, at times, like a nano project, this has an altogether more polished feel about it. It also helps that it's not really an erotic novel anymore, but stuffed full of politics, intrigue and a great plot. Having said that, there is an incredibly sensual feel to this book (and some specific action which would spoil things).
The sad thing is that reading this, I really wish the first book had had another draft. There are a few inconsistencies that need addressing. Laurent is practically unrecognisable from the Joffreyesque character he was in book 1. I know he thawed towards the end of the book, but his actions in the first part of the book aren't at all in character with the man we see in book 2 - no one's volte-face is that quick. I liked this Laurent very much. I could see why he inspired loyalty and also fear, however he doesn't match up with the man that had Damen flayed to within a hair's breadth of his life, not even knowing what we know now at the end of the book.
I would have liked more hints about Damen in the first book and his character. This is odd because the books are from his POV, but there's one startling moment of clarity for him at the end of the book about how he's been wrong about a few things and you have to wonder why it never occurred to him before.
However, this is about the second book. Prince's Gambit is exciting and rich with description and action. The dialogue is good, the characters are distinct and it was a page turner. There's still a tendency to tell the reader what's happening rather than show (one example is when Laurent is said to have 'flayed' someone with his words, but we never read what he said) but it is streets ahead of the first book.
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