Title: Princes Gambit
Author: C. S. Pacat
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: July 1st 2015
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
“I miss you,” said Laurent. “I miss our conversations.”
“With 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…”
If you haven’t read Captive Prince, I recommend you do that before reading this review. May contain spoilers from book 1.
I enjoyed Princes Gambit more than Captive Prince. The beginning was hard to get into as I found it dull. But it definitely picked up after a couple of chapters and was much more interesting. The tension and action during the battles were entertaining and kept me captivated. Princes Gambit was also less rape-y than Captive Prince, something I do not condone. I think there was still flickering moments of it, but not as much.
The relationships developed by Damen and the Veres was nice, especially the relationship between Laurent and Damen. They were the cutest and when Laurent actually took on Damen’s advice, I just squealed in happiness. I also found the loyalty of some of the soldiers to Laurent was nice, even though it seemed many didn’t like him.
The ending actually made me laugh. I was not expecting it which took me by surprised but it was hilarious nonetheless. The writing is easy to get into after a while but I still feel that the plot wasn’t solid. Like the goal wasn’t clear, if you get what I mean.
Anyways, this is the end of this review. Thank you for reading.