Kings Rising

C.S Pacat
Kings Rising
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Publisher
Berkley
Release Date
February 2016
ISBN
0698154320
Series
Book 3 of Captive Prince
Genre
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Damianos 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 identityŚcan it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
May 30, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
25 people found the following review helpful
KINGS RISING left my head spinning and it is a thrilling conclusion to the series really, as C.S Pacat pushes the envelope with court machinations, battle strategies (on and off field). Or rather, it's akin to following a game of chess as the pieces are moved around--by whom, you wonder?--in such a way the battle lines look straight but are in fact, blurred, where trust is an empty word since betrayals and backstabbing and pre-empting are par for the course here.

The third book builds on the first and the second, and there's something--having come this far--I think I'll always miss about the first book particularly since it all felt a little simpler than this. But so it goes with power-hungry royalty and the devious lengths they all go to in order to be the supreme ruler.

It'll be years before I'll forget Laurent (and to a lesser extent, Damen), who's probably a triumph of characterisation: complex, contradictory, sweet yet cruel and way too volatile to handle with care. For Laurent alone, KINGS RISING is worth all the stars I can give, except for the abrupt ending minus a badly-needed epilogue that made it seem just too short.
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