Review: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBT
Pages: 352
Series: Captive Prince #3 (Trilogy)
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Berkley

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Prince’s Gambit ended at a bit of a cliffy, didn’t it? The Akielons showed up and Damen’s identity was suddenly revealed. Laurent wasn’t present at the time so he didn’t find out but now that his army knows, it’s only a matter of time. Damen has to tell him, and it might ruin all the progress they’ve made.

…Or maybe Laurent already knows. I, for one, was pretty convinced (ever since Captive Prince) that Laurent knew. He’s so clever, how could he not? But sometimes it seemed as if he didn’t. Did he or didn’t he? I’m not telling you. Their relationship is tense either way. Laurent is the Prince of Vere and Damen is the King of Akielos. They both have armies to lead and kingdoms to think about. Thankfully, they also have a common enemy.

The Regent and Kastor are working together and while Kastor is practically a dimwit in comparison, the Regent can create a hoard of problems all on his own. Have I told you that I hate the Regent? Because I really do.

Anyway, Veretians and Akielons form an uneasy alliance and have to learn to see each as people instead of just enemies to kill. This also gives Damen and Laurent a chance to work things out. Whether or not they’re able to do it, that you’ll have to read the book to find out. Just know that they have a lot on their plates, things are difficult, and the author does a brilliant job.

I said in my review for Prince’s Gambit that Damen and Laurent are one of my favourite ships. That still stands, even more so now, to be honest.

This book is well-written, the pace is brilliant, and the plot grips you tight and refuses to let go till the end. Hell, even when it ended, I wanted to keep reading. I wound up rereading a bunch of scenes. Any scene between Damen and Laurent was awesome by default. Then the ones in which they weren’t together were also awesome. On top of that, we get two scenes from Laurent’s perspective! Loved that, though a few more wouldn’t have hurt either.

The ending of the series was perfect. This book is amazing and you should totally read it. In fact, I’m not even sure how you’re even reading this review right now if you haven’t read the book. I could barely wait fifteen minutes. You clearly have a lot more patience than I do. If you’ve read it already, then tell me what you thought.

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