on January 28, 2014
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Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
The second volume in the Captive Prince trilogy.
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 . . .
This is book #2 in the EXCELLENT epic fantasy Captive Prince trilogy. These books are so out of my normal reading genre, but I don’t care because I adore them. If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones TV show but feel intimidated to tackle such massive novels, then this would be a terrific trilogy to read. The books follow two main characters, Damen and Laurent. There are a few secondary characters as well. There isn’t countless characters and cast to keep track of like in other fantasy novels.
In book one Damen was captured and enslaved to his enemy country. Laurent is the prince of that nation and Damen’s new master. I enjoyed their relationship growth from hate and contempt into a true bond of friendship in this second book. These first two novels have hints of romance, but I don’t think it’s the main theme. I believe it’s a story about realizing your enemy is not so different from yourself.
Prince’s Gambit is superbly written with characters that really drive the plot. This story enchants me with its suspense, lies, deceit, and the push pull dynamic between Damen and Laurent. You never know who you can trust in this battle of the kingdom. I’m thrilled to read the final book and conclusion to this epic trilogy. All the secrets will be revealed, and I can’t wait to find out who will be ruling at the end.