Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat | Book Review

Book: Captive Prince
Author: C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince, #1
Genre: High Fantasy
My Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

“A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.”

This was a case of “the hype motivated me to buy it but upon further reflection I realized that I didn’t want to read it,” until, of course, I randomly picked it for a reading vlog tbr.

When Damen’s father, the king of Akielos, dies, he’s supposed to ascend the throne, but his brother seizes that title for himself and imprisons him instead. As further punishment, Damen finds himself shipped off to the opposing kingdom, Veretian, to become a pleasure slave for Prince Laurent. Suddenly he’s in the middle of a court that has no problem using him against his will. So for Damen, it becomes a matter of surviving and finding a way out.

“This place sickened him. Anywhere else, you simply killed your enemy with a sword. Or poisoned him, if you had the honourless instincts of an assassin. Here, it was layer upon layer of constructed double-dealing, dark, polished and unpleasant.”

I really couldn’t believe the kind of triggering content that was included. It was uncomfortable and upsetting to get through. I had to ask myself what the author’s point of writing a book like this was because I didn’t understand the motive. And then there was the subject of romance. What Laurent did to Damen was horrible. How was this written with the intention of eventually pairing them together? Because let me tell you, I couldn’t see myself ever shipping them.

“He was not inclined to believe that cruelty delivered with one hand was redeemed by a caress from the other.”

There were a few aspects that I enjoyed. Probably the only thing that kept me going was how no one knew that Damen was the prince of Akielos. This was interesting to me because Laurent would talk about how much he hated the prince without knowing that he was right under his nose. I guess I was just looking forward to the reveal. Another very small thing was how funny some of their sarcastic interactions were.

This was a tough book to read and review. I can’t see myself getting to the rest of the series.

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