Books can definitely change your life… There are good books that make you obsessed and you can’t stop reading… There are bad books that you just stop reading or don’t make any sense in the end… And there are “bah” books that aren’t bad, but you just read them and move on because they didn’t awake anything in you.
So I’m here to talk about a trilogy that definitely changed my life… Recently everybody and their mothers was talking about the Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat on tumblr and twitter. Comments were something like: “Read these because it’ll change you”, “These books are so good”, etc. And you know what? I’m a curious person… So after so many people saying that I should read them, I suck it up and bought the three books. It took them 15 days to arrive and it was bad because I got so anxious. So finally, a week ago they arrived and I just started reading them…
For those of you who don’t know here is a little summary of what the books are about:
“Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…”
So as you can read there was more in this story that meets the eye. It’s a story about love for your country, but also of forgiveness of your enemy. It’s about treason, but also commitment to a cause. It’s a story about arrogance and intelligence. And in the end it’s a story about two different heirs to the throne that put their differences aside to work together… That learn to love and grow up through all of their adversities. They become stronger with each other!
To say that I was addicted since the first sentence isn’t a lie. I got totally obsessed! I got so into the world designed by Pacat and fell in love with her characters. Damen and Laurent made me feel like I was intruding in their story… I was allowed to be there and participate, but it was their story not mine. It was a honour to be in that world! And the tension between them was excruciating…
Also there were moments through the three books that you could guess what would happen, but at the same time it was always a surprise. (SPOILER = like for example, when you discover that Laurent knew all along that Damen was Damianos the prince-killer! Like I was “Yes! I knew it! Laurent always knows everything”, but at the same time I was shocked at the surprising way that the author wrote that scene) It was always a surprise. You could guess a little bit of the outcome, but you couldn’t guess how you would get there. The author took you through the past and the present with such an easy discourse that got me hocked to the story.
And the politics of the books are perfectly described. You can feel the injustice and suffering of those who get involved in the schemes. You feel that not only strengh will help you win a war, you also need intelligence. Also don’t be afraid of the “pleasure slave” part. It’s a part of the story that will help define both Damen and Laurent and their perspective about the subject. Until a point in the end, that both of them want to end slavery. It’s a trigerring subject but it also changes so much since the first book that it’s worth the reading.
Even now after two hours of finishing the last book, I’m here in my couch thinking how did I get there? How did these characters changed so much but at the same time stayed the same? What can I do next? And the ending is so bittersweet… It’s the right time to end, but also you want to know more. You want to shout to the author “Give me more, please! Take me there again”. And well, I didn’t do the request personally but apparently the author is going to release this year three new short stories about the books. One will be about Jord and Aimeric (which have a great side story), the other about Damen and Laurent (an epilogue, probably) and the last one will be a surprise. So I’m very excited to read them and please if you’re looking for something new to read, go read these books! It’ll teach you so much and you’ll fall in love with the story 🙂
‘What’s that sound?’
He could hear it even in the slave baths, muffled but audible, the sound ringing out from the highest peak, a peal of notes, proclaiming a new king.
‘Bells,’ said Damen.