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240 pages, ebook
First published February 2, 2013
He knew what he had to do. Against every rebelling instinct, he forced himself forward, and dropped to his knees before Laurent.Laurent. Damn. What can I say about Laurent? Oh, how about the fact that he makes Jericho-fucking-Barrons look like Prince Charming?
‘I fight in your service, Your Highness.’ He searched his memory for Radel’s words, and found them. ‘I exist only to please my Prince. May my victory reflect on your glory.’
‘You look like a whore.’ The soft words barely stirred the air by Damen’s ear, inaudible to anyone else. Laurent murmured: ‘Filthy painted slut. Did you spread for my uncle the way you did for Kastor?’There are many words that can be used to describe Laurent. Words like raging asshole, ginormous douchebag, sadistic motherfucker, and other endearing phrases. The fact that I grew to like Laurent and sympathize with him is a testament to the author's skills.
#1 Captive Prince ★★★★★
#2 Prince's Gambit ★★★★★
#3 King's Rising ★★★★★
A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.
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'm not surprised you've driven three men to kill you, I'm only surprised there weren't more," said Damen, bluntly.
This is fiction at its finest!!!
A burn so slow, it'll have you screaming at your Kindle! I loved it.
Now, this is what I expected from Sanderson's Warbreaker. This is political intrigue at it's finest. Think Gladiator or Hamlet (sans ghost). The plot was multi-faceted, with characters who were authentic and perfectly placed.
Damen aka Damianos, the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos finds himself serving as a slave to, Laurent, the beautiful Prince of Vere. How did he get there? Well, you need to read the book.
Laurent is one cold mother-mother, so cold I almost got freezer burn. But his mind, y'all. His mind was a beautiful thing. Calculating and ruthless. Yep yep, that Laurent sure was somethin'. Laurent despises Damen and with good reason.
Meanwhile, Laurent's Uncle, who is the Regent of Vere wants Laurent gone. As in dead.
Remember that slow burn I mentioned earlier? Well, despite the heinous acts of torture enacted by Laurent, Damen finds himself drawn to Laurent, needing him, wanting him.
Alas, no. Laurent will have none of that, in fact, he wants Damen gone. As in dead.
What follows is a masterful story, told in a smart and crisp narrative and C. S. Pacat did an outstanding job of it.
On to volume two.
“Is there anyone at this court who isn't my enemy?"
"Not if I can help it," Laurent said.”
“Laurent could inspire homicidal tendencies simply by breathing.”
“Damen's understanding of Laurent rearranged itself, in order that he might despise him more accurately.”
“Yes, apparently I have fucked my enemy, conspired against my future interests, and colluded in my own murder. I can’t wait to see what feats I will perform next.”
“For a prince, learning the words of an enemy was as important as learning the words of a friend.”
“Trying to imagine Kastor plotting against Laurent was like trying to imagine a wolf plotting against a serpent.”
“Laurent could inspire homicidal tendencies simply by breathing”
“His nose was flat and broken; he was clearly no stranger to fights, though it was actually difficult to imagine anyone suicidal enough to punch this man in the nose.”