Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat #Review

Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat #Review
Kings Rising

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Genres: Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on February 2, 2016
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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The third and final chapter in the Captive Prince story is finally here.  Be still my heart from the eagerness and excitement I felt to pick it up and start reading.  Things were left on that ominous cliffhanger at the end of book two.  I liked that the book provided a map and a cast of characters at the beginning to reacquaint me since it has been a while since I was in the Captive Prince world.  But then I dived in for an epic battle, a heart-stopping long time coming confrontation, a shocking twist, and oh so much more of all the things I love about this series.

This is a three-part story and as such, it really needs to be taken in order.  It’s a long epic journey and no part is to be missed along the way.  Decadent, diverse, full of intrigue, slow build character and relationship development, and a whole encompassing breath-taking story.

I anticipated this one so much that I forgot to prepare myself for the fact that this was it- the beginning of the end.  What an amazing story!

Normally, I would summarize the story, but the spoilers start right away and I don’t wish to diminish anyone’s pleasure.  Let’s just say that all that the reader anticipates is well worth the wait.  Damen and Laurent never lose the tension that has been there all along.  Laurent plays his deep game and Damen works to understand and decide if Laurent can be trusted.  Meanwhile, Damen’s brother and the Verentian Regent work to hold the thrones they usurped.  Can Damen come into his own and be the king he needs to be?  Will Laurent’s plots see them to victory or be one more enemy Damen must defeat?

It was all so very exciting.  And that ending… I don’t think I even breathed in that final fourth of the book.  Wow!  Reveal after reveal and of course danger and excitement.

Though the end was the one part I was left mildly dissatisfied.  I think I would have been dissatisfied no matter what, but this one did leave me needing a bit more of a peacetime scene after all that has gone on before.  This was the big end and I guess I wanted a tapering off.

All in all, strong finish to the trilogy.  I want to go back and experience the whole thing over again.  I highly recommend this trilogy for M/M Fantasy Romance lovers who like the Capture/captive trope.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #44 FR
Literary Pickers #43 Capture/Captive
Diversity #10

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. It starts out very intense and keeps up the twists and excitement right through to the end so I think you’d like it as long as you’re okay with fantasy settings that are like around medieval era times.

  1. It sounds like you really loved this book girl! I have a thing for books that are big and take a long time to finish because there’s just something about the world that is just so….AMAZE-BALLLSSS! <3

    1. Oh you know. You’re lucky I didn’t spout continuous adjectives and superlatives. I was waiting for this last book over a year and it nearly killed me. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the great review Sophia, it’s not my type of read but I’m sharing so any of my friends who are can take advantage of it!

    1. It was one of those unpublished super huge underground fan favorites for a long time and I was glad when Berkley snagged the stories and got them a wider audience.

  3. I’ve read a couple of reviews and they have me on the fence about this one. Not really my type of book but I’m sure there are some others that will like this one.

    1. This is definitely for a niche audience with the captor/captive stuff particularly in the first book. Oddly, this fantasy style is the only way I’ll tolerate it and I still won’t read it that often b/c its hard on my sensibilities. If you need to get details of how far it takes things before making a decision, feel free to message or email me, Mary.

  4. It might be my wishful thinking but I read somewhere that she’ll write a gratuitous ending for these two! 🙂 I was holding my breath throughout this book too. It left me euphoric. What an ending to the series, fabulous!

    1. Yeah, the build up through the first two books kept winding me tighter and making me a little nervous that I expected too much. But whew, no sweat. This one delivered.