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.
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