Author: C.S. Pacat
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Date of Publication: 24th June 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
Price: Paperback $19.95 Ebook $4.99
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot. Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow . . .
You can read my review of book one in the series, Captive Prince, here.
After reading the first book in the series earlier this year with little idea of what to expect, I was more prepared for this second instalment in the series.
C.S. Pacat writes smart, sexy fantasy with great action sequences and steamy love scenes.
The tension between Damen and Laurent is maintained throughout the book, with the added complication that Damen's real identity must inevitably come to light.
Laurent's intelligence is really highlighted as he fights to escape the traps set for him by his devious uncle, the Regent.
There is suspense, action, comedy and all the elements that make for good fantasy adventure.
My only real gripe with the story is the lack of female characters. Those that do appear are strong and exist within their own matriarchal society, but this is primarily a story about men, which seems a bit like a lost opportunity in what is otherwise a very female friendly fantasy series.
I loved the ending, and am eagerly awaiting the final instalment.