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Epic Fantasy Romance Review: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor's forces are massing. In the north, the Regent's armies are mobilising for war. Damen's only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen's identity - can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?

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 Ooh, guys! As this is my first 10/10 book of the year, I am truly intimidated by this attempt to review it. I am afraid I won't be able to do it justice.

There are so many wonderful things about this series which I've talked about before when I reviewed the first two books, but the truth is Kings Rising is even better. It's like touching live wire. Powerful, visceral, stomach churning, mesmerising. 

Damianos is larger than life, noble, impossible not to admire. Laurent is one hell of an anti-hero, diabolical, magnetic. I've been fascinated with anti-heroes all my life, but this particular brand is very popular in anime culture. Ai No Kusabi, anyone? Anyway, there is nothing quite like two very strong, wilful individuals falling for each other and fighting it all the way.

Add to it, superb, glorious fights which made me want to scream "This is Sparta!" and incredible love scenes, the electric dialogues and fantastic plot twists, and I was in reading heaven. In fact, I am still high on Kings Rising and planning on re-reading the whole series in a little bit it was so delicious.

If Captive Prince laid down the groundwork for the political manoeuvring, and Prince's Gambit brought that play to the boiling point, and I include into it the building tension between Damen and Laurent, and getting to know both characters strengths and weaknesses, showing them working together on the battlefield, then from that point onward Kings Rising is the unravelling of the plans and feelings.

Whatever you were hoping for in the previous two books, - it will happen. For better or for worse. And it will blow your mind. I can not be less than cryptic because I want you to experience all twists and turns of the plot for yourselves without  my spoilers. So, read it, experience the book hangover afterwards, come back and comment. I want you to enjoy it and suffer with me. Read this series, peeps. It's one of a kind.

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Ооо, мои хорошие! Эта моя первая книга с такой высокой оценкой в этом году, и я боюсь, что у меня не выйдет передать вам её красоту в этой рецензии.

В этой серии так много прекрасного, о чём я уже говорила когда рецензировала первые две книги, что я не ожидала, что Восхождение Королей окажется ещё лучше. Эта книга наэлектризованная, мощная, бьющая по живому, держащая в постоянном напряжении и завораживающая.

Дамианос - больше чем жизнь, сильный, благородный герой, которым невозможно не восхищаться. Лорент - настоящий антигерой, этакий скорпион, который притягивает жертв своей красотой и молниеносно жалит их своим маккиавеллиевским умом. Оба настолько сильные характеры, что наблюдать за тем как они из-за всех сил борются против притяжения друг к другу в гуще глубоких и очень опасных политических интриг и кровавых битв - чувство пьянящее.

Если первая книга раскладывает по местам построение мира, а вторая доводит напряжение политическое и личное до кипящей точки, то Восхождение Королей - это послествие решений, принятых в предыдущих книгах, и события и чувства развиваются здесь очень быстро.

Бои и схватки здесь кстати настолько шикарные, что мне хотелось встать и закричать вместе с героями "Это - Спарта!", потрясая копьями *смеясь* В этом талант мисс Пакат. Она заставляет нас чувствовать боль и восторг вместе с Дамианосом и Лорентом. Читайте всю серию, даже если вы обычно чураетесь романов м/м. Поверьте мне, оно того стоит. Вы останетесь с книжным похмельем, которое у меня не проходит уже вторую неделю. Вы можете меня потом поругать за это в комментариях. Рекомендую от всего сердца.
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