Published by Berkley on April 7th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, General, Romance
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .
Even princes can be reduced to nothing. Damen goes from being the heir to the throne of Akielos to a slave in a foreign enemy land. All he wants to do is escape and return home, to take his rightful place. However, in the kingdom of Vere, Damen finds more trouble than he bargained for and going home remaining seemingly out of his reach. The Prince of Vere is just one of his troubles.
This book is certainly not for everyone. Heavy trigger warnings include rape, pedophilia, and abuse. I wasn’t going to read this at first because of those things. This book has received many glowing reviews and many not so glowing ones, so I decided to go ahead and take a chance to see what I thought. Despite the sometimes hard to read happenings (the ring scene, the thing with Ancel, and Nicaise in general), I still enjoyed the story and how easily it hooked me into reading to figure out what would happen next. I loved the court intrigue, plus the banter between Damen and Laurent. I’ve heard that the second book is better, so I will be checking that one out.