Published by Penguin Publishing Group on July 7th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, General, Romance
The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat?with an all-new chapter exclusive to the print edition. 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? Includes a bonus chapter (print edition only)!
After the events of Captive Prince, things become much more cutthroat for Damen and Prince Laurent. Battles, betrayals, losses, and heartache are hard realities they must face together. Nothing will be easy and everything comes with a price.
I’m not sure where to begin with Prince’s Gambit. It’s a difficult book to sit down and talk (or type) about while making sense. The story feels different than compared to Captive Prince and it’s a good thing. I enjoyed reading about the various battles and strategies, and so forth. The characters, especially Damen and Laurent, grew into more than what they were in book one. They really opened their eyes to things they were blind to before and took it upon themselves to change. That said, I’m impressed with Laurent’s character growth. He, while not completely, redeems himself a little for what he’s done and had been like prior to these events. To put that plainly, he’s more likeable this time around.
The content is a lot less shocking (that kind of stuff is toned down) than it was in book one. And things are still very slow burn when it comes to Damen and Laurent. The ending was exciting, but I am so upset with something, two somethings, that happened. I almost cried. Moving on to book three.