“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”
In Prince’s Gambit, we follow Damen and Prince Laurent travelling to the border of Vere. As they learn to trust each other, secrets from both of their pasts threaten to spill in this sequel.
It still includes topics like slavery, rape and physical abuse with mentions of paedophilia. Just a warning to those who do finds that topic uncomfortable to read.
I usually never like the sequel than the original book but Prince’s Gambit was an improvement to the first book. I have to admit that there were scenes where everything was moving so slow and I was extremely confused on what was happening. Especially when it came to revealing who betrayed who but once I got it, it was thrilling to read.
The story picks up where Book 1 finished, and C.S. Pacat doesn’t stop. The story is clever and intricate, and the way she writes really works well. It’s simple but complex with no extremely flowery words. And that’s what makes the story work, if the writing was any different, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the series as much. I think what appeals to me is the world it’s set in, and sometimes I wish C.S. Pacat wrote something else but in the same universe. Maybe if she steered away from the rape and abuse, and more on the world of Vere and Akielo, delving more into the culture and history of the two countries and the surrounding places.
I’m still not sure about Laurent. He still broody, and I was hoping it would go somewhere with that but it doesn’t, and I was quite disappointed with that. Overall, this one was decent – still not comfortable with some of the stuff, but I feel compelled to finish this series now that I’ve started it.