“This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison”
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful 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…
Not at all what I was expecting, but so freaking good!
“Is there anyone at this court who isn’t my enemy?”
“Not if I can help it,” Laurent said.
I was so excited to read this, although once I did I was so confused and disturbed because people ship Damen and Laurent (???) why and how? I don’t even want to know. But let’s start from the beginning. So, Damen’s brother decides that he wants to be the next king so he ingeniously sends Damen away, as a gift for the prince of Vere, hiding his identity. We have a really peculiar society there, in which the nobility has slaves as their pleasure pets (the slaves have to be of the same sex as their masters because being straight is kind of frowned upon). Expect some disturbing rape scenes, and a lot of disturbing people, and Laurent, the prince, is among the most disturbing of them all. Yeah, disturbing is the best adjective to describe this book.
A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.
The writing and the world building were both amazing, it was a bit difficult at the beginning to really understend how things worked, but it becomes clear real soon. The things I loved the most were Damen, an amazing main character for whom I felt so deeply, and all the intrigues at court. Damen finds himself in the middle of something so much bigger, and he has to make tough decision to avoid war and save his people. I just hope this won’t turn into a romance between Damen and Laurent, or if it does Laurent has a lot of explaining and redeeming to do, and I’m not sure it will ever be enough anyway.
Laurent could inspire homicidal tendencies simply by breathing.
Overall, I was completely capture by this book; if you’re up for something different you should pick it up.