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 Regents final, deadly play for the throne?
If by any chance you follow me on Goodreads you know that I hated the first book on this series. To be completely honest I don’t remember clearly what it was that put me off, if it was the violence or the sickening sensation that the romance was going to develop in some sort of romantacized Stockholm Syndrome. But everyone and their mother told me to read it, so I did. As I said, it was not a good start and I genuinely thought I would never keep reading them, however, here I find myself: finished the last book and loved it.
I read both the second and third book in a matter of days (3-4) and they made me cry and surprised at the plot twists. The new setting of the book allows a more peaceful pace and a development of relationships that was impossible to think of in the first. Furthermore, the author adds new characters that the public can actually like and relate to. The romance, is not a twisted possibility anymore but a slow burn well executed relationship that a sane person could actually get behind, even more when (no spoilers) all cards are on the table.
All in all, it was worth it to pick up the second book after several months and give it a try. It was a lovely surprise to see this series of books rise above their fanfic like beginning and flourish into a beautiful epic/diverse kingdom drama. My most sincere congratulations (and somehow apologies) to C.S. Pacat.