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Publisher's Summary

The second volume in the Captive Prince trilogy.

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.

©2013 C. S. Pacat; "Chapter 19 1/2" Copyright 2015 by C. S. Pacat (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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My absolute favourite!

Would you consider the audio edition of Prince's Gambit to be better than the print version?

No! It is good in its own way, I've read the book more than once but I love how the narrative is holding my attention

What did you like best about this story?

The unfolding plans

Which scene was your favorite?

Laurent destroying the captain assigned to him

Any additional comments?

I want more

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loved it

Extremely entertaining plot that delivers character development every single chapter. A very well written and voiced book. Highly recommend.

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Riveting

Could not put it down. Excellent book, story and performance. Will next tackle Book 3 without delay.

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Love it

I freaking love this book and I really like the narration too.
I highly recommend this.

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Amazing

The mind of the writer of this book is simply spectacular. Awesome book really really love it

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Story A-/Narration C

I gave this audiobook an A- for the story and C for the narration at AudioGals.

Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

Please note this is the second installment of a story that must be read in sequential order. If you have not yet started the Captive Prince Trilogy, please see the AudioGals review for book 1, Captive Prince, as the below review contains spoilers for the prior book. Additionally, if you want the general background of this fantasy, medieval-like story, you can also read the review for the first book.

I devoured Prince’s Gambit , this second, somewhat longer (but more normal length – run time of 9 hours and 55 minutes) installment of the Captive Prince Trilogy, in just one day. While the narration still mostly suffers from the same flaws that I noted in my review of the first book, Captive Prince , I was generally more able to fall into a rhythm with this narration from the get-go (perhaps because I already knew what to expect). Additionally, this second book overall had a slightly different feel from the first: less dark in nature (so much so that I have dropped the dark romance classification for the genre) and much more focused around war and political strategy and the developing of trust and a bond between Prince Laurent and Damen. For romance lovers like me, this means that we finally do get some intimate interactions and indeed begin to see the turning of what commenced as primarily a hate relationship turn into something that promises to be so much more.

Book 2 picks up where book 1 leaves off: the Uncle Regent has convinced Prince Laurent that he must go to the border to quell a potential uprising. While Damen suspects this is a trap that the Uncle Regent has sprung to finally get Prince Laurent out of the line of succession of the Vere throne, Damen nonetheless determines that the well-being of Akielos (his kingdom) is also riding on making sure that Laurent succeeds in this mission. This is because they are making it appear that Akielos is the one that has been attacking Vere, which undoubtedly will lead to war between the kingdoms. Therefore, Damen convinces Prince Laurent to take him with him – even as he knows that once this mission is complete, he must finally escape Prince Laurent’s captivity and go back home to regain his rightful place on the Akielos throne.

What ensues is a clever chess game of troop training, battle strategies and uncovering of allegiances and secret plots. Meanwhile, during this trying and difficult time, the one man who proves himself to be the most trustworthy to Prince Laurent is the one man he at one point hated and mistrusted the most: Damen. This leads to unprecedented interactions and exchanges of thoughts and feelings. As the mutual admiration and affection inevitably follow, will Damen be able to carry through with his plans to escape Laurent’s captivity at the end of the battle? Moreover, how will Prince Laurent react once Damen’s true identity is inevitably revealed?

See the full review at AudioGals.

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Recommended

It kept the tension higher than most middle books. I liked that the erotica didn't take over the plot as much as it did in the first book. The plot became the more interesting part of the story. The characters became more rounded and thus more intriguing.

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great story and characters; so so narration

What made the experience of listening to Prince's Gambit the most enjoyable?

I'd already read this series before deciding to try the audiobook versions, and this is my favorite book in the series. It's full of political intrigue and many layered, complex characters. The story held up the second time around.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator could have done a better job distinguishing between the characters. Also, mich of his reading stripped the dialogue of complexities and nuances that are important to the story. (Example, Lazar's "alright you're not f***ing him" which was clearly meant sarcastically was, in the narrator's reading, just a good-natured agreement.) And while I thought the narrator did a good job of capturing Laurent, I hated the way he read Damen. I was glad I'd already read the book. I don't think I would have enjoyed the audiobook otherwise.

Any additional comments?

If you're interested in this series, I recommend buying the books instead of the audiobooks.

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Prince's Gambit a Terrific Sequel

If you could sum up Prince's Gambit in three words, what would they be?

Riveting. Tense. Romantic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prince's Gambit?

The romantic bedroom scene between Damianos and Laurent.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The romantic bedroom scene between Damianos and Laurent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time Laurent came to admire Damianos for his strength and trustworthiness.