Kings Rising

Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Series: Captive Prince, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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The stunning conclusion of a worldwide phenomenon - from the boldly original author of Captive Prince and Prince's Gambit.

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 mobilizing 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?

©2016 C. S. Pacat (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A brilliant ending to a brilliant story.

C.S. Pacat is my new favorite writer. I absolutely adore this trilogy. Furthermore, Juilliard educated Stephen Bel Davies is one of the best narrators Audible has to offer.
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard SBD say “F@$& Me”
We all want to Stephen. We do
This is a MM romance/ hate to love relationship at its best.
An absolute masterpiece.
I was never bored, the pacing was perfect from beginning to end.
I was enthralled with the political intrigue, well written action sequences, intoxicating erotica , and dynamic characters with a love so special and pure that it made my heart flutter. It was a satisfying ending that I found myself screaming out loud multiple times and my eyes filled with tears ;)

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Prefect ending

I really enjoyed reading this trilogy. I love that their love for each other grows slowly as time goes on. I love enemies to lovers!!! Once again! Stephen did an excellent job ❤️

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Kings Rising

With the trilogy coming to an end. Laurent and Damen right to gain their true positions as Kings of their people. They come to find that the Regant, Lauren’s uncle is the one person standing in both of their ways. This was a great series.

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satisfying conclusion to the series

Though Kings Rising was a satisfying conclusion to the Captive Prince series, I felt that the novel dragged a little in the middle. Most of the action took place in the beginning and the end, and most of the plot was about Laurent and Damen doing what they needed to do to get their enemy factions to work and fight together, to be allies, and repairing their relationship after Damen’s identity was revealed.

But first they had to decide if they wanted a relationship at all. Damen did, but Laurent was resistant for reasons. Damen had killed his brother in the war, and Laurent was scared of physical and emotional intimacy. To me, all the signs of trauma was obvious, and it didn’t make sense that Damen who was so observant of Laurent’s idiosyncrasies didn’t suspect even a little the real reason Laurent was so tense when they were intimate.

Either Damen’s ignorance was a character flaw or the author just wanted to show his reaction to the truth at a specific moment for dramatic impact and to hit a specific plot point. The action in the novel seemed more plot-driven than character-driven. Similarly, the two scenes in Laurent’s POV were included to show how clever Laurent was, since Damen wasn’t there to see it.

The ending was both satisfying and abrupt. I kind of wanted an epilogue but I also felt that this novel was overlong, intense, and exhausting. There were a few surprises and strange outcomes in the end. Damen had some knowledge that seemed to come out of nowhere. Laurent didn’t have an especially brilliant plan. But I did like how the ghosts of their past were put to rest in the end, and how Laurent showed how much he truly loved Damen.

I enjoyed Damen and Laurent’s story. The angst, sex, romance, and camaraderie between them were entertaining. I loved their courage and greatness, their strengths and vulnerabilities, their passion and compassion. But I didn’t really like the world they lived in, the slavery, hypermasculine requirements for leadership and kingship, and hereditary rule for that matter, so I’m glad that Damen turned out to be a bit progressive in the end. His experience as a captive prince changed him. Which goes to show that the privileged don’t really get it or care until it happens to them.

In any case, this series was really entertaining, and I will certainly consider buying this author’s future books. The audiobook narration again was good, though I got impatient when the action slowed down in the middle. I think I could have gotten through the book faster if I had read the ebook instead.

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Fantastic

A great story performed by a most talented voice actor. Would definitely recommend both artists.



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best book I have ever read

the suspense was there till the last page... I lived it... and the romance was perfect.... and the smut so hot.... please please please read

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just wow!

not sure What the detractors are talking about. I found the story and character development to be superb. very well written. every detail adding to the nuance very precisely. I also found the few love scenes very tasteful and also shy. the details of which asked u to use your imagination while giving just enough to be a genuine turn-on. the less is more theory on full display here, the author draws you in and on and on. I found myself just sitting in the car after a long day listening because I couldn't get enough.
about the narrator...
he did a fine job reading through all three books. he really only had recognizable voices for 4 if the main characters but that was enough. the inflection and emotion was communicated very well I thought. I did have to turn the bass all the way down on my stereo tho to hear him distinctly enough but once that was solved it was a great adventure. thank you.
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Such a Rewarding Finale!!!

Captive Prince audiobook binge 2019!! Yesssssss! Binge weekend!

Fabulous narration—he nailed it on this one!!

What can I say that hasn’t been said before and better? Nothing.

I love this series. I love Laurent. I love Damen. The two together? Heaven!!

If you’ve yet to start on this series—do it now!! You will not be disappointed!

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love this story

very good story full of exciting action thrilling hope you give it a chance you will not regret it

best regard

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good book

i didnt like the narrator but the story was good. the narrator seemed to casual and it took away from the gravity of some of the situations

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  • Terri Woods
  • 11-06-19

Wonderful conclusion, magnificent trilogy

This was my favourite book of the series, Laurent's and character development was not only gratifying and well written but it made Laurent a character that had so many dimensions and was so interesting that I'm so sad there are no further books exploring his personality.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 06-09-18

good book

Brilliant series! just a slightly disappointing ending but the narrator more than makes up for it

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  • Laura
  • 07-26-19

I'm still crying!

The last book in my favourite book series of all time was a masterpiece! I cried during so many scenes -- especially towards the end of the book -- and got many strange looks in public. Again Davies' voice was a ... strange ... choice but he did grow on me. I just found his voice for Damen too high and Laurent way too deep. Anyway, listen to this!

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  • Cj Austin
  • 05-20-19

a satisfying end to the trilogy

a satisfying end to the trilogy. I loved all three stories. the originality of the love story and the creation of the fantasy world were cleverly achieved. there were many twists and turns to keep my interest.

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