The worldwide phenomenon continues—from the boldly original author of Captive Prince and Prince’s Gambit.
“Damianos of Akielos has returned.”
Damen’s identity has been revealed, and now he must face his master, Prince Laurent, as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill. The struggle that ensues takes them deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of two kingdoms 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 is in an alliance with Laurent, against their usurpers. But even if the fragile trust that they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

From the Trade Paperback edition.
February 2, 2016  |  368 pages
(Read from Mar 20, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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The emotional elements are still powerful in this finale to Pacat's trilogy, as her two main characters reach new levels of complexity in their relationship. But the political threads of the novel run low on energy and intrigue. Once again, the author leaves her villains off-stage for much of the text, and when they do finally appear they are underused. The book culminates in a lackluster courtroom scene, where Pacat struggles to generate drama with contrived plot twists.  (+1 vote)