Well, this week Captive Prince ate my brain. It’s a two-volume set, ending in a cliffhanger, available at Kindle, Nook, Kobo and maybe elsewhere. Over the course of two books, you get to watch two princes, who are enemies, fall in love—in a convincing, complex, and wholly satisfying way. I’m collecting links below, mostly so I can refer to them myself, but also for anyone whose interest is piqued.
Warning: The first half of the first book is difficult to read, with abuse and rape, on page and off.
Different posts in different places have talked about it and the discussion has been fascinating:
- Janine reviews Captive Prince at Dear Author
- Vacuous Minx has notes here and here, about Orientalism and slavery among others things (lots of spoilers everywhere)
- Coffee and Ink has interesting things to say in this post and this post
- Joanna Chambers posts some thoughts on CP
- Romance Around the Corner posts a review
So now I’m kind of casting around in terms of what to read next. It’s been a bit of a strange reading year for me. In that I’ve been reading very little, but when I am reading the book has been very long (or very short) and very impressive, if not, well, eating my brain. And it’s all been m/m when I usually mix things up more.
Books I’ve read that bring to mind Captive Prince, or vice versa:
- Rifter by Ginn Hale. Portal fantasy. Follows two men from very different places with their slow-build, slow-burn romance, despite the fact one man is supposed to kill the other. Lots of UST. Lots of danger. Super highly recommended :)
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Victorian England setting. Betrayal and reversals when Sue sets off to help a con man seduce Maud, a wealthy heiress, and develops feelings for Maud herself.
- Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. Politics and intrigue. Fantasy world with no magic. Swordfights and men in love. Excellent sequel with The Privilege of the Sword.
- The Thief by Megan Whelan Turner. No romance, but if you love how Captive Prince uses point of view to reveal and hide what is really going on, this might appeal. Political intrigue and an appealing, clever protagonist. (Romance arrives in later books.)
- Inversions by Iain M. Banks. I should really reread this before I put it on the list. Yet, the stranger entering into a foreign court and trying to figure out what is going on plays out here. Yes, it’s a Culture novel and therefore science fiction but has fantasy trappings.
- Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnett. If you loved Laurent, Lymond is his predecessor. Not only that, if you make it to book 5, you’ll have a long-in-the-making romance over the next two (long) books.
If I think of more, I’ll add them! If anyone else has suggestions, I’d love to hear them.