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Follow Damen, Laurent and the supporting characters of Captive Prince on a series of adventures set in and around the events of the novels - and beyond, to learn what happens after the final page in the trilogy is turned.


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Follow Damen, Laurent and the supporting characters of Captive Prince on a series of adventures set in and around the events of the novels - and beyond, to learn what happens after the final page in the trilogy is turned.

30 review for The Summer Palace and Other Stories: A Captive Prince Short Story Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    In a last ditch effort to get some of my lingering questions answered, I shelled out some (e-)cash for the short story collection. The end result however, didn't quite live up to my expectations. Green But for a Season - 2* This was a bittersweet stream of consciousness on Jord's part, regarding his life serving under Laurent, and the initial stages of his relationship with Aimeric. While I enjoyed his impressions on Laurent's approach to leadership, when it came to Jord's relationship with Aimeri In a last ditch effort to get some of my lingering questions answered, I shelled out some (e-)cash for the short story collection. The end result however, didn't quite live up to my expectations. Green But for a Season - 2* This was a bittersweet stream of consciousness on Jord's part, regarding his life serving under Laurent, and the initial stages of his relationship with Aimeric. While I enjoyed his impressions on Laurent's approach to leadership, when it came to Jord's relationship with Aimeric I didn't feel like it was sufficiently explored. I would've appreciated a view into some of their more intimate moments, and maybe some thoughts on the young noble's final actions. Additionally, the alternating timeline made the entire storyline rather confusing. The Summer Palace - 2.3* On the way to Ios, in book 3, Damen suggests to Laurent a holiday of sorts at the royal summer palace. This story is basically a full-out fan service for anyone eager enough to follow the two protagonists through an extremely long foreplay. I feel like I should've liked it a lot more, but Laurent washing Damen in an outdoor hot spring was more boring, than sensual. And I read it twice, just to be certain that the problem was not my mood. The Adventures of Charls the Veretian Cloth Merchant - 3.5* I wasn't too keen to follow a merchant from book 2 that I barely recalled, until I realized that this was actually a story of Damen and Laurent's adventures set after book 3. It was utterly hilarious, with the occasional heart fluttering moment, and even a dash of truly surprising adventure. Pet - 3* If anyone had ever asked me which secondary character I least wanted more of an insight into, Ancel would've all but topped the list. Red-headed aloof beauty, rather more concerned with getting into Laurent's pants, than the reader's hearts, he didn't leave too much of an impression on me in book 1. Here however, we get a wholly different side of him, with quite a thrilling tactical approach to life, peppered with plenty of sexy times. Too bad none of this found its way into the main story. Score: 2.7/5 stars Some of it was boring, some funny, some surprisingly deep, but mostly this collection felt like a half-assed effort at fan service. As far as I'm concerned, only two short stories are worth reading, with Ancel's almost begging for its own full-length novel. If you feel like all this is worth your time and money, then by all means give the stories a chance. ============ Review of book 1: Captive Prince Review of book 2: Prince's Gambit Review of book 3: Kings Rising

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    I've rated and reviewed each individual story in their entries 😊 They are all awesome 😉 I've rated and reviewed each individual story in their entries 😊 They are all awesome 😉

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Green but for a Season – 4 stars The Summer Palace – 5 stars The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant – 5 stars Pet – 3.5 stars rounded up to 4

  4. 4 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    Green but for a Season - 2 stars I like Jord but I still have a bad taste in my mouth about Aimeric's betrayal so I probably should've just skipped this one altogether but I did like the flashbacks of Laurent when he was just forming his Prince's Guard. That was about the extent of my liking though. The Summer Palace - 5 stars He loved the way Laurent kissed, as if Damen was the only person that he had ever kissed, or would ever want to. Read it twice. It's an epilogue of sort to Kings Green but for a Season - 2 stars I like Jord but I still have a bad taste in my mouth about Aimeric's betrayal so I probably should've just skipped this one altogether but I did like the flashbacks of Laurent when he was just forming his Prince's Guard. That was about the extent of my liking though. The Summer Palace - 5 stars He loved the way Laurent kissed, as if Damen was the only person that he had ever kissed, or would ever want to. Read it twice. It's an epilogue of sort to Kings Rising and they are SO adorable and in love it made my inner squishy marshmallow roll over in one of those classic pupper moves of 'more belly rubs, please'. Having made the decision to let Damen in, Laurent had not gone back on it. When the walls went up, it was with Damen inside them. They visit Damen's mother's Summer Palace and grow closer, cementing their connection and making plans for the future. 'I thought, I have lost everything and gained you, and I would almost make the trade if I didn't know it had happened that way for you, too.' It was so close to his own thoughts-that everything he knew was gone, but that this was here in its place, this one bright thing. The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant - 4 stars I found the whole dynamic between Laurent and Charls amusing in the stories and the Lamen thing is entertaining as all get out. The ending made me chuckle. Pet I'm not sure I really care about this one so I'm not going to read it. I may come back to it one day but right now I don't feel like it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books

    This was a joy! If read The Summer Palace before but not the others. Each one gave me something I didn't know I needed and really felt like a rounding out of the series. Would I still give my soul for another book? Probably but this did help! This was a joy! If read The Summer Palace before but not the others. Each one gave me something I didn't know I needed and really felt like a rounding out of the series. Would I still give my soul for another book? Probably but this did help!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    I'm here for Damen x Laurent in "The Summer Palace" bc the ending of King's Rising was no way near enough ok thanks bye > "Green for but a Season" (short, brief, focusing on Jord & Aimeric, and knowing how it ends . . . it's sad) > "The Summer Palace" (the epilogue to King's Rising that I NEEDED THANK GOD. Damen x Laurent goodness. I'm happy. Finally, some questions are answered) > "The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant" (about Charls, yes, but also about Laurent & Damen (as "L I'm here for Damen x Laurent in "The Summer Palace" bc the ending of King's Rising was no way near enough ok thanks bye > "Green for but a Season" (short, brief, focusing on Jord & Aimeric, and knowing how it ends . . . it's sad) > "The Summer Palace" (the epilogue to King's Rising that I NEEDED THANK GOD. Damen x Laurent goodness. I'm happy. Finally, some questions are answered) > "The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant" (about Charls, yes, but also about Laurent & Damen (as "Lamen" lmao) doing some undercover work to investigate the slave trade and then, Lauren't coronation as King of Vere at the end.) > "Pet" (the longest story in the collection. I didn't like Ancel . . . and yet I did like this story. Ancel x Berenger was cute; I shipped it. I hope they were reunited, one day, and had happiness.) Anyway I now need another short story collection set after Laurent & Damen are kings and are now trying to build their joint kingdom and honestly it could be 100% domestic fluff and I wouldn't care -

  7. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I love short stories but sometimes bonus short stories within a series are a hit or miss for me. However, I loved this so much! Green but for a Season: This was a good little glimpse into Jord and I also liked the back-flashes with a young Laurent! The Summer Palace: This was the perfect epilogue of sorts that I needed after the last book! I love Laurent and Damen so much! They are so sweet and perfect in every scene they have together! The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant: This on I love short stories but sometimes bonus short stories within a series are a hit or miss for me. However, I loved this so much! Green but for a Season: This was a good little glimpse into Jord and I also liked the back-flashes with a young Laurent! The Summer Palace: This was the perfect epilogue of sorts that I needed after the last book! I love Laurent and Damen so much! They are so sweet and perfect in every scene they have together! The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant: This one was a lot of fun! I loved seeing Laurent and Damen undercover again, except from Charls’s perspective! And that ending was great! Pet: I didn’t know this was something I needed until I read it! Ancel is honest with his words and it's perfection! And seriously, I need a full-length novel on Ancel and Berenger! I definitely recommend checking this collection out if you loved the Captive Prince Trilogy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    If you are a fan of the Captive Prince series, this short story collection is a must-read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ash | novelly rooted

    this collection of short stories is set within the same world as the captive prince trilogy: ~ 'green but for a season' 1 star ~ 'the summer palace' 5 stars ~ 'the adventures of charls, the veretian cloth merchant' 4 stars ~ 'pet' 2 stars two were great, two were okay. 'the summer palace' is the epilogue we all wanted to read following kings rising. it added years back to my life. years i tell ya. cleansed my soul. made me soft. i would give my kingdom for these two. this collection of short stories is set within the same world as the captive prince trilogy: ~ 'green but for a season' 1 star ~ 'the summer palace' 5 stars ~ 'the adventures of charls, the veretian cloth merchant' 4 stars ~ 'pet' 2 stars two were great, two were okay. 'the summer palace' is the epilogue we all wanted to read following kings rising. it added years back to my life. years i tell ya. cleansed my soul. made me soft. i would give my kingdom for these two.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Silvia

    Yeah I only reread The Summer Palace and Charls, AKA the only short stories that matter, and I'm marking this as read lmao Also can I just say that reading this whole series again in my native language has been...............even more of an emotional journey than rereading it in English Yeah I only reread The Summer Palace and Charls, AKA the only short stories that matter, and I'm marking this as read lmao Also can I just say that reading this whole series again in my native language has been...............even more of an emotional journey than rereading it in English

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rhosyo BW

    “You were watching the road” One of the most romantic quotes of all time. There is no one as GOOD as C.S. Pacat to deliver the best final words to finish a book: “He returned his eyes to the road, and the first part of his journey. South, and home.” “He lives. The King’s son lives. Damianos.” “‘You know, you’re going to have to unchain me at some point,’ said Damen. Laurent’s hair was soft. ‘I will. At some point. What’s that sound?’ He could hear it even in the slave baths, muffled but audible, the so “You were watching the road” One of the most romantic quotes of all time. There is no one as GOOD as C.S. Pacat to deliver the best final words to finish a book: “He returned his eyes to the road, and the first part of his journey. South, and home.” “He lives. The King’s son lives. Damianos.” “‘You know, you’re going to have to unchain me at some point,’ said Damen. Laurent’s hair was soft. ‘I will. At some point. What’s that sound?’ He could hear it even in the slave baths, muffled but audible, the sound ringing out from the highest peak, a peal of notes, proclaiming a new king. ‘Bells,’ said Damen.” “‘Damianos of Akielos,’ said Laurent. Charls looked up—and up, and up— at the familiar face, warmly handsome, at the smile and the eyes that he knew so well. ‘Lamen,’ said Charls, in a shocked voice. ‘Why are you dressed up like the King?’” “Berenger was shaking his head. ‘Ancel, I’m not poor now. But if the Prince fails—’ ‘If he fails,’ said Ancel. He was stepping into Berenger’s space. He put his hand on the laces of Berenger’s jacket, and Berenger didn’t move away. ‘But if he wins?’” After reading each of these I feel like something inside of me explodes. 🙈😍These are all so Tattoo-material! 😂 And in just a few months: Dark Rise 🌈

  12. 5 out of 5

    kari

    "I can't read." ANCEL YOU ARE AN ICON. Okay well. That had to be said. Obviously the first time I read all of these novellas I reviewed them all separately but I thought I’d add the compilation this time. It’s no secret that Captive Prince is my religion, and I love these stories that give us extra glimpses into the world. I loved the education we got on the world of pets in Ancel’s novella. He’s such a fun and hilarious character. He’s a shameless sassy bitch and I LOVE HIM. Watching him rise th "I can't read." ANCEL YOU ARE AN ICON. Okay well. That had to be said. Obviously the first time I read all of these novellas I reviewed them all separately but I thought I’d add the compilation this time. It’s no secret that Captive Prince is my religion, and I love these stories that give us extra glimpses into the world. I loved the education we got on the world of pets in Ancel’s novella. He’s such a fun and hilarious character. He’s a shameless sassy bitch and I LOVE HIM. Watching him rise through talent and cleverness was fun, and, of course, I die for the extra glimpses of Lamen that we got. It was very interesting to read the bower scene from another person’s eyes. I am so curious now to see how Ancel and Berenger have benefitted from supporting Laurent. I will forever crave another novel and I like all the threads these novellas left for the future. Jord’s novella is my least favorite because Aimeric SUCKS. But it was cool from a human point of view to see how Aimeric was lying and yet enjoying the part he was playing. But you can see all the moments Jord missed. Aimeric telling Jord to leave Laurent’s tent first, obviously so he cal rifle through his papers. It was definitely a nice glimpse into those characters but not my favorite. I have to talk about The Adventures of Charls first, even though chronologically it’s the last novella, because I will just scream about The Summer Palace. So the Adventures of Charls. I LOVE CHARLS. This novella was just so fun. Charls is a hilarious narrator and I loved seeing Lamen in disguise once again. Also actual Lamen, Damen, is wonderful to see through the eyes of Charls. Warmly handsome, dimple in his cheek, easy temperament, easy smile. I love Damen. And I love how Charls sees him too. And like THE LAMEN IN THIS NOVELLA. With the ease of long familiarity Lamen kissed the prince. I DIE. Lamen is love. Lamen is life. Lamen is my religion. LAURENT DOESN’T EVEN HESITATE WITH DAMEN AT ALL ANYMORE. In fact, he wraps his arms around Damen’s neck and they kiss more and then Laurent says something and Damen laughs and puts his head on Laurent’s shoulder. I am not calm okay. LAURENT’S CORONATION. LAMEN WHY ARE YOU DRESSED UP LIKE THE KING! Golden. This novella is golden. I also really enjoyed the small glimpse into potential future politics with slavery. Please give us a novel of them unifying their countries and getting married!!! Thanks Pacat. Okay, I am finally back to scream about The Summer Palace. This is just THE SWEETEST NOVELLA. And I was struck immediately after my reread that Damen's fantasy of showing Laurent his country and finding him windswept in a chiton looking over the sea CAME TRUE. Anyway, this novella is pure fluff and the sweetest comfort. I love the moment when Damen kisses Laurent after he arrives and remarks on the sweet newness of Laurent touching him. Damen's joy at seeing that Laurent was watching the road for him. Not working, not riding. Waiting. For Damen. The scene in the baths is as sweetly painful as ever. I remember just burning inside the first time I read it. Like my heart could not handle the healing that was happening between them. There is no gloss over or forgetting the pain they caused each other and this scene was such a catharsis I didn't even know we, as readers, needed. But it was such a tender healing and it pretty much killed me. I don't think I've ever read this novella without shedding a tear. Among all the wonderful romances I have ever read, this one will always stand paramount. There's nothing that can compare with all the strife and love and pain they went through to be together and so rewards like this are so poignant. I really, really want more of them. To read about their lives together. But if we never get it, this series is utterly satisfying, and this beautiful, perfect epilogue will be here forever. I know that they are living in pure, blissful happiness forever.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Already read the stories but this was the first time reading the book form. And loved it as usual!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Oswald

    Happy ending for Damen and Laurent !! It's good to see them. I am glad that they have found a solution for them to be together Happy ending for Damen and Laurent !! It's good to see them. I am glad that they have found a solution for them to be together

  15. 5 out of 5

    — nova

    4.5 really enjoyed all of these! can’t believe it took me so long to read them. c.s. pacat really is the queen of knowing her characters, no matter how minor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Aw, I'm so glad I bought these short stories! They're for the people who don't want to leave the world of Akielos and Vere just yet. Here is the order I read them in, and it turns out, it really read well this way: The Summer Palace Of course I read this one first; it was the whole reason I bought the book! At the end of Kings Rising, I wished there was an epilogue, and I assumed this was it. Now that I've read it, I'm going to say this is the first part of the epilogue. Damen and Laurent are vaca Aw, I'm so glad I bought these short stories! They're for the people who don't want to leave the world of Akielos and Vere just yet. Here is the order I read them in, and it turns out, it really read well this way: The Summer Palace Of course I read this one first; it was the whole reason I bought the book! At the end of Kings Rising, I wished there was an epilogue, and I assumed this was it. Now that I've read it, I'm going to say this is the first part of the epilogue. Damen and Laurent are vacationing in the summer palace, and the short story, emphasis on short, is about Damen arriving and reuniting with Laurent. It is another swoon-worthy, passionate love scene, which I can't get enough of! Those two are so adorable! During the scene, something that happened in the first book is addressed and then tenderly and lovingly healed. Green but for a Season I read this one next, because I wanted to read more about Jord and Aimeric's relationship. This is the shortest story with only 22 pages. It wasn't so much about their relationship as it was Jord's perspective during the beginning of their journey south to the border. He thinks back on Laurent reforming the Prince's Guard when he was fifteen and what it means to him to be his captain. It gave us more information about the Prince's Guard and life before Captive Prince. It also showed how Jord and Aimeric got to be in a relationship, though it stopped there, so no love scenes. I did like it, because it just gave us more context for the series, even though I did wish for a little more Aimeric, because... poor Aimeric. The Pet This was the longest story, with actual chapters. I loved it! It starts out with Ancel working in a brothel in a small village and shows how he rose to be the pet of the richest merchant in that village to the richest man that does business with him to a wealthy man that eventually takes him to the capital and the court. Ancel is a force! You kinda get a sense about him from Captive Prince, because even if he's not that prominent in the series, he's still memorable. His personality is crazy, fearless, a force to be reckoned with. I loved him. It did show the scene in Captive Prince with him, Damen, and Laurent, (we all know what scene I'm talking about...), and it was so crazy to read it from his perspective. His story really drives home the point that everybody has their own story and their own reasons for doing things. By the end of the story, I was so invested in him and happy with how it turned out! Ancel has his own love story! The Adventures of Charls I highly recommend reading this one last, because I feel like it is the second part of the epilogue. It takes place about a year after the end of Kings Rising, and Charls is doing trying to do business in Akielos with the new joined court expanding and mixing their cultures. Laurent and 'Lamen' show up and start traveling with Charls again, and it is just the hilarious and marvelous experience that they always have when they're on a secret mission. It's adorable, and it's so gratifying to read about their relationship a year later when things have settled down, and yet they're still the same, crazy people in disguises. Plus, the story ends with Laurent's Ascension to the throne! I'm so glad that I bought this collection of novellas. I think they all enhanced the story so much. It gave us more depth into the series and the characters, and if you're not ready to leave the original series behind, this kind of gives you the everyday, behind the scenes look into the story. It made me smile and swoon, and I just love this series so much!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pooja (Penningtales)

    Green but for a Season: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 I liked the insight into Jord grappling with his alleviation to captaincy and his feelings of unworthiness with that and with being on the receiving end of an aristocrat's flirtations. I also liked the little glimpse we got of Jord seeing Damen and Laurent and what he thought of them. My only complain is that this is just way too short. The Summer Palace: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A perfect epilogue! Laurent and Damen deserve their happiness. The moments they shared here was Green but for a Season: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 I liked the insight into Jord grappling with his alleviation to captaincy and his feelings of unworthiness with that and with being on the receiving end of an aristocrat's flirtations. I also liked the little glimpse we got of Jord seeing Damen and Laurent and what he thought of them. My only complain is that this is just way too short. The Summer Palace: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A perfect epilogue! Laurent and Damen deserve their happiness. The moments they shared here was so beautiful and profound. The Adventures of Charls: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gosh I love Charls! Where the previous novella was romantic, this one is hilarious. From Charls point of view, we get to see the adventures of Lamen and Charls the Younger. And I loved every moment of it. Pet: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I never thought I’d say it, but I actually ended up liking Ancel by the end of this. Yes he’s vain and ambitious, but he’s also seen the worst of life and just wants to secure his future. Berenger is so sweet. I ended up liking and wanting them to be together.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sat Kartar Singh

    All four of these short stories were great. We got to see parts of the main story from different points of view and more about some of the supporting cast. It was interesting to learn about the Pets and how that side of things works from the inside as well as what that world was like after the alliance. I also loved how we see what Damen and Laurent are doing after the end of Kings Rising. Over all these stories were enjoyable and a fun look into other parts of this world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Atikah Wahid

    So, that is it. I've read everything in the Captive Prince universe and honestly? I FEEL BEREFT. HOW WILL I CONTINUE ON. THERE HAS TO BE MORE. "The Summer Palace" is the epilogue we all needed and didn't know we deserve. I just don't know how Pacat keeps giving and giving. "Charls" is a super hilarious short story that I keep laughing out loud over. Also definitely enjoyed all the cute fluffy moments between Laurent and Lamen hehe. "Pet" is a surprise entry THAT I LOVE. I didn't care much about So, that is it. I've read everything in the Captive Prince universe and honestly? I FEEL BEREFT. HOW WILL I CONTINUE ON. THERE HAS TO BE MORE. "The Summer Palace" is the epilogue we all needed and didn't know we deserve. I just don't know how Pacat keeps giving and giving. "Charls" is a super hilarious short story that I keep laughing out loud over. Also definitely enjoyed all the cute fluffy moments between Laurent and Lamen hehe. "Pet" is a surprise entry THAT I LOVE. I didn't care much about Ancel in the trilogy and yet, Ancel and Berenger won me over OUT OF NOWHERE. HOW. DOES. SHE. KEEP. DOING. THIS. PLEASE DEVELOP THIS FURTHER. The weak link is Jord's story. Sorry Jord, you're alright as a side character but definitely not a star.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    This short story collection was so good and just gave me all the feelings about the Captive Prince trilogy again 😭😭 Also didn't think that the Ancel story would be my favourite but it so was and I kind of wish I had an entire book about him and Berenger now.... This short story collection was so good and just gave me all the feelings about the Captive Prince trilogy again 😭😭 Also didn't think that the Ancel story would be my favourite but it so was and I kind of wish I had an entire book about him and Berenger now....

  21. 5 out of 5

    jam

    some would say these are just words but they actually made me a better person

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    4/5 ko-fi • Instagram • TikTok I once again needed to delve into the world of The Captive Prince after The Summer Palace and Other Stories: A Captive Prince Short Story Collection arrived on my door step. Haha sorry From Blood and Ash, you needed to take the back burner for a second. I absolutely loved The Captive Prince trilogy. It was full of political intrigue, romance, war, betrayal. It was wonderful and cruel all at the same time. And of course there is Damen and Laurent who I couldn't get en 4/5 ko-fi • Instagram • TikTok I once again needed to delve into the world of The Captive Prince after The Summer Palace and Other Stories: A Captive Prince Short Story Collection arrived on my door step. Haha sorry From Blood and Ash, you needed to take the back burner for a second. I absolutely loved The Captive Prince trilogy. It was full of political intrigue, romance, war, betrayal. It was wonderful and cruel all at the same time. And of course there is Damen and Laurent who I couldn't get enough of to save my life. In this novella we do get Damen and Laurent but we also get the stories of Jard and Aimeric, Ancel and his back story, and the quick fluffiness and the promised Summer Palace, oh and let's not forget Charls. It think out of all the characters, Ancel was the one that stood out to me the most. I loved and hated watching his character develop. He is a young man that wants that attention and it makes sense from where he came from and where he built himself up to. He is a smart, conniving individual. And yes I still don't like him. However, I understand him and that's the important part when it comes to writing characters - you don't need to like them to understand them. One of the biggest flaws of Ancel, is that he doesn't understand that every scheme and every move he makes to position himself higher has a risk against him and others. Which makes him such a real character...and one I still don't like. One of my favourite stories from The Summer Palace and Other Stories: A Captive Prince Short Story Collection is obviously The Summer Palace. Not just for Damen and Laurent but for the structure of the Summer Palace. It reminded me so much of what Roman architecture would have been at the time. Especially when it came to the Bath houses. I loved that Pacat took the Roman idea of cool, hot, and cleansing baths. This was very Roman, since the Roman's also had bath houses with baths that individuals would circulate between (cold, hot, cleansing). It's just so cool to me. As for the writing, Pacat has definitely won a place in my heart for her writing style. Captive Prince her writing has continued to develop. Especially in the last two books and this novella of the series. I will say that some of the sentence structures were slightly weird and I didn't always understand the meaning behind the words. What was also strange it was like Damen and Laurent read each others minds when something was going on. What I loved about this novella is that most of it takes place after the ending of Kings Rising. I loved that we get this filler of what happens when Damen's brother dies, what is going on in each of these turmoiled countries that just lost rulers they thought were good, and of course the development of Laurent and Damen's relationship. What I really liked was this hint of combined countries. The author nor characters out right say it but they ambiguity is definitely there. I really loved delving back into The Captive Prince world and enjoyed the adventures that we got with each character. I do wish, however, that we got more of Damen and Laurent. I wanted to see their relationship grow more than it did in the trilogy and we did get that just! I also feel like they author could have also played with the turmoiling countries and divided countries more than she did. I enjoyed Jord and Aimeric's story but I would have rather seen the turning point of the betrayal. All in all it was great, I wish there was more Damen and Laurent (lol Fanfiction here I come?) and good lord Charls, I love that man. **I use the CAWPILE rating system created by BookRoast to get my final star rating and to write out my reviews.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan (ChroniclesOfABookworm)

    Now all I want to do is reread the Captive Prince trilogy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rhysand_Darling

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Enjoyed it !!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Golley

    ugh ugh ugh!!!!! can't get enough of this world!!!!!! every short story was so captivating in its own way, each held such different moods but encompassed what this world is so so well!! each ending sentence for these short stories really lingered... Some made me laugh and some.... made my heart swell... "you were watching the road" 🥺😭 ugh ugh ugh!!!!! can't get enough of this world!!!!!! every short story was so captivating in its own way, each held such different moods but encompassed what this world is so so well!! each ending sentence for these short stories really lingered... Some made me laugh and some.... made my heart swell... "you were watching the road" 🥺😭

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Most of the stories were okay, nice extra information and backstory, but Charls’ story was just hilarious. I loved the chaos and secretiveness. Charl’s really is thick, “Lamen,’ said Charls, in a shocked voice. ‘Why are you dressed up like the King?” CHARLS PLEASE. Also Ancel’s backstory was super interesting to me. I didn’t really expect him to be like that, I’d almost like him a little more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Very cute and enjoyable. Probably best not to read it outside where the neighbours can see you looking shifty, or laughing to yourself. I also wish I'd thought to skim over the original series first and remind myself if we're meant to like or dislike people. Very cute and enjoyable. Probably best not to read it outside where the neighbours can see you looking shifty, or laughing to yourself. I also wish I'd thought to skim over the original series first and remind myself if we're meant to like or dislike people.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    The perfect follow up to an epic series. I loved them all but Charls forever remains my favourite.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ana Sofia Ferreira

    I really want to give this compilation 5 stars because of Ancel's story, Pet. I was so drawn into it! Maybe C.S. Pacat could write a spin-off of it? I'd surely read it! I also enjoyed The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant, but silly me got so confused with the names, I thought Damen was Laurent and Laurent was Damen. That somehow kept me from really enjoying it, and I'm sad with myself, because it's SOOOOOO fun, and that ending is to die for. Jord's story, Green but for a Season, w I really want to give this compilation 5 stars because of Ancel's story, Pet. I was so drawn into it! Maybe C.S. Pacat could write a spin-off of it? I'd surely read it! I also enjoyed The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant, but silly me got so confused with the names, I thought Damen was Laurent and Laurent was Damen. That somehow kept me from really enjoying it, and I'm sad with myself, because it's SOOOOOO fun, and that ending is to die for. Jord's story, Green but for a Season, was cute but I wish it was more developed. It felt too fast, and some of the writing felt a bit weird. I had that feeling when reading The Summer Palace too, which prevented me from truly enjoying it. I felt more enthraled by Pet than by this short story, which was the main one, and the one with my beloved Damen and Laurent. I will probably read it again in the future to see if I was just in a bad reading day. I really want to love their short story. I will do a more elaborate review in the future, I promise!

  30. 5 out of 5

    ShaniGrim

    Green but for a Season: A cute little story, it flows really nicely, but ultimately Jord isn't the most interesting character of the cast. 3/5 The Summer Palace: Cried like a bitch I love them so much and they love each other so much and I'm so soft 5/5 The Adventures of Charles the Cloth Merchant: Another cute one. This one is stronger on the humor part of it, but I think overall the pacing is a little rushed? I would love to read more serious adventures of Damen and Laurent though. 3/5 Pet: "It Green but for a Season: A cute little story, it flows really nicely, but ultimately Jord isn't the most interesting character of the cast. 3/5 The Summer Palace: Cried like a bitch I love them so much and they love each other so much and I'm so soft 5/5 The Adventures of Charles the Cloth Merchant: Another cute one. This one is stronger on the humor part of it, but I think overall the pacing is a little rushed? I would love to read more serious adventures of Damen and Laurent though. 3/5 Pet: "It works on me" SHIT FELLAS. If we ignore the pure fluffy feeling that TSP made me feel, this is probably the strongest story of the bunch. Ancel turned out to be a really interesting character, not the type that I get to read about a lot. I can definitely say I'm a fan of him now. 5/5 Overall a really nice collection. I missed this universe and these characters a lot, and didn't realize how much until I read this. 4/5

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