15 July, 2018

SUNDAY PORTRAIT: Laurent of Vere

Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to Sunday Portraits, where we give a face to our beloved book friends!

 Today we have: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat:

Laurent of Vere
Laurent's physical beauty is often drawn attention to in the books, and is noted by many people in their discussions of him. Famously he is blond-haired and blue-eyed, with very fair skin, and is often paralleled with the Lady Jokaste, who possess similar features. However Damen also notes that, like Jokaste, Laurent's beauty is something that one must forcibly shunt aside when considering him as it is the least significant thing about him, saying that it is difficult to associate Laurent with a physical body at all, as you were always dealing with a mind. It is significant that, though Laurent is aware of his high level of attractiveness, he never uses his appearance or sexuality to further himself in any of his political or military endeavours.

Laurent of Vere

Laurent was accidentally the scariest character for me to deal with. Through the books I somehow convinced myself, that since he's playing so many deceptive games, his -ship with Damen is just another game too. I still lived and breathed for every scene they had together, and I laughed when he laughed, and was pissed when he was pissed.

In the end he's one of my very favorite characters ever too. The strength of will, the complex game, and loyalty of those around him, together with his care for them, has impressed me to no ends. On top of that, I found it amusing to see how the more he trusted his surroundings and those present, the less severe (or just "less" in general) his clothing became.

Book review: Captive Prince; Prince's Gambit; Kings Rising
Painting by: Nosferatu


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