Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis
Published by Reign Publishing on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: the publisher
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While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything.
Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar.
In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year.
Cage of Deceit ended in a cliff hanger. While it was the perfect ending for the book, it also made for a very long, hard wait. Cage of Darkness is the culmination of all that waiting and it was well worth it. This book was perfection. I loved the first book but Cage of Darkness was 10 times better. It was interesting, exciting and surprising. Jennifer Anne Davis took everything I loved about Cage of Deceit and amplified it or subverted it in Cage of Darkness turning it into something totally new and exciting.
***SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 AHEAD***
I have yet to figure out how to review a sequel without spoiling the first book. Things have happened and book two is the continuation of those things.
The book opens right where Cage of Deceit ended. Princess Allyssa and Prince Odar are in the clutches of the evil assassin who is hell bent on dragging them to Russek. From there, things only get worse. Everything has been revealed to Allyssa. While she is initially pissed, she gets over it quickly. They have more pressing concernsOne of my absolute favorite things about Cage of Deceit was all of Allyssa and Odar’s bickering. This book has none of that, but it does have some sweet scenes. I like Allyssa and Odar almost as much as a couple as I did when they were at odds. Almost.
Thankfully, Cage of Darkness has a lot more going for it than just a kickass, adventuring princess and some sarcastic one liners. Where I found Cage of Deceit comfortingly predictable, Cage of Darkness is surprising. There were a lot of things that I just didn’t see coming. I love that! It’s also quite a bit bleaker than Cage of Deceit. This is definitely a good thing! The worse off things become, the more satisfying it is when the author turns things around. There are high stakes and that’s important. Finally, there’s some depth to Allyssa in this book. She struggles. As a princess, she’s used to everything always going her way and that isn’t necessarily true anymore. There’s a lot of adjustment that happens and it’s fun to watch.
Cage of Darkness has new characters, terrifying villains and intrigue. Everything I want in a fantasy novel.
About the Author
Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
Author GoodReads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6466369.Jennifer_Anne_Davis
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