Published by Clean Teen Publishing on August 25. 2015
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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Jennifer Anne Davis's best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress RemaÂ— and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of EmperionÂ—sheÂ’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret personaÂ—that of a vigilanteÂ—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.
Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.
Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.
This book! It was exactly what I didn’t even know that I was looking for. I had never heard of this book, or the previous series or this author so I had zero expectations going into it. That made loving it that much more exciting!
Allyssa is my kind of princess. She sneaks out of the castle at night to fight crime. Basically she’s a superhero. Plus she doesn’t take crap from anyone. She has a temper. She’s moody. She turns down disappointing suitors and lackadaisical princes left and right. She wants a man who she can trust; who is as loyal and brave as she is. Someone who is strong enough to rule next to her as the emperor to her empress.
Allyssa’s carefree days of being batman are cut short when her country is threatened with war. The only way to secure her country’s borders is for her to marry and form an alliance. Allyssa is willing to do this. However, she hasn’t given up her dreams of a loving marriage like her parents have.
There’s so much I want to say about the relationships in this book but I also don’t want to spoil anything. One of Allyssa’s suitors, the Prince, is perfect. He’s got everything going for him. He’s tall, dark and handsome; the perfect courtier. Jarvik, on the other hand, is pushy and rude. He has very strong opinions and isn’t afraid to share them; loudly if necessary. He’s also the Prince’s squire. This means he’s always around and in the way.
I saw the big reveal coming from the beginning. This story is so good though, that knowing what was going to happen didn’t matter to me a bit. In fact, I was rooting for it, because the story went exactly where I had hoped it would go!
Even more exciting, it turns out that this book is the beginning of a series that is Â the companion of an already completed series! So now while I’m waiting, not so patiently, for the next Reign of Secrets book, I can read all of True Reign! Thank God there’s something to tide me over.