This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Jennifer Anne Davis. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating. Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Reign of Secrets #1
Also in this series:Cage of Darkness
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Source: Author, Jennifer Anne Davis
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Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion--she's beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona--that of a vigilante--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 kingdom 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.
I had signed up to do a blog tour with Good Choice Reading Promotions for Cage of Darkness which is the second book in the Reign of Secrets series. For a lucky few who committed to the blog tour the author was offering a limited number of signed books for the first in the series, which was Cage of Deceit. Heck Yeah! I was one of the lucky bloggers and I am so very grateful. This was a lovely book that took me on a journey that I did not want to leave.
Cage of Deceit is a young adult fantasy story. I had to wrack my brain to figure out if I really wanted to consider it a fantasy. There are no magical elements, mythical creatures or paranormal elements. What made me truly consider this a fantasy was the world development. This is what I would consider a high fantasy story because it is set in an alternative world. It’s also told from the viewpoint of one hero and it revolves around her lineage. I am being clear about this so that readers do not go into this book expecting typical fantasy elements.
With that said this story shined! I found the character of Allyssa to be passionate, strong-willed and adventurous. She was fun right from the start. I enjoyed her time in the city taking down bad guys but then going back to the palace and playing princess. A majority of this story takes place in the palace with the minor part being the vigilante justice though.
Allyssa is the princess of Emperion and in this world the throne is not passed from father to son but from mother to daughter. This means that Allyssa is not just any princess but the future queen of her kingdom. So, you can imagine that her being a vigilante is extremely reckless on her part. Though she is a dutiful daughter she has a hard time with the politics and court life. This frustration leads to her feelings of being caged and willing to do anything to just feel normal. It is this desire for freedom that she finds beyond the palace walls that keeps her in her vigilante ways.
Emperion is under the threat of an invasion by the Kingdom of Russek. The ruler of this country has started an aggressive campaign to march across kingdoms with the goal of conquering Emperion. Although the why is unclear there are speculations that actions from the rise to power of the ruling Queen of Emperion has some unintended consequences. In order to stand a chance against an invasion, Allyssa is forced to consider a marriage that would cement an alliance between kingdoms. This is something that she always knew was a possibility but never truly considered would unfold in this manner.
Now I really enjoyed the portion of the book devoted to the introduction of Allyssa and Prince Odar and their subsequent dance around the topic of marriage. Even better was the Prince’s squire, Jarvik, who seemed to hate the Princess upon site. He is the best friend to Prince Odar and he also seems to be the one calling the shots. Nothing adds up with this character but the squabbles between him and Allyssa are hilarious, scathing, and create the perfect amount of tension. When Allyssa and Jarvick are united under threatening circumstances the story just takes the entertainment to a whole new level.
The ending! At the start of the book there is a preface from the Author where she promised no happy ending with a cliffhanger. She absolutely delivered! I knew that there was a great reveal about to happen but I did not see how the end would come and who would be impacted. I was left feeling “you have got to be kidding me!” Something took place and I was crushed, I did not want that to happen. Sigh, I was indeed left on a cliff with my heart twisted for one of the main characters. It was a refreshing read full of adventure, danger, and a little bit of a swoony romance. I highly recommend this book!
*Thank you to Jennifer Anne Davis for this complimentary copy of Cage of Deceit*
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