This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Blog Tours, Good Choice Reading Promotions. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Reign of Secrets #2
Also in this series:Cage of Deceit
Also by this author: Cage of Deceit
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Source: Blog Tours, Good Choice Reading Promotions
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Book Depository ◊ Kobo ◊ IndieBound
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.
Amazing, chilling, and heartbreaking! By the end of Cage of Darkness, I was just shaking my fist at the sky! This was my actual response “For the love! For the freaking love! I can’t even! When is the next book out?! So many emotions right now. For the love.” That was over two weeks ago and I am still shaking my head. I want a do-over on that ending, kidding. 😉
At the start of the book Odar and Allyssa are in the hands of an assassin. At first they are unsure as to why he had taken them. It becomes apparent that he is delivering them to the kingdom of Russek. That is not a good thing and they are unsure what they should be expecting. It is during this trip that the assassin tells Allyssa who Jarvis really is and it is a slap in her face. This is the story where all the secrets come tumbling out and Allyssa is given no time to deal with the emotional fall-out with the reveals. Although she should have had some idea as Jarvis did try and tell her that he had something important that she needed to know.
Odar had created a masterful ruse and despite his feelings he was willing to use Allyssa as a pawn because he had his heart broken once. Great that he developed feelings for her but his deceit was truly cowardice in my opinion. Though I still adored his character and was thrilled with their emotional development. Allyssa deserved much happiness.
Which lasted for two pages, tops…kidding. They managed to give the assassin the slip but just landed in hotter water when they were taken by enemy soldiers who in turn turned the duo back over to the assassin, who just happened to be the step-son of the ruler of Russek. He is a truly despicable character whom I dislike immensely.
Once entering the kingdom of Russek things just take a turn for the worse. Alyssa is taken prisoner while Odar tries a political approach. I was feeling for Allyssa’s character throughout this book but, damn, things just became horrific for her. It was at this point that my feelings toward Odar started to turn. Not too happy with this character!
Allyssa was doing her best to survive and deception was at every turn, so when an unlikely ally came about, I was screaming for her not to trust them, trust no one….burn that place to the ground…oh wait, hmmmmm, yeah I went there. I know that I was on the edge about this turn in the plot but she needed to do what she could to survive. Although not everything was as it seemed, and the subterfuge did not ease up, but there was a conclusion to the horror and for that I was glad.
Now the ending, let’s just say that my heart is still a wee bit angry about those turn of events and I must read the next book now. This is not a HEA people but it is a cliffhanger that will leave you needing to know where the story is going next. All I can say was that this story was sooooooo good and I am in love with this series. It is a must read!
*Thank you to Good Choice Reading Promotions for this complimentary copy of Cage of Darkness*
“Why do you care?” she countered, taking a step back and putting more space between them. He wanted something from her—and she had an inkling it had nothing to do with the upcoming war. “What use am I to you?” Whatever game he played or line he toed, she had a sick feeling it was far more deadly than being locked in the dungeon. She needed to tread with caution.
“What use is the heir to the Emperion throne?” He tilted his head to the side, his eyes dissecting every inch of her face. She refused to flinch or show fear before this man, although he made her cower inside.
He lowered his voice to a whisper. “I think you should be asking yourself this—what can the heir of the Russek throne do for you?”
A chill slid over her skin. They were on dangerous grounds. Staring into his eyes, she didn’t see a cruel soldier standing before her, but a man hinting at an alliance if she was brave enough, strong enough, and cunning enough to forge it. However, she had to proceed with the utmost caution. For all she knew, Kerdan could be as cruel as Soma. “I am suddenly lightheaded from all the activity.” She wanted an opportunity to think without him watching her every move. “I’d like to rest.”
He leaned down close to her ear. “You play your part exceedingly well. You are just what I need.” He stepped away from her, and his face shifted, becoming stern. “Allow me to escort you back to my room,” he said, his voice loud, clear. He scooped up her tunic and boots and exited the tower, leaving a very stunned Allyssa there with her thoughts in a jumble. Apparently, he also played his part exceedingly well.
About Book One:
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.
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