Title: Cage of Darkness
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Reign of Secrets #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Pub Date: April 4, 2017
My Copy: E-Book Courtesy of Publisher for Blog Tour
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.
A fabulous follow up to Cage of Deceit. I truly found myself enjoying this from the very start. I like that this book really is about life and situations changing and how to adapt to changing environments. There are some crazy twists and turns.
We definitely got a great start to this book. I like how everybody has secrets. Also the fact that Jana appears again in this book and is manipulating people to get what she wants, her throne back. Everything is more intense and the stakes much higher as people’s lives, especially Allyssa’s own life.
I also like how we get to meet the royal family of Russek. Boy, they are very disfunctional. We get to see the family that has been threatening both Alyssa’s and Odar’s kingdom. So to see this family was definitely eye opening as they seem to all want power and have their own agenda. Jana just wants her kingdom back. Prince Karden is one of my favorite characters. He instantly finds himself in a situation that he doesn’t like. The Prince of Russek also seeks help to get rid of Jana and her influence on his father. Yet he has a plan but needs Allyssa and Odar to accomplish things.
There were so many crazy things that happened. I found that the relationships changed in a lot of ways. We learn that marriage contracts are now changing as Odar is trapped into a marriage contract with the princess of Russek, even though he previously had signed one with Allyssa. So of course when the King of Russek asks Allyssa about the contract, she tells a half truth, that Jarvik had signed it. Lies are a big thing in this book.
Also Karden and Allyssa start spending time together and they seem to get a lot closer than one would expect. I kind of liked this friend/possible enemy in a way that I wasn’t expecting. It was interesting to see this happen as they are supposed to be at war, yet they are unlikely allies. He hates what is happening to his family. All this prince wants is peace and the father who once was a different man. He believes it’s Jana’s fault.
This book had a lot of action. I totally found myself loving the moments of action in this book. What happens to these characters is definitely them growing up in a lot of ways. Change and war, revolution, upheaval makes things different and forces people to make choices and to do things they would have never otherwise done.
What happens near the last quarter of this book definitely made me very angry at Odar and liking Karden more. Also the fact that Alyssa’s parents are giving her a chance to have a normal life if she wants that at the end, after a few months in seclusion and to heal. So it’s all in Allyssa’s hands what she decides. Allyssa definitely becomes much stronger mentally in a lot of ways that I didn’t expect.
A very good second book.
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