Reign of Secrets #2
Published by Reign Publishing on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
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Well, booklings, it’s that time again in which I slack off in reviews, forget about writing them and have trouble writing those reviews when I have to write the reviews (I could call off from the tour, but I already the book, so I might as well).
Cage of Darkness is the newest book by Jennifer Anne Davis and the second book in her Reign of Secrets series. The book is the sequel to Cage of Deceit, which, in my review for the blog tour last year, there is a massive cliffhanger. The actual review is hidden, so all you need to do is click on the letter, and it’ll expand. ^^ Of course, I haven’t checked up on that review in particular since BWT went through its latest makeover, so… I don’t know how the spoiler button will fare (it seems to work? I rarely use it now).
I adored Cage of Deceit a lot more than Cage of Darkness, but I liked it in its own regard when I didn’t compare it to its predecessor. Cage of Darkness brings back Princess Allyssa in all her kick butt glory as she and Prince Odar are forcibly taken on their journey to Fren by an assassin who takes her to Russek, where the royal family there is looking for revenge. Much like in the first book, Cage of Darkness focuses on court politics and intricacies involved, but in this sequel, the court politics are brought up a notch as new players are introduced.
One of my favorite things back in the first book was how Allyssa isn’t the “typical” princess – caring about the court, winning the hand of a prince, going to balls, etc. Allyssa snuck out at night and teams up with someone else just to bring down the criminals of Emperion, and she doesn’t care much about trying to win a prince’s hand. Cage of Darkness gives us a brief look at how she is outside of the court but focuses heavily on how she handles herself as a princess in another court despite the unpleasant conditions she faces.
The one thing that I am bothered with, however, is the romance between Allyssa and Odar. I totally ship the two of them. They’re both clever and strong willed, and they’ll make a great couple together. (Also, I am all about strong couples like Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows.) BUT…. this might just be a personal preference, but Allyssa kind of moves the relationship a little fast even when things are falling apart around them, thus keeping both at a distance from each other.
So far, she’d heard a lot about what the king and queen wanted, but nothing about what Odar did. “I love you and want to marry you. I thought you felt the same.” She folded her arms, trying to hold herself together.
But anyways, that might be a nitpicky personal thing. Other than that, Cage of Darkness lived up to all of my expectations as a sequel, and I am eagerly waiting for the third book to see what Allyssa goes through next.
About Jennifer Anne Davis
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.