Review – The caged queen

Title: The caged queen

Author: Kirsten Ciccarelli

Format: Paperback

Publisher: HarperTeen

Page count: 379

Release day: September 25th 2018

Series: Iskari #2

Rating: 4 stars

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. It was a magic they cherished—until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.

Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered.

Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Only as queen could she save her people from Firgaard’s rule.

Then a chance arises to right every wrong—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good.

All she has to do is kill the king.

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What I thought:

I enjoyed book one, but could not remember that much of it. But I still wanted to continue, partly because I want these gorgeous covers on my shelf! I’m so happy I continued! Ciccarelli’s writing is really good, and I loved reading it! Besides the story was also really amazing!

I loved that we now read the story of Asha’s (main character of book one) brother Dax, but not from his perspective. We read from Roa’s perspective, and it was just as much her story as Dax’. Both of them were such interesting characters, I could not stop reading because I wanted to learn more about them. I loved the love/hate relation between Dax and Roa, it was really easy to understand why they loved and hated each other at the same time. I loved that understanding their decisions was actually quite easy, even if they were ‘wrong’. And this was 100% because of the amazing way of story telling that is happening in this book. We kept slowly learning more about Roa and Dax’ past, which was really good for understanding them.

So the storytelling/writing was amazing, the characters were fantastic, couldn’t put the book down. But there is one negative thing I have to say about this book, I was promised dragons, where were they??? There was maybe like 5 pages of dragons, the last 5 .. Also I didn’t really like Asha in this book, but she was as much present as the dragons, so didn’t mind that much ahah.

I would 100% recommend this book to everyone! And I cannot wait for book 3 to release at the end of this year! Also I hope she will write another series after this one!

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4 Replies to “Review – The caged queen”

  1. Great review! I started The Last Namsara last year and even though I loved it, I didn’t finish it for some reason. I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish it and then read this book sometime this year

    1. I hope you get to it and will love it even more 🙂

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  2. I loved Roa and Dax’s story too. Particularly Dax’s constant napping during meetings (that is totally me at work!). Great review!

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