Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
Reign of Secrets #1
Young Adult, Fantasy
Expected Publication: August 25th, 2015
Jennifer Anne Davis's best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Seventeen-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 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 country 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.
About the Author
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her high school sweetheart. She 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.
Cage of Deceit came at the perfect time - I was in between books and hadn't read anything other than contemporary romance in months. Cage of Deceit was exactly what I needed to deter an impending reading slump.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way Davis blends the romance with the action. It's there, you see it and you root for it, but there is much more to the story. To me this is one of the most important aspects of a successful fantasy novel. You HAVE to put plot and world-building first, do that effectively, but keep us wondering about the romance as well. That was done perfectly in this book and I ate it up.
I will say there were some things I found predictable, but going into the whos and hows would require spoilers. So instead I'll just say that yes, it is predictable, but that did not change how I felt about it. It was well written, I loved the characters and really enjoyed the story. I'd definitely recommend Cage of Deceit! I can't wait to delve into her True Reign series while I wait for the sequel.