If I could describe Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Ann Davis in one word it would be captivating. I picked this book up and didn’t put it down until I turned the last page.
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.
Cage of Deceit had so many things that I love in Young Adult Fantasy. Allyssa was a kick ass heroine with awesome skills and the background to back up why she had the skills. There was political intrigue with war brewing among courts and kingdoms. The novel was filled with delicious tension, vulnerable conversations that were too quickly interrupted and characters with realistic expectations driven by loyalty and duty.
This book has a twist that I totally saw coming but it wasn’t a bad thing. In fact, it made the novel more enjoyable because I found myself curling up with anticipation at every possible reveal only to be left breathless and wanting when the truth was continuously withheld. I’m having to take deep breaths as I’m writing this because just thinking about it leaves me breathless.
I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Anticipating the next political move, late-night fight or possible romantic rendezvous. I fell in love with Princess Alyssa, her best friend, the squire, her parents, the ladies in waiting — all of them! The characters were well-rounded, deeply enough developed to elicit emotion from the reader and believable. I also thoroughly enjoyed all the action. The fight scenes were exciting and even the sparring exercises were entertaining.
Cage of Deceit was an amazing read. I am distraught because I don’t know when I’ll get my greedy hands on book two. If you like YA fantasy, enjoy kick ass heroines, harrowing fights and rescues, and hot boys with swords, this book is for you.
STARS: 4.5 out of 5
Thanks to Clean Teen Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!