Book Review – The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

the caged queenOnce there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. When they were angry, mirrors shattered, and when they were happy, flowers bloomed. 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.

Together with Dax and his sister, Asha, Roa and her people waged war and deposed a tyrant. But now Asha is on the run, hiding from the price on her head. And Roa is an outlander queen, far from home and married to her enemy. Worst of all: Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people continue to suffer.

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

All she has to do is kill the king.


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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the story of Roa and Essie, along with Dax. I did miss Asha, and the dragons – there are definitely not enough dragons in the Caged Queen – but I thought it was a great follow up, and an interesting one for not following Asha.

Roa is great as a lead – she’s so protective and fiery and headstrong, and her love for her sister and her people is on every page. I liked that we saw Dax through Roa’s eyes, but I would have liked more of who he really is, i found the snippets we got really intriguing!

I did find it a shame to step away from the story telling culture and the Namsara and Ishkari legends, but I loved getting to see the scrublanders and see their side of the story – especially as in the last Namsara you only get a specific view.

I also love the politics and backstabbing. I always do 😉


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