Roa and her sister Essie were born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. It was a magic they cherished – until the terrible day Essie died and her soul was trapped in this world. Dax, the heir to the throne of Firgaard, was responsible. Roa swore she would never forgive him – yet when he came begging for her help to dethrone his cruel father, Roa made him a deal. She’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Now, even after everything she has sacrificed, Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people still 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 Relinquishing, 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. . .
I have been so excited to read The Cages Queen because I really enjoyed reading The Last Namsara last year and I couldn’t wait to dive back into the world all over again. This book is being described as a companion book to The Last Namsara rather than a sequel, which at first I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it as much, but I was totally wrong and I think I ended up really enjoying it.
As I said I was really excited to get back into this world again and as soon as you pick up The Caged Queen you are transported to a world that is so rich in detail that you never want to leave. I read a lot of different fantasy books and some feely a bit samey and there isn’t much difference between them all, but the world that has been created for this series feels so fresh and original that its hard not to fall in love with it every time you pick up the book.
As with The Last Namsara the writing is beyond amazing, it’s addictive. Once I picked up this book I found it very difficult to put down, I think I managed to read the entire book in just a couple of sittings. For me I found the plot for this book completely different to the first book in the series. The Last Namsara was more an action adventure book whereas The Caged Queen is more character driven and political intrigue book. But that doesn’t mean that the plot is dull because it’s not, its still intense, and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Something else that I really loved about The Caged Queen was that the main story broke off throughout the book to little chapters that described the past and how the characters became part of the story, as well as giving us more information about this world. I really enjoyed these little breaks in the story because it made the characters and the world feel more real because we had more details and more development.
I would highly recommend The Caged Queen to everyone who loved The Last Namsara. I found it to be a completely different type of book but still equally enjoyable. Also I would recommend this series for anyone who wants to read a new type of fantasy book. Even though this is a companion book I would still start with The Last Namsara because if you read The Caged Queen first it will spoil the plot to the first book.
I rate this book 5/5 stars
***I was sent a copy of this book for review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***
To read my review on the first book of the series, The Last Namsara, click the link below.