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The Princes of the Golden Cage

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  83 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Prince Amir lives in a lavish and beautiful cage. He lives in a palace with hundreds of his brothers, all barred by law from ever leaving the palace until he, or one of his brothers, becomes the next Sultan. Living under constant threat of death at the hands of his scheming brothers, Amir has chosen a life of solitude and study. His scholarly and alchemical pursuits bring ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Night Shade Books
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Brownbetty
Mar 30, 2008 Brownbetty rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: masochistic people
Some editor somewhere was smoking something when she acquired this book, and probably when she proofed it, too, and I wish she'd share it with me so that I could enjoy reading it. Everything in this book, from the characterization to the foreshadowing, is so ham-handed that I kept on attempting to discover some secret twist that suddenly make all the inconsistencies part of a vast conspiracy, and explain all the insane choices the characters make. There is no such twist.

The protagonist and narr
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Kathryn
Dec 31, 2014 Kathryn rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
My main issue with this book is that it was terribly poorly edited. I'm not talking about any continuity errors or pacing, I'm referring to basic spell-check, grammar, "commonly" confused words (at least twice, I encountered "bare" in place of "bear"), and a really strange dearth of commas. The orthographical errors worsened as the pages turned. I am used to a few uncaught errors/typos in any book (especially those hot off the presses), but this one had dozens. I can't lay all the blame at the f ...more
Haleh
May 21, 2009 Haleh rated it liked it
Over one hundred princes live in a beautiful and lavish cage together. Some are half brothers, others are full brothers, some are the sons of the Sultan’s wives, and others are the sons of the women from the Sultan’s harem. All the brothers share the fear of being killed by one another in the attempt to become the next Sultan. The Princes of the Golden Cage, by Nathalie Mallet, Prince Amir is one of these brothers. His main goal, like some of his other brothers, is not to rise above the rest and ...more
Lexie
Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
This was an impulse buy with a giftcard from the holidays, but one I'm happy about. The Arabian setting, even an Arabian inspired fantasy, was vastly interesting. Of course we always hear about the intrigues of the harem, its all women and whenever you put together such a large amount of women in a place dedicated to ambition and ruthlessness there is bound to be fun stories to relate, but I think Mallet's take on the all those Princes in line for the throne is equally entertaining. Just like in ...more
Majanka
Jan 24, 2012 Majanka rated it really liked it
GENRE: Fantasy, Mystery and Suspense, Romance
RECEIVED: Review copy provided by the author.
Read the Review on my Blog.


Who thought being of royal blood made life easy-peachy never met Prince Amir, his father the Sultan or the Golden Cage. To prevent war and bloodshed between his possible successors, the Sultan has built an enormous Golden Cage hosting all his possible heirs, the total number exceeding one hundred. Like it’s not enough to be locked into a cage – a luxurious cage, but a cage nevert
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Jill Stein
Oct 19, 2015 Jill Stein rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read. I did not expect the ending at all. The only thing I had a hard time understanding was the progression of Rami's character. Some of it just didn't make a lot of sense. Very enjoyable, finished over the course of two weekends.
caracal-eyes
Jul 13, 2014 caracal-eyes rated it it was ok
Good book, and a quick read for me. Entertaining, though the writing could have been better, and a good deal of editing would have been a great help. The author had a tendency to use 'definitively' rather than 'definitely,' and there were a few other, similar problems which didn't ruin the book but were a minor annoyance. Still, the story was decent, and it moved well. There's a sequel, and from the excerpt in the back of this book it looks like I'll read it if I find it somewhere. I'm hoping th ...more
Bagtree
Aug 18, 2010 Bagtree rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Laughably bad, and clearly never proofread. It's not a story, it's a random agglomeration of common fantasy/romance/mystery tropes, with nary an aberration to be found.

Also, such dialogue-attribution gems as "'Aaahhh!' I made."

Yeah. I'm just gonna leave that there.

Additionally, nearly all the main characters have the same four letters in their names. And one character CLEVERLY rearranges said letters for a different name, to preserve a not-very-secret identity. This gets annoying, and may also l
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Yune
Jul 12, 2009 Yune rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's clumsily put together, but I rather liked the setting -- the sultan's sons are forbidden freedom, and scheme against each other to win their father's favor.

Ultimately, though, this is a mystery/adventure rather than a story of intrigue. I wasn't so much interested in this mystery, alas, and reveals were too easy -- I lost track of how many conveniently eavesdropped-upon conversations helped save the thread of discovery.
J. Else
Mar 18, 2010 J. Else rated it really liked it
Enjoy the mystery and intrigue of this book. Takes place in the time of the Sultans when a sultan would have so many sons, that they would be placed in a cage and would have to stay there until a new sultan was crowned. Interesting tale of the not-so-glamorous palace life where living as a prince was living as a prisoner. Enjoyed the storytelling.
Brittany Bentley
Jan 28, 2011 Brittany Bentley rated it it was ok
I expected to like a book set in a Ottoman haram analogue a lot more than I did. It was sort of meh. The ending was somewhat twisty but not entirely unexpected. However I don't believe she didn't any great injustice to the history, which I appreciated.
K T
Apr 02, 2008 K T rated it it was ok
I was looking for some fantasy fluff, but with more action or romance elements. This one mostly centered around a lame mystery. That's what I get for only skimming the description.

Not awful, but nothing special. It's her first book, and you can tell.
Haven
Jul 06, 2008 Haven rated it really liked it
This book was very good, with many twists and turns to keep you guessing, I'm happy with this book and glad to say I am looking forward to more of Nathalie Mallets work.
Michelle
Feb 27, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
The story itself was only okay, but I was fascinated by the world it's set in.
Robyn
May 14, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
Great mystery. Can't wait to read the others.
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Passionate about literature—especially science fiction, fantasy, and horror—Nathalie Mallet had dreamed of being a writer since her youth. When to take the plunge into this new career was just a question of timing. So when she left her New Brunswick home near the ocean for the scenic town of Kitimat, British Columbia, where the mountains touch the Pacific
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