The Caged Queen
Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned ...more
Will Asha be in THE CAGED QUEEN?
Asha (and Torwin, and a certain black dragon) are definitely in The Caged Queen. With that said, book 2 is ultimately about Roa and what happens shortly after the events of The Last Namsara. You’ll get a lot more of Roa’s history, what exactly happened between her and Dax all those years ago, why she did what s ...more
Her sister said it would take a year to raise an army, bring down a tyrant, and marry a king.
Roa had done it in just three months.
Ah yes, yes she did. In just three months she did just that. She married a king, who is her enemy. She brought down a tyrant, who was actually brought down by Asha because Asha hated her tyrant of a father. And of course, she raised an army even though...she...didn’t.
Let's take a step backwards. When Kristen Ciccarelli announced that The Caged Queen was go ...more
seriously it basically had a checklist of things I love reading
➸ hate to love ...more
✨ What I Liked ✨
1. The writing
As good as the first book. Not too detailed and just good enough to make me glued on to the pages
2. The short stories and flashbacks
Though the ...more
Whoa....my heart is full. I just love, love, love this series!
The Caged Queen in the Iskari series is a companion novel to Kristen Ciccarelli's first, The Last Namsara. There currently is one other published companion novel and from what I understand they can all be read separately. Having read them all, and I do suggest to follow it the order of the set Iskari series due to the character's backstories and relations to others.
Much like the first novel, this book contains lore, tales, ...more
D A Y U M.
This was truly awful. Wow.
The one positive about this book was that there were still old stories woven throughout, expanding the world and deepening understanding, but even those were not nearly as good or magical as in the first book. Everything else was. Oof. Bad.
Roa was like a lamb, all cute and dumb and ready to be slaughtered. Except it was even worse because she thought she was the wolf even though it was CLEAR that she had no idea wh ...more
Roa is a daughter of the House of Song. Once there were two daughters but her sister Essie lost her life in a tragic accident, leaving Roa to walk the world alone. Companionship came in the unlikely form of Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne and her childhood playmate. She quickly realises that their alliance will be ...more
#2.) The Caged Queen ★★★★★
"what are souls but stars waiting to be born?"
This is the second book in the Iskari series, and follows largely the same group of characters but has a different main protagonist.
That initially turned me off this book, as I loved Asha in the first instalment so much and wasn't too sure about Roa. However, I loved this even more than its predecessor. This style of story telling is very interesting to me, because we get to see the same world and ...more
This is the second book in the Iskari series, the first of which followed Asha as she learnt to embrace her warrior nature and bond with dragons. I thought it was a great piece of YA fiction, with a powerful female protagonist, so I was excited to see where the sequel would lead. This time we follow Roa, who we see as a secondary character in the first novel, as she steps into her new role as an outlander queen to Asha’s brother Da ...more
ANGRY SPOILERS ALERT!!
Do you think I have tolerance for special snowflakes who cheat on their husbands and think of themselves as righteous?
Meet Roa, she the fucking martyr who would sacrifice anything to bring her dead sister back. It's okay to kill a person who actually was only indirectly guilty of your sister's death. He did not kill her. Your sister jumped to save his life and fell to her death.
IT WAS HER CHOICE TO SAVE HIM.
Am I interested in her self-righteous complains that
The synopsis of this book starts with “ What would you sacrifice for love? Death-defying, world-altering love?” But please, do not let this fool you into believing this is a cheesy love story, for the love they talk of is the love between sister ...more
You know i didn't enjoy this one as much as i loved the first one but this story did hold its own and i still somewhat got some enjoyment out of it.
Plot: This plot wasn't as strong for me as the first one and i think it's the fact that it lacked in a couple of things that i really loved from the first book. I really enjoyed having Dax and Roa as the two main leads for this one but i was confused starting this book because i thought the story was ...more
THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! EVEN THOUGH I CALLED A BUNCH OF SHIT HAPPENING BEFORE IT HAPPENED, I AM IN LOVE.
Okay, not going to lie.. there were some twists and turns in this book. Some of them made me super freaking angry... and some were just annoying the shit out of me because I HAD SO MANY QUESTIONS! I almost ended up planning Dax's death at one point. No regrets.
I am so in love with Roa and Dax's relationship. They are still learning to "trust" one another but they are also slowly fallin ...more
My quick and simple overall: not as actioned past as the first but still a good story.
The moment I realize what your favorite piece is, she becomes your weakness.
FINAL RATING: 4.5 STARS
TRIGGER WARNINGS: blood; death; murder
THIS BOOK TOOK ME INTO A ROLLER COASTER RIDE OF EMOTIONS THAT I AM STILL REELING FROM. I literally had to put the book down multiple times to breathe, only to pick it back up again because I was dying to know what happened next. It was that good, and it's safe to say that I love The Caged Queen more than The L ...more
but after all, I always love the beauty of writing in this series
so magic, so raw, and never failed to take my breath away
"Never reveal yourself. It's the second rule of gods and monsters." She looked up at him. "Do you remember the first?"
"Yes! Very good."
"No," said Dax. "I mean: pay attention, I'm about to win the game."
"Want to know the third rule of gods and monsters? Just made it up.
Never underestimate a fool."
FIRST READ 05/12/18 - 3.75 stars
There weren't as many dragons in this one :( Also it uses miscommunication/no communication to drive the plot which irks me, but I still did end up really loving this. I can't freaking wait for the third book!
I was surprised, because I didn't read the synopsis of the book before buying it (yeah that's me. Pretty cover? Check. Bloggers are loving it? Check!!). So I really thought the story would be about Asha, but NO! It's about Roa. I was a little disappointed at first, but I ended up loving it! I loved how, again, the stories were explaining past events so I could ...more
At first I was disappointed that it would focus on different characters however that disappeared as I was drawn into this beautiful story. In this book we learn more about Dax and Roa as they adjust to their new situation as a married couple and King and Queen. The story was simmering with political intrigue, plot twists and romance. I loved the fact how the love between them developed over the course of the book.
Im looking forward to ...more