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The Caged Queen

(Iskari #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,093 ratings  ·  817 reviews
Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. 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
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Published September 25th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Kristen Ciccarelli
Mar 28, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about The Caged Queen (Book 2 in the Iskari series) and thought this might be a good place to answer them! Here we go…

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
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This one wasn't as good as the first book to me but it was still good. Some things got to me but that's the way it goes!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
C.G. Drews
Somehow I just tripped and fell in love with this book and I can't get up??? No no pls do not save me. I'm besotted. I'm absolutely wickedly entranced. Like The Last Namsara was excellent and I adored Asha and Torwin and all the dragons. But this one just sort of caught me even harder and I !!! love it so much !!! I usually complain YA fantasy isn't living up to what I need, but this is [clenches fist] so frikkin good.

seriously it basically had a checklist of things I love reading
➸ hate to love
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buzzword-2021
It's official. I am absolute trash for this series!

The Caged Queen is the second installment of Kristen Ciccarelli's highly-underrated YA Fantasy trilogy, Iskari.

If you are unaware, the books within this series are all companion novels. Even though they follow a linear story, with the same overriding cast of characters, each installment features the perspectives of different main characters.

Picking up shortly after the conclusion of The Last Namsara, this volume focuses mainly on Roa, her sister
Nadhira Satria
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
I think the first book was better than this but it’s good regardless. Jumping into this book I kind of expected on not liking it but it exceeded my low expectation. I didn’t really want to start the book because of how I feel about Roa on the first book. Short to say I disliked her and I wanted to read more about Asha instead

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
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.5 stars 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,
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
I know the sophomore slump is a thing but..

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


Do you think I have tolerance for special snowflakes who cheat on their husbands and think of themselves as righteous?

Fuck, no!

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.

Am I interested in her self-righteous complains that

3.5/5 stars! I think the best thing I like about this series is how easy the writing style is to read and I can binge these books in no time. The story flows quite well from the ending of the first book and I found myself enjoying the romance between Dax and Roa alot. But saying that, I don't think I'd give it a 4 star rating because I wish there were more plot twists or conflict; I just wanted the story to be longer I guess? I'm really curious about the last book and hope it will win me over :) ...more
Jade Ratley
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli is the sequel/companion to The Last Namsara, which happened to be one of my favourite reads of 2017, so I was eagerly awaiting this one… so eagerly. I couldn’t wait to dive in, and this did not disappoint me one bit.

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
Dannii Elle
This is the second instalment in the high fantasy Iskari series and despite following the same set of characters as featured in the first, a different protagonist narrates this tale.

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
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, my-reviews
#1.) The Last Namsara ★★★★
#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
Tricia Levenseller
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
This was so different from the first novel, but I loved it just as much! Ciccarelli really has a way with lush storytelling and sneaky plots!


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
Ryan Buckby
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
What are souls, but stars waiting to be born?

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
Jodi Meadows
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Caged Queen' is the second book in the Iskari seres, so if you haven't read the previous book then I would advise getting through that before embarking on this one. Most of what happens is continued from book one, so it's imperative to understanding the characters and the plot. We are transported back to the lush, immersive world we were introduced to in 'The Last Namsara', but this time we see things from Roa's perspective. A book that's full of intrigue, betrayal, loyalty, sibling relatio ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was not as good as The Last Namsara but it was still a good book. There was a lot about this one I did not completely like and even bothered me but that happens sometimes and it does not take too much away from the book. I liked Roa’s story but I did find Asha’s story more gripping. Still a good story though.

My quick and simple overall: not as actioned past as the first but still a good story.
meg ✷
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The moment I realize what your favorite piece is, she becomes your weakness.


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
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoooon
Surprisingly, I continue to enjoy this series immensely. While Ciccarelli brings little that is new to the fantasy genre--her debut reminded me of The Winner's Curse series in multiple instances and this novel I would liken to a mix of The Bird and the Sword, The Wrath and the Dawn, and The King of Attolia--I appreciate that this series is a set of companion novels that, though they can be read as stand-alones, build upon a larger political narrative of one kingdom. Where the first novel was all ...more
Sheila G
*Review of book 1 in series: The Last Namsara

Update 4/10/2018: BUT THERE'S A COVER!!!!!!!!!!


I want this RIGHT NOW.

Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA fantasy Dragons Kingdoms
Shelves: fantasy
Caged Queen, the second book of the Iskari series, was not as good as the first one, but it was enjoyable nevertheless. The two main characters, Roa and Dax, were pretty great, with Dax being all charming and having a big twist about his character, though, there were signs that that might happen. Roa was likable too, however, I would have loved if she was more of a queen. At first, she did show some strength and dominance, but that faded away as soon as they set foot in the palace. She kind of b ...more
Adibah Atiqa (persephtiyareads)
this book is more driven to characters' development compared to the first book, which is more on world building

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
3 stars

"Never reveal yourself. It's the second rule of gods and monsters." She looked up at him. "Do you remember the first?"

"Pay attention."

"Yes! Very good."

"No," said Dax. "I mean: pay attention, I'm about to win the game."

Roa frowned.

"Want to know the third rule of gods and monsters? Just made it up.

Never underestimate a fool."
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
SECOND READ 11/11/19 - 4 stars

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!
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am totally heartbroken. How can I wait until November to read the third book in the series? I read both books in 3 days. I can't wait!!

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
The Caged Queen is the second book in Kristen Ciccarelli's Iskari series and picks up the story a few months after the end of The Last Namsara but this story is told from Roa's point of view rather than Asha's. You'll probably remember that Roa is the outlander who married Dax and it was her people who helped him and Asha overthrow their father so Dax could become the new king. Now Asha is living in exile while Roa tries to make sure Dax follows through on his promises to make life better for th ...more
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Kristen Ciccarelli is the internationally bestselling author of the Iskari series. Her first book, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s children and YA chart, was one of Indigo’s Best Book for Teens, and has been translated into 12 languages. Before writing books for a living, she worked as an artisanal baker, an indie bookseller, and a ceramic artist. These days she resides in a blustery seaside ...more

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