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The Russian Cage

(Gunnie Rose #3)

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Picking up right where A Longer Fall left off, this thrilling third installment follows Lizbeth Rose as she takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this str ...more
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Expected publication: February 23rd 2021
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Whitney Hamrick The Romanovs died in 1918. FDR's first year in office was 1933. For Eli to be 25ish and Lizbeth to be 19, I think the math makes it the 1950s. The sto…moreThe Romanovs died in 1918. FDR's first year in office was 1933. For Eli to be 25ish and Lizbeth to be 19, I think the math makes it the 1950s. The story seems to imply that Lizbeth wasn't born till after FDR was assassinated in Miami since her Grandparents told her what life was like before the US collapsed, but for Eli to escape Russia at the age of 4ish and meet Lizbeth at 25, she would have had to of been at least 10 when FDR was assassinated. Another problem is that Oleg Karkarov was active in the US, obviously prior to Lizbeth so it's a whole lot to untangle.(less)

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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
Initial Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book! I read the first two books in the Gunnie Rose series during the past year and was pretty excited to join Lizbeth on her next adventure. When Lizbeth learns that Eli is in prison, she knows that she has to see what she can do to help. Soon she is in the Holy Russian Empire working to help in any way she can. There were some familiar faces and some new ones as well. I enjoyed trying to figure out exactly what was going on along with Lizbeth and enjoyed a
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Simoné Eloff
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-tbr
9/21/2020 Available to Read Now on Netgalley!

Granted, I still need to get to the first two books, but hey *shrugs*.
Dora Okeyo
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing is certain; this is a page turner.
From the moment Lisbeth receives a letter from her sister and decodes the meaning of it, she's on a train and her mission is to save Eli or rather get him out of prison, how, she doesn't know yet!
It's a very interesting read, thrilling and the characters some lovely others drunk in their power, and Lisbeth, has no patience for small talk or niceties.
Anyone coming into this story line, would enjoy the pace and adventure herein. So, it makes a good read
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Melanie
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Fun addition to the series. This book further develops the backstories of the characters and has some fascinating information about the alternate history of this world. I like the characters more and more with each book in the series.

Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC.
Hope
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan, having happily read my way through her Sookie Stackhouse, Aurora Teagarten and nearly all her other series. Her Gunnie Rose series is a bit of a departure for her as it focuses on a dystopian alternative history time in America. Many the other typical elements of her novels are present-- a heroine who handles herself with aplomb, a form of fantastical or magical being, and a fair amount of action that while violent is not overly upsetting.
The Russian Cage is the t
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Stephanie Tenyak
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 3rd installment of the Gunnie Rose series, we finally get to visit the much talked about Holy Russian Empire (HRE), previously California and Oregon, and the Tsar’s court. The story starts with Lizbeth in Segundo Mexia getting a coded message from her half sister Felicia, who is at school in the HRE. She determines Eli has been imprisoned and sets out to go to San Diego in the HRE to help free him. Along with Felicia, Felix also returns and we get to meet Eli’s family, the tsar and his fa ...more
Anatl
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lizbeth Rose is off to California aka the Holy Russian Empire to save Eli her beloved and break him out of prison. She gets help along the way from her younger sister Felicia, and Felix who also has a romantic stake in Eli's welfare. I haven't read the previous boos An Easy Death or A Longer Fall but I enjoyed the story all the same. I haven't been keeping up to date with Charlaine Harris’s books although I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series. But when I realized she had a new urban fantasy serie ...more
Lauren
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Electronic ARC provided by Edelweiss.

I've really been enjoying this series, and "The Russian Cage" is a great addition. In this third installment we finally get to visit the new Holy Russian Empire (formerly California) as Lizbeth heads directly into the Tsar's court to rescue Eli from imprisonment.

I liked this book a lot more then I liked the previous volume. Charlaine Harris tries hard and means well, but her attempts to deal with issues like systemic racism can be a bit under nuanced. Luckil
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Tani
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley.
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The Russian cage
Charlaine Harris

4.7/5 stars
**And there was bacon, That smell would wake up anyone in the world. If there’s such a thing as heaven, I bet it smells like bacon.**

Set on the Holy Russian Empire, which used to be California and Oregon once, the time or age seems to fit the modern age. Texoma which is Oklahoma and Texas as one is where our MC begins her mission.

The main character Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie which doesn't mean she's an assassin but that she'd do anything to safeguard her
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Chrystina
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I got an ARC from Net Galley I did a happy dance because I LOVE Charlaine Harris and I have fallen in love the Gunnie Rose series.
This is not one of those series that you can just pick up anywhere, so if you are new to this world, do yourself a favor and put down this book and start with An Easy Death, the first in the series. You won't be disappointed.
The series is set in an alternate America where 1) magic is real and 2) a much more disastrous WWI and Influenza Pandemic, the federal gove
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Carmen
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

The signature of the Gunnie Rose series may be how quickly we are dropped into the plot. Here, as in the previous two books, author Charlaine Harris doesn't waste any time getting things going. While the tension is high and every moment is fraught with danger, in The Russian Cage, Lizbeth Rose is without a crew and the mission is personal as she heads into the Holy Russian Empire to rescue her former partner, Eli, from prison.

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Lee Anne
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I was super excited to receive an ARC of The Russian Cage! This is the third installment in the Gunnie Rose series, where we follow Lizbeth as she travels alone to the HRE to save Eli. In the past two books, Lizbeth has always had Eli as her trusted sidekick and now she has only herself to rely on. Upon arrival to the HRE, its clear that this society is more political of nature than previous books and I like that Harris ties in themes to each book (similar to racism and sexism in the second inst
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Anatl
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lizbeth Rose is off to California aka the Holy Russian Empire to save Eli her beloved and break him out of prison. She gets help along the way from her younger sister Felicia, and Felix who also has a romantic stake in Eli's welfare. I haven't read the previous boos An Easy Death or A Longer Fall but I enjoyed the story all the same. I haven't been keeping up to date with Charlaine Harris’s books although I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series. But when I realized she had a new urban fantasy serie ...more
K. Lincoln
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Got this from NetGalley because I love Gunnie Rose. If you are also a fan of Gunnie Rose's matter-of-fact, deadly, competence, and are fascinated with the dichotomy of her ability to read people's intentions without understanding the emotional reasons behind those intentions, then you will also love this book. Not only do we get more of Gunnie Rose being who she is, but we also get to see Gunnie Rose stripped of her beloved colts, thrust into dresses, and having to deal with the arcane politics ...more
David Ketelsen
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Russian Cage is the third book in Charlaine Harris' Gunnie Rose series. It's a stand alone novel though reading the earlier books is beneficial. The expected publication date is February 23rd 2021.

I really enjoyed reading this book and love the series. It's an alternative history novel in which the United States no longer exists but is broken up into smaller countries.

The main character, Lizbeth Rose, an armed guard "gunnie" by trade, is wonderful. She's supremely confident about her profess
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Handcrafted Librarian
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Follow Lizbeth Rose as she travels to the Holy Russian Empire to save Prince Eli! I wonderful addition to Charlaine Harris' post-apocalyptic series. This series is best when read in sequence as it depends heavily on characters and situations from previous books. Each book has also taken place in a different territory and each one has offered a great peak into these unique societies that have popped up out of the broken United States.

This time, in the Holy Russian Empire, Lizbeth drops everythin
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Sally Stieglitz
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The world is pretty chaotic now, and I really needed this latest Gunnie Rose installment by Charlaine Harris to take me away from the stressors and new cycles! I can't explain what I love out her books. It's not genre; I don't read other authors in similar genres. I think it's her voice and storytelling. I started with the Aurora Teagarden series (great shout out to short librarians with glasses, ty!), and have progressed through the other series, some I loved, some weren't for me. But I can cou ...more
Amy
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E-book/Rural Fantasy: I really enjoy this series, but I still cannot figure out the year. I take into consideration technology lags, birth control, and social mores; as in there is no commercial air flight, there are not enough children & people with VD, and homosexuality is about as acceptable as it is in our present day. For this third book in the series, I am thinking the early 60s. I think.

In this installment, Lizbeth Rose is off to Cali to find out what is going on with her man, Eli, and c
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Anne
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the most conventional story of the three so far. It's nice to see where Eli and his family live, but it's the most similar to our world despite being ruled by a Tsar.

I liked the story and the fact that Felicia, Lizbeth's sister, gets more development. I can see her becoming a force in future books. That said, this book would have neatly finished off the series if it was a trilogy. However, I see a fourth one planned.

If you are really into the relationship between Lizbeth and Eli, you may
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Rachel
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris is the third book in the unique and engaging series: Gunnie Rose. This book starts off where its predecessor, A Longer Fall, left off.

This is a great series. It is part alternative history, part science fiction, part fantasy, and part historical fiction. It is a whirlwind, and keeps me engaged with each additional book. The characters are flushed out and embellished on within this installment, and I think it goes a long way in that it adds depth and investme
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Rachel
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris is the third book in the unique and engaging series: Gunnie Rose. This book starts off where its predecessor, A Longer Fall, left off.

This is a great series. It is part alternative history, part science fiction, part fantasy, and part historical fiction. It is a whirlwind, and keeps me engaged with each additional book. The characters are flushed out and embellished on within this installment, and I think it goes a long way in that it adds depth and investme
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Laure
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lizbeth has received word from her sister Felicia, that Eli is in jail. He's her partner, she can't leave him there, so she decides to travel to San Diego to find out why he has been imprisoned, and to do anything necessary to free him. Lizbeth quickly realizes that it will be no easy task and she will have to rely heavily on Felicia to help her navigate through the politics of the Holy Russian Empire. To top it all off, she was informed the minute she entered the Empire that she couldn't even c ...more
Kendra
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlaine Harris never fails to delight me. In this novel, the third to feature gunslinger-for-hire Lizbeth Rose, Lizbeth heads to the Holy Russian Empire--San Diego, to be precise--to spring her lover Eli Savarov from jail. But the job is complicated by politics, families, magic, and the fact that Lizbeth can't legally carry guns in the Empire. I loved the development of returning characters, particularly Lizbeth's sister Felicia, and the wonderful new characters who inhabit this book, Eli's mo ...more
Jessica Rodrigues
I really anticipated this book and was so excited to get an advance copy.

Readers will appreciate learning more about this alternate-history California, meeting Eli's family, and seeing a more emotional side to Lizbeth.

However, this is all overshadowed by the fact that the plot is neatly tied up via a plot hole the size of Texas itself. While the central conflict is Lizbeth's quest to free Eli from prison, that plot takes backseat to political intrigue involving the tsar and a bunch of other cha
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Carly McEathron
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Russian Cage is one of my Most Anticipated Reads of 2021 and it did not disappoint! Charlaine Harris' third installment of the Gunnie Rose series, fans will heave a sigh of relief at the supposed Happily Ever After at the end (knowing Charlaine Harris, the adventures of Gunnie Rose are not done so that HEA may be tentative).

The Gunnie Rose series is a fantasy sub-trope all of its own, with a slight Steampunk feel in the Old (New?) West where the Russian Romanov family rules what is now Cali
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Marty Tool
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the series, you could read this without the previous, but you'd miss how and the history of Lisbeth becoming Gunny Rose and her relationship with Eli. We have met most of the characters before and in this edition we learn a lot about them, especially her sister. Eli has been imprisoned in the now HRE based in San Diego, and she's getting him out no matter what. It is non-stop action, trying to make plans on how she will achieve her goals. The people around her may not be appreciati ...more
Patrick Stirling
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Another installment in the life of Lisbeth "gunnie" Rose, and really only 2.5 stars, it doesn't add anything new in the way of character development or world building. I wasn't planning on reading it, but netgalley offered me an advance reader copy (ARC) so here I am. I could repeat my review of the 2nd book (A Longer Fall) and it would work as well here. Written well enough to keep my interest, and somewhat of a page turner (other than that the ending is never in doubt so there's not much tensi ...more
Cubby
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I love the delightfully straightforward Lizbeth Rose. Her internal dialogue is just too funny...like listening to a relative with no filter who finds little humor in the fripperies and folderol of "society". This third installment of the series features Lizbeth's adventure to the Holy Russian Empire to rescue her love, Eli. Along the way, we get to learn more about her sister Felicia and frenemy Felix. Although it feels like this series may be ending here, I'm hopeful for more...especial ...more
Jen Juenke
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
WOW! Another wonderful Gunnie Rose novel.
This time, Lizabeth "Gunnie" Rose goes to the Holy Russian Empire, formerly known as California to get her lover, Eli out of jail.
Once there, she begins to understand the intricate ways in which royal courts are manipulated.
And she must free Eli.
Ms Harris authors another great novel, full of suspense, blood shed, magic, and humor. Two thumbs way up!

I do feel that you should read the other two books in this series before tackling this one, so that you ge
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an
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