Reign of Secrets: Cage of Deceit (Book One) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Jennifer Anne Davis’s best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.
Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.
Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her high school sweetheart. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
Thanks to Damaris of Good Choice Reading for the opportunity to read an ARC copy of Cage of Deceit.
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As many of you know, I am one for flashy covers and I can honestly say if I were to have seen this book I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance; which I will admit, would have been a shame. Whenever I read a book that is set in a completely fictional land I try to mentally prepare myself to clear my preconceived notions and open my mind up to all things. There will be new countries, people, customs and even languages. There are times when you read something and think, wait a minute, is that even the right time period? but you must remind yourself this world exists entirely on its own. I come into the books at an odd time. It is the first of a new series, but involves characters from the True Reign series. The characters have brought a history to the story that is a mystery to me. Fortunately it does not take away from the story, but reading the True Reign series would certainly add more depth and love to the characters. Mission accepted.
Allyssa was born to a life of privilege as Emperion’s princess and future queen. Suffocated by the power hungry bottom feeders of court and the duties her life entails, she longs for freedom and release. Escaping her cage at a young age, Allyssa met a commoner named Grevik, her only friend outside the castle. Sneaking out and meeting Grevik became second nature to her, creating a life and cover with the name Lilly to hide her true identity. When Grevik’s father is murdered, the two make a pact to hunt down criminals and bring them to justice. A dark shadow seeks Lilly’s help, but when it not only threatens her life, but that of Grevik and the royal family she becomes thrust into the centre of a dark plot.
The country of Russek invades neighbouring countries, and threatens the boarders surrounding Emperion. Their intensions and their motives remain a mystery, one that could destroy Emperion. Allyssa’s parents have always protected her and ensured she would not be married off without her acceptance, but when a marriage to the prince of Fren and uniting the countries soldiers could save both countries and their lives, Allyssa has no choice but to stand up for her country and do what she was born to do. The prince of Fren is charming, handsome and everything a young prince should be. What he lacks though, is personality. What he lacks is made up through his insufferable squire Jarvik. Alyssa and Jarvik take an instant dislike to each other, which only complicates matters further. While the lives of those she loves most are threatened, Jarvik is the only one who can help her.
Cage of Deceit takes us on a thrilling journey to a new world (for some) with characters that make us laugh, cringe and hold our breaths for what is to come. The Reign of Secrets series looks to take us across this mysterious and exciting world to see far away lands and meet new and dangerous characters. There are many mysteries to be revealed and those I have hunches about. Despite these, it does not take away anything from the story; if anything it only makes me more excited for what is to come. I was thrilled with Cage of Deceit and how the story developed. Davis leaves the reader on the edge of a massive chasm with just enough to tease us and make us crave more. Stay tuned for future reviews of the series as well as some back tracking into the True Reign series.
- Book summary courtesy of Jennifer Anne Davis webpage.