The Caged Queen (Iskari, #2)
Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. When they were angry, mirrors shattered, and when they were happy, flowers bloomed. 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, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered. Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen.Together with Dax and his sister, Asha, Roa and her people waged war and deposed a tyrant. But now Asha is on the run, hiding from the price on her head. And Roa is an outlander queen, far from home and married to her enemy. Worst of all: Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people continue to suffer.Then a chance to right every wrong arises—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Reliquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good.All she has to do is kill the king.

The Caged Queen (Iskari, #2) Details

TitleThe Caged Queen (Iskari, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062568014
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Dragons, Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Cultural, Canada

The Caged Queen (Iskari, #2) Review

  • Kristen Ciccarelli
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE! The pre-order campaign for The Caged Queen is live! :) Pre-order before September 24th at 11:59pm EST and receive:- a poster print of Asha- a poster print of Roa- a map of Asha + Roa’s world (this map is NOT found in English editions, only some translations)- a handwritten note from me- a dragon-slayer sticker- a signed bookplateSend proof of purchase + mailing address to [email protected] Open internationally while supplies last. Details are here!I’ve been getting a lot o UPDATE! The pre-order campaign for The Caged Queen is live! :) Pre-order before September 24th at 11:59pm EST and receive:- a poster print of Asha- a poster print of Roa- a map of Asha + Roa’s world (this map is NOT found in English editions, only some translations)- a handwritten note from me- a dragon-slayer sticker- a signed bookplateSend proof of purchase + mailing address to [email protected] Open internationally while supplies last. Details are here!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 she did in book 1, what’s with the mysterious white bird always at her side, and what happens next in the lives of her, Dax, Safire, Asha, and Torwin. ;)Will there be dragons in THE CAGED QUEEN?Yes! They aren’t the focus like in The Last Namsara, but there are definitely dragons in book 2. Here’s a quick list of things you can expect to find in The Caged Queen:-dragons-deadly politics-romance-magic (of a different sort than book 1)-girl villains-camaraderie and friendship and sisterly bondsDo I need to read THE LAST NAMSARA before I read THE CAGED QUEEN?Nope! While all three books in the Iskari series build on each other and feature the same cast of characters, each book also stands alone. I wanted to give readers the option of reading them out of order, so if you haven’t read The Last Namsara, you can go ahead and read The Caged Queen first or just on its own (bear in mind that each book spoils a little bit of the ones before it, though).I’m never on Goodreads (except to update things) so if you have more questions, the best place to contact me is on Instagram. I check all DMs and my handle is @kristenciccarelli. Alternatively, you can email me at ask[dot]kristen[dot][email protected] :)Take care of each other. <3Kristen
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    btw!there is a preorder campaign up on kristen's website where you can receive 5 exclusive items by preordering the caged queen, sending your proof of order (screenshot is fine) to her email along with your name and mailing address. you'll then receive a confirmation email from her right after. the campaign is open internationally while supplies last! all the information is up on her site.pre-order campaign her instagram postpre-order the book normally--------------------------THERE IS A COVER A btw!there is a preorder campaign up on kristen's website where you can receive 5 exclusive items by preordering the caged queen, sending your proof of order (screenshot is fine) to her email along with your name and mailing address. you'll then receive a confirmation email from her right after. the campaign is open internationally while supplies last! all the information is up on her site.pre-order campaign her instagram postpre-order the book normally--------------------------THERE IS A COVER AND A SYNOPSIS AND ITS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I JUST WANT THIS [email protected] the bookall she has to do is kill the king ASDFHKL can authors please stop being so rude and not kill the innocent and good characters I SWEAR
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  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    WE GOT A COVER AND A SYNOPSIS IM YODELING
  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 far from a simple one, with politics forming the bases for their relationship and tensions running high between their people. Roa knows, however, that appeasing the one who rules is the quickest way to deliver fair treatment to her people, but when an ancient story brings a possible solution to her predicament Roa must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for the one she loved the most.I was initially not as engaged as with the first book in this series as I had a preference for the former female narrator. Soon, however, I found I was just as intrigued with the story-line featured here, which followed from the former but brought its own set of individual trials. Political intrigue forms the backstory for the entire series but book one's protagonist, Asha, had very different difficulties to present Roa.I also found it interesting how differences soon appeared in the formation of side-characters, when viewed through different eyes. Roa's viewpoint meant the reader was introduced to other personality nuances that Asha had failed to notice or saw differently. Dax, in particular, was an intriguing character study. His sister, Asha, opened up one side of his personality, whilst the one he courted, Roa, saw a very different individual. This made the characters feel more authentic and brought reality to and reasons for the perspectives chosen.My favourite aspect of this novel, however, was in how Ciccarelli interwove backstory and lore into the story-line. Many chapters ended with either a scene from the characters' childhoods or a legendary tale from the world. The narration for these segments differed and were delivered in a lyrical and charming style that likened it to classic fairy tales. These all had a reason for inclusion, as each had a bearing on the story-line and illuminated some previously unforeseen facet of the tale.The pace built consistently during the novel but I found the beginning sequence to be a little drawn out. Once the characters reached the city I recognised, from the former series instalment, I was once again captivated and the ending delivered a bitter-sweetness that had me yearning for more, despite the tears it also delivered - both happy and sad.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Kristen Ciccarelli, and the publisher, Harper Teen, for this opportunity.
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  • Ishmeen {hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    OMG Y’ALL LOOK AT THIS COVER AND THAT SYNOPSIS I AM SO HYPED FOR ROA’S STORY YASSSSS 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
    *Review of book 1 in series: The Last NamsaraUpdate 4/10/2018: BUT THERE'S A COVER!!!!!!!!!!---I want this RIGHT NOW.
  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so ready for this book!!!! 😍
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    January 1, 1970
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAI LOVE THE COVER!!!!!!!!!! IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN THE ONE OF THE FIRST BOOK!
  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
  • Tara ☽
    January 1, 1970
    OH SHIT THE THING ABOUT ESSIE IN THE SYNOPSIS???? I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!Also Dax is my precious son and if he gets hurt I will not be ok.
  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 stars Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. I had the weirdest time reading this book and it left me very unsure as to how to rate it. It was a very different book than I thought it was going to be. Regardless I enjoyed it quite a bit but I still have some bones to pick with it. Let’s go into why I had different expectations. The first book, The Last Namsara, very much was a book that was set in a world with dragons and where our main 3,5 stars Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. I had the weirdest time reading this book and it left me very unsure as to how to rate it. It was a very different book than I thought it was going to be. Regardless I enjoyed it quite a bit but I still have some bones to pick with it. Let’s go into why I had different expectations. The first book, The Last Namsara, very much was a book that was set in a world with dragons and where our main character, Asha, had a change of heart regarding the tyrant king. This book focuses on a completely different character that we only briefly met in The Last Namsara, Roa. She married Dax, Asha’s brother and now the Dragon King, for the good of the kingdom. I knew this was more of a companion book of course, but it is also a sequel as it deals with the events after the first book. The whole setting from the first book just felt so different even though it mostly took place in the same palace. But I felt more removed. There were barely any dragons save for once at the start and a bit at the end. And I have to admit that it took me a while to place who exactly Roa and Dax were again at the start of the book. Having said that though I can’t deny that I did enjoy reading this book. The author has a writing style that flows so incredibly well and it made me fly through the book in no time at all. Even so I felt there were a bit too much summarization in placed or discarded things that I think would have been better served to have those scenes being written out. Like the confrontation during council or Roa’s interactions with her best friend. There was certainly room enough for that. The book is more character driven and perhaps lacks a bit of action in places. Even thought I shipped the characters together from the start, there was sometimes too much focus on that. A constant undertone when other things had priority. There is also miscommunication and the male is of course a flirt of the worst variety. These things stopped me from loving this book. I enjoyed reading this book from Roa’s point of view for the most part. She, like Asha, is not one to sit on her hands, and is a clear fighter. I did kind of get annoyed with her little whiney bits about feeling a caged queen when she was the one who offered the marriage in the first place to Dax. Dax still likes to act the underdog, but I liked the message he gave of when people think you are the fool to act like it and then play them with super strategy. And one of the things I liked from his character in the first book is that he struggled with reading, that was touched upon again. I think that can be very relatable to a group of teens who might have struggled with that as well. It is something that is rarely talked about and you are often seen as a fool like Dax if others do know. All in all this is an enjoyable and quick read but it just can’t live up to the first book for me.
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  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    As excited as I am for this, I was really hoping for more of Asha and her story 😩
  • Lulai
    January 1, 1970
    -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --I loved The last Namasara and I was eager to discover this "sequel" so when I received it on NetGalley I was a happy girl.The author has always presented this book as a companion novel rather than a direct sequel and this is indeed the case. We find the same universe, but the main characters have changed and this second volume focuses on Roa, one of the characters who had marked me in The last Namsara. What I liked in this "se -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --I loved The last Namasara and I was eager to discover this "sequel" so when I received it on NetGalley I was a happy girl.The author has always presented this book as a companion novel rather than a direct sequel and this is indeed the case. We find the same universe, but the main characters have changed and this second volume focuses on Roa, one of the characters who had marked me in The last Namsara. What I liked in this "sequel" is that we will discover the country of Roa and the political stakes of the kingdom. We will quickly understand that the transfer of power did not go well and that Dax and Roa are in constant danger. I liked the atmosphere of the book, we leave the dragon to have a stronger political game.As I said, Roa is one of the characters I loved in the Last Namsara. She is someone who has sacrificed herself for her people and who will have to save her sister from a curse and she will be force to make difficult choices. Her strength is in her mind, she is a heroine whom I found touching and well built. And who says Roa said Dax, he is too a great surprise. Dax learned to play the games of the court, he hides his game well and I liked to discover his hidden side. The relationship between them is electric and haunting, if you love passionate romances you will love this one.For the rhythm of the book, it is fluid and quick to read. However, I find that there is a little less action than the first book. The universe is good and I liked to discover a new facet of this world with a new form of magic, but I regret a little the lack of presence of the dragons. The book can be read as a one-shot and if you liked the first book you will like this novel and if you like fantasy, you will like it too.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I still need to read the first book, but I have to say, I am into the covers for this series
  • Kalyn
    January 1, 1970
    If this is a companion novel I'm assuming it's going to be from the pov of the person who became queen. Which is the side character I found most intriguing in the last book! I wonder who The Soul Thief could be about?
  • Dreximgirl
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started this I will admit I missed Asha a lot but Roa soon worked her way into my heart and I was gripped by her story too. It's such a touching story about grief and love and how to deal with them wothout losing yourself. So much more than your average fantasy story at least in my opinion. Very enjoyable.
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  • kate
    January 1, 1970
    I want this book RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!! I can’t wait another year :( also if it’s from a different POV I’m actually really keen because Roa seemed really amazing
  • Lisa M
    January 1, 1970
    This. Was. AWESOME! I read this immediately after The Last Namsara (incidently, also 5 stars) and it probably helped remind me of the characters and setting but still - a fast-flowing, enchanting read that I literally raced through because I simply could not get enough. I find often with follow-on books that the next in the series is not as good as the first so it was a very pleasant surprise to find the world-building as exquisite and inviting as it's predecessor.I expected this book to be the This. Was. AWESOME! I read this immediately after The Last Namsara (incidently, also 5 stars) and it probably helped remind me of the characters and setting but still - a fast-flowing, enchanting read that I literally raced through because I simply could not get enough. I find often with follow-on books that the next in the series is not as good as the first so it was a very pleasant surprise to find the world-building as exquisite and inviting as it's predecessor.I expected this book to be the follow-up to The Last Namsara, and whilst it is in a way, the focus is on a different set of main characters. I have since found out the author had written this more as a companion book but it did work either way. Focusing on Dax and Roa, I got swept away in their world - with Roa trying to save her sister and believing Dax to not be the person she expected him to be she joins forces with her old love, Theo, to right a wrong in her eyes but with twists and turns in almost every chapter I was gripped to get to the conclusion. Not as many dragons as The Last Namsara but please do not let that put you off - I highly recommend this book which is one of my favourite reads this year and I am on tenterhooks for the next book which will be an instant buy! I was so lucky to receive an advanced readers copy from the Orion Publishing Group on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Isabel Ibanez
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a wonderful story. I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this wonderful tale and I still think about the characters. They honest-to-God stuck with me. It’s suspenseful, with twists and turns. I can’t recommend it enough. I hope you all love Roa as much as I do! ❤❤❤ This is such a wonderful story. I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this wonderful tale and I still think about the characters. They honest-to-God stuck with me. It’s suspenseful, with twists and turns. I can’t recommend it enough. I hope you all love Roa as much as I do! ❤️❤️❤️
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  • anna t
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, hello cover. ❤ Oh, hello cover. ❤️
  • Leonie Byrne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, Orion Books and Kristen Ciccarelli for my ARC of The Caged Queen. The Caged Queen is part of the Iskari series, which follows on from the first book The Last Namsara. However, Kristen states (and I agree) that you can read them as standalone novels or as part of the series. They do not directly follow on from one another, however I would strongly recommend reading The Last Namsara first, mostly because it's a great book but also because it does help with the world buildin Thank you to Netgalley, Orion Books and Kristen Ciccarelli for my ARC of The Caged Queen. The Caged Queen is part of the Iskari series, which follows on from the first book The Last Namsara. However, Kristen states (and I agree) that you can read them as standalone novels or as part of the series. They do not directly follow on from one another, however I would strongly recommend reading The Last Namsara first, mostly because it's a great book but also because it does help with the world building and the who's who. Also please note although this review is spoiler free as always; it may contain minor spoilers of The Last Namsara where needed to explain the plot. Ok, so on to the plot. The Caged Queen focuses on Roa and Dax, the new King and Queen of Firgaard. Mostly it focuses on Roa's backstory in the scrublands. Following directly on from the events of The Last Namsara the newly weds are returning to their kingdom to set the new rules in place and ensure the sanctions from Roa's Home are removed. Joining them is Roa's sister Essie, her soul now trapped in this world following a terrible accident. Worst of all, Roa and her new husband are not exactly happy newly weds. When Dax fails to deliver any of his promises and Roa begins to suspect him of lies and deceit, she jumps at the chance to strike a bargain which will make all of her wishes come true. Get rid of the enemy king and rescue her sister all at once. All she has to do is kill Dax. Like the first book, this was so fast paced. 400 pages done in 3 hours. I just lost track of time as I flew through it, I was sucked right in as I was one of the characters watching the events unfold in front of my eyes. I loved it!
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  • TracieB♠️
    January 1, 1970
    What is it with fantasy books that suck you right in, mess with all of your senses, leave you speechless and spellbound and desperate for another instalment! I think that sums this book up perfectly!! I, in all honestly had no idea when requesting this book it was the 2nd in a series, but luckily no matter, as the author Kristen Ciccarelli points out it can be read as a standalone, i didn't feel at all confused or that i was missing half a story whilst reading all though i should point out i am What is it with fantasy books that suck you right in, mess with all of your senses, leave you speechless and spellbound and desperate for another instalment! I think that sums this book up perfectly!! I, in all honestly had no idea when requesting this book it was the 2nd in a series, but luckily no matter, as the author Kristen Ciccarelli points out it can be read as a standalone, i didn't feel at all confused or that i was missing half a story whilst reading all though i should point out i am off to find the first book as soon as i have finished typing this as i can't wait to join all the characters again.As with most of my reviews, i don't really go over the story for fear of giving something away, so i shall stick with my usual rambly thoughts.Gods and monsters!!! yes please, doesn't it sound such a cool game ( sorry had to quickly mention that!)Anyway, this book, simply great, love the characters, really liked the writing style and how it jumps back in time to explain events.I would have liked to read more about the dragons but really its just a minor niggle..high praise and thoroughly enjoyed this... Beautiful cover too!
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  • Rosina
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.When I requested this book I knew it would be good but I thought it would take me a bit of time. I knew that it wouldn't matter if I couldn't remember the first book well but I was worried it would or I'd compare it.No worries there. I think I might have actually loved it more.Roa was an interesting main character and one I could feel from the off. I knew that she probably misunderstood some things but I didn't I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.When I requested this book I knew it would be good but I thought it would take me a bit of time. I knew that it wouldn't matter if I couldn't remember the first book well but I was worried it would or I'd compare it.No worries there. I think I might have actually loved it more.Roa was an interesting main character and one I could feel from the off. I knew that she probably misunderstood some things but I didn't care? I just told her off and moved on. I loved her and Dax together too. They'd had this long history and they were just so good.Didn't trust Theo at all.I liked the focus on spirits and politics in this book. There's less dragons but I actually kind of preferred that. I will say this though, how the troubles were resolved? That felt a little quick and anticlimactic. Bit it didn't stop me from loving the book.Would definitely recommend.
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  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars After reading The Last Namsara last year, I had high hopes for this companion novel. The characters were well-rounded and likable, despite some of their questionable decisions, and it was great to see some of the protagonists from TLN make an appearance. But the first 50 pages of this book felt muddled and rushed, and the world-building felt too much like an info-dump. It felt as though I'd opened in the middle of the book rather than the first page, with characters and settings being 3.5 stars After reading The Last Namsara last year, I had high hopes for this companion novel. The characters were well-rounded and likable, despite some of their questionable decisions, and it was great to see some of the protagonists from TLN make an appearance. But the first 50 pages of this book felt muddled and rushed, and the world-building felt too much like an info-dump. It felt as though I'd opened in the middle of the book rather than the first page, with characters and settings being thrown in haphazardly. But the second half of the book was pacey, full of action and political intrigue, and it weaved together some of the threads that the first half left hanging. For me, it didn't quite live up to the dynamism of The Last Namsara, but it was still a great read.
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  • Amanda Louise
    January 1, 1970
    This started off quite rough for me. Every time I picked it up I'd lose focus halfway through a chapter and completely zone out, so it was making me feel a little slumpy. However, I persevered and I'm happy to say that it picked up after the second half and I finally got invested in the story. I wasn't a huge fan of Roa to begin with, but as her story unfolded and the story picked up pace and got interesting, I grew to really love her. It was a solid follow up to The Last Namsara, even if it sta This started off quite rough for me. Every time I picked it up I'd lose focus halfway through a chapter and completely zone out, so it was making me feel a little slumpy. However, I persevered and I'm happy to say that it picked up after the second half and I finally got invested in the story. I wasn't a huge fan of Roa to begin with, but as her story unfolded and the story picked up pace and got interesting, I grew to really love her. It was a solid follow up to The Last Namsara, even if it started off a little shaky for me. But, overall I did quite enjoy it and I'm happy with the way it ended. Received a copy through Netgalley
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  • Warlock|Shadowhunter|Demigod
    January 1, 1970
    “Kill the king”I hope she doesn’t mean Dax!!
  • Gemma McGee
    January 1, 1970
    You know a book is good, when you automatically gone on the internet to find out if there are another book in this series come out. I was very happy to find out goodread, a third untitled book planned for next year. (I may have done a little happy dance when I found out, but a little sad because I've got to wait to next year.)The book is told though Roa perspective, some chapters are told in the present and some chapter are telling us the History between Roa and Dax and the Scrublanders and the You know a book is good, when you automatically gone on the internet to find out if there are another book in this series come out. I was very happy to find out goodread, a third untitled book planned for next year. (I may have done a little happy dance when I found out, but a little sad because I've got to wait to next year.)The book is told though Roa perspective, some chapters are told in the present and some chapter are telling us the History between Roa and Dax and the Scrublanders and the people of Firgaard. I would love to read more about Roa and Dax games playing Gods and monsters (also can someone make this game.)I was unsure about Dax at the beginning as Roa perspective coloured my view of him, but by the end of the book he was one of my favourite characters. I would LOVE to read this story from Dax side.There where time when their was so much was going on and the stakes where high that I had to put the book down, as my heart couldn't take it. But I couldn't put the book down for long as I need to find out what happened, so much so that I finished the book in 1 night.I always find it harder reading books that have twins in, especially if something happened to one of them. I always end up questioning what I would do for my twin, I might not got to the lengths that Roa does for Essie, but they do have that special bond.The Caged Queen is full of action (sandstorms, fighting, some B&E), Romance (Some Romance easier to see some aren't.) Drama, (well what do you expect when trying to overthrow Royalty).I give this book 5 out of 5.
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  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards [Use Your Words]
    January 1, 1970
    Iskari Series Ratings: The Last Namsara: ★★★★The Caged Queen: TBRThe Soul Thief: TBR— The covers for this series are breathtaking, I love it!I really enjoyed the first book, so I am keen to see what is to come.___│Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│
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