Title: Cage of Deceit
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Reign of Secrets (Book 1)
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Sixteen-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 the 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 kingdom 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.
A continuance of the True Reign series, Cage of Deceit follows Darmik’s and Rema’s daughter as she tries to fulfill her role as Princess and heir to the Emperion throne. Battling with her own wishes as well as those of her family and people, Allyssa is thrown into a world of deception that is exciting to read and full of sorrow.
I had high expectations for this book as it was written by Jennifer Anne Davis, one of my all time favorite authors. Sometimes, having these high expectations make it difficult to enjoy the book as your own desires are not met, however that was not the case with Cage of Deceit. Allyssa is a young powerful character perfectly designed for the main protagonist. With power not only withheld in the mind, but her physical abilities made me in awe and wish I was as well taught as she was. Even when faced with an arranged marriage, Allyssa was willing to sacrifice everything she knew in order to keep her kingdom safe. Although strong willed to a fault, Allyssa was a breath of fresh air as she did not hold an immaturity you find in other characters. Some may find this as a way to stunt the character development, while I believe differently. Without having the confines of character development being a main theme, Davis is able to expand and tell the story with much more intensity and roundness.
Of course Cage of Deceit did not surpass the True Reign series, it did however fill the desires for a continuance and lived up to my expectations in full. Never once having a bleak moment, the story held many factors that lead to the climatic ending. Which of course the ending would not be an ending at all without its cliffhanger.