The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
You cannot cage a queen.
That isn’t an actual line in The Caged Queen, I just made it up. But I feel like it sums up this part of The Last Namsara saga.
The Caged Queen felt very much like a middle book. It jumped straight in to the action from the previous book without too much exposition. However, this time, we received an insight into the life of Roa, the now queen of Firgaard and wife of Dax. She’s from a different part of the kingdom that has it’s own culture, history and customs, and it’s usually considered the far lesser to the rest of Firgaard.
The Scrublands are an oppressed people, with heavy taxes and nationwide prejudice. It was interesting to see the events of the first book in the eyes of Roa, as well as what happened in the aftermath of the first book. Roa is a character that we only got a few glimpses of in The Last Namsara. She was a bit of mystery with actions that we didn’t really understand in the beginning.
So I loved this backstory with Roa and her sister as well as her roots as a ‘Scrublander’. She’s calculating and incredibly patriotic, which is a stark contrast to previous protagonist Asha, who kind of hated her kingdom and was all action as the ‘dragon slayer’.
We’ve got a fabulous setup for the next book too, and I can’t wait for it!
Did you know that this blog post is part of The Caged Queen 2018 Blog Tour?
Until the 7th October you can blog hop to the blog’s listed down below to read everyone’s thoughts on the book as well aesthetic mood boards, playlists and dragon-tastic Instagrams! Thank you so much to Gollancz for my copy of The Caged Queen which is now sitting pride of place next to my signed copy of The Last Namsara!
Release Date: 18th October 2018
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆