Blog Tour: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

Sunday, October 07, 2018
One of my favourite easy, quick and entertaining book genres has to be YA fantasy. I love fantasy in general but I find YA fantasy to be very consumable, very quick to read and the book equivalent of candy! I was kindly sent the second book in the Iskari series by Kristen Ciccerelli from the wonderful people over at Orion Books (thank you!).

*The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli (367 pages) ★★★ (3.75)
I read the first book in this series, The Last Namsara, last year and loved it for how quick, entertaining and dragon filled it was so I was excited to give the next book a go. As far as I know, the books can be read independently and you don't need to read the first but they're both set in the same magical fantasy world.

We follow Roa as she's dealing with the ramifications of being apart from the boy she loves, her new life as the wife and queen and being away from her family as well as politics and court rules. Her new husband and childhood friend turns out to be an apparently weak and untrustworthy king but all is not what it seems.

I adored the relationship and bond between Roa and her sister, Essie (I love the corrupted spirit idea) as well as her relationship with Dax, especially in the latter half of the book. I also liked the very quick, easy and fuss free writing that managed to create a vivid world and characters you'll care about without being overly descriptive or too repetitive (although it was the latter a little).

I liked the politics of the world and I liked the dragon, magical and action elements within this read. The only negatives I have for this book was that the hate to love romance was a little tropey and nothing new for the YA genre and as with the previous book, I think it was a teeny bit too long. However, I throughly enjoyed this political and magic filled YA read with such a fantastic ending that definitely pushed up this read to be very close to a solid four star read! I'm quite stingy and harsh with my ratings so I think for a lot of people this would an easy four star read.


Do you like YA or fantasy books? What are you currently reading? Will you be picking up this read?

16 comments

  1. I still love YA books - this one looks fab too! I love the idea of a tour too :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  2. This sounds like such an amazing book my lovely! I'm adding it to my to buy list!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  3. This is not my usual style but something is pulling me towards it. I’d have to read the first book first though.

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  4. I really NEED to read this series ASAP!

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  5. I wish I had more time to read. It’s been ages since I picked up a good book xx

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  6. It’s not a genre I read but I love how much you clearly enjoyed x

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  7. I like a bit of both, depends on the story line! This ones sounds really good though x

    Joyce | http://www.joycelauofficial.com/

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  8. This sounds like an interesting read!

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  9. This isn't my usual book style but it's got quite a draw if you do like that kind of thing x

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  10. Definitely not my sort of genre but I like the cover.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  11. I love fantasy books too & this sounds like an interesting read.

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  12. Ooh it sounds like an interesting read for sure! Love the front cover xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  13. It sounds like such a good book.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  14. I have to admit I don't love fantasy as a genre! xx

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