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The Gilded Cage

The Gilden Cage

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars

After surviving the deadly Trial of Ordeal in Zalindov prison, Kiva Meridan arrives in the capital. As she settles into her new comfortable life in the palace, she starts to plan her vengeance on those who ruined her life and her family. Soon, she reunites with her brother and sister, the feared rebel commanders. With additional threats from the northern kingdoms, her mission becomes even more complicated, as she has to choose between her family and her new friends at the palace…

The second book in The Prison Healer trilogy introduces us to both Kiva’s and Jaren’s families. The pace is slower here as the intrigues unravel. This allows more detailed world-building and especially character development. We meet the royal family and learn the dynamics between them and how exactly their magic works. All characters are well-rounded with their distinct personalities, behaviour, ways of talking and secrets—lots of them. Even when the action seemed slower, I was still fascinated by their simple conversations. I just wanted to know more about them.

Another element that keeps the reader’s interest is the obvious, constant tension between Kiva’s sense of duty for her family and the rebel cause and her growing feelings for Jaren and his family. As we learn more about the characters, we understand the impossible situation our heroine is in: on one side, it is hard not to like Jaren and the royals; on the other hand, it is equally impossible not to sympathise with Kiva’s brother. From the beginning, it is pretty clear that this entanglement will not end well…

To summarise, The Gilden Cage is a brilliant follow-up to The Prison Healer. If you liked the first part, you would also love this book.

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