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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Golden Cage (Dance of Dragons 0.5) by Kaitlyn Davis [Review + Blog Tour]

Title: The Golden Cage
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Dance of Dragons Novella 0.5
From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes a fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones. 

In the land of Ourthuro, cruelty is a way of life. The king rules with an iron fist and no one dare defy him--no one except his daughter. Princess Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with a soldier and it would mean both of their lives if her father ever discovered their affair.

But Leena will risk it all to be with the man she loves--her heart, her life, her freedom. And when her brother's birthday celebration takes a dangerous turn, Leena is forced to make a decision that will change the fate of her nation and eventually the world.

The Golden Cage is a prequel novella to The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons #1)--available now!
 For lovers of fantasy, this novella definitely deserves some attention. The language is lyrical and it draws you in instantly to a brand new world. The people of this land put complete value on power and station, they wear tattoos along their arms that show their class. Tattoos that are arm length signal royalty, while those of the lower classes have shorter tattoos until finally the lowest may have only a single ring around their arms.

Very early on we see what happens when someone does not obey the rules of the land, for this kingdom being without your tattoos (having them physically cut off) is the ultimate punishment and it means exile.

What fascinated me about this novella was the attention to detail. The imagery was everywhere and you feel for Leena from the very beginning as she is growing into the person she wants to be.

She has extreme teenage angst, and let's be real - she's a princess so of course she does. Her father's view points are frightening and in a world where mothers are killed  and replaced when they birth a girl it is completely understandable.

The love story is sweet though I do wish there had been more background to it. It is a short novella though I do wish I'd had more chances to see the relationship grow through flashbacks maybe? However, it was definitely enjoyable and a believable relationship.

All in all, if you're a fan of fantasy you should definitely check this one out!

Author Bio: 

Kaitlyn Davis is the bestselling author of the Midnight Fire series, a young adult paranormal romance, and the A Dance of Dragons series, a young adult epic fantasy.

Kaitlyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a puppy of her own.

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Candace said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too! I'm excited to read more from this series, I think it'll be great! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

Kaitlyn Davis said...

Yay! So glad you enjoyed my novella! I hope you love The Shadow Soul too if you read it! Thank you so much for joining my tour :)

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