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The Caged Queen

Narrated by: Aysha Kala
Series: Iskari, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Kristen Ciccarelli’s distinct brand of lyrical, haunting fantasy continues in the companion to her best-selling debut, The Last Namsara. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Renee Ahdieh.

Once, there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. It was a magic they cherished - until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.

Dax - the heir to Firgaard’s throne - was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later, he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered.

Roa made him a deal: She’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Only as queen could she save her people from Firgaard’s rule.

Then a chance arises to right every wrong - an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good.

All she has to do is kill the king.

©2018 Kristen Ciccarelli (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great follow-up

This is not your traditional sequel, and it is a stronger book because of it. It’s lack of tradition rests in the fact that the main characters from the first book in the series are merely extras in this one. At first, I was a little confused because I was expecting to hear a continuation of Asha’s story. But in the first few minutes of the audiobook, I realized that, instead of one character’s arc continuing, Ciccarelli was working to build on the arc of the entire world the Iskari series is built on. Ciccarelli gives us a whole new set of characters to root for and fall in love with. It was a refreshing step away from the traditional way series of this type are handled, and I commend Ciccarelli on a job well done.

Ayesha Kala’s narration was perfect.

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I loved it!

I listened to this whole book in one sitting.. just like the first book, this one was so good. I think I even loved it more! I cannot wait to read the third and last! the love stories in this are written so beautifully and the theme of love woven throughout done so masterfully! she did it again!

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Letting Go

Twins have an amazing bond that can transcend death, but how healthy can that be? Being royal is lonely and heavy, can one do it alone? Not everyone is as they seem, ask questions. #Lovewins #SiblingStories #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes