Book Review: “The Caged Queen”

The Caged Queen” by Kristen Ciccarelli

Source: Library

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy


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. 

  • I love that stories are still a big deal in this book.
  • As with every other companion novel I’ve ever read, I was sad we didn’t get to ‘hang’ out with the original crew but I ended up loving the new characters just as much as the old ones.
  • It was great that sibling relationships were a big deal. I feel like in YA novels too many parents and/or siblings are killed off or neglected because they weight the story down. Yes, Essie was dead but she’t still a driving force for Roa.
  • I loved Dax/Roa’s evolution of a relationship from friends (barely but still) as children to enemies to spouses to eventual friends again. It’s confusing but makes sense.
  • I ended up loving Dax more than I thought I would. i supposed I too thought he as a fool. He surprised me,
    • Now I want to read The Last Namsara again because I really don’t remember much about him.
  • I’m a big fan of court politics so all the lies, secrets, and double-crossing were fantastic.

I can’t wait to see what The Sky Weaver brings.

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