Cage of Deceit: Reign of Secrets, Book 1

Cage of Deceit: Reign of Secrets, Book 1

by Jennifer Anne Davis


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Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.

Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their kingdom and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998151632
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Series: Reign of Secrets , #1
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 780,218
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.

She is the recipient of the San Diego Book Awards Best Published Young Adult Novel (2013) and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2013).

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Cage of Deceit: Reign of Secrets, Book 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun, easy read, but the "secrets" and "twists" are very transparent to the reader. The only surprise is the well done characterizations. Part of the transparency of the plot is because the characters are so well developed you feel like you really get to know them. Worth a read if you like this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn’t like the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ll buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and interesting. Great job. Please keep writing. MR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this fsst paced read, lots of twists and turns. It is a book I want to read more and more so on to book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't typically write reviews but i had to for this one. Absolutely loved this story. It was def. A page turner. This story will keep you on the edge and have you guessing with each new event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well written with a good mix of action and suspense . I enjoyed it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it from beginning to end
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with Cage of Deceit. I went into this book not knowing that it was actually a spin-off of another series. Knowing that, I'm not sure if the issues I had were because I haven't read the first series or based solely around this book.  First, I unfortunately found it highly predictable. It's a YA fantasy and there's a war going on. It's not a new sort of story and that's alright, but that also means that I was looking for something to set it apart from the rest.  In terms of characters, Allyssa was the strong heroine princess and that was great and all, but something about her didn't quite work for me. She grew on me later on in the book but for a while I wasn't much of a fan. The rest of the cast wasn't anything extraordinary but they moved the story ahead. They all seemed fairly flat. I needed more personality to bring them to life.  Near the end I started to feel more invested in their lives but then the book... ended. So... not great timing.  All the secrets were annoying. This book seemed ruled by the fact that no one wanted to reveal anything to Allyssa. Perhaps I was missing something from the previous series as to why there were so many secrets but it got old. Between that and the info dumps, I struggled to excuse the plot holes. The predictability led all the way up to the end where Davis left off on a MASSIVE cliffhanger. It left me highly unsatisfied with the book as a whole, especially since I already had no issues figuring out what would happen each step of the way.  This wasn't a stand-out YA fantasy by any means though I can see potential in the characters and story that I hope is realized in the sequel. And perhaps I'll check out the first series to provide a bit more background.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PR10 More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series by Jennifer Anne Davis. I really enjoyed this one. It was so great to catch up with Rema and Darmik. I have so many theories about what's to come and I can't wait to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Anne Davis' writing is magical! I was first introduced to her through this book and I can not put any of her stories down. The world she creates in Cage of Deceit is so vivid and real. The storyline had me racing through to find out what would happen next. I hate having to wait for the sequel to come out-I need to know what happens next! I highly recommend this series about a princess who is anything but the ball gown type, who knows how to take care of herself and others and isn't afraid to fight for those she cares about. Love, love, love all the secrets and deceit! Such a good read!
InkspelledFaery More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of the previous companion series to this, True Reign, and that made me twice as nervous to pick this up. I was more than a little scared this wouldn’t live up to the huge precedent set by the first series and so I put it off for months. The last book in the previous trilogy didn’t quite live up to the sheer awesome of the first two, which made it even worse. Then finally, I picked this up one evening, thinking I’d just read “a few chapters” and call it a night. That endeavor ended at 12:38 a.m. with a cliffhanger, a finished book, and a revitalized fangirl. THE AWESOME IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE. The plot: One of my favorite things about Davis’ plots is how they slip away. You get so caught up in what’s happening that suddenly it’s been two hundred pages and you didn’t even notice. They move quickly and don’t waste time, which is an underrated quality, particularly in fantasy books. There was also a bit of the “aw” romance I adored so much in the first trilogy and I certainly did not mind that.
Leah_Alvord More than 1 year ago
We have flawed, judgmental characters who feel truly human. There's political intrigue and deceit so thick you can disappear inside of it. And threats that gleam like a blade in the night. Welcome to the Cage of Deceit, where even a princess isn't all she's cracked up to be. Summary: When you're born to rule, you must learn to have two faces. One for your subjects, who seek to adore you. The other for yourself, so you remember that you are not perfect. This is a lesson Allyssa has not only learned well, but taken to a whole new level. Active and restless like her father, Emperor Darmik, Allyssa takes her duty of ensuring her people's safety more to heart than her own. And she escapes her gilded cage as often as night descends to pull on yet another mask: Lilly of the streets and thief wrangler alongside her best friend, Grevik. Of course, all of her masks are put to the test when Prince Odar and his squire, Jarvik, appear. Marriage negotiations are under way and she's got to please one or the other of them, because this alliance is necessary to defeat a looming threat. It's time for Allyssa to learn what sacrifice really is. Review That Deviates From Formula, Because All of Jennifer's Books Do: If you want a book with flawed characters who are quick to judge, easily offended, and act like real human beings, then Cage of Deceit is for you. Darmik and Rema are overprotective and secretive. Allyssa is a restless rebel. Grevik is ambitious. Prince Odar is vain. Jarvik is arrogant. Everyone is flawed, but with good intentions. They feel like real people and I enjoyed that aspect immensely. (And if you're anything like me, you'll yell at all of them. Often.) As far as the plot goes, an arranged marriage to forge a necessary alliance is clearly within the realm of possibility. It also leads to a very interesting character dynamic. The relationships forged and maintained are very interesting to witness. Unlike the series which is its predecessor, Cage of Deceit does not thrive off the plot alone. This is very much character oriented. But that is not to say that there isn't a very real danger here. Rather, Allyssa's reaction to danger is the focus. And the amount of aid she is willing to accept is admirable … for such a stubborn individual. I'm not going to lie here: the beginning didn't pull me in. It was slow going at first and the vigilante princess didn't appeal to me right off the bat. However, once we made some headway, I was hooked. I read whenever I had a free moment--and sometimes when I didn't. The characters were engaging and the plot made several revelations at a good pace. This being part of a series, I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment and am fairly certain I will enjoy it even more than CoD. Overall, I'd have to say that this is an enjoyable read filled with characters who are given no easy decisions and who rise to the challenges set for them. There are equally strong male and females and their relationships were well worth reading about. Definitely recommended. *This review based off an Advanced Review Copy received from the Author.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They spelled Alyssa wrong. It is not spelled with two l's. Anyways I didnt read the book but by the look of the reveiws I am guessing the book is like a four star. If you want to comment to me just post a review that has a headline of To:They. LOL.