Lavish, romantic and magical, THE CAGED QUEEN is a new story in the world of THE LAST NAMSARA - one that fans of the first book will flock to.
Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. When they were angry, mirrors shattered, and when they were happy, flowers bloomed. 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.
Together with Dax and his sister, Asha, Roa and her people waged war and deposed a tyrant. But now Asha is on the run, hiding from the price on her head. And Roa is an outlander queen, far from home and married to her enemy. Worst of all: Dax's promises go unfulfilled. Roa's people continue to suffer.
Then a chance to right every wrong arises - 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 can reclaim her sister for good.
All she has to do is kill the king.
The most simple thing I can say is this is the best book I have ever read and Kristen Ciccarelli is now my favorite author . . . your soul has been waiting for a story this beautiful. The Last Namsara review - Tomi Adeyemi, author of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE
An accomplished fantasy novel . . . I'll definitely be looking out for the next one. The Last Namsara review - Joanne Harris
It's always refreshing to see a non-traditional fantasy setting. Add a kickass princess . . . a dash of Arabian Nights story magic, plus dragons? Yes please! The Last Namsara review - Elspeth Cooper, author of SONGS OF THE EARTH
The Last Namsara is easily one of my favourite fantasy books of this year . . . It's fast-paced, action packed, filled with a diverse cast . . . Fans of An Ember in the Ashes, Seven Realms and the Shattered Realms series will devour this. - YAbookscentral.com
Kristen Ciccarelli (@SheLuresDragons) hails from Ontario's Niagara Peninsula where she grew up on her grandfather's grape farm. She's made her living as a baker, a bookseller, and a potter, but now writes YA fantasy books about bloodthirsty dragons, girls wielding really cool weapons, and the transformative power of stories.
You can learn more at www.kristenciccarelli.com