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The Golden Cage (A Dance of Dragons #0.5) Kindle Edition
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I was drawn right in from the opening lines, which lured me into thinking this was going to be a sweet story - a notion of which I was quickly disabused as the reality of Princess Leenaka's gilded cage was thrust violently into the foreground.
One of a long line of royal daughters, she witnesses the first cruel step in the process of turning her innocent five-year-old brother into a vicious tyrant like their father. This is the catalyst for her plans to escape, for she has done the unthinkable and fallen in love with a common soldier.
The inevitability of the coming tragedy in no way detracts from the exquisite build up of tension, leading me to harbour a fervent hope that Leena and Mikza really might escape, whilst at the same time knowing full well that there can be only one outcome.
The writing is glorious, flowing seamlessly with only a couple of tiny glitches (homophones), and I was totally drawn into Leena's character and her sheltered and smothered existence. There is love here, and horror and violence also, in the vein of Game of Thrones, and I was captivated from start to finish.
The end came far too soon, with a couple of unanswered questions (Leena's magical gift, for one, seemed to have little bearing on this story but will obviously be important later), meaning I just had to go right on and read The Shadow Soul - to which this is a short prequel - immediately.
I am now waiting impatiently for the next book after that one
I'm not sure on the exact order I should be reading these books in, as some prequels are best read after the first book but hey I'll read it first, I can also re-read it after book one.
I downloaded this one when it was free on Amazon UK. The cover features a female floating in water, and there is also a golden cage which is very imposing and totally relevant to the plot of the book too. Would the cover make me pick it up in a book store? Yes, definitely!
The book is set in the metallic, gleaming city of Orthuro. This dazzling city is ruled with a fierce, often cruel to those around him called King Razzaq. The novella is initially set within the Palace during a celebration of the marriage of King Razzaq's eldest daughter. Leenaka or Leena for short is the next eldest daughter so it is with mixed emotions that she attends the party. On one hand she is happy for her elder sister, but on the other she is only too well aware that as the next daughter to be matched will be her. Leenaka does not wish to be matched to some rich spoilt nobleman as she has already found love herself. Sadly a forbidden love. Leenaka has fallen for one of the palace guards. He is in fact her personal guard, Mikzahooq, Mikza for short. Leena is floating in her "high happy love bubble" when her father brings her back down to earth with an enormous devastating thud. He has somehow found out about the illicit love meetings. To say King Razzaq is furious, enraged and his temper is like an erupting volcano is an understatement! He has Mikza thrown in the palace dungeons. Leena is confined to her room. Now Leena feels desperate and truly alone. It was only Mikza that made putting up with the prison like feel to her life, worth it and that kept her going. Leena and Mizka had been working towards a plan of running away together. . .but everything was lost now. Leena isolates herself from everyone and spends her time in her pool far under the water. It was the only place that Leena could find any type of peace now she was separated from Mikza. Leena is so desperate to see Mikza even it is only to say goodbye, she manages to find one of the guards who is friends with him and asks him for help. Then at risk to himself also, Tam smuggles Leena down to the dungeons to sees Mikza. Leena expected Mikza to have been beaten but nothing could have prepared her for what she see's. King Razzaq has granted Mikza his life but has made him into a "nobody". Everyone in Outhuri have tattoo's, they reveal what "class" you are in. The richer the person the more intricate the tattoo's design. As a trusted member of the palace guard Mikza's arms were covered in complex, elaborate designs. . . or they were. King Razzaq has ordered the tattoos to be removed and the only way for them to be permanently removed and for him to be changed to the lowest of the low within the class system of his peers. The apalling sight of Mikza's now heavily scarred tattooed arms literally grinds whats left of Leena's already broken heart to dust. To remove Mikza's tattoo's have been cut off his arms! We also learn that the King has made a "deal" with Mikza, not that Mikza had much of a choice. The King has granted Mikza his life if her promises to never see Leena again. Naturally he had to promise this and as a man of his world he tell Leena that there is no way they can ever be together. It is with a heavy, crushed hearts that they couple say their final goodbyes.
So did I enjoy the prequel novella? I really loved this prequel novella. Would I recommend the prequel novella? Yes, I think it could be read as I read it as a prequel or after reading the fist novel of the series. It is certainly well worth reading. Has reading the prequel novella made me want to read more of this series? Oh yes, as soon as I finished this novella, I immediately wanted to dive right into the first full novel, The Shadow Soul. Would I be interested in reading other titles by this author? I will without a doubt be checking out other titles by this author.
The Golden Cage is a really enjoyable prequel short story in the A Dance of Dragons series. Even though it is a novella, it is not lacking as it has forbidden romance and it was great to learn more about Leena.
I liked Leena as she is strong-willed and relatable, and is not easily swayed by her father. Mikza is a strong and protective character although I think he would have known more about how the king watched Leena.
Although not a happy ending, I am looking forward to reading the other short story about Leena. I would recommend The Golden Cage to people who enjoyed The Shadow Soul.
brilliant writing and so compelling, a book with the life experiences of sadness and love making people stronger. would love to find out more about leena.
this is a definite read for everyone, loved it
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