The Golden Cage (A Dance of Dragons #0.5) by Kaitlyn Davis
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Leena is in love with a soldier. It’s a dangerous feeling. She’s a princess and her father already has plans for her future.
Leena can no longer watch her young brother transform into a cruel ruler.
To escape from it all, she needs help. Mikza, the man she loves and who’s willing to give his life for her, will do whatever he can to help Leena run away from the golden cage.
This story left me heartbroken and curious. It’s a good introduction to the cruel world of Ourthuro, to some of the characters. I don’t know which of them will show up in the first book of Dance of Dragons, but I can’t wait to read it already.
I loved the writing, the story, the magic, the idea of tattoos identifying person’s status. It’s fascinating how many information a good story can provide within 50 pages. And it wasn’t just an information dump, it was cleverly put as Leena’s thoughts and observations.
There will be a bit of a spoiler here…
This short story shows the harshness of life in Ourthuro, the cruelty that goes in pair with power and a sad fate that awaits the main characters. The forbidden romance simply can’t end well. It’s heartbreaking. I really want to know what’s going to happen next. I need to know! Their story can’t end like this.