The Golden Cage and The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis were given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review via a goodreads program. [goodreads review]
Two kingdoms, one rich is ore and one rich in everything else. One harsh and vicious, one with a Prince who mingles with the common folk. When their delicate balance and way of life is threatened by greed, Jinji and Rhen are found caught in the middle.
The characters in these two stories we wonderfully written. All were individuals, each with their own fault, flaws, and heroic strengths, but what made them more impressive was how they were able to interact with one another and not fight for your attention. Each unique character played both a villain and a hero at some point and though Jinji and Rhen were in the spotlight most of the book, they share that space well. Praise aside, both Jinji and Rhen each had a few places where their character traits were written so strongly it started to become annoying; Rhen being a playboy… or not, and his annoyance about the necessary cover and Jinji’s lack of empathy for anyone but herself, except for a few rare occasions.
The weakest point of the writing was probably the setting. Though the different cultures were well described, the actual surroundings were described with little to no concrete details and I would have like a stronger vision in my head as I was reading.
The adventures are epic, the stakes high and ultimately, I really enjoyed the story. The series tagline boats a lot, and when it came down to it… I happy with my decision to pick it up.