Uncaged by Celia McMahon

“Princess of wolves and men, bringer of life and death. On a path of fire, you will walk. And out of the flames, a beast will rule.”

UNCAGED is the stunning sequel to Celia McMahon’s debut UNSPOKEN, the first in her fantasy trilogy set in a world of curses, wolves, and war.

Synopsis

Not every queen needs a crown.

After escaping Stormwall, Izzy and Fray have finally crossed through the Archway and into The Old Kingdom in search of allies. But finding a place within Fray’s former pack is harder than they imagined. When Izzy’s father warred with the Gwylis, it made a lifelong enemy of the Rowan name. Fray’s betrayal of siding with Aquarius in the war makes him no less an enemy to the pack.

Izzy struggles to understand her newfound magic and build a relationship with her new family, but when the new king’s soldiers arrive in The Old Kingdom, Izzy must fight to secure the protection of her new home. With war looming once again, Izzy is thrust back into the life she tried to leave behind.

As danger mounts, past, present, and future collide between kingdoms, and the lines of allegiances are drawn. Izzy must decide who she is willing to fight for, and where her loyalties truly lie.

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Review

Rating = 🖤🖤🖤🖤.5 | 4.5/5

Thank you to Celia McMahon and The Parliament House Press for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. 

In the sequel to Unspoken, we finally get to see more of the world outside of the New Kingdom. We get to see the other side of the ravaged land and those affected by the centuries-long war. We watch as Izzy and Fray struggle to find themselves and hold onto each other as they try to build a new life beyond the Archway. 

I love this world that Celia has created and was thrilled to be diving deeper into it. I was also happy to see the growth in Izzy’s character as she learns more about what it means to be human and wolf, her powers, the world beyond, and her new family.

Izzy’s strength lies in her determination to protect the innocent and those she loves. As is the case in stories like this, it can also be her weakness. Her fear of losing them and the life she loves, creates turmoil and fosters doubt. As she realizes and accepts her path, she is finally free to do what needs to be done, even though the price may ultimately destroy her.

“I finally knew what part I had to play, and the realization was a lightning strike from the heavens. Like a beast, finally uncaged.”
— Izzy

I can’t wait for the final installment in the trilogy and to see what awaits as Izzy fights for her kingdom.

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