“Sometimes things need first to be ruined in order to then be remade.”
“You want to make your life easier? Then be the caged bird that you are and sing.”
For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.
Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.
At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip.
Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.
The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.
When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.
I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?
This is the captivating second book of The Plated Prisoner series. It’s an adult epic fantasy story blending romance, intrigue, and beautiful imagery. Return to the seductive story of magic inspired by the myth of King Midas, and get caught up in the world of Orea.
Please Note: There is explicit language and romance in this book, not suitable for those under the age of 18.
In this book Auren is held captive by the Fourth Kingdom and all she can think of is getting back to her beloved Midas. But as time unfolds, she begins to see that the Fourth Kingdom is not what she’s been told all her life. She also sees that feared Commander Rip, known to all by ripping the heads off his enemies, isn’t a monster after all but a caring and respected commander of his army. As Rip tries to make Auren see that she’s so much more than the king’s gold-touched favoured, she begins to feel torned between the man she knew all her life and saved from slavery and the man in front of her, with whom she’s feeling things she never felt before with King Midas.
“No, Auren. You’re the one that needs to burn. You need to spark to life and fight. Stop letting him dull you, stop letting the whole fucking world trample you,” he shouts, making me flinch from the vehement demand. “If you tried, you could shine brighter than the fucking sun. Instead, you’ve chosen to sit back and wither.”
If I adored the first book, then I absolutely loved the second. The character development was amazing. In the first book Auren had a sickening idea of love because it was the only idea of love she ever had in her life so, in this second book, while dealing with the army of the Fourth Kingdom and witnessing how love should really be, she starts to realize that Midas may not have been the loving person she always knew.
“How did I mistake an owner for a lover?”
I particularly loved to see Commander Rip’s dedication in ‘awakening’ Auren’s true person, the one she shoved deep inside and didn’t even realize existed. Loved how he teased and spiked her sometimes just to see a glimpse of what she might be.
“He kept me safe.” “Safe.” He growls it like he’s a wolf who’d like to devour it whole. “Always the same damn argument. Yes, how magnanimous of him to lock you behind bars all day and call you his favored whore.”
Despite having some predictable scenes, I still found the story really engaging. It was a story that I was absolutely hooked into.
– Auren and Lu’s first meeting
– Rip defying Auren to fight him in the circle
– The relationship between Auren and Fourth Kingdom’s army
– Rip and Auren’s first kiss
– The arrival of King Ravinger a.k.a King Rot
“I hope you burn so bright that you scorch your Golden King down to ash.”
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