Tuesday, February 16, 2021

ARC Review: The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris

The Russian Cage

Charlaine Harris
Series: Gunnie Rose (Book 3)
Publication: Gallery / Saga Press (February 23, 2021)

Description: #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Charlaine Harris is at her best in this alternate history of the United States where magic is an acknowledged but despised power in this third installment of the Gunnie Rose series.

Picking up right where A Longer Fall left off, this thrilling third installment follows Lizbeth Rose as she takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this strange new world of royalty and deception in order to get Eli freed from jail where he’s being held for murder.

Russian Cage continues to ramp up the momentum with more of everything Harris’ readers adore her for with romance, intrigue, and a deep dive into the mysterious Holy Russian Empire.

My Thoughts: Lizbeth Rose gets a letter from her half-sister Felicia that contains a coded message. Felicia tells her that Lizbeth's partner Eli has been arrested and imprisoned in San Diego, the capitol of the Holy Russian Empire. Lizbeth has to go to try to get him out.

The Holy Russian Empire is a whole new world for a young woman from Texoma who works as a gunnie - an armed guard. And Lizbeth feels like a fish out of water. Luckily, she has the help of her little sister Felicia, who is a student at the Rasputin school and who is learning to be a grigori. Having only recently met her sister, Lizbeth doesn't know her well. She does know that she is smart and tricky. 

She also has the help of Felix who is another grigori and who is in love with Eli which makes his relationship with Lizbeth a little more complicated. 

Lizbeth gets to meet Eli's mother and sisters during her investigation too. She also has to deal with Eli's brother Peter who causes a lot of the problems in this story. 

I like the setting of this story. California has become the Holy Russian Empire after the United States dissolved and is now ruled by a Tsar who escaped from Russia and sought asylum there. The Tsar didn't come alone. There are large numbers of Russians of all classes who came with him. A lot of this story has to do with political complications surrounding Tsar Alexi. 

The story is filled with a number of intriguing characters. I especially liked getting to know Lizbeth's sister Felicia better in this story. Eli's mother and sister were also interesting characters as were they people surrounding the Tsar who had roles in this book. 

Lizbeth is a great character. She's smart but not educated. She is also determined and phlegmatic. The story is told from her point of view. This is the third book in the series. I think it would add much more depth to the reading experience if the series was read in order but I feel it could also work for those new to the series. 

Favorite Quote:
I wore my guns the whole time, so only people who saw no other vacant place sat by me. They didn't know what a risk they were taking. I was short on patience and long on aggravation. One man thought I might be posing as a gunnie, and he had a broken finger to add to his problems after he touched me while I slept. 
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. The setting and characters are intriguing. Thanks for the review.


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