Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.
After barely escaping the imposter's assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom's most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan's identity — is to fight in Maqbara's yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.
The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara's warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.
Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they'll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda's been hiding will bury them both.
Wow, I enjoyed reading this book so much! I've really enjoyed this series, but I was hesitant about this book, because imprisonment is one of my buttons, and the unfairness of it all with him being impersonated, well, yeah, it was slow going at first for me. But then I was hooked and had to keep reading!
I felt bad for Javan. His mother's dying wish was for him to have the top honors at school, and so he spend 10 years focusing on that, to the detriment of having friends and social outings. And knowing that once he was done that, he would then have to work for his kingdom as prince and future ruler. And then he's almost killed and all this happens, yeah, he hasn't had it easy!
Basically everything about the prison was corrupt. From the way that no evidence was given for so many of the prisoners, to how the warden had Sajda as a slave and taking care of the place, to the fights, yeah. it was pretty awful! Not a good situation to be in!
I enjoyed their relationship so much! She had more power, but they were both in pretty crappy situations. And she didn't really want anything to do with him at first. So yeah, they had an interesting dynamic from the start. And with that ending, yeah, they both put the other first, and that was so great to read, made for a wonderful ending!
Loved this book, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
Author: C.J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #3
Read: August 17th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a 2018 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 13th 2018