Book Review: The Russian Cage (Gunnie Rose #3) by Charlaine Harris

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Historical fantasy
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Pages: 304, hardcover
Source: NetGalley

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.

The Russian Cage is the third book in Charlaine Harris’ Gunnie Rose series. As with many of Harris’ heroines, Lizbeth is plainspoken and straightforward. This causes her issues when dealing with the Holy Russian Empire and its wizards. 

Lizbeth receives a letter from her half-sister, who is a student at the grigori school in California. Lizbeth’s lover, Eli, has been arrested, and no one knows why. Lizbeth travels to California, determined to free him, and uncovers a plot that could destabilize the region.

Harris has a simple writing style, not sparse exactly, but told with a minimum of frippery, much like Lizbeth herself. Lizbeth has a strong sense of self, and that contrasts to the other characters, who must hide their true thoughts and feelings in order not to be branded traitors. 

The plot is solid and moves swiftly, but logically. This is a quick, but enjoyable read, and a great addition to the series.

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