Series: The Iron Crystal

To Break A Dark Cage: Kathryn Ann Kingsley

To Break a Dark Cage

Posted on June 20, 2024 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 2 Comments

‘TO BREAK A DARK CAGE,’ is the third book in Kathryn Ann Kingsley’s Iron Crystal series. The fantasy setting and magical elements present in ‘Charm a Dark Prince’ (book 1) resonates throughout the series. If you’re seeking a fantastic adventure featuring a strong female protagonist and a dark prince who may not be as he appears, then the Iron Crystal world is the ideal destination.


To Break A Dark Cage: Kathryn Ann KingsleyTitle: To Break a Dark Cage
Author(s): Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Series: The Iron Crystal #3
Also in this series: To Charm a Dark Prince , To Bind a Dark Heart
Published by Hachette UK - Second Sky on March 11, 2024
Pages: 266
Genre(s): Dark Romance, Fantasy
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
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He was kissing her with a fury that threatened to devour her. She needed this. Needed the wrath and the desire. One last time.
Gwen is a prisoner of the man she loves…
In the battle for Avalon, she sided with Mordred’s enemies and allowed the demon Grinn to grow more powerful than ever.
Passion still burns fiercely between Mordred and Gwen. But the dark prince crushes his emotions and tells Gwen that he is sending her home. That she will never see Avalon—or him—again.
But Avalon has ideas of its own. The magic of the island draws Gwen back and gifts her with stunning new abilities.
Gwen has one last chance to save the island from a devastating war that would destroy everything—and everyone—she has come to love. But can she tame Mordred’s rage and pride? And can a demon ever be trusted?
Continuing a heart-racing series of dark romance and seductive villains that’s perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Elise Kova and Danielle L. Jensen, To Break a Dark Cage will transport you to a world of wonder and danger, and leave you breathless.

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In the aftermath of the tragedy that struck in “To Bind a Dark Heart,” the residents of Avalon reels from the devastating events and the shocking revelation that Gwendolyn’s cat is, in fact, the Ash Demon. Mordred now faces the task of purging Avalon of the Ash Demon’s malevolent presence. His immediate concern, though, is safeguarding Gwendolyn — and his own heart by extension. The logical solution appears to be sending her back to Earth. Yet, unbeknownst to both, Avalon has its own designs, and Gwendolyn’s return to Earth is not part of them.

In this latest installment, I had hoped Mordred and Gwen would finally communicate and cease keeping secrets from each other. But true to form, they kept silent, secrets piled up, and trust issues lingered. Despite my growing frustration with them, I couldn’t help but love them both. Gwen has transformed from the frightened Kansas girl in “To Charmed a Dark Prince”, into a self-assured heroine. Mordred has come to realize that good intentions did not justify the methods employed to keep the elementals in check.

“To Break a Dark Cage” may not have matched the first two books in suspense and action, but it was still an enjoyable read. Sure, there were a few letdowns. These, however, didn’t stop it from being a magical trip into the mystical world of Avalon.

The book ended with a cliffhanger, but the note on which it ended came as no surprise—I anticipated it. Now, the big question is whether Gwen will use her new gift to curb the elementals’ thirst for violence and power. All in all, it’s a worthy addition to the series and a must-read for fantasy romance enthusiasts.


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About Kathryn Ann Kingsley

As a USA Today bestselling author and award-winning designer, Kat has always been a storyteller. She delights in spinning stories of the sweetest nightmares to delight her readers with her unique twist of fantasy, horror, and romance. With ten years in script-writing for performances on both the stage and for tourism, she has always been writing in one form or another. Also on her list of skills are artistic direction, scenic painting and props, special effects, and electronics. A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Design, she has a passion for unique, creative, and unconventional experiences. In her spare time, she builds animatronics and takes trapeze classes.

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