We join the Blog Tour for Cage book three in the Reykjavik Trilogy by Lilja Sigurdardottir.
Cage – The Blurb
The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.
As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis, María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed.
Ruthless drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive.
Onwards and upwards
Cage immediately felt very different to books one and two (Snare and Trap), If you haven’t read them already I do recommend them. Not just because they give Cage context, but because they are both very good.
In some ways though Cage was a completely different book with a different axis. Drugs and money making schemes are still central. However instead of drug smuggling, the focus is more on the addicts and the struggles they have down at the bottom of the chain. Perfectly highlighted by Agla’s inmate, Elisa. Cage is more, the result of Sonja’s smuggling – prison, debt, addiction, than the cat and mouse that was Snare. Characters who were so central to Trap or Snare are barely mentioned. Although it was lovely to see Bragi make an appearance. It’s rare that a trilogy develops so much and I loved the forward progression.
All about Agla
Agla has always been my favourite character and I was delighted to read more of her in Cage. So much so that Sonja’s story almost felt like an after thought. Whereas I didn’t mind the sidelined Bragi, fans of Snare and Trap may take issue with the lack of Sonja. Her son only seemed to be included as a way of extracting sympathy from the reader, yet I found this had little effect on me. I didn’t care for her as I did previously. I was firmly #TeamAgla and in Cage you’re allowed to be that.
Where Sigurdardottir really shines is the way she writes her characters. They are never simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’. They are realistically human – a bit of both and this continues with Cage. I really felt for Agla’s old adversary, Maria. Her downward spiral was painful to read. I loved Elisa and how flawed she was. There’s certainly a few bumps in the road ahead for her and Agla! I also loved the addition of Anton and the portrayal of racism in Iceland. This was something not touched upon in the previous two books and really highlighted the issues facing Iceland (the world?) today.
Cage is a fitting ending to a brilliant trilogy. I’ve loved each book in different ways and I’m genuinely sad to see it come to an end. My thanks go to Orenda Books via the Random Things blog tours for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. If you haven’t read Snare or Trap yet, why don’t you join in with the #Orentober challenge, to read Orenda books in October, and give them a whirl. You won’t regret it.