Caged in Darkness (Caged #1)


Author: J.D. Stroube                                                                                                     Published: July 29, 2011                                                                                                      Pages: 172

Stars: 3.5 out of 5


A witch raised in a cage of darkness…

Savannah Cross was born into a life of isolation and abuse. As a child, she witnessed her parents perform acts of malevolent evil, and now feels permanently tainted by their dark deeds.When a coven discovers a tear stricken child, wounded on their elders lawn, they offer her a sanctuary she has never known. Savannah spends the next several years shattered, continuously looking over her shoulder, waiting for the darkness to claim her.

On her 16th birthday, Savannah’s life takes a drastic turn. She is consumed by overwhelming power that forever alters her emotionally and physically. She must choose between two loves; the one who taught her to smile or the darkly seductive stranger who tempts her towards another path.Savannah must decide between the coven that was her haven and another one vying for her initiation. Just as Savannah begins to grasp what fate has in store for her, an evil looms over her loved ones; coming to claim an unbreakable debt.


The story starts off as journal entries, then skips ahead to present day. Then later throughout the book, the author adds clips from the main characters journal. While the book is in present day, the story switches perspective between three characters: Savannah, Ash, and Liam. The main character, Savannah, was abused as a child. Her parents were cast out of there coven because they practiced extreme dark magic. The first nine years of Savannah’s life was spent in a cage where her parents would practice dark magic on her, stealing innocent parts of her soul. When her parents let her out of the cage to shower, she ran away by sneaking into the back of a truck and hiding. Savannah found her way back to the town of her parents old coven and was accepted into the house of Maye and her son Ash.

Liam is from a dark coven called sacred moon. His mom, the high priestess, tells Liam to seduce Savannah and have her pick there coven. Savannah falls for Liam but at the same time she falls for Ash. While her old house from her childhood is about to be sold, Maye convinces her to return to the house and collect things that belong to her families coven. While there,Savannah accidentally releases a demon who begins killing people, including one of her good friends. While the demon is on a killing spree, Savannah reads her moms journal to find out how to stop the demon. While reading the journal she finds out she is part angle and part demon and a really strong witch. She also find out that some of the torture she endured from her parents wasn’t torture at all but them trying to make her more powerful to one day stop the demon. Savannah and her friends try to kill the demon but not before she learns that her feelings for both Liam and Ash were actually for the demon. The demons inhabited there bodies and played on Savannah’s emotions so the demon could get close to her.

I’m not sure how the demon felt about Savannah in the end. The end of the story was kind of weird and confusing. Savannah no longer feels a pull to either Liam or Ash but was completely heartbroken by having to kill the demon. The story had some grammatical errors and misplaced words but it wasn’t to difficult to figure out which words the author mean to write. Overall the story was entertaining. It was a quick read.

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