cover image The Russian Cage

The Russian Cage

Charlaine Harris. Saga, $27.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4814-9499-1

A hired gun accustomed to working dangerous but impersonal protection jobs puts it all on the line to save the man she loves in Harris’s eventful third Gunnie Rose fantasy (after A Longer Fall). When Gunnie Lizbeth Rose receives a coded letter from her preteen sister, Felicia, telling her that the wizard Eli Savarov, the man Lizbeth loves, has been imprisoned by the Holy Russian Empire, Lizbeth immediately sets out from Texoma to save him. Upon arriving in the HRE, she finds that Eli’s arrest is largely political, and to save him she’ll have to work together with Felicia, Eli’s friend Felix, and Eli’s family. The plan they land on requires Lizbeth to involve herself in the HRE’s politics, which means casting aside her comfortable boots and jeans in order to blend in with royal family. Though the ensuing prison break plot falls into place too easily and quickly, there is rarely a dull moment. Fans of Harris’s daring heroine will be pleased to accompany her on her latest adventure. Agent: Joshua Bilmes, JABberwocky (Feb.)