King’s Cage is the third book in a series. Read reviews for Red Queen and Glass Sword first.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
King’s Cage blew me away. The depth in which the characters are explored is astounding, you learn so much that was missing, it gives the story so far perspective and answers SO many questions. I have to say the relationship between Mare and Maven was perfect – there was no justification for his behaviour and I loved that Mare never wavered throughout. YA has too many problematic relationships without having to deal with yet another.
I adored the way the story progressed, the different viewpoints and the twists. It was intense, thrilling and sombre all at the same time. You couldn’t see what was about to happen and the reactions of the characters were believable and consistent. Which you have no idea how much I appreciated that!
My favourite character had to be Farley – she is a freaking badass and not one of the pathetic kind like she is a serious badass. Wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley badass. I just loved her development as a character I felt like she came into her own and the book wouldn’t have been the same without the twists and turns she brought. I just don’t have enough words to explain my love for her – she gave me hope, hope that badassery isn’t dependent on life choices.
Least favourite character in King’s Cage had to be Cameron. For a start, she wasn’t in it an awful lot, BUT the bits she was in were awkward and whiny. All I could help thinking was where the hell did her badassery go?? Why are we left with this character that makes me want to hit her quite a few times? I don’t know – maybe I’m being overly harsh but I expected great and wonderful things from her and I was really disappointed.
Based on King’s Cage I’m definitely carrying on with the series and I can’t wait for the next book – this reread has been one of my favourites – I feel like I’ve fallen in love all over again!!
Have you read this series? What did you think? Who was your favourite character?? I would love to know – leave a comment down below!