Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Harper Teen
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.
I can’t stand it when authors force a sequel. That’s my only complaint about this book and the reason why I’m rating it 4 stars. That out of the way, let’s move on:
I LOVED THIS BOOK until I got to the last chapters: I felt the end of the battle should have been developed further, just so we could know exactly how they won; the battle was very exciting and full of action until the moment reinforcements arrived. Fast forward to chapter 29 and Evangeline’s POV, all the cards are laid on the table and this was good for an after battle chapter. And then we jump to the Epilogue where everything goes downhill and we get an inconclusive ending that leads the way to another sequel despite the Author’s emphasis in previous interviews that this was a trilogy.
Things I Like:
Glass Sword was about the decisions Mare made (good or bad), how she handled situations… now we get to experience the consequences; how she realizes where she was wrong and how she felt about it. There’s so much growth for each character and we get to experience that as well.
I love Mare’s relationship with Maven (he is my favorite character); it’s odd (ok, I agree: it’s twisted too) how she’s able to feel all this hatred but is unable to let him go, there’s a part of her that still cares about him and I think it puzzles her to know for certain how much he loves her. I love their complication!
Even though Elara literally shaped Maven’s mind, he never excuses his actions, he knows what’s wrong and what isn’t and tries to use his bad behavior to do something extra nice for Mare and she, in turn can’t help to feel gratitude towards him. He is a very intelligent King building an optimal strategy to win the Red’s over and making alliances to get “his” kingdom back.
I will say only this: OMG Evangeline!!! I like how this character is turning out. When we met her she was nothing but a mean girl, a bully if you like, and in this book she has grown so much; we get to see aspects of her real thoughts, we have a look at her parents and gain a better understanding of how she was raised and therefore why she is who she is.
Cal, Cal, Cal… It’s annoying that he is unable to pick a side, unable to stand for what he believes. In part I do understand why he wants to be king, he and Mare could do great things as King and Queen; but at the same time, his inability to stand up for what he believes could also be his downfall. Regarding his last issue with Mare, she didn’t choose him either, neither of them was willing to sacrifice .
For Cameron I can only say that she is getting rid of her demons and it allows her to keep growing as a character.
We’ll see how this turns out. I hope the fourth book is as good as this one and not another commercial sequel. I would love to know so much more about Maven, I can’t get enough! of him.