Series: Red Queen #3
Published by Harper Collins on February 7th 2017
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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 thought the ending of Book 2: Glass Sword was killer but after finishing King’s Cage, I would have to say this is even worse! The way Victoria Aveyard concludes this story just has you begging for more.
The title “King’s Cage” meaning is two-fold. The first part being how Mare Barrow perseveres captivity under the tutelage of King Maven. Curious enough, her imprisonment is not what I would have expected. And although this did seem a bit long and drawn out, it gave us an opportunity to see King Maven in a different light. He is one you want to abhor but as you learn more of his upbringing you wonder if he so much more than it seems. Is he redeemable? Time will tell.
The second part would be that of Prince Cal who in all sense is the rightful king. Towards the end, you are left contemplating – is this something that he would take ownership of and if so, how would this affect his relations given that his life isn’t completely his own. Only time will tell which way he will sway but this is definitely one of the MANY reasons that will keep me coming back for more.
Another factor is the addition of all these new and intriguing characters. I appreciated that the story wasn’t just told in the primary character’s voice. It added so much more dimension and although this isn’t their story you kind of hope and wish that Victoria Aveyard decides to further explore these interesting characters.
Just like the prior books, we are left with numerous unanswered questions. Question is…. did that prevent me from enjoying the book? Not at all! The world building, storytelling, and character dramatization is magnificent enough to outweigh the uncertainty and the wait.