King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
In what I assumed was the third and final installment (oops!) of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, King’s Cage was the first book I actually enjoyed. Check out my review of Glass Sword, the second installment in the series.
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Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy
Published: February 7th, 2017 by HarperTeen
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.
About: Victoria Aveyard
Victoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen.
She has since published three #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling books, two New York Times bestselling novellas, and continues pursuing her writing career while living full-time in Los Angeles, California.
The Red Queen series is currently being translated into 37 languages and counting.
I suppose the plot of King’s Cage could be boiled down to “survive the king’s cage”. Or, “die in the king’s cage”. I really don’t know, because Mare continues to be a less-than-satisfying protagonist in this book. I never connected well with her in the first two books. She’s incredibly reactive and never becomes proactive in this story. She just allows things to happen to her without any real goal herself.
Conversely, the book is also told from the perspective of Cameron. I had absolutely no idea who this character was. In my review of Glass Sword, I talk a little bit about how many characters were introduced in the book and how little importance I thought they had. Most of them continued to feel this way to me throughout this book. I guess Cameron’s character just didn’t stick with me either. I honestly thought she was male for almost the whole book because – honestly – I just maybe kinda skimmed her chapters. Personally, I’ve never been interested in the Red Guard and reading about their plans and military tactics and politics and such. I was much more interested in reading about Maven.
I love Maven. The one thing I enjoyed about Glass Sword was the promise that Maven would be featured prominently in King’s Cage and in this, Victoria Aveyard did not disappoint. I was thrilled to read about Maven’s character with his mother gone. We had more insight into the person he is, the person his mother made him to be. It was tragic and beautiful.
Even though I in no way ship Mare and Maven (because honestly I don’t like her, Cal can have her), I love him. But I’m sad that this was probably the only book we’re going to get enough Maven in. With Mare returned to the Red Guard, we will get no more chapters with Maven prominently featured in the fourth book. Unless Aveyard decides to do some Maven chapters which I would LOVE to see because I want to read from his POV.
The pacing was alright in this book. I don’t have much to say about it.
I liked this book if only for the fact that we learned so much about Maven. He is tragic and wonderful and I want more of that. While nothing else really stuck out to me, his character alone made me enjoy this book.
I give King’s Cage 3.5/5 stars.
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