Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
It’s been so long since I’ve written a review (so many apologies for this) and it’s been ages since I finished King’s Cage, but let’s see how I can do here!
As usual, I LOVED this Victoria Aveyard masterpiece. It was filled with plot twists and angst and Maven Calore. Unfortunately, I cannot stand the primary love-interest Cal, who is as flat as a piece of cardboard…so, I go for Maven, the troubled and sadistic guy. I think I have a problem, but no shame, right? I’m also a member of the I-Don’t-Hate-Mare-Barrow Club. I still can’t really see why people find her irritating. Sure, she complained a fair amount in Glass Sword, but it was 100% called for. She had been through a TON and of course she was a bit damaged. Though, if you didn’t find her likable then, never fear, she really has grown since then and was a million times more strong in King’s Cage.
My main problem is that I feel as though I read it too quickly to understand a lot of what happened. The plot is complex and detailed, which means that if I don’t pay attention to every single word, I’ll probably end up a little confused. I can’t really rate this lower for that because that was my fault…maybe I’ll just reread this series before book four.
A slight complaint as well, but I really didn’t enjoy reading about Cameron. I also was confused here because 1-I didn’t remember her at all from Glass Sword and 2-I thought she was a guy for a decent amount of time. Both of those are my fault, but it was not my fault that she lacked personality and complained way too much. I lived for Mare’s chapters, which were EVERYTHING (and usually Maven was present).
I also started liking Evangeline? What can I say, things have changed. One thing Aveyard does really well is her character arcs and she builds really, really realistic characters. Applause to her for that! And when we found out Evangeline’s love interest, I was so so surprised (but not in a bad way, don’t worry)!!
Last little thing, but I loved the “subtle” references to other authors. Some of the soldiers were named after Aveyard’s friends and I thought it was so cute. Author goals, if you ask me!
Anyway, I highly recommend this series! It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me! At least give it a shot, you might end up falling in love with it (and Maven Calore). Not to mention, WHERE’S THE NEXT BOOK??? I DO NOT LIKE CLIFFHANGERS!!!