Title – ‘King’s Cage’
Author – Victoria Aveyard
Published – February 9th 2017 by Orion
Pages – 507
Format – Paperback
Book 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.’
*Warning – Contains spoilers*
Where do I start? I honestly just can’t contain the internal battle going on inside my head about this book… so many emotions just welled up inside of me by the end of this novel and it had my spinning. In fact this GIF pretty much sums up how I felt when I finished this book;
Was this a good book? Yes… but was it better than the previous two… for me… not so much. I think it may have been because I could see the gears turning and just knew what kind of set up we were going to finish up on… and I knew I wasn’t going to like it.
Now… after the action packed last book it was nice that King’s Cage took a slow pace towards the start. I’ve seen people complain that not a lot happens in the first half of this book and whilst, yes, this is true… I think it was needed. It allowed us the time to delve into a more emotional stance when it came to both Mare and Maven. I actually found the first half was probably my favourite bit looking back at it… because we got to see more of Maven… we got to see who he really was and why he was like that. We got to see the vulnerability and the innocence so to speak… the tortured mind… the tortured soul that he truly was. It was refreshing, especially after Glass Sword where he took more of a back role in comparison to the other characters to see Maven take such a big part in the first half of this book.
Now whenever we get an overload of Maven… there always seems to be a lack of Cal. I was looking forward to seeing Cal again, with him being my favourite character (#teamcal!!) but I was a little disappointed to see him without a major role at the start. Its one thing I don’t think was very well done with the book… the balance of the characters and giving them equal chance to shine so to speak. The reason why I say this is because like I said… at the start we get an influx of Maven… but as soon as Mare escapes his grasp we here very little from him. I think Aveyard should have ended the book with a chapter from Maven’s point of view… I feel like that would have been such a good way to end… maybe slightly darker as well. The idea of a full out storm beginning its brewing.
I… don’t know where to start with Mare. I like her character but she has a sense of selfishness about her that I massively hate… this particularly becomes apart in last part of the book. She and Cal had such an opportunity to make a difference… together… but Mare just wanted him to herself so to speak. Whilst.. yes.. I can see her point of view I feel like she had such a closed off mind. She didn’t, or couldn’t, see the bigger picture. It honestly tore me apart to see her and Cal drift apart in that last chapter… to see her want to step aside and just watch because she knew Cal and Maven and the rest of the Silvers would tear each other apart. She’s been through so much… part of me wants to cuddle her and protect her from the world and then the other part of me wants to slap some sense into the girl. If you want a character that divides both opinions and emotions I feel like Mare fits into that category perfectly… she makes you both love and hate her at the same time. She’s very complicated indeed.
Now one character I did like and grew somewhat fond of was Evangeline… instead of being the hot headed ‘bitch’ we all knew her as in the previous books she grew to be someone that was simply misunderstood and someone who simply was doing what her family required of her. Whilst yes… she and her family had done some terrible things I felt that by the end of the book all I felt was pity for her. She had someone she truly loved and cared about but they were always just out of arms reach… no matter what she did. It was… sad to see. That no matter what… she’d always be simply a playing card for her father… that’s what it felt like.
I do like that we got to see these different sides to the ‘bad guys’…. we got to see the reasoning behind their actions and it was definitely refreshing… but I also feel like that was the intention… to end the book with everyone being on a somewhat level playing field. The idea that in the final book you don’t quite know who is going to be the true villain… it was quite a clever play in my opinion… because whilst my head and the majority of my heart is still on Cal’s side… part of me hopes Maven can be saved, can be ‘fixed’. Because I know many of us have grown fond of him… and because of this book have seen him in a far different light.
It’ll be interesting to see what part other characters will play in the final book… I feel like Aveyard wouldn’t have brought in Cameron’s point of view without her moving on to play a part in the final installment. Also the likes of Farley, Kilorn and the rest of Mare’s family… but especially the Lakelanders… with even more focus on Princess Iris. This new character has been set up to play a big part in the final book… I just get the feeling she’s going to a surprise… but I can’t decide whether she’s going to be bad or good. Because whilst she clearly doesn’t care for Maven she has a darker edge to her… she’s clever and I feel like she’s going to be very very important.
I’m looking forward to the emotional turmoil I’m bound to feel with the last book. As much as this book gave me such intense feels I suspect the final book in this amazing series will simply destroy me. So much has been set up in this book… in such a way that feel like this book’s purpose was simply to do just that… set up the perfect stage for the final book. I just can’t wait to see which path it goes down… because lets be honest, there’s a whole selection of paths it could take! I know what I’d like to happen, but fate never works in the way we wish… and something tells me one of the two brothers will be seeing an end in the final book…
Basically if you want to be emotionally pulled from pillar to post, as the saying goes, this book is right up your alley… if you want to have deep emotional scenes mixed with some intense action then, again, this book would be right up your alley. I’m sad that there’s only one more book in the series to go… but I can’t wait to see how it ends… actually screw that… I’m scared to see how it ends… I feel like this series will leave me with such an intense emotional scare… the beginnings of which are already starting to show!
Would I suggest this book to other bookworms? The series must go on right!?
Am I completely in love with this book? It’s not as good as the rest of the series so far but definitely strong!
Will I be reading the last book in the series? Pfft… of course!
[I rate this book 4/5 stars]