King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard
Published February 7, 2017 by HarperTeen
Genres Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopian
When we meet Mare Barrow in this book, she has been taken prisoner by Maven, now King Maven Calore. Maven has taken away her lightning with Silent Stone, leaving her completely powerless and tormented by all of the mistakes she has made. Maven, still obsessed with Mare, uses her as a puppet to spread his propaganda throughout the country, through broadcasts and eventually a coronation tour. While Mare is kept silent and locked away by Maven, the group of Reds and newbloods she left continues to grow in strength while training, expanding and organizing, preparing for war. Cal is still with the Scarlet Guard and will stop at nothing to try to get Mare back, no matter what it takes.
I have to say I was fairly impressed with this book. I was a bit hesitant to get too excited about King’s Cage, as I was not very impressed with Glass Sword. Although I really loved the first book, Red Queen. Anyway, unlike Glass Sword, I found this book to be very interesting and it held my attention from the very first chapter. Most of the chapters are told from Mare’s perspective, with some told from Cameron’s perspective. Later in the book there is a third point of view, but I don’t want to give anything away so no spoilers. Cameron’s point of view lets us know what is going on with the Scarlet Guard while Mare is locked up with Maven.
Mare is badly struggling through the first part of the book with what seems like PTSD, as well as just generally having to acknowledge and take personal responsibility for the choices she made during Glass Sword and the consequences that follow. She is also struggling because of the Silent Stone that surrounds her, not only removing her lightning, but also training her energy as well. She starts to believe that there will be no escaping and that her life will be as a prisoner, dragged around wherever Maven resides. I don’t want to get too much into the plot because I try to review most books without any spoilers, as I tend to read other bloggers reviews before purchasing or reading a book. With that said, I really enjoyed the plot throughout this book and thought that there was a good mix of different elements. There are a lot of action packed battle scenes, as well as scenes where Mare is utterly and completely alone, silenced by Silent Stone, for weeks at a time. But the story never once got boring and certainly held my attention throughout the entire book. I have never been and will never be a fan of Maven and this book made sure that I would never change my mind in that aspect. I know there are still many Maven fans out there, he just gives me the creeps. I do however adore Cal.
When I first finished this, I will admit I was not happy with the ending. I knew that there is a 4th book, so I expected it to end sort of open ended. After giving it some thought, I understand why the author ended it the way she did, I personally just didn’t like it. I was expecting a different ending and again, I know there is a 4th book so this isn’t the actual ending. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the author totally redeemed the series after the boring-way-too-long book that was Glass Sword. I look forward to reading the 4th and what I imagine will the final book, where hopefully the author gives me the satisfaction of not having the ending to this book be permanent! Happy reading!