Hello everyone! Last week I posted my Glass Sword Spoiler Free book review, you can check it out here:
So I thought today I would post my thoughts about King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the third book in the quartet. By the way, have you heard the title of book 4? War Storm is an amazing title to end this series, don’t you think? Anyways, this post is going to include spoilers for Red Queen and Glass Sword but not for King’s Cage itself. Let’s start!
Synopsis (from Goodreads).
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.
What is the book about?
The book begins right after the events of Glass Sword; Mare went to Maven herself and now she is a sort of prisoner/slave to him. Silent stone bracelets are on her arms and legs to make sure she can’t use her powers. She is used by Maven to reveal things about the Scarlet Guard and the Newbloods, making them seem like monsters. She has to do this in front of the cameras to make sure more people turn on them. But everyone can see she doesn’t like it and tries to think of ways to escape. She is weakened very much, especially now that she can’t use her powers.
We also get to see more points of views. Not only do we get points of views from Evangeline, but also from Cameron (whom we met in Glass Sword). Cameron struggles a lot with the Scarlet Guard, but they are the only ones who can help her save her twin brother. Evangeline wants to be queen but no wife of Maven. She helps Mare in a way so that her family has an advantage.
The Scarlet Guard tries to get Mare out of the Palace while they train the New Bloods and also run from Maven’s troops.
The Main Characters.
Mare Borrow: In a way, Mare grows as a character. She tries to make better choices, especially after what happened in the last book and tries not to think about herself anymore. She is becoming reckless for her own life in order to save others. She is also becoming stronger in contrast to what she endures at the palace. I liked her a lot more in this book.
Farley: Farley is broken after what happened to Shade and now is pregnant with his child. Still, she fights and is still the badass like the person we know her to be. I liked her better in this book as well.
Cameron: In the last book Shade was one of my favorite characters but I liked Cameron a lot, too. She isn’t fond of the Scarlet Guard but still needs their help to save her brother. She also doesn’t like Mare and Cal a lot but tries to make the best out of it. She hates her ability but still trains to control it and to put it to use.
Cal: Cal didn’t really change, unlike the other characters. He just wants justice and would do anything in order to achieve said justice.
This book was amazing. It was fast-paced, thrilling and the writing style is wonderful. I really liked that we now got multiple points of view and I hope the coming will have that as well.
The characters were better and more complex (in a good way). The plot was well-developed and thought out and I can’t wait until War Storm. The second book is my favourite and then comes King’s Cage: it’s all very political which I love and everything leads up to a couple of big battles. Also, the ending had me shook. I truly didn’t know Evangeline’s family was planning to do this and it really was something I hadn’t seen coming.
I recommend it to anyone who likes the political fantasy genre. Not just fantasy, because it’s way more than that.
That’s it for today.