So not that long ago, I posted Full Series Stop, in which I was talking about how the preview for this book was making me less excited for it. I would now like to apologize for letting my enthusiasm wane. We waited for King’s Cage and Aveyard delivered.
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.
Let’s first talk about the viewpoints. Of course, we stay with mare throughout her imprisonment in Whitefire castle, but we also see Cameron and… wait for it…
These viewpoints were NOT fan service. Each cut away to a character served to give us information and insight into the characters. They also served to rip our hearts out. Because that’s what Aveyard does best.
We watch Mare work through her imprisonment, we watch her fight to remain strong. And unlike Glass Sword we never suffer through sagging middle syndrome. King’s Cage is jock full of action and suspense, as well as many details about characters we’ve only struck the surface with.
Maven’s characterization was beyond intriquing. In Glass Sword, Maven left notes for Mare while she was on the run and searching for newbloods. The most horrendous one was left with a baby he had murdered. Imagine how awkward it was to begin feeling pity toward Maven. His story left me wondering at what point do we forgive terrible actions? How much should a person suffer before they’re forgiven for their sins?