Today I am going to be doing a review of King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I was so excited for this book to come out in February, as I LOVED the first two books in the series!
If you have not read Red Queen and/or Glass Sword (the first two books in this series) GO READ THEM, they are great books! However, please do not read this review because it may contain spoilers of the first two books (come back and read when you are finished though and let me know what you thought of the books!)
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.
In short: I loved most of it.
(4 / 5)
We leave off with Mare after handing herself over to Maven in exchange for others lives.
The beginning was a little rough for me. It was long and personally I think it could have been cut shorter. But what I do love are the character developments we get of Maven, Evangeline and even Cameron (yes, I like her even though she is whiny). The different POV’s definitely help us learn a lot more about the characters. (okay wait have I not even talked about these POV’s yet?!?) I LOVED the new POV’s and because of them I now love Evangeline in her weird femme fatale twisted kind of way. Otherwise, I found myself reading this portion of the book waiting for someone to jump around the corner, try to save Mare and for battle scenes to begin.
We also get a lot more information of the world that surrounds Norta and just what abilities silvers and newbloods can have. – which is really cool and expands our understanding of country relations and the history of Norta. It’s fun and intriguing to see the wars that we hear about but that are never a part of the books.
I love how Mare grows in this book and doesn’t make some of the stupid mistakes that frustrated us in the first two books. She finally has a level head, makes decisions for herself and is smarter. I also love how Aveyard really thought of what the impact of what Mare has seen and done would be (i.e. Maven lying, killing Elara, Shade dying, etc.). Mare is constantly questioning and thinking because of it and it turns her into this real, well-rounded person.
Once through the build up of the first half of the book, we finally get the battle scenes we have been patiently awaiting (or at least I have been patiently awaiting). Not only are there battle scenes but also romance (I swoon). I sped through this part of the book, finding each page as exciting as the last and always leaving me wanting more. For the most part, the second half made up for the slow start in the beginning.
And finally the ending, Aveyard gets us AGAIN with the slight cliffhanger! While not as big as in Glass Sword, it definitely leads to anticipation of the fourth book, which sadly we have to wait a year for.
Also can we talk about the title? What do you think about it? I personally LOVE IT. I think it fits not only to Maven’s cage for Mare, but also Maven’s cage for himself, Cal and others (who I cannot say because that would be spoiling the book).
All in all, King’s Cage is a good book but, I personally don’t think it was as great as the first two. (mostly because I love all the action and there just wasn’t enough). I still definitely want more though and will be not so patiently awaiting the fourth book!