Title: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 7, 2017
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.
This is a great book!
It has been a couple of years since I read Red Queen and Glass Sword, so it took a while to get back into the story. But once I did, it flew by.
The beginning of the story was a little slow. Mare’s captivity was repetitive, since she couldn’t do much inside her cell other than plot her escape. Maven was annoying, but I also felt sorry for him. I learned more about what he suffered at his mother’s hands in this story, which explains why he behaves the way he does.
The narrative switches between different characters. Since Mare is trapped by Maven, Cameron gives the perspective of the Scarlet Guard. This way, we can see what is happening in Maven’s court as well as how the Scarlet Guard is preparing to attack.
There were also some twists, and some characters made surprising decisions, like switching sides of the battle. Now I just have to read the finale, War Storm!