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.
The third installment in Aveyard’s Red Queen series, King’s Cage starts fast and never stops. I’m pretty much biased because I’ve really enjoyed this series since book one but this was a tense, violent, heartbreaking edition to the series. While I really do like the characters of Mare and Cal, I was so so so excited to see my favorite character, Evangeline Samos, getting a much expanded part in this book. With the way the book ended, it looks like she might be an even bigger part of the fourth book which is, sadly, set to be released in 2018. That’s such a long, long wait.
I really enjoyed the exploration of Mare and Maven’s relationship. It’s an awful, horrible, codependent thing (more so on Maven’s side than Mare’s) but there are also those very, very brief flashes of softness and, strangely enough, love that makes me want them to kiss and make up before realizing what I’m hoping for and slapping myself in the face.
The battle scenes were vivid and visceral, putting me in the midst of the chaos at Corvium. My only quibble there was that it ended very abruptly as I would have liked to see the effect House Samos, House Iral, and House Lerolan had on the battle.
But, there’s another book coming so I’ll hope for more there. More Evangeline too. And hopefully much more of Maven getting his comeuppance.