Young Adult Genre– 528 pages
Published in 2017 by HarperTeen
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 BOOK! It’s everything.
I was pretty upset at the end of Glass Sword when Mare was captured by Maven. I think we [the readers] all were. But let me tell you something; it was worth it. Yeah, I said it. I’m glad she got captured and made a prisoner.
I don’t mean for it to sound so harsh, but honestly, if Mare hadn’t been captured, we wouldn’t have been able to see all the character development that happens throughout King’s Cage.
Mare kind of breaks down and then builds herself back up. As horrible as it sounds, I loved seeing her devolve into this weak girl because that’s exactly what should happen to someone in her situation. Aveyard didn’t sugarcoat the conditions which Mare lived in while being kept a prisoner. It made it realistic. I also liked watching Mare learn more about her ability. Her use of lightning is more powerful than she realized, and it was cool seeing what she’s really capable of.
Cal didn’t change as much, but he finally starts to open up. That’s something I’ve been waiting for. His time from Mare has really made him face how he feels about her and it gets you right in the feels. *SPOILER* When they are reunited it totally shows how much they really care for each other. That was something that was lacking in Red Queen and Glass Sword, even though the readers already knew. Then at the end, he pissed me off so much. (Just wait and see!)
I saved Maven for last , because OH, MAVEN! He’s the fragile bad boy that I just can’t resist. You’re supposed to hate him, and I get that. But I just can’t do it. In this book, we get to see the real Maven. He is so beyond lost, and he losing a grip on things. I just feel so bad for him, and I want to hug him so tightly. Don’t get me wrong, he is evil. He’s done horrible things, but learning about his past and what his mother did to him, makes it impossible for me to hate him.
In the second book, we got to meet a whole new breed of people: Red-and-Silver, “Newbloods”. In King’s Cage, Newbloods continue to be found and they are now working together, better than before, to take down Maven and his prejudiced government. It was fun seeing more abilities that haven’t been shown yet.
I loved King’s Cage. I initially thought this was the last book, until I read the end. It was heartbreaking and so aggravating. MEN! Am I right, girls? *sigh* But anyway, there is in fact one more book left in the series that is due to be released next year. I can’t wait. If the last three books are any indication of what is to be expected of the fourth installment, I know I won’t be disappointed.
My reviews for the first two books can be found here: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard