Review: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) – Victoria Aveyard

With just four months to go until War Storm (Red Queen #4) is unleashed on YA fantasy lovers it should come as little surprise that I am trying to get through the series as soon as possible.

Which is why today’s review is on book three of the Red Queen series, King’s Cage. While I found Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) to be average on my reading scale I was told by numerous sources that I trust that King’s Cage was better.

Were the recommendations of King’s Cage correct in it being better than the last book? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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30226723King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen (February 7, 2017)

Print Length: 528 pages

Audiobook Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins

Narrator: Erin Spencer, Amanda Dolan, Adrenrele Ojo

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 Review

King’s Cage really stepped up the game.

Aveyard was able to take the foundation she set in the previous two novels and build something truly special. After the events of the previous book, Mare is now a prisoner of King Maven. Tortured by many at court, Mare grapples with the mistakes made in previous instalments, manifesting in her inability to wield lightning.

Mare went through such huge character growth in this novel. Gone are the days of easy decision with little to no consequence, which she knows all to well. Aveyard has a way of showing how PTSD can take over a life so easily, while also showing how one can begin to heal. While Mare has to learn to heal from the mental and physical wounds inflicted by Maven, other characters in the novel had time to shine. Cal, Farley, and Julian each have an important role to play both in Mare’s narrative as well as to the grander narrative.

The only reason that King’s Cage didn’t rate higher for me was due to the multiple points of view. I thoroughly enjoyed reading from Evangeline’s POV, first because she is one of the stronger characters in the book, and second because the insight into why she did what she did when she did it became infinitely clearer to me as a reader, even going so far as to make her likeable. Cameron’s POV on the other hand made the plot drag for me. While I understand she is there to offer another side of the Scarlet Guard, what I don’t understand is if people are dogging on Mare for being selfish and whinny, have you met Cameron?

Overall though, May 15, 2018, cannot come soon enough.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard. Do you have any recommendations that you think I should check out? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.

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