After the disappointments that were Red Queen and Glass Sword, this sparkly and potentially good book has emerged. King’s Cage definitely steps up its game to impress and has mostly succeeded. Awesome character development, a fast paced plot, and a writing style that is improving by leaps and bounds makes for one largely happy-ish reader.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and other books in the Red Queen Series (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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 marks my first half-ish star rating EVER (and this might just be the shortest review I have written ever as well). I must say that I liked King’s Cage much better than the first two Red Queen books but I still don’t think it deserves a 4 star rating.
We start the story with Mare as a prisoner of Maven after her extremely bad rescue attempt at the end of Glass Sword and pick up in the exact place where the second book ended. For some reason I was quite the fan of this part of the plot. We get to see a number of “bad guy” characters again and, while I still think I hate Maven, some of his more lethal courtiers are working their way into my good books. COUGH Evangeline COUGH. A ton of stuff happens in this book, even more so than the first two, and THANK GOD! The events in question made it much easier to read King’s Cage than the other two.
On the topic of characters, and a complete surprise to me, was the fact that I DIDN’T hate Mare in this book (Shocking, considering I did in the last two). She comes down off of her high horse at last and realises that she has been acting like a stupid, selfish brat since the end of Red Queen. This rather abrupt-ish change back into a kind of version of her personality from the first book made her a much more likeable character. While Mare had some definite character development personality wise, the other characters more or less stayed the same. Cal is still stubborn, Cameron is still a tiny ball of anger, and Farley is still the same righteous revolutionary we met in the first book.
The writing was MUCH MUCH MUCH BETTER in this book. The slower bits have more or less been done away with and a fast paced and mostly flowy writing style has emerged to replace them. Victoria is definitely getting better with each book.
After two mediocre books I was HUGELY SURPRISED to read King’s Cage and actually, dare I say, like it (I must have had a cold or something). Everything in this book was just BETTER than the last two. The characters were more developed (Or Mare was anyway), the plot was faster paced and didn’t have too many weird unnecessary scenes (They all had a purpose! HURRAH!), and the writing style has developed into something that doesn’t make me cringe and/or fall asleep. Overall, not a bad book. Not good, but not bad either.