King’s Cage

Description from Goodreads:

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.


King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard has 528 pages and was published by HarperTeen in 2017.

The last novel in Aveyard’s Red Queen trilogy, starts out where Glass Sword leaves off. Mare is imprisoned by a sadistic Maven bent on using her as a political pawn to manipulate both silvers and reds alike. Mare must learn to trust her instincts if she ever wants to escape Maven’s “prison.”

One aspect of King’s Cage that I did not enjoy is the changing POVs. Perhaps this was done to breathe new life into a series that is arguably fading away amidst numerous negative reviews. At any rate, it seemed stilted and did not seem to flow as well as the previous books in the series.

With that in mind, this book is enjoyable and has an interesting plot line. Aveyard continues to flesh out the characters and this book provides more detail into their motivation. She provides yet another shocking twist at the end that sets the stage for a new novel which may be in the works at this time.

On another note, it seems that once again the author is being bashed because her novel is like “so and so.” At this point, I think it is fair to say that it has all been done before. The best thing an author can do is try to tell a story in a different way, with a different voice and fresh perspective. I think Aveyard accomplishes this.

Yes, if there is another book in the series, I will read it. Overall, I have enjoyed reading the Red Queen series and would recommend to fans of dystopian fiction.

Notable Quotes:

“Now I’m in a king’s cage. But so is he. My chains are Silent Stone. His is the crown.”
― Victoria AveyardKing’s Cage

“You are only a shadow, and who looks at shadows when they have flame?”
― Victoria AveyardKing’s Cage

Rated: 4 Plot Monster Spiders


MDW original review. Source: Library



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