Book 38 of 2017
Leaving me slightly breathless, King’s Cage (the third installment of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series) got me back onto the Red Queen train once again. I was obsessed with Red Queen, was less obsessed with Glass Sword (Book 2 in the series), and King’s Cage reminded me of why I fell in love with Red Queen and its characters in the first place.
In King’s Cage, loyalty is tested on every level, and within every relationship. The story begins with protagonist Mare Barrow as King Maven Calore’s prisoner. She isn’t treated how one would expect a prisoner to be treated though; she is given a bed, books and food. In fact, many on Maven’s council object to Mare even living, let alone being offered provisions. But Mare is slowly withering away without the use of her lightning power, and the little hope of exiled Prince Cal rescuing her slowly lessens, day after day. As I read about Mare’s attempted escapes and stay at the castle, I constantly wondered: will Lightening Girl ever get her electricity back? If so, when? Her imprisonment at the castle seemed endless.
Mare’s time inside the castle also gives the reader some insight into Evil Maven and why he is the way he is. It’s interesting because although readers should hate him, I couldn’t help feeling a bit of sympathy towards him at times. Of course, that sympathy never lasted, and I recognize that he is truly a monster, but I love the way Aveyard made me momentarily second-guess my feelings towards the new king.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, are the Newbloods, the Reds and exiled Prince Cal. Mare has no idea, but The Scarlet Guard is as strong as ever. They’re training, recruiting and strategizing. Readers quickly find out what’s going on with Farley and Cal through Cameron’s narrative (one of my only complaints about the book: I didn’t find Cameron overly interesting, relatable or compelling. To be honest, Cameron was a rightfully angry and over dramatic person, I just found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of her narrative and found it too detailed!) It’s also revealed that Mare has every right to feel hopeful when it comes to Cal; he will stop at nothing to get her back. #Swoon.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that this book held many unexpected turns. Characters I least expected to win me over ended up winning my sympathy (or empathy, at the very least), and the threat of betrayal was present at every turn up until the last page.
My faith in the Red Queen series as a whole has been restored and I’m looking forward to the conclusion. War Storm, the fourth and final book in the Red Queen series, will be released in 2018.
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