Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series Number: 3
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Genres: YA Dystopian
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.
Summary: 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.
let’s get straight to the point here: king’s cage is my favourite book in the red queen series. so i completely forgot to review this book. i read it back in feb and absolutely loved it. but when i look back on it now, i think i like it even more. usually i feel the opposite – i want to lower my ratings. i want to increase king’s cage to 5 stars, but i will keep it at 4 seeing as that’s what i rated it when i first read it.
one thing i hate about series is that i love the first book then the rest of the books proceed to disappoint me. i definitely felt that with glass sword. i found it somewhat boring and completely irrelevant to the overall storyline. with king’s cage, i was blown away with the ending. not to mention i thought it was a trilogy! i thought that was it. it’s over. done.
ended on a damned cliff hanger and no proper ending.
boy was i wrong. according to goodreads, king’s cage is definitely not the last book in the series. i find this disappointing as i feel aveyard could’ve finished the series with this book instead of dragging it out (which tends to bore the readers and they stop reading. no one likes an obvious cash grab).
king’s cage is fairly fast paced. it was a very entertaining book to read. as i found glass sword to be an irrelevant filler book where i hated half the characters, king’s cage was much better. mare wasn’t as immature and boring as she was in glass sword. cal and kilorn started to annoy me a lot in glass sword, however i adored cal in king’s cage.
the romance was very well written in king’s cage. i found it very adorable and not overpowering to the plot. it was extremely realistic too. so often, the romance feels forced or the guy tends to be controlling/possessive, and i didn’t find that an issue in king’s cage. i was quite happy with it. (thank you victoria aveyard).
i’m very happy with how this series is going. aveyard has shown herself as a very competent writer. her writing has improved immensely since the release of red queen (which felt like a rip of all my fav YA books put together). obviously, the series isn’t the best in terms of originality but aveyard is showing a lot more creativity and i can’t wait to read any other series she decides to write.