Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Red Queen
2. Glass Sword
Date Started: April 30
Date Finished: May 7
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Here is another book where I am undecided about my rating. On one hand compared to Glass Sword, King’s Cage is infinitely better in a lot of ways. Mare is dealing with her demons and trying not to be the monster that she was becoming in the last book. That being said, there is a lot of time in this book – the first 300 pages or so where Mare is Maven’s captive and the whole dynamic between the two of them is very…blurred at best. Mare is supposed to be Maven’s prisoner, his puppet, but other than a speech to the newbloods and being by his side when he goes on his coronation tour and the Silent Stone manacles she is pretty much left to her own devices. Her captivity is actually quite the snooze fest. The attempt on Maven’s life was a welcome wake up call. The more interesting things seemed to be happening beyond Mare. Cameron, the newbloods and the Scarlet Guard are trying to find a way to keep up their rebellion while also trying to find a way to rescue Mare. And then there is Evangeline’s character who is the most mystifying of all in this book.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. On Goodreads I bumped up my review to a four (when will they let us do halves?). King’s Cage is better than Glass Sword, but it still had its problems. For one thing Mare’s captivity was a snooze fest. It was actually hard to read through Mare’s chapters as each day her weakness got worse and she kept realizing all the mistakes she made that lead her here. I’m still not on board completely with the whole Mare/Cal relationship, and the whole Mare/Maven relationship is just too f’ed up for its own good. With that ending, though, I am curious to see what happens next.
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