Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, book 3/4
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Note: This post reviews the third book of the Red Queen series. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Red Queen and Glass Sword, before reading this review.
After willingly offering herself in exchange for the safety of her friends, Mare is a prisoner of the boy king, Maven. She suffers inside his palace, this king’s cage, though not by his own hand. Maven, messed up as he is, has an obsession with Mare. In his own broken way, he wants her, and even needs her with him. But that does not keep her from suffering. Forced to live with her powers stripped from her, Mare lives in isolation, used as a mouthpiece to deliver false information to the kingdom of Norta concerning the Scarlet Guard. She also has to face the torment of whispers, Silvers who are able to see your memories and make you relive them and experience them in a tormenting way.
Meanwhile, Cal, the exiled prince still stuck within the Scarlet Guard, is trying desperately to find a way to rescue Mare. Finally, after months and months (and hundreds of pages into the book), the Scarlet Guard succeeds, and Mare does not have to suffer Maven any longer. But the damage he has inflicted on her is not easily forgotten, and Mare knows that she still has a part to play in Maven’s downfall.
The great Silver houses are now in opposition. Some still stand with King Maven, others are ready to see an end to his reign. The Scarlet Guard, having won a few victories already, are stronger than ever. These Reds and newbloods will see the boy king destroyed.
This book is not all hardship and suffering. We do get to enjoy a few happy moments with Mare and Cal, both desperately in love with each other. But honestly, in a book with over 500 pages, it didn’t seem like there was quite enough love and happiness to make up for the said hardship and suffering. On top of that, the book leaves us with Cal, forced to make an incredibly difficult decision that will impact Mare most of all, in much the same way that the last book, Glass Sword, ended with Mare making a decision that deeply affected Cal. Maybe the author did this kind of paralleling on purpose, but I as the reader did not appreciate having to deal with the same kind of heaviness more than once. It almost seems like a cruel joke to play on your characters and your readers alike.
All I have to say now is this: after investing two years in this series, thinking all along that it was a trilogy only to reach the end and find out that there is at least one more installment to wait anxiously for, Victoria Aveyard had better be ready to deliver a finale that will wrap up these devastatingly loose ends in a masterful and satisfying way; or else these books may unfortunately become part of the subtitle, All Will Burn.
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