Book: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 528 (Paperback)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 7, 2017
Mare Barrow, also known as the lightning girl, is a prisoner of king Maven. She is bereft of her electric power, tormented by the silent stone aroung her and the king who betrayed her and everyone she loves. Her only company are silent guards and her own traumatised mind. But even with Mare gone and used for Maven’s propagands, the Scarlet Guard continue with their rebellion. They know war will come and so they prepare, and with them Cal, the exiled prince, who has his very own motives. But then other countries become players on the board and when blood fights blood, the world won’t be as anyone knew it.
Even though I liked the first two books in the series, this one was by far my favourite. Whereas the others were slow and focused on Mare, this one is way more fast paced and evolves around other characters as well.
In the beginning it was slow as well and I needed a long time for the first few pages, but as soon as other characters’ pov’s were introduced, the story picked up speed. I was soon annoyed with Mare. Yes, she is a main character and she’s going through something really traumatic, but I don’t like her character really much. She’s pretty self centred and whiny, which is something Cameron makes fun of very often. Cameron is the character who narrates most of the other chapters. And whereas Mare’s chapters are dark, slow and full of grief, Cameron’s are much lighter, full of hope and action. I absolutely loved her chapters. She is sassy and has a fun narrative. The third person we get a POV of is Evangeline Samos. In Mare’s chapters she is described as a vicious, very clever but dangerous girl who wants only her crown and nothing more. But during her own chapters, the reader gets to know so much more about her. She has a very own secretive story and I liked her more and more.
Basically, all of the characters had more development in this one book than in the two others that came before. There was also a lot more plot, and especially, more action. And woah, the plot twists! Sometimes I just wanted to scream for hours because of what happened. I couldn’t put this book down easily. I tried to guess where the story was going, but oh wow, was I wrong. This is due to some unpredictable characters. And that was so amazing!
I hope the next book will be like this, more story and less Mare, even with her as the figure of revolution. But there is so much more to the story and that whole world and I want to explore everything of it.