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Book review: King’s Cage, by Victoria Aveyard

Book cover from Goodreads

All of us were made by someone else, and all of us have some thread of steel that nothing and no one can cut.


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. Taken from Goodreads.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first, I was honestly very disappointed of Glass Sword, it was hundreds of pages of just Mare complaining and being a dramatic teen. I just couldn’t handle. I appreciate certain gore aspects fro Glass Sword, but it’ll never made up for what a disappointment the book was, especially after the high that was Red Queen. Thankfully, King’s Cage manage to do the exact opposite of Glass Sword. The book bring the story up again and it made me remember why I love the series. Granted, Mare was still as noisy and annoying as she was in Glass Sword, but at least the whole book is not just her this time around. This time, we’re getting Cameron and Evangeline in the mix, and although I was not entirely keen with having multiple POVs in a book, but anything that can take me away from Mare’s constant complaining and “woe-is-me” act, I’ll take it. And to be honest, it was such a refreshing breath of fresh air having Cameron and Evangeline, we’re getting ideas on why and how both girls came to be who and where they are in the story. Still not a big fan of either of the three girls, but Evangeline looks more likeable and tolerable at this point than Mare is.

Now to the good part of the book. WE finally got some decent storyline and character arc that were missing in Glass Sword. For instance, Maven was portrayed as this psychotic and freakishly obsessed with Mare, and whilst we get the gist that Maven might be not so right in the head thanks to his Mum, but Maven was only this two dimensional villain; your standart bad guy, so to speak. This time around we had more of Maven and we get to understand more about his characters, and I don;t know about you, Maven might be evil but at least as a character he has depth that clearly he’s brother Cal doesn’t have. Gosh, I thought Maven was two dimensional in Glass Sword, but it’s been three books and Cal is just as bland and plain as a clean white sheet of paper. Bye, Cal, you’re cancelled. Obviously, there are more actions in this book and we get to see different powers from other new blood, and I am very thankful that Victoria Aveyard didn’t fall into the category of writers that wrote their main character as the unique one. Here we get to see three different new bloods with the same power as Mare, and seems like they manage their power better than Mare. Thank God. I am so sick of dystopian novels where the main character is just so unique and no one else can match their power. Ugh, yeah, yeah, whatever.

To the bad of the book. Why? Why does Mare talk all the time? It’s bad enough she hogs the majority of the POVs in the book, but she is just a constant stream of words. She describe literally everything to the point that it is so annoying. Like, I get it Mare, we all like hearing ourselves talk but this book is hundreds of pages and there are about 20-ish chapters, can you like not talk all the time? Also, what is up with unnecessary scenes that takes up pages and then it bears no significance to the story and/or in to the future? Why do I need to read about Mare and Cal sparring with each other, when clearly it has no significance other than a waste of pages?

And don’t get me started with all the cringe worthy interactions between Mare and Cal, or Mare’s inner monologue about how hot Cal is…..

Mare, girl, let me tell you something, if you’re going to shag Cal because he’s hot or whatever, do it, mate. Whatever sprinkles your doughnut, but don’t be cringey about it. You want proof how cringey it could be? Let me share you this scene where Cal told Mare that he made contact with Cal’s grandmother to save Mare from Maven, and Mare was so distraught about the possibility that Cal would leave Mare in favour of a throne, and this happened…

“Promise me. Promise you won’t leave. Promise you won’t go back. Promise you won’t undo everything my brother died for.”

His low sigh washes across my face.

“I promise.”

“Remember when we told each other no distractions?”

“Yes.” He runs a blazing finger over my earring, touching each one in turn.

“Distract me.”

Really??? Really?? Don’t. Just don’t ruin what an almost perfect book after a disappointing book before this with interactions like these. Just don’t…

Oh and Cal, you are one boring hell of a person. I thought you were boring in Red Queen, and you cemented that boringness in Glass Sword, but oh boy you really are taking this “I’m-a-really-boring-and-uninteresting-character-safe-for-the-fact-I’m-an-exiled-prince-and-I-can-create-flame-also-it-probably-helps-my-standing-as-a-character-in-this-book-because-the-female-lead-is-attracted-to-me-but-yeah-I-guess-that’s-all-there-is-to-it-about-me” seriously in King’s Cage. Ugh, yeah I’ll pass, mate.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Title: King’s Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

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