“He’s terrified. For a second, it makes me happy. Then I remember – monsters are most dangerous when they’re afraid.”
Victoria Aveyard | King’s Cage | p. 144
This is the third book of the ‘Red Queen’ series by Victoria Aveyard, so this review may contain spoilers regarding the first book, ‘Red Queen’, as well as the second book, ‘Glass Sword’.
After I came upon the major cliffhanger in the second book, I was practically itching to continue the series, just to see what Aveyard has in store for the characters I have grown somewhat familiar with. Luckily for me, ‘King’s Cage’ was already waiting for me on my bookshelf.
In ‘King’s Cage’, we start off with Mare kneeling before Maven, who keeps her on a leash like a dog that has to do his bidding. Mare sticks to the promise she gave at the end of ‘Glass Sword’: she belongs to Maven, as his puppet, for anyone out there to see, in return for the lives of her friends and companions. She is imprisoned and tortured, while the Scarlet Guard keeps working on a plan to set her free. From there on, this book is filled with heartbreak, rage, pain – endless emotional and physical pain – and suffering.
“To stand in front of a person who is your whole world and be told you are not enough. You are not the choice. You are a shadow to the person who is your sun.”
King’s Cage | p. 506
The way this story is told is different from the other two books. Here we have three points of views that give an insight into both worlds, Maven’s court and Scarlet Guard territory with Mare Barrow in her own personal cage made by a brutal and cunning king and with Cameron, the newblood with silencing abilities inside the Scarlet Guard’s camp. That way, the reader is able to see the bigger picture of it all. But what surprised me most was the fact that the third point of view is that of Evangeline Samos. Yes, you heard right, Evangeline, whom I disliked with a passion during the first two books and now got to know a little bit better, which was absolutely fascinating to me.
I recognized that there were some ‘surprises’ that I’ve seen from a mile away and were hinted at here and there, but it wasn’t anything that would have made me like the book less. One thing I disliked about the other books before was the flatness of the protagonists – thank goodness that wasn’t the case with ‘King’s Cage’. I particularly liked the depiction of Maven, because it was so much more than I had hoped for.
There is so much I want to say about this book that could and would be rated as spoilers. Therefore, sadly, I will have to keep those things to myself and cut this review drastically short. Let me just tell you that there are certain situations that will make you gasp and shake your head, that will make you cry or at least widen your eyes in terror and shock. And there are things that will make you smile and wish it could stay this way.
“Strange that so many thought themselves gods, or a god’s chosen (…). Blessed by something greater. Elevated to what we are. When all evidence points to the opposite. Our abilities came from corruption, from a scourge that killed most. We were not a god’s chosen, but a god’s cursed.”
King’s Cage | p. 268
I liked ‘King’s Cage’ a lot and think as for now it is the best out of the three books of this series – although I’m currently reading the fourth and final one, ‘War Storm’, which is said to be an epic conclusion. But I’ll have to wait and see if the final book will be a fitting end to the ‘Red Queen’-series, which in my opinion started slow, but steadily grew more and more interesting.
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Title: King’s Cage
Series: Red Queen (#3)
Press: Harper Teen Books
Year of publication: 2017