Book Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve been broken too many times to break again

I wasn’t looking forward to reading King’s Cage. But I actually liked it better than I expected.

Book Review: King”s Cage by Victoria Aveyard


Title & Author: King”s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: February 7 2017
Series: Red Queen
Publisher: HarperCollins


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 continues 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.

I give King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard three out of five hearts. Which might be more like a 3,25 hearts and not actually three. I did like it more than Red Queen and Glass Sword.

It has been over a year since I read Red Queen and Glass Sword and did not reread them before starting on King’s Cage. Normally this is something I would do, but I did not want to spend my time being annoyed with two books I really did not care about. And so I was a bit confused at the beginning since I could only half remember the earlier novels. So I read some recaps of them and caught back up quickly.

The fact that Mare actually stands up for herself by the half way point of the novel and starts doing the things she likes and getting over her half year imprisonment, made me a bit happy. I felt like she was just whining most of the first half of the novel and this did also not help for me to get into it. But Mare kept stuck in this triangle between Maven and Cal and I just hate love-triangles! Can she please make up her mind?

There were more characters with Mare and the Scarlet Guard than there were against them. Which was a bit more positive. But the POVs made finding out who was with who a hard thing and I am not sure it is doing anything for the series. The only point you will learn from all these POVs that is useful for this story is the fact that Evangeline is getting further away from any of the political groups during the last half of the novel. And I think I might actually start to like her. I am curious where her path is going to take her.

Having so many different feelings, but mostly negative, about these books, I have to say I might not read the fourth novel in the series. Because it is going to take another year before that one comes out and by then I might have completely forgotten what happened in the other three and I do not think I want to spend the time on rereading everything.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


Leave a Reply