King's Cage by Victoria AveyardKing's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King's Cage

byVictoria Aveyard

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

Book 3 of 4 
Red Queen series

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The #1 New York Times bestselling series!

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, rebellion is rising and allegiances will be tested on every side. Perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

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.

And don’t miss Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection, featuring three brand-new novellas and other exclusive content, coming in April!

Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and...
Title:King's CageFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.57 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.57 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062310690

ISBN - 13:9780062310699


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! I simply loved this book, it had a lot of intense moments. Incredible!
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was just...okay Honestly, disagreeing with the vast majority of people, I though this book was INCREDIBLY slow. This was a series I had to come back to a couple times to actually get through it in the end. Was not as good as it was inclined to be.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This is a great book! It has been a couple of years since I read Red Queen and Glass Sword, so it took a while to get back into the story. But once I did, it flew by. The beginning of the story was a little slow. Mare’s captivity was repetitive, since she couldn’t do much inside her cell other than plot her escape. Maven was annoying, but I also felt sorry for him. I learned more about what he suffered at his mother’s hands in this story, which explains why he behaves the way he does. The narrative switches between different characters. Since Mare is trapped by Maven, Cameron gives the perspective of the Scarlet Guard. This way, we can see what is happening in Maven’s court as well as how the Scarlet Guard is preparing to attack. There were also some twists, and some characters made surprising decisions, like switching sides of the battle. Now I just have to read the finale, War Storm!
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the read If you've read the first two books, I would definitely continue reading the series. With each book, the characters and the storyline get more intense. I couldn't out it down. The end is amazing and left me wanting to read the next book ASAP #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start, ends with a bang I loved the first two books in the series but this one was slow and REALLY drawn out! I'm happy for the detail but wish there was more action other than the final 50 pages. I would still recommend reading this as it all comes together in the end.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Continues with the story line presented in the first two books.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing If you loved glass swords and red queen this will just add to the list of books that you love!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's going DOWN!!! I enjoyed this book much more than the last one. Things were happening left and right and it built up a great storyline for the next and final book. This book totally redeemed how unsatisfied Glass Sword left me feeling.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Ugh I just love this series!! This book really sets you up for excitement for how the series is going to end!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of the best in the series Pacing was fantastic. The story was well written and flowed quite nicely.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I adored this addition to the series; the relationship between Maven and Mare still keeps me guessing and I cant wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book threw me off my feet. I thought it was so much better than the previous ones and I found myself really falling in love over again with this story. Would absolutely recommand.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I was so exited by the first two books although most people say this book was the comeback after the second book however I see it oppositely. It was good and did have me addicted until the end however the last two books had action whereas this book was mostly talk and no true fights. However I would still 100% recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the last one I was disapointed by Glass sword, but King's cage hooked me up again to this serie. The story is progressing, the characters are evolving and I must admint that I love this hate/''I don't know if I still love you '' drama between Mare and Maven.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best One Yet? King's Cage renewed my interest in this series after I was slightly disappointed by Glass Sword. As the series progresses, I find myself liking Mare's character more and more, as well as her relationship with Cal (which were my main sources of annoyance in the previous books). This book offers more insight into Maven's character, his motivations, and why he is the way that he is. I felt some sympathy, but ultimately I found myself liking him less and jumping on the Cal bandwagon. The book also dove into two new perspectives: Cameron and Evangeline. I didn't really like this initially, preferring to just hear from Mare's POV, but I will admit that it was interesting to see a 'nicer' side of Evangeline. The Silver/Red war progressed a lot in this book with some great twists I didn't see coming and it all came to a head with a really good battle scene. The newbloods/Ardent continue to be my favourite part of the series, with new characters and abilities introduced in this book.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's Cage This is definitely my favourite book from this series so far! I enjoyed reading from the POVs of other characters, and I think I ended up enjoying their chapters much more than Mare's chapters. A lot of great backstory is explained in this book that makes you feel the feels about characters you'd rather just hate...
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comeback After losing interest during the second book, this one has definitely re-ignited my interest in the series.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This was lots of fun! I really dig the dynamic between Maven and Mare, even if it is quite messed up. I actually wish we'd gotten more of it. The multiple POV chapters were a pleasant surprise. I was particularly excited when I got to Evangeline's POV. The way she thinks about metal was absolutely fascinating. I've never really been a fan of Cameron, and although I understand why her POV was needed, I was glad it was only one chapter at a time. I needed to get back to Mare and Maven. I must say that Aveyard does a great job at making you sympathize with Maven. Even though I'm Team Cal (aka The Brick), I can't help but be all "Now kiss!" with Maven and Mare. Even though he's a nightmare and it would never logistically work unless Mare did a complete 180. He's just such a complex and intriguing character. I still think that, like the second book, this could have been quite a bit shorter if we didn't have so many blocks of internal musings by the characters. It was definitely better than Glass Sword though. Mare was far, far more likeable and her circumstances were more relatable. The plot was tighter and a bit more interesting as well. I didn't dislike the second, but it could have been better. Looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Mostly Solid Instalment Yeesh. Mare and the Scarlet Guard just can't catch a break, can they? While not my favourite in the series so far, KING'S CAGE is definitely an emotional powerful entry to the series. I really enjoyed the first half, with Mare shoved back into the court and forced to suffer the Silvers once again, with one volatile whisper tormenting her more often than not. There were some really tense moments throughout, and it led to an epic battle midway through that had me nervous to flip the page. The book is split through three perspectives, but the only one that didn't make a lot of sense to me was Cameron's, because I don't really care about her as a character. Most of the second half of the book is slower, and this is when my love wavered a little. The conspiracy was great, I'm not arguing that, but a new antagonist was introduced basically out of the blue and this person tipped the scales so easily. I was shaking my head and sighing, because it seems like we're back at square one. Not the best ending I could have hoped for. All this said, this is still a really good book with some wickedly powerful characters (I would absolutely read a spinoff regarding those colour-coded electrion's because wow they are powerful), and I'm super excited for my box set that will be coming in soon. I'm sure the next book will be explosive!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book I enjoyed this one as well. This one was probably my favourite. Cameron was my favourite character in this. In the previous book she was so annoying and I didn't think I would like her. I think I felt similar of all the characters in this book. I previously didn't like them before but Aveyard did such a fantastic job of doing character development for people like Farley, Evangeline and Maven and made them more dimensional. In the first book the characters all felt so flat to me, from typical "mean girl" Evangeline, rebel leader "soldier" Farley but now they are all much better and interesting to read about.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyed It This was a great addition to the series, the story progressed rapidly and I enjoyed that many characters are being fleshed out.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it. The book had many unexpected turns and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I LOVED IT I AM SO IMPRESSED RIGHT NOW. You can seriously feel the work that went into developing everything here. I went into this without many expectations because I loved Red Queen but really wasn’t huge on Glass Sword. So maybe give this one a shot even if you didn’t like the second book. I do get the complaints about Glass Sword! Mare’s personality or way of handling her situation got a bit too unrelatable for me in that book (I just didn’t want to sit through that much of a sulky, withdrawn narrator). Plus, it was hard to get a sense of Maven as a villain since he wasn't around much. I was shocked by how much I connected with Mare and the whole story here, though! Everything worked for me. There’s a much stronger sense of unity and solidarity among the characters, too… like there’s HOPE and something to get behind. The plot still felt more like Glass Sword than Red Queen, but the character growth and world were so strong that I loved it. The story starts with Mare as Maven's prisoner, but gets wonderfully complicated as it delves into their twisted relationship. It's all just SO WELL DONE. Maven's mother literally molded his mind throughout his life to the point where he's no longer sure which parts are his own. She even turned his love for Mare into an obsession. And there's still a small part of Mare that cares about Maven (or is at least empathetic) even though she wants to kill him. The story never excuses Maven's actions, by the way. Victoria Aveyard is very clear that this is not a relationship that will ever be good (or happen). So even though I don’t ship Mare and Maven, I still LOVE how complicated everything is between them.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I need more!!!! I finish the series to fast!! Now I need wait tooooo much for the last book!! My heart was broken after the King's Cage and I'm not sure what I wish to happen anymore.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Finished! This was an amazing book, heart break, action and love and so much. Now i must wait for the next book because seriously!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than "glass sword" I am completely in love with "The Red Queen", and was very disappointed in "The Glass Sword". This book was more like the first. I found it to be much more enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow There was so much in this book. Action, love, heartbreak, laughs. Can't wait for the final book
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This one was a little slower then the last two books but still amazing and I wasn't disappointed at all. Very excited for War Storm!
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE IT!! It was really interesting and I thought it was suspenceful as well!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great It was a little slower than the other books but I’m quite excited for war storm.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good I found this one was a wee bit slower but once it got going it was great!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Novel As Mare's journey continues in the third book of the series, one truly becomes a part of her world. Filled with twists and turns, this book keeps you reading until its done. Can't wait until book 4!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it I really enjoyed this book. There is the right amount of suspense and it was definitely set up to have a very thrilling and exciting last book. I can understand how some people would be irritated by some of the characters but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from what on earth happened?! i really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but now that it is to be a quartet instead of a trilogy, the third book was bloated and featured a meandering plot. I'll read the final book, since the series is basically done, but i'm hesitant to recommend the series now.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting story - worth reading the series
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This story is so important and I would love to see more like it involving this content!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good and full of action in the second half
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book While this book is better than the second I still had issues with most of the main characters. Mare is too unreliable and needs to make up her mind, Cal is questionable at best seeing as he keeps staying in the middle instead of choosing a side, and Maven has lost his mind completely yet currently seems like the only character to know what he wants. While the characters can annoy me I did enjoy the plot of the book and am very excited for War Storm.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wayyy better then number 2! Much better then the 2nd. Feel like we actually got things moving in this one.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO MUCH SUSPENSE! LOVE IT! I bought this the day it was relased and oh god its so good! Can't wait for the final installment in the series <3
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally! This book is by far the best book in the series. The plot, characters, and writing is much, much better than the first two books. I wasn't really into the series but this book turned it all around, so much so that I cannot wait for the next book! Despite the blood (aka race) divides, which is very much a battle of good vs evil (slavery/abolition), there's not a single character who doesn't have both darkness and light in them. Good stuff!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the Second Victoria definitely stepped up her game since The Glass Sword. Mare's horrible characterization got improved greatly and, I am surprised I am saying this because I despise multiple POV, but, I thought she did and it really well and I'm really glad she added that. Also, I loved what she did with Maven and Evaline. Spoiler! If Evaline and her girlfriend don't get together in the end, I will scream!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This book was so exciting and endearing! I loved it so much and could not put it down, amazing read!
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I really enjoyed this book although I found some parts of it did move quite slow. Overall i do recommend you read this series
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the book Over all I really enjoyed the book. I found that some parts moved fairly slowly, but that can be expected in a book. I had thought that this was I trilogy and was very confused when the book ended on a clifhanger. I recommend it though and await the next one
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed Emotions One of my favourite fantasy novels, I could not put it down after I started. It kept me captivated and I even shed a few tears. The only reason I did not give this book a 5 star was because of Cameron's POV parts, I found them a little dull. But definitely would recommend. And I am anxiously awaiting the next one.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I really liked trying to figure out what Maven's plan was throughout the first bit of the book and some of the twists that take place are interesting. The only thing that I might change is the points of view that the story is told from. We see the points of view (POV) from three different characters in the book for some reason and I think the book could do without. Not that the other POVs are bad but I am not a fan of the structure of the books being changed halfway through the series. The other POVs would be better in a side book.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It! A totally new read with tons of underlying meanings and lessons about class, poverty, and power. Amazing villains too!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Obsessed A super developed and detailed storyline, couldn't stop reading!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant An amazing series with great plot in a uniquely dangerous and seductive world. Beware; there is a fourth book!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I really loved the concept of the book. The two different types of blood and the way the society is played out. It was mapped and worked perfectly with the book in my opinion. Interesting storyline. Character development was a bit harsh and dramatically fluctuating. Too much going on for me. Apart from that it was a good book. I did enjoy it, just not as much as I would have hoped.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from sorry, no the end of the second book started to go downhill, so i was skeptical going into this third book. it wasn't that great in the beginning, but then it got even worse after i hit the halfway mark. by the end, everything was just a mess - and i don't just mean the plot. the writing and character actions just got too messy to follow. i had no idea what was going on (not because there was something mind-blowing because honestly, if something mindblowing did happen, i would not be able to tell) everything was just too hard to follow. i rushed the ending because i could not make sense of anything. if there's another book, and i dont know if it is because even writing about reading the book not too long ago, i can't make any recollections of how it ended. i wouldn't read another book if there was one
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slight Disappointment While I absolutely loved the first book, the second and third have gone downhill for me. I guess my expectations were a bit too high for this one, but hopefully the fourth book is better. For me, this book spent WAY too much time focusing on Mare in her glorified imprisonment. There was a lot of repetition and not much action happening for at least the first 50-60% of the book. I think the main problem is that there is so much filler that it takes away from the story. There needed to be more dialogue because Mare felt so disconnected from her surroundings. When the pace finally started to pick up, the book did get a lot better. There was an epic rescue, training and even a war thrown in there! Now, if those things had been evenly distributed throughout the book, then it would have been epic. Less time spent on depressed Mare, more time on the action scenes. Those are what I loved most about Red Queen because it didn’t stop for anything. All of the elements that made the first book so good have been forgotten, and I think the fourth book needs to see a return to that. More Lightning Girl, please!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I thought this was going to be the conclusion and it really confused me. Pretty good still.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's Cage I thought this book redeemed the series from the last book. I loved the ending.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from reaaally confused battle scenes were pretty confusing because of her writing style. i get that she's trying to do those fast shots of each part of the action, but that was just overly confusing and WAY too much to handle. not to mention Mare just got more annoying as the series went on. im not here for this, not down for this kind of stuff.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! I was reading this book every single free minute I had. It was tame compared to the second and first book but then again it had to be. Victoria still managed to draw me in. I've even got a coworker hooked on this series. The fourth book needs to come out now! OMG I'm so excited for the fourth installment! Keep them coming!
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from King's Cage A good read, fabulous writing style
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing After loving the first book and enjoying the second I was pumped for the third, however, it did not live up to the other two. The first half of the book dragged on with nothing even happening. I continuously had to force myself to just get through it. By the time the plot started moving I was already annoyed with Mare and would have been happier if they book revolved around another character. I was definitely disappointed in this book!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 Loved it as much as I loved Glass Sword! Can't wait for RQ4 :)
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from got through it This story is a new take but old ways and story lines and predictability. it was a good story all in all but it was very predictable is most cases with a few surprises.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is a really good series and I'm very happy with this book.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All Will Burn I am so sad by this novel. I had such high hopes for this book. I'm not sure if it's because I hadn't been in this world for a while, but this book was a let down for me. I love Maven, he is my favourite character out of the whole series (my other favourite character was Shade). I loved the beginning to middle of this novel because Maven was very prevalent in the pages (and seeing the boy we all fell in love with made me very happy, and seeing everything he has been through). Cal pisses me off because he doesn't have a back-bone. He can't change and adapt. Mare drives me crazy because she is very whiny -- and a lot of the time she has the right to be, but she just needs to be honest with herself and trust her instincts. I loved the scenes with Mare and Maven, they made this book for me. However this ending ....if you can even call it an ending was very unsatisfying. Maven was nowhere to be seen, and Mare and Cal go their separate ways. There is apparently a fourth novel in this series....and I'm looking forward to that to see what happens with Maven.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I really enjoyed reading this book...
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Standard YA Fantasy Fare Review The Red Queen series is a pretty standard dichotomous dystopia and King's Cage is more of the same. North America has been divided into various smaller countries, most with two separate peoples: the Silver ruling class, who have silver blood and various superpowers, and the Red slave class, who have no powers, no money and no hope. Mare Barrow is discovered to have red blood and silver powers - the power to control electricity and lightning, and what resulted was a fairly standard YA novel. She was forcibly engaged to the second son of the silver king, Maven, while falling in love with his older brother and heir to the throne, Cal. The second book improved upon that, spending more time on characterization and relationships, with a twist at the end. Mare trades herself to her tyrant ex-fiance, Maven, for the safety of her friends. Maven snapped a collar around her neck and led her about on a leash in front of Silver and Red crowds. Mare comes across as a stronger character here. Red Queen was about hiding who she was from everyone; Glass Sword was her coming to terms with being the rebellion's figurehead (their very own Mockingjay) and the deconstruction of self; and in turn, much of King's Cage is Mare piecing herself back together and finding her strength even as she fades into a ghost. After his mother's death in the previous book, the reader is given the opportunity to see who Maven is without his cruel mother whispering in his mind, controlling him. What's left is not pretty. Maven himself is clever, cruel, and thoroughly obsessed with Mare. He's an interesting, if despicable character. I expect he gets romanticized a lot if these books have a prolific fandom. As Mare spends most of her time in a cell, there are a few added perspectives in King's Cage though not enough of them, to be honest. The book mostly features Mare, as the previous books had exclusively, with the occasional added perspective of Cameron Cole, a cantankerous young newblood that clashed often with Mare in Glass Sword, and Evangeline Samos, the Silver mean girl who had been engaged to Cal and is now engaged to Maven. Cameron is great; she's experienced some of the worst of the oppression dealt by the Silvers and her rage is fuelled by it. Cameron's perspective is a breath of fresh air, as Mare's chapters lean heavily towards depressing, while she is imprisoned and tortured by a King who is unhealthily obsessed with her. Cameron is trying to work out her reasons for fighting a civil war and the cost it might have on her soul. There are also a scant few chapters featuring Evangeline, the cruel girl who controls metal and lusts after the throne. I could have done with several more chapters featuring her because she is fascinating. Evangeline has been born, raised and made to be Queen of Norta. She is meticuously trained in every aspect of queenhood and war. She's more complex than in previous books, here it is revealed that she has long been in love with another Silver, Elane, and had a pact with her brother that would allow them to be together even when she was queen. I desperately wanted more chapters of Evangeline than we got. There's some romance between Mare and Cal. It's...fine, nothing horrible but nothing particularly special either. Very little actually happens in King's Cage. It's the third book in a (presumably) four book series and it definitely feels that way, spending more time setting things up than moving the plot forward. I find the politics interesting and wish we got more of that and less of Mare slowly losing her mind in her cell. It makes chapters with Evangeline and Cameron stand out all the more. More than half a year passes with Mare in her cell, yet the only thing that really seems to advance is Farley's pregnancy. Ultimately, there's nothing new in King's Cage. Just like the previous books, it's a simple remix of dystopian series like The Hunger Games or Divergent. Dystopian young adult novels about brave teenagers with powers are all the rage these days and there's nothing much that separates this series from any of the others. If you enjoy that sort of thing, you're likely to enjoy these books.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! I bought this book as soon as it came out, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the first one, was left heartbroken after the second one, but then the third one came along and gave an insight into all of the characters. I started feeling bad for Maven, and understanding why he was doing what he was. This book took a while to get going, but when it did, it was a rollercoaster ride. I would definitely recommend it, and can't wait for the next one (if there is one.) The end was slightly disappointing, but at least it wasn't a sappy happily ever after.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was awesome! I loved this book, beginning to end, a lot better than glass sword in my opinion, there were a lot of twists, some really interesting new characters, and we got to view the story from more than one point of view, Can't wait till the fourth one comes out!!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just no... Red queen was exciting, Glass sword was intriguing this... this was just boring. I didn't even bother finish the book, nothing was going on anyways.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it I actually enjoyed this more then the second one but I did not like where it abruptly ended I think it needed to go a little bit farther and set it up a bit better for the 4th book (if there is one) which there better be or else that's the worst ending ever and leaves everything unanswered.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED the tension 4.5 stars for me. I read this book much quicker than I thought, especially the first half. I've read some of the reviews here and many have said that the first half was really boring and the last 100 pages were the only thing that made them excited but it was the opposite for me. The reason why is simply because I love Maven. The interactions between Mare and Maven are so darn interesting every single time. The relationship between the two are just so complicated; much more than Cal and Mare's relationship. In my honest, personal opinion. I found the first half of the book so interesting - just as much as the last half of the book. Overall, this is my favourite Red Queen instalment as of now. I'm so glad I chose to continue this series after my disappointment in Glass Sword.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting series Have read book one, working through book 2, can't wait to read book 3!! As a new author, Victoria Aveyard has combined the great parts of Hunger Games with the idea behind the Selection!! 2 of my favorite series
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope nope nope I liked red queen, but this had no plot... There must be people who enjoy lots of pointless, overly emotionally charged dialogue, but I found it boring.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hello dear friend! What is there too say about this book, besides that fact that it was simply amazing! To read the different view points and too actually be able to better understand Maven and his twisted ways as well as to get inside the minds of both Maven and Evangeline! I actually felt bad for Maven and was hoping that having Mare there in his presence would help Maven and at least give him a person who he can rely on! Well here's to hoping the next book will be just as good if not better! By the way, Cal you better watch yourself!!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! I really enjoyed this book, just like the previous ones there is not much action until the very end of the book, it really build up! I would recommend for some light reading!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book this was an amazing third book and i can't wait for the next
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice book This was a nice change for me.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's Cage I really enjoyed Evangeline's point of view. I wish it was Cal's point of view instead of Cameron's. It angers me how hypocritical the Reds are and how they are turning into exactly what they hate. It is still a great series and I cannot wait for the ending.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! I have read all the book in the series...this one does not disappoint...looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like Returning Home I’ve seen a lot of people complain that King’s Cage was by far the slowest installment of the Red Queen series, and they’re not wrong. I actually went into the book knowing that it was going to be a slow book, and so it wasn’t a shock to me at all. While it definitely was different from the fast paced, heart shattering power and politics I’ve come to expect from this series, that doesn’t mean I didn’t understand why it happened. Truth be told, with everything that happened in the last two books, it is understandable that these characters needed time to refocus, and gather and find themselves in a world completely different from the ones they knew. It felt like a much needed breather, in the grand scheme of things. Also, I can honestly never fault this series for anything because it feels like HOME to me. Before I go on, here’s some Red Queen Series and I history for you: I fell in love with in two years ago in Australia as I stayed up in the middle of the night to see the shocking betrayals and power games. I got the opportunity to read an ARC of book two seven months later and I spent one of my last school days before the exams began devouring it. And now, a year and a half later, I finally flipped open King’s Cage. THOUGHTS: 1. The ending of the last book KILLED me. It made my already wounded heart shatter completely and I was VERY excited for King’s Cage. I literally DREAMT about the book, Corros prison and all my favourite characters inside it after I finished it. 2. If it’s not well known by now, Maven is my heart in this series. It’s like I always say, point me to the worst boy in the entire series and he’s probably the one I’ll fall for. Like Aeduan in the Witchlands series or the fact that I was Team Darkling in the Grisha Trilogy. He was the star in this book for me, as we learnt more about his relationship with his mother, Elara, and his dark, twisted and brilliant mind. 3. Sorry Mare and Cal shippers, I totally oppose you. I don’t REALLY ship Mare and Maven either, because I don’t know how he can ever redeem himself in her eyes, but I’ve never shipped her and Cal. It’s like the book said, Cal can’t ever make decisions, making him such an insufferable puppet. He’s also sort of a bore and MEH. 4. I ADORED THE POLITICS IN THE BOOK. Well, maybe adore is the wrong word, but I’m definitely in awe. This book took things to a continent-wide scale, and the moves and counter moves each side of the multiple sides in this war were subtly told and so well plotted out. 5. I liked that the viewpoints kept switching. A majority was still Mare, but we also got to see things from Cameron’s and Evangeline’s points of view. It gave you more insight into different parts of the Power Game being played and a more holistic view of the book itself. 6. I’ve never been a fan of Cameron. She feel like a secondary character put there SOLELY for the purpose of her Newblood Ability, and hence I don’t really want to get to know her. 7. I WANT MORE MAVEN. I WANT A MAVEN VIEWPOINT IN #4 AND I ALSO WANT A MAVEN FILLED PREQUEL NOVELLA. I honestly feel like it’s necessary because we need to get into this boy’s head to truly see all aspects of the story. Plus, he’s my squishable broken prince shaped cupcake and I need everything that has to do with him. Here’s to hoping that I wake up tomorrow morning to Victoria Aveyard announcing that the final book comes out on that day because I NEED IT. NOW. One of the best young adult fantasy series’ out there and if that’s not enough, I don’t know what will be.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Really enjoyed it! Almost couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read If you're looking for YA fantasy, this series is a good read. This book is a slight improvement on the previous book (the 2nd in the series), although it still feels as if it's building towards something else and has a bit of that "middle book" feeling. So far, I like the series, think the concept is good, but I'm hoping for a little more in the next book.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plays with your emotions I was hesitant about buying the third book after the second one didn't live up to expectations, but I'm happy I did! King's Cage had me hooked and I'd long forgotten what it felt like to be in the realm of a fantasy book. Victoria Aveyard did her fans justice and the ending was heartbreaking.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from its okay i guess The first half of the book kind of drags on, then the last half sort barely keeps you interested and ends on a cliff hanger. Most of it was just dialogue...
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope All emotion, no plot...literally no character development, no world building, just lots of drama and dialogue that I did not think contributed to anything. Disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I remembered how much I love Victoria Aveyard and her red queen series with this one. It's hard to wait till next year for the finale!!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from K I do not recommend. Wasn't great.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a good book. I was disappointed initially because I thought this was the conclusion to the series.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Only Okay Maybe there was too long between books but I found I was almost uninterested in finding out how the story ended. I was okay with the ending when it happened but getting through the book was kind of a chore.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd it has a nice plot, but not that good of a writing
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Nice Change of Pace Love the series and find that the first two books are fast paced and action packed to the point that you can't put them down and then are waiting forever for the next title. King's Cage slowed down and provided you with a more in depth look at the lives they are leading opposed to the war that they are fighting and gives you the opportunity to slow it down and read at a more endurable pace. More time reading = less time waiting for the fourth book.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it's ok It's entertaining in part but it wasn't my favourite.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it's ok It's entertaining in part but it wasn't my favourite.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah The book was slow and there was too much filler. Action didn't start until chapter 18 and 300pages in and then it died down again. The worst book in the series. It was boring and awful. I kept putting it down. I promise if you skip the first 300 or so pages you will not miss anything or be lost.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK It was an ok read, fun, but very familiar
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay book wasnt my favourite. had to push through it but still good
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh!!! Weak story Not really a fan of this novel. Story was weak.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put this book down! Such a great read I love this! Took be a couple days of binge reading but it's done! AHHHHHH
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Not as good as the first few books, but I did enjoy seeing some of the other characters.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Definitely better than the second book!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Definitely better than the second book!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Almost didn't finish I really had to push myself to finish this book. The characters were infuriating and the story itself was extremely redundant. I loved Red Queen but the series just got worse with book 2 and even worse with King's Cage. I was very dissapointed
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better After the disappointing second book, which was so boring that I can't remember at all what happens in it, King's Cage is better. I have to say I'm biased because it's better because we see more of Maven. Though disturbing, he just makes the story so much better.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Truthfully, the first book has been my favourite and thats because of the HUGE twist I did not see coming. I do find the following books fantastic, so I would for sure recommend you to connote the series!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Was an ok book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO MUCH YES! I desperately waited for this third installment from Victoria Aveyard and she did not disappoint. Total page turner that leaves you wanting more and hoping for a fourth part to this great trilogy. Should be made into a movie for sure!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book had a lot more action than I expected. Overall, it was amazing! A great 3rd novel to a wonderful series!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the series Nicely written series, haven't read a good one in a while.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Such a great series, recommended it to all my friends
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Read This is one book series I will be re-reading, amazing read, great at tying the series together. I cannot get enough of Aveyard. Anticipating lots more!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but it was okay The remaining 40% saved this book for me because in the beginning, I felt a little bored and the only character I liked was Maven (he is a great antagonist).
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Really great book...a favourite book of 2016...couldn't put book down!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I bought King's Cage the day it came out, and it did not disappoint. Glass Sword was kinda slow, and not as good as Red Queen, but King's Cage totally blew both of those book away. I can't wait for the last installment.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow to start but so good King's Cage begins off rather slow but the end result was so worth it!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in series This is my fave in the Red Queen series.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Left me wanting more Great continuation of the story with an appropriate "flip" to the book that came before it. The only thing I didn't like was the shift of perspective leaving some story lines I wasn't as interested in. Sad I need to wait another year to continue the tale.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Cool A fun ride from start to finish! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! The series is definitely stepping up its game! I can't wait to read the final installment next year!!!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Glass Sword Other than the first part of this novel, it's generally a lot better than Glass Sword was. Victoria Aveyard is clearly growing as an author, and I thoroughly enjoy reading her work. Although, I feel like the story took a bit too much of a dystopian turn in this instalment of the series.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this I absolutely love her series i wish I didnt finish it so soon
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I'm giving this book 2.5 stars. I had a really hard time trying to enjoy it and it felt like a chore to get through. I think that the plot of this book dragged on way more than it should have.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome read couldn't get enough of this book really good read
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finished in one night I finished the book in one night, I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put the Book Down! Really enjoyed the books....the most recent version did not disappoint
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a great novel, a must read.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to the series! King's Cage was an unpredictable book. It continues where Glass Sword left off with Mare being held prisoner by King Maven. The beginning of the book starts off a bit slow and kind of depressing as Mare is unable to escape or use her powers for months. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Guard tries to overthrow Maven and it is told from Cameron's perspective which I totally did not expect. It was good to learn more about her. The plot was great and interesting. Victoria Aveyard really knows how to draw readers in. There were also a lot of twists and turns and so many unpredictable alliances and events. The book really picked up when Mare finally escaped, used her amazing lightning and was reunited with Cal, her friends and family. It was another surprise when there was also chapters from Evangeline's perspective as she reveals more about herself and her family. Something I also did not expect. And all the fight scenes were really action packed and something I didn't know I was really waiting for. The last battle scene was really interesting and so was the ending. I'm really excited to see where the next book will go.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading! Excellent wrap up to the series!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars Amazing!. The ending was worth the five hundred pages. If you haven't pick this up yet, do it NOW.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series keeps getting better And oh the ending! Even if I expected it, I was still a little shocked. SO GOOD. I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Victoria Aveyard is very good at creating drama and action and ending things on a suspenseful note. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing i really enjoyed this book can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sequel I love this author! I will read anything by them because their writing is amazing. A great plot, interesting characters, beautiful writing. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next one! Such a good series! This was a great addition to the story!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Follow-Up I absolutely adored this book. The pace is fast, but I still stayed attached to the characters, and honestly couldn't bear putting the book down. Mare's numerous flaws are something I love, and I also thoroughly enjoyed the new POVs within the third instalment of the Red Queen series. The fact that Aveyard studied scriptwriting shows through her writing, and it is something I honestly love.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quick-paced, but longer than it needs to be There's a lot of info on the history of the world, but going into this book without a very detailed recap of what happened in the previous two books is a hindrance in its way. I'm still confused on what was going on in the last 100 pages. I was getting bored of the same old plot, and Mare's poor character (the character that victoria aveyard wrote for her). The thing is, I think Aveyard tried to write Mare as a "relatable" protagonist but this just wasn't working. I was far more interested in characters like Maven, and even Evangeline! That's saying something. With Mare, she was too stereotypical girl-important-to-the-rebellion-but-doesn't-want-to-do-crap character. Frankly, this alone made me put the book down too many times to count, and I lost interest. I still want to see how the conflict ends though, so I'll probably read the next one. I hope it will be better though.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the series! Love this series and it is an exciting read. Book 4 is untitled and rumours have it it will be published in 2018. I wish it could be sooner given i finished this 507-pager in 3 days. I would totally recommend it to my friemds and would love to see this on the big screen in the future.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I NEED THE 4TH BOOK NOW! So I loved the Red Queen, Glass Sword was good but it dragged a little bit with all the searching for newbloods process nonetheless, I still like it because of my ship :). For King's Cage, I like the fact that it is multiple POV (just my thing) and my ship moments :') until the Epilogue which broke my heart.... I need to know what happen in book 4 like right now! I need them to be together!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Start It wasn't bad, but I found the first half was slow and not a lot was happening. I still enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was alright Honestly, getting over the initial hurdle was a task. I couldn't remember what happened in Glass Sword because that second book was very lacking compared to the first. So I had to recap what happened and even then the beginning felt really slow. Overall, it's pretty good with all the emotions that are stirred from it, but Mare's complaining and not-doing-anything got on my nerves so that's why I'm starting to not like this series as much as I did.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of the Series So Far Best entry of the RQ series so far. I mean, not best out of 2017 or YA books, but best of the RQ bunch. After the disaster that was Glass Sword, I expected a HUGE comeback from VA, as I thought she probably had considered given the harsh reviews on RQ and GS.... and she did. The multiple POVs worked. It just...worked. Of course, I was shocked when I found out about the F/F relationship, because I totally did not see it coming from that one character. I thought it was someone else. Who, I will not say. But still, I would have liked for that plot point to be foreshadowed in the previous books (did not happen), for that came a bit too sudden. The battle between Mare and Maven was so creepy (mostly on Maven's part) for they play so intensely with the other's head. THE CHILLS WERE REAL. MAVEN IS HANDS-DOWN CREEPY. Best Villain so far in Feb 2017. As indicated by the cover progression, the story does get darker. Things are escalated into a higher level, involving other countries as well (we might as well have an entirely global warfare in the final book). One thing I was happy with is the appearance of Montfort's central figures and newbloods, for they showed us yet again by showing how Mare's just the same as the others in Scarlet Guard fighting for the same cause. (I don't know why, but I just love it when Mare has a humbling experience, regardless of it being from her allies or enemies. I think something dangerous has awakened deep inside *nervous laugh*) *cough cough* Moving on. Aveyard's strength lies in plot twists and occasional red herrings. But most of all, ACTION SCENES. Sadly, the action/climax was cut short with the anticlimactic final chapters. I would have liked to see it draw out in full-scale. Loved how this book also addresses the darker nature of humans, how it sometimes get the better of us, even for the (seemingly) best of us. Now for the major cons. 1. The book started to feel a lot like Game of Thrones to me, which I don't mind on a mild basis, but it got too much. Everything was full of plotting, scheming, hidden agendas. Even the Epilogue (although the dark direction the final lines took gave me great chills as well). Maybe it was central to the plot as well, but it made me feel I was reading a rehash of Game of Thrones instead of Red Queen (specifically King's Cage). Aren't we all glad she got rid of that "Anyone can betray anyone" speech? Oh well, the plot started to take it to heart anyways. 2. For goodness' sakes Mare STILL needs saving! Let's leave it at that, for I do not have any more words to vent my frustration for this situation. 3. Too little Lakelander exposure. We only get snippets of their characters (only one major character) and motivation. 4. Plot was too slow during the first half. 5. The F/F relationship felt too forced, too sudden. Super annoyed by (spoiler) keeping relying on others to save their love. Love how Aveyard addresses the intolerance in court implied in Queen Song though. But still, overall, (spoiler)'s final few chapters were the weakest in the book in characterisation. 6. Cal/Mare. Cheesy, still felt that insta-love vibe (which wasn't good), and frankly, I'm glad it wound up the way it did in the Epilogue. Anyways, a huge improvement on Aveyard's part. For that, I'll salute her. Despite her improvements, however, she still has to work on several aspects of her writing. I do hope the final book will be able to top King's Cage.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING READ Loved all the other books in the series and had nothing but fulfilled expectations while reading the third
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh disapointing. one can only read so much of mare complaining and everyone treating her like a spesul spesul snowflake. some redeeming parts, but not many. the plot was boring and the entire book felt like filler.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I AM SERIOUSLY OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! The wait is finally over!!! This is something way different from Glass Sword. As much as Glass Sword was an annoying reading, King's Cage was a I-can't-get-the-book-down one. Ok. Maybe I had some apprehension after Glass Sword and the beginning of King's Cage didn't lift up this apprehension. It was... well: long, boring, and hard to read but looking back, it was to make us feel Mare's imprisonment: 6 months in a golden cage, nothing to do but live as a normal human and as the puppet of a seriously psychopath king! I can comprehend that it could be long, boring, hard and maddening! As much as Maven was absent in Glass Sword, he is not in King's Cage. This 3rd book let us see through Maven. He has some seriously psychological issues, but with a mother like Elara, how could he not? Towards the end, I actually had tears in my eyes! I... couldn't believe it! Aveyard delivers once again an epic ending, letting us hung up in the air with your insides boiling from fear, sadness, anger and heartbreak! I can't believe we have now to wait a year to get to the ending of this story! But the wait was totally worth it for King's Cage! So it definitely worth teh wait for the last of the Red Queen series! Red Queen is definitely my favourite series so far!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I waited months for this next book in the Red Queen series to come out, and I was not disappointed with King's Cage. I finished it within a few days and I was once again left wanting more. Victoria Aveyard does a wonderful job of capturing the readers attention. The characters are great and the story line throughout the 3 books so far has been captivating. You'll be pulled into the world of Silver's and Red's and everything in between. It's a great mature fantasy read, if you're into powers and war and some romance and passion.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from finaly SOO HAPPY FOR THIS BOOK TO BE OUT!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book was by far my most favourite of the red queen series!! I read it in one night. it's a page turner. Who needs sleep anyways?!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Wonderful read!! Loved it a lot
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This book has met all my expectations and more!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful The ending has left me with all the feels. Its going to be a long wait until the fourth book next year!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely loved this. It was an amazing read and totally captivating.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I don't usually like these kind of stories but this one caught my attention and it ended up being amazing!!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Aweosme third book for this series!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from loved i really really enjoyed this read
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Where to start? I loved Red Queen, liked LOVED it! Glass Sword fell really flat for me and I was concerned about how Kings Cage would turn out. After finishing the book I can honestly say that it improved the series significantly. Even though it was slow in the beginning, it was needed. We needed the time to see how both Mare and Maven would handle her imprisonment and how it would affect their characters. After finishing Glass Sword I wasn’t really the biggest fan of Mare. She completely redeemed herself in my eyes throughout Kings Cage. She has endured so much, and grown so much. I am really looking forward to see how she grows more throughout book 4. Maven…..where do I start with him? He is such a fascinating character. Yes, he is horrible and does unspeakable things but we get way more insight into why. At times you hate him and all he does. Other times you may start to find yourself feeling bad for the emotionally tortured boy king. I have a feeling that book 4 will show him trying to redeem himself, in some twisted way of his. I liked the use of multiple POV’s, and I really liked the Author’s choice to use Evangeline as a POV. I think she was a great narrator and we learned so much more about her. I actually ended up really liking her and looking forward to her chapters. I hope we get more of her in book 4. The other POV was Cameron. I would have chosen someone else from the Guard; I found it harder for the book to hold my attention during her chapters. I think Farley would have been a good choice, and I would have liked to see things from her perspective, especially with all that was going on with her. The book was definitely entertaining, especially the second half of the book. I did see the ending coming, but it still wrecked me. Over-all, it was an excellent read. The writing was beautiful. The characters were tormented, broken, yet strong. This book brought on major feels. I highly recommend this book, especially if you were unsure about the series after reading Glass Sword. It is worth it to keep going. Now, if only book 4 was out sooner!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from surprising i was skeptical at first but it intrigued me
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series! Red Queen is certainly the best book of the series thus far, but I thoroughly enjoyed King's Cage. Well, perhaps "enjoyed" isn't the right word (OMG Victoria Aveyard chapter 9 WHY?!), but I was absorbed back into the universe real fast. Victoria Aveyard is the queen of toying with my emotions/allegiances. Can't wait to see where this series ends up!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing story. Great read.
Date published: 2017-02-13

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