“King’s Cage” by Victoria Aveyard (2017) Review

Don’t you just love that feeling you get when you know that it isn’t the end of a story? Fictionally and physically based around the fact that you know there is another book to come? I felt this way up until the last pages of King’s Cage, as my eyes stayed glued to the pages and itching for more.

It’s no secret that the Red Queen series is good. It’s author Victoria Aveyard hit number one on the New York Times Bestselling list recently which is no easy feet and I couldn’t be happier for her. From my own perspective, I even worry a little that the series is going to get too big and fall into the hands of big budget filmmakers. But that’s another story…

King’s Cage is the third installment in the Red Queen series. It’s a whopper of a book at over 500 pages long in comparison to the first book which was approximately 383 pages long (at least that’s what my copy says as I go and check the book on my shelf). Of course, the increase in pages makes sense. Stakes tend to raise, tensions get higher and stories become more complex. Besides, who wouldn’t want to spend more times in a fictional world that you enjoy?

I love a good blurb but don’t want to bore you with my own retelling so here’s a snippet to give you a taste of what King’s Cage has to offer:

“Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.” – Credit to Hachette.

For obvious reasons, I doubt that was considered a spoiler. If it was, then why are you here? Go and read the first two books Red Queen and Glass Sword and then come back so we can discuss all things Mare, Cal, Maven, Farley and so on!

Whilst on the topic of characters, Red Queen and Glass Sword are told from the first person perspective of Mare Barrow. King’s Cage on the other hand continues to do this, but also offers us a taste of something different and also features first person narratives from the perspective of Cameron and Evangeline, two supporting characters from the previous books. Because the first two books focused so heavily on Mare, I admit that I was a tad hesitant to shift to Cameron. In spite of this, it barely took a few pages for Aveyard to make me feel comfortable with Cameron. The same goes for Evangeline.

Mare spends a huge chunk of King’s Cage with Maven, her lover turned tyrant after turning herself in to save everyone she cares about. As I made my way through the book, I was surprised at how long Mare spent in the clutches of Maven but now that I look back on it, it makes sense. There were time jumps of course but if I recall, no more than a few weeks at a time. Speaking of lovers, I’d also like to jump into Mare’s relationship with Cal, but can’t seem to come up with any thoughts that aren’t spoiler driven so I’ll have to leave them in my own head for now!

King’s Cage is as exciting, captivating, action driven and emotionally driven as its predecessors, perhaps even more so. If the hustle and bustle around King’s Cage both online and in stores are anything to go by, many like myself can’t wait to get their hands on the fourth book. A storm is certainly coming!

5/5

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Book supplied by Hachette NZ – (RRP: $24.99). Click here for details.