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Book Review: KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard

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I had been meaning to pick up Victoria Aveyard’s latest installment in the Red Queen Series, King’s Cage for quite some time now. After falling in love with the Red Queen and not enjoying Glass Sword as much, I was excited to see how I would feel about the third book.

Before I go into further detail about my thoughts on King’s Cage, here’s a look at the summary on Goodreads:

“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.”


There are three main aspects of the King’s Cage that I enjoyed, the first being Mare’s character development. In King’s Cage she realizes that her actions in Glass Sword affected those around her, and she’s more aware of herself and her actions overall. I didn’t think she was very relatable in book 2, but in book 3 she’s a character that you WANT to support. Despite going through so much trauma, she continues to grow. And despite witnessing, and being a part of, a vast amount of destruction and death she continues to love and hope. She isn’t weakened by her fear but strengthened by it.

The second aspect is Maven. We truly get to see him as a villain in King’s Cage, and learn more about who he is and why he does what he does. The backstory that we learn about Maven makes the twisted and complicated (non-romantic) relationship between Maven and Mare work. Some readers raved about the relationship but while I did find it compelling, I didn’t find it fascinating. I couldn’t get behind it, maybe because I so strongly ship Cal and Mare. Maven wasn’t a strong presence in Glass Sword, but Victoria Aveyard makes up for it in King’s Cage.

The last aspect of King’s Cage that I found very interesting was the worldbuilding and the history of the Reds. We learn more about the history of their oppression, and how different kings address the Reds. It added another layer to Maven’s actions and increased the complexity. The politics mixed with the character development, along with the dash of romance, brought the whole book together, and I flew through it in two days.

The ending of the novel was one that I saw coming from a hundred miles away, but that didn’t lessen the pain. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but if you’re Team Cal you’re bound to be at least a bit disappointed by how everything works out. However, the ending does sow the seeds, and provides the setup, for an enthralling final fourth book. (I can’t believe there’s only one book left *cries*)

My favorite part of the entire book is the line, “Caz, Brecker, with us!” and the fact that they’re two guards named Rash and Tahir. The nod to the Six of Crows duology made me tremendously happy. (And if you happen to be looking for a new fantasy read, the Six of Crows duology is high on my list.)

In conclusion, I give this book a 4/5 star rating. The overall complexity, as well as the Six of Crows shoutout, made King’s Cage an enjoyable read. If you weren’t the biggest fan of Glass Sword, I urge you to give King’s Cage a try because I think it’ll thoroughly surpass your expectations.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Is the latest installment of the Red Queen Series on your TBR list?

Comment below if you’ve read this book or are looking forward to doing so!


24 thoughts on “Book Review: KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I was not much of a fan of Red Queen because all of it felt very familiar but I do want to finish this trilogy. And after reading your review, I’m am definitely going to give this a try. Great review.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the review! Honestly, you could read a summary or a review of the second book and then read King’s Cage. I know some readers who did that, and they didn’t have any trouble reading King’s Cage.

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  2. THAT CAZ, BRECKER THING MADE ME GO: Did she copy??? And then I realized that Victoria’s friends with Leigh and then I just fangirled. XD I didn’t chatch Rash and Tahir though!

    Great review! I read this some time ago, and I would give it three stars. I agree, Red Queen was good, but Glass Sword was just HORRIBLE, so I didn’t know what to expect with this one! YAS to Mare’s character development, and I totally loved finding out more of Maven’s backstory!

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      1. Nice! You’ll receive the book in no time. I’ve had to wait behind 17 holds before, so I feel like I can conquer any wait now. And libraries are awesome, I try to utilize mine a lot.

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  3. To be honest I don’t ship Mare with anybody because she’s the kind of strong female lead who doesn’t really need a romantic interest. And although I did ship her with Maven in the first book, after reading the ending and the things he did in Glass Sword…nope. Nope. NOPE. Don’t get me wrong, I truly adore Maven because he did not choose to be this way, but I understand that he’s beyond redemption.

    As for Cal…ugh…I respect your opinion and I can see why you ship him and Mare, (my sister ships them too), but I just really hate Cal. Everyone thinks he’s a good person because they compare him with Maven but let’s not forget that in Red Queen Cal had no issues letting Reds be abused and tormented by Silvers. He felt bad about it and he hated it but he did not feel bad enough to bother saving them or even supporting them. In his own words, “a civil war will lead to more lives being lost and so the rebellion is not worth it.” But here’s the thing: people are being mistreated. People are dying. If you think fighting for the freedom and rights of these people are not worth dying for then you don’t think they are human enough.

    And let’s not also forget how hypocritical Cal was when Mare killed Silver Guards who mistreated Reds right in front of them. Cal doesn’t think the abuse Reds suffer are enough to protest against and yet when Mare kills a Silver for abusing a Red he pulls on the “I am holier than thou” act on her. So for these reasons, I really hope Mare doesn’t end up with him…or ANY of the Calore brothers for the matter. Cal may not be as bad Maven but he ain’t a respectable character either.

    WOW this was a long rant. Sorry about that. I tend to get carried away when commenting on book reviews and end up initiating a discussion instead of just giving a short opinion lol. Great review btw! Do you have a review of Red Queen anywhere?

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    1. Omigosh, this is one of my favorite comments that I’ve ever received on my blog. Thank you so so much for taking the time to comment. *hugs* I don’t have a review of Red Queen because I read it wayyyy before I started this blog, but your comment made me really want to reread it and review it, so it’s definitely a possibility.

      I’m so glad you liked the review! And I love your comment, so no need to apologize. =)

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    2. And I definitely agree that Mare could kick butt all on her own. I really don’t need her to get with Cal in the final book at this point. I agree that Mare is better off without either Calore brother, but the hopeless romantic in me still partially ships her with Cal. I won’t be hurt if it doesn’t happen in the final book though.

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