King's Cage

King's Cage

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard's bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062310699
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Aveya
Characteristics: 512 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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lgmosher Oct 11, 2019

I’m not leaving this place unless I leave behind his corpse—or mine.

I got super excited, but Aveyard let us all down... really hard.

This statement was suppose to mean something and while she had the chance to at least hurt Maven she wouldn't... lame. If you're going to say it, do it.

While I was kinda bored through most of the political garbage (Yes, the entire back end of the book) having Maven back is wonderful!

I'm defiantly team MAVEN!

Now now, I'm not saying I'm team Mare & Maven, defiantly not... she's Cals and it makes sense.

Maven is what held this book through.... also can we talk about where the hell Cameron came from?

We learn two things about her and all of a sudden she's some super important character that we actually don't give two craps about, just saying.

All of the characters except for MAVEN's is underdeveloped. He is the only one I can truly connect with because he's the only one that we see grow, even if it is into darkness.

Aveyard while she is good at fight scenes and battle lacks tremendously as romance.... even with THAT SCENE between Cal and Mare going on I didn't really care, because she hasn't developed either of their characters it didn't hit home like it should. Instead it was more like yeah we they did it... we understand the implications....

that being said the end wasn't as devastating as I think she wanted it to be... because the characters weren't DEVELOPED!

All I want, honestly.... Is more Maven. Though he's young and vile and honestly he is the only character I connect with and simply care about. Mare does all the crap to herself. Pick a brother thats all I'm saying.... and when you do pick a brother don't beat him for trying to do the right things because you don't know what the "right" thing is either.... its all gray sweetie, all gray.

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kbirchenall
Jul 02, 2019

the third installment of the red queen series was amazing I couldn't put it down and I read it before bed and before I knew it the clock read 12:00 this book will keep you hooked on the action and relationships

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violet_leopard_311
May 20, 2019

This book(series) is the BOMB!! It’s legit sad that she is captured and everything but when you get to the end you start to LOVE the book even more! I suggest you read the whole book series and other book by Victoria Aveyard because she is Awesome!

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SpeedyLlama
Feb 04, 2019

Okay, so I'll start this review by saying that I wasn't that psyched to read this book. The series just felt like it was getting progressively worse, after Glass Sword. Right before I read this series, I was reading the Throne of Glass series, and I HATED that in the last book you have to read like 400 pages of the main character being kidnapped and tortured by Queen Maeve. So, I certainly wasn't excited for another book like that. However, Aveyard wrote this book pretty well. Also, when I opened this book up, I was terrified. Why? Here's what I saw: Chapter 1. Mare. I was like, "MULTIPLE POV'S? NOOOOOOOOOO! I'M GOING TO HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH LIKE HALF THE BOOK FROM CAL'S PERSPECTIVE! (at the time I hated Cal. Although, actually, now that I think about it, I still do.) I was holding my breath through the first few chapters, terrified that I was going to have to read from Cal's POV. However, when I flipped through it and saw that the other POV was Cameron, I almost screamed in delight. I actually did a happy dance all around my house. Cameron was my favorite character from the last book, and I was worried that she was going to be pushed off to be a background character, like the other Newbloods. However, her power sort of encouraged her to give some AWESOME quotes, and the chapters from her perspective were some of my favorites in the whole series. I also like reading from Evangeline's POV, and learning more about her character. However, one of the main things I didn't like about the book can be perfectly summed up by this Cameron quote: "I want to snap that my priority is to get the heat working in my barracks, not find out how many times Mare used the bathroom today..." I feel like this book was filled with a lot of useless information, especially from Mare's perspective. It could have easily been 100 pages shorter, just by cutting out a lot the descriptions of Mare's time in her room.

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HCombs73
Jan 23, 2019

Librarian Reads Challenge 2019

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summerforever
Nov 10, 2018

Insane. So many things happened.
(Spoilers)

"He truly doesn't know what parts of his mind are his own and what parts were made by her." -Mare. At this part, I thought that there would be some part of Maven that would come back. That the "good" side of him would come through, but due to his mother's actions, that isn't possible.

""The rules of war are clear. Spies are to be dealt with swiftly."
"When you are sick, who do you blame?" I demand. "Your body or the disease?"
He glares down at me and I feel hollow. "You blame the cure that didn't work."" Dude. I really liked this part. It just adds to Maven's growth of maliciousness.

"Monsters are most dangerous when they're afraid." -Mare. More Maven character building. I liked that.

"Now I'm in a king's cage. But so is he. My chains are Silent Stone. His is the crown." -Mare. Daaamn, girl. This was a nice progression in the story, showing how Mare could get out of her current situation more easily than Maven's. Also, I really liked how in Glass Sword Mare was like I'm a sword made of glass and I feel myself beginning to shatter and that was a big part of Mare's character and the feel of the book. And here is similar, Mare's character was built and she's becoming more strong. And in both instances, the titles are referenced.

Thanks for reading.

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BohoBookDragon
Aug 06, 2018

I struggled through the first half of this book, but then got engrossed and had to finish it to find out what happened. For me, it was very similar to "Red Queen" in that respect. I actually had to start that book twice before settling into it. It seemed like "Glass Sword" didn't have quite the same problem and kept me interested throughout. We'll see what happens with "War Storm", but regardless I will finish the series because I'm just invested enough that I want to know what happens.

kirstd31 Jun 06, 2018

This book was not that great. I continued reading because I had to see what happened. I feel like I could have started at page 300 and read till the end of the book and would have known was going on. There was so much boring unnecessary content. I will say that I am going to read the last book in the series. I have to see how the story ends. The Red Queen was really good and these last two books have let me down, hopefully the last book is better.

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mitchelclay
May 31, 2018

"King's Cage" Victoria Aveyard's third book in the "Red Queen" series, and follows up right where "Glass Sword" left off.

In many ways I read this book out of spite. I have read a lot of non-fiction lately and was looking for an engulfing story. The kind of story that "Red Queen" delivered, and that "Glass Sword" absolutely did not. I've never really had such a souring of goodwill the way I did between Aveyard's first and second book.

"Red Queen" felt fresh and alive due to its deeply interesting world building. "Glass Sword" felt dull and mismanaged due to its attempt at character development. What "King's Cage" brings to the table is balance. It is still slowed down by its lackluster characters such as Mare, Cal, Maven, Evangeline, and Cameron. They all read and respond to stimuli the exact same way. There is so very little that sets each character apart. But, the highlights in "Cage" is the return of focus on what makes this series interesting - its world.

Aveyard finally spends some time fleshing out why there is a war going on between he Kingdom of Norta and the Lakelanders. She explains the roots behind the Scarlet Guard. We find out more of the origins of how the Silverbloods gained their powers in the first place. These pieces are easily the most interesting parts of the book.

Also, I have to admit that Aveyard certainly has a way with endings. "Glass Sword" finished with a flourish. "King's Cage" ends with a garbage fire (in the best way.) She knows how to end a book with a scene that makes you instantly need the next one. It's really quite amazing. I spent the better part of this book enduring rather than enjoying it. But after the ending, I can't help but want to get to the next one quickly. I'll probably just endure it as well. But that's fine.

Not all books are everything you hope them to be. This one certainly wasn't either. What I can say is that Victoria Aveyard is a well versed writer with a flair for the dramatic. The universe that the books live in is still interesting. I just wish we could see more of it unfold.

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black_gazelle_20
May 01, 2018

I love this book. I love that it includes such a broken main character, which might seem weird, but I appreciate that because so many authors write in settings like this but seem to pass over what the mental health situation would really be like in an environment like this. I also love that despite the fact that there is definite romance-type situations happening, they are not all consuming of the wonderful storyline and strong characters that are also included in this book.

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bookluvr06
Jul 09, 2018

Sexual Content: Some scenes with sexual fantasies and relationships between boys and girls

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bookluvr06
Jul 09, 2018

Violence: Murders describes in intense detail

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bookluvr06
Jul 09, 2018

Coarse Language: Contains F-word and others right up there

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SpeedyLlama
Feb 04, 2019

"The two Guardsmen flanking the door to central control step back before I even finish my usual lie. Both look away, avoiding my gaze, and I feel my face burn with an ashamed flush. Newbloods scare people as much as Silvers do, if not more so. Reds with abilities are just as unpredictable, just as powerful, just as dangerous in their eyes. After we first got here and more soldiers arrived, the whispers about me and the others spread like disease. 'The old woman can change her face.' 'The twitchy one can surround you with illusions.' 'The techie girl can kill you with thought alone.' It feels terrible to be feared. And worst of all, I can't blame anyone for it." -Cameron

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EatTheKpopcorn
Dec 30, 2018

‘A silver king for Montfort to control, but a silver king all the same. Reds in the dirt, as always.’

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