Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young adult fiction, fantasy
Series: Red Queen
Yay or Nay: YAY. Glass Sword, you've redeemed yourself.
Movie adaptation: SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE FOR RED QUEEN. YAY.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5. There were many, many pros and just a few cons.
Synopsis: SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ RED QUEEN OR GLASS SWORD, SKIP OVER THE SYNOPSIS.
The third instalment in the Red Queen series starts off with Mare Barrow in twisted king Maven Calore's captivity. In a place set with Silent Stone, Mare loses all hope. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Guard continues to recruit and train members of their growing army. With everyone under the rule of a tyrant king, will Mare escape? Or will the Scarlet Guard collapse under the reign of Maven Calore?
Review: MINOR SPOILERS. IF RAMBLINGS JUST AREN'T YOUR THING, SKIP TO THE END FOR AN ACUTE SUMMARY.
King's Cage outdid itself. After finishing Glass Sword, I dove into King's Cage with not-so-high expectations. Boy, oh, boy, was I wrong. My favourite part about King's Cage was easily the complex, diverse characters. All struggling with problems and all unique in their own way. Unlike Glass Sword, King's Cage didn't bore me during the first half of the book, it stayed consistent through and through.
The ending, however, strong as it was, didn't deliver as big a bang as Glass Sword's.
King's Cage also sported a trait no other book in the Red Queen series did. Multiple POVs (point of views). Me being me, expected to hate the book the moment the POV switched to another character's. BUT SURPRISE, SURPRISE. VICTORIA SURE DOESN'T DISAPPOINT. I lived for those POV switches.
Usually, it's "oh, boring POV, I'll skip over this", but ohhhh. Each and every character had different yet unique issues during their parts. Cameron's POV was super interesting as she covered what was going on in the Scarlet Guard with all her fierceness and determination while Mare's POV covered her months as a prisoner. And as Cameron sees things so different to the way Mare, Cal or Farley see them, knowing her opinion on something Mare or Farley would completely support was really intriguing. And don't even get me started on Evangeline's POV. A character portrayed as an antagonist for the better part of the series having a soft spot for more than a few things made Evangeline one of my favourite characters.
The twisted king Maven, however, might just be my favourite character and villain of ever. His conflicting emotions and complex back story of an evil mother altering every memory in his mind is something I just love. Thank you, Victoria, for giving us a deep, unique and special villain. OH, AND ONE MORE THING. His complicated feelings for Mare add a certain depth to him that no other villain has ever had. He doesn't remember the love had for his family as 'it makes you weak' (Elara's words, not mine) and any love he ever felt for anyone else has been twisted into something desperate. He keeps his loved ones imprisoned, for goodness' sake, just so they don't run away after seeing his ways.
Maven's POV and redemption in book #4, please?
All in all, I loved King's Cage.
PHEW. That was long. So, to summarise it all, (just to make it easier):
Red Queen book #4, we're waiting.