Published by Harper Collins.
Review by Jowita Krasik.
King’s Cage is the third instalment in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. The novel starts with Mare Barrow’s imprisonment by Maven – who is now crowned king – in order to bring down the Scarlet Guard and repress the growing Red Rebellion, by luring the Reds with newly found superhuman abilities to the Silver court.
The theme of betrayal and trust is certainly strong in the story at this point. Both sides are uncertain of their allies and enemies. Due to this, the situation Mare finds herself in isn’t entirely un-relatable. As a reader, it is easy to find points in the story in which we see similarities in our own lives, and this story in particular played on this very well. It meant that it was very easy to get attached to the characters and want to read on, especially if you have been with the series throughout.
I also really enjoyed Aveyard’s writing style. The text is full of vivid descriptions without using unnecessary, convoluted language. It makes the story very easy to take in and quick to read. I actually did not stumble upon any moments where I lost concentration, which is a very rare thing.
I also found myself rooting for the antagonist (Maven) to a certain level – especially at the start of the book. The fact that he is a character you know throughout the series and not always in a negative light makes it very difficult not to hope that he’s going to turn out to be a good guy at any moment.
Overall, I think the book was definitely a worthwhile read. It is an engaging continuation of the Red Queen series which adds to the story overall and lets you know the characters on a deeper level as the plot develops. I definitely think that the book is a good read, especially to previous fans of the series.