25 March, 2017

#BookReview :: King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

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.

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After that twist in the end of book two, I had to pick up this book as soon as possible.

We see Mare in captivity and Maven’s obsession with her. They continue to play mind games with each other. On the other hand, the Reds and the New Bloods continue to train and strategize. Will Mare be able to free herself from the captivity? How will she do it while the silent stone all around her bears upon her? Will Maven ever realize what Mare keeps on trying to do with him? And what about Cal, the silver Prince who is on the run and living with a group of New Bloods?

There were so many questions at the beginning of this book and they are all answered in this instalment. It was fantastic to see Mare and Maven play their game of cat and mouse. And the level of mind games that go on in this series is just mind-blowing. Mare really grew as a character in this book. After being lied to by different people and her mind games with Maven, it would have been easy for her to lose herself completely. Yet she doesn’t and continuously fights back for what she believes. And Evangeline never stops to amaze me. Maven is a truly interesting character – one who I wanted to hate but couldn’t really hate because of his background and his reality.

The plot moves at a steady pace after the first few chapters. There’s a lot happening in the book to keep the readers engrossed. There are couple of twists that I did not anticipate happening. Overall, this is probably the best book in the series and that is saying something since books one and two were pretty interesting themselves.

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