King's Cage

King's Cage

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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, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062310699
Branch Call Number: TEEN AVE
Characteristics: 512 pages : map ; 24 cm

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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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Ranelle22
Oct 21, 2017

I can't tell you how happy I am to say the pity party in the glass sword is over thank God !

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Sep 15, 2017

I liked this book so much more than I liked the second one! There is a lot a more insight into the lives of some of the villains like Maven and Evangeline. The characters are fleshed out a lot more, with their motivations being clear. There's also a lot of political maneuvering in this book, as everyone scrambles to form alliances and build trust. The plot can be frustrating sometimes, but overall the book is a great addition to the Red Queen series.

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Nymeria23
Sep 10, 2017

I had felt a little let down after reading the Glass Sword and only picked up this book because the cliff-hanger at the end of the second book intrigued me. I'm glad I gave this book a chance. It was so much better than its predecessor. I didn't feel like I was reading the same self-pitying thoughts over and over again, or like I couldn't relate to any of the characters.
I might have liked the first one more still, but I did enjoy this book and am interested to see how the next book of the series turns out.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

This third installment to the “Red Queen” series is probably my favourite so far. Filled with love, action, and heartbreak, it truly is a complete story. This book made me want to scream, cry, and laugh all at once. The ending, like the previous novels, was a cliffhanger that made me want to explode and read the next book ASAP. I cannot wait until the final book in this series is released. Victoria Aveyard, the author, really knows how to captivate the readers with her writing and I think that is why her stories are so good. I would rate this book 5/5 and would highly recommend this book series to anyone.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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heba_sajid35467
May 17, 2017

I still love Maven, and i'm so happy he's in this book, even though he has a weird obsession over Mare. But its all good.

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

YES!!!! MAVEN'S BACK!!!!! MAVEN. IS. BACK.

REEEEEEEAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD THIS!!!!!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 07, 2017

*Contains some spoilers*
This is the third book of the Red Queen series. The series is about a girl named Mare Barrow. Her world is torn between red and silver bloods. The silver blooded are noble and have immense power at their fingertips. The red-blooded are poor with no abilities at all. But Mare a red finds out that she has powers like the silvers and the novel revolves around her story. I enjoyed the first and second book so much that I couldn't wait to read this one. It was spectacular just as I expected it to be. We met even more new characters and they were explained so well. There are so many cliffhangers throughout the book that always kept me wanting to read more. I recommend this book to teenagers aged 13-18. I would totally give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

King’s Cage is another amazing installment to the Red Queen series. Mare Barrow is trapped and powerless in prison at King Mavens feet. Most of the book is about Mare and her life in prison, but the book turns out to be really interesting and great. The ending was kind of a disappointment but I hope Aveyard fixes everything in the last book coming out soon. King's Cage is a long book, but the story is a bit short. I personally still like Maven, even though he's a villain, I hope he has a satisfying ending when the whole series ends. I think Mare might end up alone at the end of the Red Queen series in the last book, because Cal just walks away and Maven has no chance at all after all he did. Maybe in this series, the girl ends up alone. Anyone who hasn't started King's Cage yet should definitely be ready for the action. 5/5 stars
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

What a beautiful third book to the Red Queen series/trilogy. In my opinion, it is way better than the second and almost a bit better than the first. Mare Barrow, in struggling to find who she is and what she will face, undergoes massive realizations after being captured by Maven, the boy she thought she loved. Meanwhile, a dysfunctional yet co-ordinated group of rebellious civilians plan to topple the tall infrastructure of the "royalty" aka Silvers. With loyalties and life at stake, the protagonists must fight their battles on the field and in themselves. A good question posed indirectly by Cameron is: "what is the line to cross over to fully become a 'monster?'" Perhaps, a lack of humanity.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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darladoodles
Mar 01, 2017

This was such a long installment and we have yet another to read to get to the end of the series. Very disappointing.

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but way too much time was spent dwelling on Mare as a prisoner.

Interesting choice to switch to the multiple POV. Cameron still does not seem like she was worth the attention. Would have been more interesting to use a newblood we are more familiar with or Farley.

And what has happened to Jon, the seer? Has Aveyard forgotten him? He was like a footnote in this installment. Perhaps he will come back with a vengeance in the fourth 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
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Violence: Murders describes in intense detail

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

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