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Book Review: King’s Cage (Red Queen Series #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Title: King’s Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Length: 506 pages

Publisher: Orion Books

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Having read the previous books in this series, and not enjoyed them that much, I wasn’t that eager to start on this one. But book 2 finished on a cliffhanger so I decided to jump straight in. Will it be better than the others?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control – and his prisoner. While Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organising and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back.

‘What would I do, to myself or anyone else, for the chance to go back home? But no one is there. No one I care about. They’re gone, protected, far away. Home is no longer the place we’re from. Home is safe with them. I hope.’

This book is my favourite in the series so far. Don’t get me wrong it still had its problems, which I’ll get too, but it was better than the previous two books.

I think Victoria Aveyard made the right choice in telling the story through 3 different people. It gave the story a new life. It was nice to hear someone else’s take on things, with the characters being in different positions and different sides of the war to Mare. It made the book much more readable.

I really like the plot of Kings Cage too. Mare being held prisoner, was interesting and really well done. I enjoyed the dynamic between her and Maven. I also enjoyed Cameron’s storyline of coming to terms with what she is and the things she’s done. Trying to get her brother back.

Evangeline became the standout character for me in this book. I loved getting her perspective. I loved, loved, LOVED the fact she’s part of The LGBT community. Her and Elena’s relationship was the sweetest part of the whole book. I needed more. I could read a whole book just on that. Spin-off?

However like I said, this book just had so many problems. It was too long. Way too long. It felt like it dragged and took me ages to read. I would say most of the last 100 pages was pointless.

When it comes to action scenes, they were a bit messy. I don’t think you moved through them very well. They were sloppy. Compared to the breaking the prisoners out of battle in book 2, the action scenes in this just weren’t as good.

Now, here’s my main problem. Mare is unlikeable. Totally unlikeable. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s such a huge problem. I think the sign of a great book, is when the reader becomes emotionally involved and after 3 books, I haven’t. I don’t care what happens to Mare, her relationship with Cal or her family. She’s so closed off, harsh, boring. I feel like the author is trying to make her complex but is just missing the mark. Other characters like Evangeline, Farley, Cameron, Cal, Maven are much more interesting to me.

So, this book had a better plot with than the previous two, but no big cliffhanger that I’ve come to expect from this author. It was the opposite of the previous books.

I’ve still got one more to go in the series, but I’m going to take a break. There’s only so much of Mare I can take.

Until the next review

JTH

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