**WARNING – May contain minor spoilers for the series**
Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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 over his country – and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing 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. In this breathless new novel […] blood will turn on blood and allegiances will be tested on every side. If the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Book three follows Mare, the Scarlet Guard and the red rebellion, and the silver court. Mare struggles without her power and battles grief whilst alone in a cell. Maven struggles with his power and battles his own grief whilst alone on the throne. Cal struggles amongst changing powers and battles grief whilst alone in a sea of red soldiers. To put it simply, our three mains are balancing angst with being badass.
As we’re coming to expect from Victoria, King’s Cage follows the previously set trend and follows on immediately from the previous novel, Glass Sword. This novel completely switches up the series. For starters, the POV changes from just Mare to jumping around several characters. Whilst it always makes me incredibly anxious when authors start playing around with POV (I have Veronica Roth to thank for that…) this actually worked really well and I enjoyed the head jumping. It really allows us to get into the heads of the whole kingdom and work out what’s going on across all areas of society. Most of all, it adds depths to characters that we don’t really expect. I started to feel sympathy for characters that I would have happily thrown off a fictional cliff after finishing Glass Sword (**cough, Evangeline, cough, Maven, cough**). More of this please, Victoria.
As well as the POV, the dynamic is also different. Up until now we’re used to Mare kicking ass with her lightening however this time she has to find ways to do that without her electric purple friend. She more than rises to the challenge. I have to praise Victoria again because the amount of character growth and development that is shown here is ridiculous. Same goes for the other characters who narrate this novel. There are new and interesting friendships and alliances formed which challenge our understanding. It’s just excellent.
Now we’re on the third novel of this series I have decided that Victoria Aveyard’s trademark is 100% the ”Killer Cliffy.” AKA the cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers, which apparently she manages to top every time she writes a book… I can’t really say much more than that. The ending will shock you and punch you right in the feels, for want of a more appropriate phrase.
I loved this book and I am loving where this series is going. I am so, so exciting to read the fourth and final instalment when it’s released next year.
Victoria Aveyard, you’re a gem.