Mare Barrow redeemed in King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

March 12, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Reviews // 2 Comments

Mare Barrow redeemed in King’s Cage by Victoria AveyardKing's Cage
by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, #3
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Narrator: Amanda Dolan, Adenrele Ojo, Erin Spencer
Length: 17 Hours 19 Minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, 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.

*This review will not contain spoilers for King’s Cage but may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series*

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“I would prefer death to this cage, to the twisted obsession of a mad boy king.”

Since the second I finished Glass Sword I have been eagerly awaiting King's Cage! After that ending and Mare's character development (which led me to disliking her quite a bit) I was hoping for a little redemption in this book. I have to say I definitely got what I asked for! Mare was knocked down a couple of much needed pegs and I began to see sparks of the Mare that I really loved at the beginning.

King's Cage begins shortly after the end of Glass Sword, Mare is being held captive by Maven and forced to live under heavy guard with manacles of silent stone to shut down her powers. Mare's spirit and fight returned in this book, the arrogant, conceited martyr of Glass Sword was gone almost immediately (thank goodness) and the fierce little lightning girl was back! *claps hands emphatically* One thing that I really enjoyed about Mare's redemption was remorse for her actions in Glass Sword, I felt that was necessary and actually admitting her wrongs made me like her so  much more.

One of the things I was most excited for was Maven (don't worry Cal is still my favorite but I'll discuss that later). I couldn't wait to see what Aveyard did with his character, especially with his evil Mother no longer controlling him! Aveyard did not disappoint! He was cold and calculating and so cerebral and actually quite genius. His obsession with Mare was actually quite fascinating, the two have a very sick and twisted relationship that I can't quite understand. In all honesty, I was hoping for a little more development in that department.

“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.”

I loved the 3 POV’s we heard from in this book. Mare’s of course, which was the main voice we heard, Cameron’s whom I love as she is one of my favorite New Bloods and finally Evangeline Samos. I was a bit surprised about Evangeline being one of the POV’s but she was actually quite fascinating and somehow by the end I ended up really loving her. Her POV added so much! You’d have to read it to believe it! I loved having Cameron’s POV because we saw the side of the New Bloods with Mare in captivity and honestly the New Bloods without condescending Mare were even more awesome!

Now to the part you’ve all been waiting for (or at least I was) Cal and Mare! I’ve made it no secret that I love Cal and King’s Cage only solidified this love. When he and Mare are together I feel the the sparks and the passion and this sense that they can do anything together… that is if Cal would pick a darn side and pull is head out of his ass! That is all I will say on that subject!

I did have a small issue with one thing in this book, the first half really did drag on. I felt that it was very repetitive and redundant and just wanted the action to pick up! But oh boy when it did I felt like I needed to buckle up! That moment is so epic that it set the tone for the rest of the book! It was action packed and left me gasping for breath! The rest of the book was pretty awesome and kept me on my toes!

The ending, while not a cliffhanger still left me breathless and unsure and now I am eagerly waiting the next (and what I believe is the final) book in this series! I cannot wait to see how it all goes down and who is left standing! Bring it on Aveyard! You have a fan in me!!

“I love your brother, Maven. You were right. You are only a shadow, and who looks at shadows when they have flame? Who would ever choose a monster over a god?”


These 3 narrators really did an amazing job portraying their chaarcters, the 3 POV’s made up an awesome story and Amanda Dolan , Adenrele Ojo and Erin Spencer really helped to deliver that!

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  • I’m looking forward to picking this one up myself 🙂 Really glad to hear you enjoyed it! Great review!

  • Kelly

    I enjoyed this so much more than Glass Cage, which really dragged on for me. I read this thinking it was the last book in the series though, so imagine my surprise to find out it wasn’t!