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 continues 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.
“Monsters are most dangerous when they’re afraid.”
“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.”
“I thought I knew what heartbreak was…I know now, I didn’t know what love was. Or what even the echo of heartbreak felt like. To stand in front of a person who is your whole world and be told you are not enough. You are not the choice. You are the shadow to the person who is your sun.”
Alright, Aveyard broke my heart in King’s Cage and she better pick up the pieces in the next book. Let’s start from the beginning. In the last book it was Mare with Cal. Because of her circumstances, Mare is forced to be around Maven and we get to see more behind what happened to him to make him who he is.
Aveyard graced us with different points of view just to keep us updated on what’s happening outside of Mare’s life; POV changes are something I always love. I like that she kept the other points of view shorter and contained to one chapter at a time while we got two or three chapters at a time of Mare. We got to see POV from Cameron and Evangeline. I’m sort of disappointed we didn’t see any from Cal; I would love to know what he is thinking. But like I said, a majority of the book is still from Mare’s POV. After all, she is the main character.
Throughout this book you will continue to see character development as Mare struggles to readjust (again) to her situation. Despite a difficult living situation (no spoilers) she is able to maintain hope and her determination. This was a breath of fresh air compared to the last book where she moped and was constantly questioning everything. It’s about time that she became comfortable with who she is and is able to own that. I hope her character continues to develop in the next book and she reaches where she is meant to be; she deserves to be happy.
I’m not going to spoil what happens in the end of the book. All I am going to say is that it hurt my heart. It wasn’t exactly a plot twist, Aveyard hints that it’s going to happen before hand. But there was no preparation for the actions of the characters in the books and therefore, I was not ready. I’m holding out hope that Aveyard will fix the mess she has made with my emotions. If not, I don’t know how I’ll recover (probably with another book).
Overall, I liked this book a lot more than the last book. I think it might be my favorite book in the series but I can’t be sure until the next one comes out. Aveyard slowed down the pace a bit and put more thought and detail into the events rather than jumping from one to the next; which was a major complaint I had for the last book. Now we just wait for the next book to come out and fingers crossed everything will be okay.