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King's Cage: Red Queen Book 3 Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01HRL2XMC
- Publisher : Orion (9 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2813 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 439 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,255 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Love you Cal, Mare and Maven too !
PS the book is enjoyable.
By Lee on 18 October 2018
PS the book is enjoyable.
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I came a little late to this series which meant that I was able to read Red Queen and Glass Sword together, therefore no agonising wait between books for me. Until I finished Glass Sword which had possible the most amazing ending which has kept me desperate for the past year. This book was no different and yet again I have been left a desperate puddle in need of the forth and final book in this amazing series!
"Love makes you weak. And she's right. I learned that before I even knew you."
One big change in this book is the fact that we now have 3 POV's. We still have Mare but now we also have Cameron and Evangeline Samos. I have to be honest I was a little disappointed because I would have LOVED to have seen everything from Cal's POV especially whilst Mare was being held and he couldn't get to her, I live for broken hearts and deep emotional moments. But by the end of the book I had to agree that Cameron and Evangeline were such great choices and gave us so much more of a rounded view of the war.
"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 a shadow to the person who is your sun."
Ok, so Mare. We left her in the last book having bargained her own life for those of her friends and Cal and we find her in this one now in the hands of Maven. She goes through a hell of a lot in this book but is still such a strong character and manages to manipulate Maven, just as much as he does her, in order to gain valuable information for the Scarlett Guard. I loved that she never lost her humor and kick ass character personality but that we also got some very vulnerable and emotional moments from her too as she struggled with her new situation and also with the PTSD that follows.
"Those who know what it's like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light."
In comparison to the last book Cal seems a lot more sure of himself in this book which I think is down to the fact that he has a purpose: finding and rescuing Mare. He has finally picked a side and I liked seeing his relationships with people develop further as he finally starts to let people in (just a little bit!). He seems a lot more comfortable with being a part of the rebellion now and takes an active part in working with them and advising them against his brother. However he is often torn between knowing what is right and what he must do for his kingdom and when put in the position of having to make tough decisions sometimes really struggles. It makes for an interesting conundrum of whether he will eventually become King and if he is strong enough to make the tough decisions. Next to Maven, Cal is probably the character I am most interested to see develop further in the final book.
"The fallen prince is exhausting. I don't know how Mare could stand him or his inability to choose a damned side-especially when there's only one side he can possibly pick."
For those of you who have been as desperate as me for more development in the romantic relationships in this series (aka. Cal and Mare!) I can happily tell you that you will be rewarded in this book. It's definitely a case of absence makes the heart grow stronger and I'm not going to say much except we get some REALLY swoony scenes. As is the norm in any dystopian series it's not the smoothest of romances, but I have big hopes for Cal & Mare in the final book.
"She was his hurricane, and every nudge pulled him deeper into the eye of the storm."
Maven is such a complex character and although I hate him as a character I love his place in this book. We get to see a lot more of Maven in this book as he reveals parts of himself to Mare that no one else knows about or understands. We get a lot of answers in this book about how Maven ended up the person that he is and I like that Aveyard managed to get me to feel sympathy for this character who I hate so much. Maven's cleverness really shines in this book and his ability to plan and scheme results in some big wins for Maven, whereas his last shred of humanity and his love for Mare threatens to bring him to his knees. I have some big hopes for how this series will end for Maven and he is possible the character I am most excited to see how his story ends.
"I'm not a fool, little lightning girl. If you're going to play in my head, I'm going to play in yours. It's what we're good at."
We get even more 'newborns' as they are named in this series and some more really cool powers/abilities that turned up. I was a little disappointed in their lack of time in the spotlight in the previous book and so was really happy that we got so much more of them in this book in both battles and some seriously cool training scenes.
The story flows well for the most part although a few off notes a long the way. Mare's imprisonment, although psychologically terrifying was frustratingly slow at times and the lack of action nearly resulted in some skimming at times. Also, Cameron's POV took me a little time to get into, I just wanted to see what was happening with Cal and so all her thoughts and worries about her brother was just getting in the way of that for me.
The ending of this book left my heart in shambles, mostly because (as I mentioned below) I thought it was a trilogy and I really wanted to know how things were going to end, but also because Aveyard is a genius at writing heartbreaking cliffhangery type book endings. This is the 3rd time she has done it this series and I only just survived the last one! I seriously fear for my mental stability after I have finished the final book!
"My heart breaks for him; my heart hardens against him."
Wow! So much happened in this I honestly don’t know where to begin or what to focus on! We see so much more depth to our villain, Maven. With his mother Elena now dead, Maven is on his path alone but makes an admission to Mare. As a child, his mother would manipulate his mind with her powers, removing emotions or memories in order to keep him on the path she has chosen for him - for him to become King. Maven is left not knowing for certain which thoughts he has are his own or the remnants of his mother’s manipulation. This discovery left me feeling some sympathy for him… some, not much!
Cameron’s character develop is growing and it’s refreshing to see her come out of her shell and fight for the cause, reluctant as she was! Her budding friendship with Farley is heartwarming as they have both feel alone, and with Shade’s baby on the way, Farley’s motherly instincts are coming into play!
Cal and Mare’s relationship takes a big step and we are filled with the hope of a romance blooming in the midst of a civil war, but with many courts aligning with the Scarlet Guard and determined to de-throne Maven and replace him with the rightful King Cal, we don’t get this just yet!! The ending made me want to scream, with the urge to punch Cal right through the page… one can only hope that things will go in our favour in War Storm. Now we just need to pray that our favourites make it through the final war and Rise, Red as the Dawn.
King’s Cage is the breathtaking third installment of the Red Queen series that leaves a blaze in the popular Young Adult genre, and I am not referring to Cal’s fire abilities.
Mare is Maven’s prisoner, powerless without her lightning, and she spends her imprisonment replaying every excruciating detail that lead to this moment, as well as the potential horrors to come. The boy-King of Norta seems intent on walking the path that Queen Elara intended for him, as her surgical manipulation of her son’s mind becomes more and more apparent given his political decision-making concerning the Scarlet Guard, the Lakelander War, Newbloods and Mare. Meanwhile, Cal, Cameron, Kilorn, Farley and the rest of the Scarlet Guard continue in Mare’s absence, recruiting as many Newbloods as they can before King Maven gets his hands on them, as well as organizing, training and expanding as they prepare for war. The Scarlet Guard can no longer keep hidden in the shadows as Maven makes moves on the chessboard that no longer involves just his kingdom. They have to make alliances and sacrifices as they take their seat at the top table where they are on equal footing with Norta, Lakelands, Piedmont and Montfort in terms of importance and threat- depending on perspective.
With two fiery brothers both after Mare’s heart, thrilling battles involving Reds, Silvers and Newbloods, and also the political maneuverings of all the important powers, King’s Cage is quite simply an electrifying read, where blood turns on blood, ability on ability, and there may be no one left to put out the fire- leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
The three perspectives were from three pivotal female characters: Mare, Cameron and Evangeline. I was a little surprised that Aveyard went with Cameron as a POV character as I thought that Farley may have gotten it as she is important within the Scarlet Guard, however due to the lukewarm reaction to the Steel Scars story in Cruel Crown, it may have tipped the balance to give it to another character. Despite my early reservations about Cameron’s POV, I changed my mind quickly given the more personal and emotional account she gives about her insecurities concerning her ability. While Mare is agonizing over her mistakes and Maven’s scheming to maintain control amidst some restless Silver High Houses, the negotiations with the Lakelanders and the thorn in his side- Scarlet Guard.
Mare’s imprisonment is dealt with exceptionally well by Aveyard. She includes enough action and inaction, dialogue and silence, which creates a realistic sense of a prolonged period of time that could have easily been rushed by an author, and as such lose the intended effect. The personal scrutiny and mental torture of herself as she deliberates about the boy she used to love, but is now her tormentor, is worded to perfection. Aveyard teases just enough information to make us, as readers, believe that Mare has doubts about Maven and that she still has a soft spot for the warped king. Mare’s imprisonment not only demonstrated the damage that it did to her, but it also provided a window into the happenings within the walls of Whitefire Palace, and as an extension, Maven’s mind too. We are also introduced to a plethora of intriguing characters, such as Samson and Lakelander Princess Iris, and the abilities of the High Houses and the Lakelanders are more firmly established and understood.
Meanwhile, through Cameron’s perspective, the Scarlet Guard’s activities are presented and analysed. Despite Cameron’s selfish filter- she wants to save her brother- the Guard’s meetings and action sequences are fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of the chapters concerning the Guard. Tales involving Cameron, Cal, Farley and Kilorn (less so in this book) have me racing through the pages as fast as if Cal’s embers were burning through them. Scenes at Corvium were brilliant, at every stage, especially the latter ones.
King’s Cage is one of the best books I have read for a while, and is potentially my favourite novel in the Young Adult/ Fantasy genre. Romance, emotion and war are the three main aspects that feature in this fantasy epic, and boy are they well developed and brilliantly explored. Each chapter is flawless. There doesn’t seem to a wasted line, or word for that matter! I am now itching to get my hands on the next and most likely final installment in this wonderful series.
RISE, RED AS THE DAWN!
This book is so painfully boring. It's entirely filler, there is no need for this book.
I don't get it, I didn't find the second book as bad as everyone else did and everyone said this book was good and I can't see it?
This book had almost nothing keeping me interested. At this point, I don't care about Mare or Cal, I especially don't care about Cameron, her chapters were almost unbearable.
If it wasn't for Maven I'm not sure I would've finished this book. I am only going to read the last book to see what happens with Maven. I really hope Cal doesn't become King because he sucks. Big time.
All in all I guess I'm glad I didn't give up with the series and I hope the next one is worth the wait!