Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
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.
Review: While I absolutely loved the first book, the second and third have gone downhill for me. I guess my expectations were a bit too high for this one, but hopefully the fourth book is better. For me, this book spent WAY too much time focusing on Mare in her glorified imprisonment. There was a lot of repetition and not much action happening for at least the first 50-60% of the book. I think the main problem is that there is so much filler that it takes away from the story. There needed to be more dialogue because Mare felt so disconnected from her surroundings.
When the pace finally started to pick up, the book did get a lot better. There was an epic rescue, training and even a war thrown in there! Now, if those things had been evenly distributed throughout the book, then it would have been epic. Less time spent on depressed Mare, more time on the action scenes. Those are what I loved most about Red Queen because it didn’t stop for anything. All of the elements that made the first book so good have been forgotten, and I think the fourth book needs to see a return to that. More Lightning Girl, please!