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. (Goodreads)
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!
The third book of the Red Queen series is action packed–between the attacks on Archeon against maven; the battle to take over Corvium and the battle to keep hold of it. King’s Cage is also written a bit differently than the first two. Each chapter is told by a different person, usually Mare and Cameron–another Newblood. Evangeline is thrown into the mix later in the book.
Aveyard does an excellent job to recap what happens in the second book, Glass Sword, throughout the King’s Cage.
Mare has bee kept prisoner to Maven for 6 months in a special ‘apartment” (cell) made of silence stone, which “mutes” and suppresses Silver and newblood powers. Maven then places silence stone manacles on Mare, allowing her to be present during Maven’s tour and presentations. Maven uses mare as a pawn to draw newbloods to Archeon/ Norta to use in his army.
Later in King’s Cage, Maven becomes allies with the Lakelanders, who have been Norta’s enemy for centuries, and is now betrothed to a Lakelander princess, breaking an alliance with the Samos house–whose daughter, Evangeline, was betrothed to Cal then Maven.
During the wedding of Maven and the Lakelander princess, a storm starts up. Everyone thought that it was Mare causing the storm so they used Arvens–who are basically living Silence Stone. (Their blood actually creates the stone.) When they figure out that it wasn’t Mare, the Arvens, her guards, Evangeline and her healer-Wren take Mare to the train that runs under the city. Evangeline then kills the Arvens and Mare’s guards, setting free Mare. Evangeline makes Mare promise not to kill her brother, Ptolemus.
Now I obviously can’t tell you everything about the book–I’m pretty sure I’ve already said too much, but this book/series is a great read! (So much more happens than what I’ve mentioned!)
“I stare at the boy on the throne. He maintains his mask well. Brow furrowed, still fingers, straight back. But his gaze wavers. Something in his eyes has gone far way. He’s terrified. For a second it makes me happy. Then I remember–monsters are most dangerous when they’re afraid.”