Friday, May 12, 2017

King's Cage - Victoria Aveyard

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. (Summary and image from

Review: Entrapped in a cell lined with Silent Stone, shackled with manacles made of the same power-blocking material, and with two Silents as guard, Mare can barely stand. Escape from Maven and his regime is nearly impossible, and yet she has agreed to this. In order to save her family, her friends, and her love, she’s agreed to this slow death and torture. But Silent Stone only quiets her powers, not her mind.

Book Three in this series was an easy, fun, fly-through read. It was clear that this was a holding-pattern book, but there was still so much that happened in it that it that I was surprised to not find myself as bored by this plot advancement as other books that have the same purpose. Were the major revelations? Some. Were there fierce battles and advancements of the Red Dawn’s cause? One or two. But the whole purpose of this installment wasn’t to give you a James Bond-esque action novel, nor was it to rush the series plot forward. 

So, then, what DID we get? Amazing character development to start, not only from Mare but from Maven. Until this point, I never stopped to ask how difficult it could be to be raised by someone who could control your body and fiddle around in your mind. The exploration of that was fascinating and heartbreaking all at the same time. Second, some seriously awesome twists and turns that will shake up the series moving forward. Unexpected allies, new powers emerging, and different forms of the powers we’ve already seen made for a brighter read. Finally, a little bit of the bigger picture, as well as a promise of what is to come. And man, I’m excited what is to come. The research into where these powers came from is something that I’m super excited to discover.

While this isn’t as exciting as the first book in the series, or as action-packed as the second, it did get me very excited and more curious about the next book to come. Further, I’m not happy I have to wait to read it!

Rating: Three and a half stars

For the Sensitive Reader: There’s a fade-to-black that isn’t exactly, um, discreet.

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