King's CageVictoria Aveyard

King's Cage

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King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard Book Summary

The third book in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling series!

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, rebellion is rising and allegiances will be tested on every side. Perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

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.

Plus don't miss Realm Breaker! Irresistibly action-packed and full of lethal surprises, this stunning fantasy series from Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen series, begins where hope is lost and asks: When the heroes have fallen, who will take up the sword?

King's Cage (Victoria Aveyard) Book Reviews

Torture continues 😩I've waited for this book to finally come out and I read it in four days. It did not disappoint but for the fact that I am now utterly depressed that I have to wait for Mare Barrow's story to continue. I'm at the mercy of the author. Please make it quick..Score: 5/5

Heart PalpitationsIt's books like these that make me want to stop reading it for fear of having a heart attacks but can't seem to put it down. It's like authors want to kills us with all this suspense. I hope this is the last one cus I don't know how much more my heart can handle❤️💔❤️💔❤️💔❤️.Score: 5/5

😭😭😭Omggggg, okay, so it took me a bit to keep going after I found out the ending. But I just have to see exactly the way Victoria Aveyard ends it to really judge for myself how I like it. I mean, come on, I’ve already read half the books of the series plus, the short stories. I also own all but War Storm. So, onto the review. Sooo I did have a little bit of trouble for the first couple of chapters. By now, we alllll know she’s with Maven and she goes on about the silent stone. Horrible, got it. But then as you dive deeper into the chapters, it starts getting better! You start seeing a little more into the story and we see Mare get her drive back. As I am writing this I’m in Chapter 13. I love the fact that we have Mare’s, Cameron’s, and Evangeline’s perspective in the book. I’m also glad that it’s mostly Mare’s perspective for the fact that, Mare is the reason why I am reading this book. I mean I really enjoy all the characters, main and supporting, but it started with Mare, okay? But in all seriousness, when the attack attempted assassination towards Mavin started I couldn’t wait to keep reading! It was over too soon. 😭 WHAT THE HECK IS MAVEN UP TOOOOOOOO. I can't. Now he's involved with Lakelander's princess? Bye bye Evangeline? Wow, just wow. I am dying. When does Mare escape her dumb shackles?! I CAAAAN'T. What more can I say? Um, 1. I LOVE Cal’s and Mare’s relationship so so much. The fact that he respects her on a level we don’t really see anywhere else, is so amazing. The relationships between the 3 females are coming along nicely. Farley included. I like seeing that Cameron isn’t as cold to Mare. Also, it’s nice to see how other people view how she is after coming back. We get a lot from Mare, but it’s like an outsider looking in which is nice. Can I also say that when Mare and Cal fought on the training field and how he just ripped his shirt off, like wow, hot. But totally unfair. Now, I’m on Chapter 28 and hyperventilating with everything that is starting to go down! I can’t. I’m falling so in love with the series. I’m praying the ending won’t kill me. WHAT THE HECK! WHY IS HE DUMB? I GET THAT I KNOW HIS CHOICE BUT REALLY?!?!?!!?!?! IM DEAD. THIS. BOOK. KILLS. I WANT TO CRY. AND I’M NOT EVEN DONE WITH THE SERIES. I WANT TO CURL UP IN A BALL..Score: 5/5

FeelsMy heart has stopped beating ever since I finished Glass Sword... I gotta stop reading these kind of books that mess with my emotions. And I will... After this book comes out.Score: 5/5

AmazingI’m OBSESSED with this series, I can’t put it down..Score: 5/5

TOMORROWI've waited a year for this book and I've preordered it months ago and ITS FINALLY COMING TOMORROW. I cant say how excited I am. Such an amazing series and it's my favorite series..Score: 5/5

Seems good so farI’m not sure if I should continue, even if it seems good at first. Red queen was incredible, glass sword was almost as good as the first. And that is not common. But still, they first in a series is pretty much always the best, and I’m not sure if this going to be very good- it could be a beginning of a downfall of the series like in many others. The beginning was really good, actually, but it’s not like red queen where I couldn’t put it down. My mom had to take away my book so I could just sleep, but this book I set down and slept easily. But, once I’m finished, I bet I won’t be able to wait for the next book- like when I wait for a test to get graded. I don’t want to be impatient, but a while ago I couldn’t sleep thinking about what would happen in this book. Should I continue? Is it worth it? All of the sleep that will get thrown away?.Score: 5/5

I Was In Shocked 😳I didn’t even realize how amazing and compassion of some of these Characters are in this Red Queen Series... 1.Mare Barrow: Is amazing powerful and good personality plus have a good heart ❤️ and know what to say to herself and her loved ones as well. It really does make it effort from the First Book which is Red Queen how it sort of started with herself taking with her best friend Plus her Family as well she knew in her heart plus her Mind that it really make her angry and frustrated about her Brother Shade Barrow Who was a Scarlet Guards in the first book he wrote her Family a Brief Letter. From time to time I knew that there was something missing in that Barrow Family. 2. Maven Calore: From the First Book in the Red Queen he was different and kind to Mare Barrow she doesn’t realize how dangerous with being in the Palace with the Calore Family as a Queen also her names was just “Lady Mareena” Or “Lightening Girl” annoying how that sounded for her and Maven her Husband At first Honor her and request her to his Queen and Wife. Maven wasn’t a good person for her or anyone especially his Mother who is in charge of his mind from inside of his head that doesn’t make sense to myself because how difficult and different plus confusion to at least knowing that Maven is a liar in his Characters in his eye plus his words as what he usually say to Mare and some people in the courtroom “I’m Men With My Own Words” something like that. But over all King Cage got some juicy detail about Maven Calore it will blow your mind as you keep turning pages...especially Iris that girl who know what she is and what she is hiding to herself be aware be careful as well as you read. ~~☺️Deadly_Roses☺️.Score: 5/5

HhidchrkrkeNo one has any idea how excited I am for this book to come out! Ever since I finished glass sword I just wanted to read more! OMG OMG!!! 😁😁😁.Score: 5/5

AmazingI read this book in one day, I couldn't but it down!.Score: 5/5

Throwing a FitAs said... the first 2/3 of the book are slow with lots of detail and the last third is quick! Please don't make us wait a WHOLE year for book 4. Definitely is a fantastic series! Keep it coming!.Score: 5/5

10 out of 10I absolutely love this book series! I began reading Red Queen a week before King's Cage was released, and had no idea it was just coming out! Anyways, this ended on such a dramatic cliffhanger and I can't wait for the next one!!!.Score: 5/5

OMGGGGGGGGBasically I'm an active red queen fangirl❤️❤️❤️❤️and I am so incredibly pumped for this book y'all don't even know!!!!!!!! I preordered it in June😂😂😂but ya y'all NEED to read this series it's insanely good👌🏻😏.Score: 5/5

OMG WHEN IS IT COMING OUT!Please please tell me when it is coming out!!!!!😭.Score: 5/5

WowI waited and waited for this book to come out!!! I could not put it down... this series is phenomenal and now I cannot wait for the fourth! I recommend this series to everyone.Score: 5/5

MY COLORS! What a ride !You couldn't tell me that I wasn't stuck imprisoned with Mare. VA did a stellar job making you feel as if you were living the nightmares Mare went through. I can't give anything away, but her power of description makes you feel like your a fly on the wall in every scene, taking it all in at a safe distance. So many different psychological and social factors in this book that the characters went through. I'll be waiting for the next, with charge card ready and a big goofy grin..Score: 5/5

I adored this seriesI’m rereading it again with my partner because I enjoyed the story, and I love seeing how they respond with the plot.Score: 5/5

Great Book!Loved this third book a such as the previous ones. Such a great author..Score: 5/5

This is quite the bookSPOILER ALERT: 9.5/10 I didn’t like it when Mare and Cal had to separate because they are meant for each other! Hopefully in the next book they reunite. Overall really liked the book I recommend for 13 years and older.Score: 5/5

AHHHHHH😢❤😢❤Loved loved loved loved this book, but she leaves you with yet another cliff hanger! And the ending is completely unexpected! But it is so good and definitely the best book in the series so far, in my opinion!.Score: 5/5

Great book! Things to know:Overall, I adored this book. It kept me on edge throughout it until the end. It was just as great, if not better, than the other books in the series. A few things that I thought were a bit disappointing were these: 1) The beginning was slow. Although I understand that Mare was a prisoner and there wasn't too much to do with her, it seemed that the beginning (At least in Mare's point of view) was just a lot of the same thing - She was upset, losing hope, and tortured both by Samson and Maven. I had been hoping for a bit more than that. 2) This might have just been me, but I feel that Maven's character changed in this book. In the previous installments, especially Glass Sword, when he captured Mare, he seemed to be doing it out of evil and to hurt the Scarlet Guard along with their cause. In King's Cage, though, I think his obsession with Mare was a bit out of character for him. Don't get me wrong, the way it was written was fantastic, but I believe that if he was going to have an obsession with Mare, it would've shown more in previous books. After all, Elara is dead! But, like I said, overall it is an amazing book. Must read!! :D.Score: 4/5

WonderfulThis book is a work of art. We start out with Mare where we left her, in captivity, but eventually the Little Lightning Girl gives the Silver King a piece of her mind. There is joy, heartbreak, and betrayal. 10/10, would read again..Score: 5/5

Thumbs upGreat ending to a great series.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis book is the best of the best. I read the whole series and Wow. This book has changed my life. I really hope they make a movie about this series. I recommend this series. I actually love this series so much i have started reading it a second time. This was a amazing adventure!!!.Score: 5/5

Amazeballs!Loved it! Can't wait for number 4!.Score: 5/5

Read it!!!Ok so my last review for glass sword was a bit judgmental because it wasn’t great. Luckily the book was the ultimate redemption. It was great to see Mare not as annoying she really turned back into the Mareena that I adored in the first book.I loved the lgbtq representation through Maven and Evangeline it really made me like them alot more. I must say it was cool to have Evangeline and Camrons point of view but…. IM SORRY I HATE THEM BOTH. I must say even though the first one was a hot mess this one is where it’s at please read👏👏👏.Score: 5/5

King’s CageI have absolutely blown through these stories. I do think King’s Cage is my favorite so far. Mare finds herself only to lose herself again. I find myself liking Evangeline…what?!!! This story definitely singes and sings…thank goodness I was only a double tap away from the next and final book! I can’t wait!.Score: 5/5

AngryI really loved this book until the ending. terrible ending to what could've been a fantastic ending.Score: 3/5

To excitedThey can't expect me not to be excited after reading the end of glass sword. Can't wait!!!.Score: 5/5

AmazingJust when I thought I would mentally prepare myself to the best ending of any novel series, BAM! The best ending happens making me even more emotionally attached to the novel. Truly one of the best most unique and creative novel series anyone could ask for. Thank you Victoria!.Score: 5/5

King’s CageThis book was amazing! Thank you Victoria Avegard for giving us the different perspectives on each of the characters. I got to learn more about each character. Although, I had many mixed feelings about Cal and Mare’s relationship. They are meant to be and their love grew immensely. I got to really feel what Mare felt about Cal so much that every time the book would talk about him I would get butterflies in my stomach. But, when they broke up, I cried. I thought their love was to perfect to last but I never ever wanted it to end. So, now I am on the the next book hoping that Cal and Mare would be reunited. Thank you for making you my favorite writer!❤️❤️❤️❤️.Score: 5/5

YesIt's coming out on my bday.Score: 5/5


I need to read this book!!!Oh my Messiah!!! I cried after I finished the epilogue of Glass Sword. I cried for 2 reasons. One: The book ended that way and Two: I had to wait for the next one a.k.a. This book! I can't wait!!!.Score: 5/5

Good griefRose than the twilight series. Unless you’re …12..Score: 1/5

RED QUEEN 3So excited!!!!! Counting down!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Another great addition!By far, this series has been my favorite one out of the others I own. I am excited to add War Storm to that collection!.Score: 5/5

Good but not great...I chewed through the first two books in this series EXTREMELY quick. I was absolutely engrossed. And I was SO excited for this next installment. However, I did not enjoy Kings Cage as much as the others. The best parts of this book are the scenes with Mare and Maven. They are electric (see what I did there...haha) and exciting. I can feel the connection and the story leap off the page. As the book progresses, the story becomes stale. A lot of time is spent building up to the predictable climax that feels ultimately rushed and tired. Mare's development is nice to see, but this book needed a. It more to keep my rapt attention. It took me four times as long to finish compared to the other books. That being said, I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes..Score: 3/5

There WILL be a fourth oneI love this series. I purchased this book the day it came out and finished it today. It's amazing. I hate the ending though. But, it's a book so that's to be expected. There will be a forth book coming out next year and I believe it's the last one. So yeah... you should read it.Score: 5/5

Better ending expectedAlthough the book was amazing ‘till the last chapter, I had nothing to say about the epilogue but😐. Really disappointing for a series I LOVED. I believe Aveyard could have ended it in one more book and continue the story about the republic that created after and not just in one chapter.(broken throne wasn’t convincing).Score: 3/5

AmazingMy favorite series at the moment, I literally can put the book down but I have to do hw rip.🥺🥺🥺.Score: 5/5

BreathlessI am so glad I read this book because of the thrills it gave me! I kept wanting to know answers and couldn’t put the book down! I also would sit on my bed reading and yelling at characters like Maven or Iris for being monsters. Overall, I love this book!.Score: 5/5

From one cage to the next!I just finished this book and probably shouldn’t write a review because I am so emotional. But, here it is. I was not ready for the slowness of this book. I long for the scenes of happiness and joy. The beginning of this book was dark, and depressing. Saying all that, I had to read it. I couldn’t stop because I knew there was a reason. And boy was I right. Mare goes through such struggle. Maven is so twisted and in love with her. But only in the way that he can love. (Tear). I want the boy that Mare knew him to be to show back up and rise above this monster of a king that Maven now is. Camerons points of view were...... also dark. I always found myself wanting more endearment from her, but as a character that would not fit in this setting. But you do get to see her strength. Farley is my favorite character. She reminds me of Aelin in SJMaas TOG series. Seeing Cal’s love for Mare in this story is sweet and he does love her deeply. You can’t help but want a powerful and happy ending for these two. After just finishing the book, I am anxious and heartbroken. I can’t reveal why, but I am buying the next book so I can continue and hopefully be pulled out of my agony!.Score: 4/5


GoodWhy do i still like maven more than cal.Score: 5/5

OMG!!!I'm still in shock from the other to and I'm going to die waiting for this one. I can't wait!!!! Pure heaven this book will bring me!😇😇.Score: 5/5

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Loved itI love this series so much! It's so hard to put down, and I found myself staying up really late to read more! If you loved the first 2 books you'll love this one as well! I really want another book to come out soon. I'm not going to spoil it but I did not except what would happen at the end :,(.Score: 5/5

Good...3rd book in the series and still entertaining... a few parts dragged on a bit but over all great story line and kept me interested enough to go on the the last book..Score: 4/5

Kings cageMy friend introduced me to the series and after one chapter of the first book I was hooked. In a weird way I think Mare is a relatable character because she is always fighting with her emotions. My all time favourite quote from the series is , which was said by Maven. Victoria Aveyard did a great job on this book and i can’t wait forth book to come out on the 15th!.Score: 5/5

Amazing !Probably my favourite of the series so far..Score: 5/5

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