King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
There are things about this series that I have really enjoyed. The world that the author has created is very intriguing, and I hope in the last book we learn more about where the silvers came from. I really like the science fiction aspects of the story, the advanced tech and the fact that this is our future. I also enjoy the abilities that everyone has, both silvers and newbloods. Some of them I wouldn’t mind having myself. I have also enjoyed the characters, especially Mare and Cam, but also Kilorn and Evageline and others. I think my main issue with with this books is the length. I found it to be tedious and long winded.
Don’t get me wrong, overall I enjoyed the book. But I found myself putting it down after just a few chapters, which is not typical for me. Usually I will read until I’m tired or my eyes hurt. But with this book, I was just bored most of the time. Mare’s imprisonment was not very interesting for the most part, and I know that was part of the plot, but still it was hard to go back to it every night. Mare wasn’t that interesting either, except for the few times she was alone with Maven. Then we would see the spark that made her such an interesting character in the first two books. Once she escapes, she becomes a bit more interesting, but the pace was still so slow it was painful to read.
I did like that we got to see some of the story from other character’s perspective, although I think I would have preferred see Cam’s view point to Cameron’s. I liked Cameron and I found her perspective of what was going on in the rebel camp, some of the more interesting chapters, but after awhile, I also found her story rather repetitive. Evangeline’s view point was the best part of the whole book. Oh it was so interesting to be in her head! I was astounded to see what was going on in there. I hope we continue to hear from her in the next book.
I have high hopes for the last unnamed book. There are so many ways that it can go. I also would like to see more from other characters, especially Cam. I really want to know what is going on in his head right now, especially with the ending of this book. I also would just love to see what is really going on in Maven’s mind. We learn a lot about him and his past in this book, but it would be very enlightening to see how his brain really ticks. I hope that the next book is either shorter or more interesting and faster paced than this one.
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