After having mixed feelings about the first two books of the Red Queen series, I decided to try to see the series through to the end. Unfortunately for me, I found that this was my least favorite entry to Mare Barrow’s story. For some reason, the books in this series keep getting longer, but fewer and fewer events actually happen in each passing book. King’s Cage was overly self important, boring, and worst of all, lost its spark (pun intended) of romance.
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.
I originally read this book a few years ago when it first came out, but when I found it was available as an audiobook through my library, I decided to give it another go. I’ll be honest – it’s not a groundbreaking book by any standard of measure. In a sea of fantasy YA books, this one does little to stand out from the crowd. It’s not a bad book, but it just didn’t have enough unique or interesting elements to make it a great book.
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.