King’s Cage Review

Hi Book Lovers!

Today we are gathered here to discuss the sad tale of how much I disliked a story. If you’ve put that together with the title of this blog post, you’ll know I was NOT A FAN OF THIS BOOK AT ALL. Let’s discuss.

SLIGHT spoilers ahead.

King's Cage

King’s Cage
By: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 528
Genre: YA
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5/5)
Format: Audiobook


Book Synopsis:

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.


My Thoughts:

Alright. Alright, alright, alright. As I was prepping this review I was looking at my Goodreads and I honestly couldn’t help but panic a bit when I saw the overall rating for this book is 4.02/5. Needless to say, I think this will be a bit of an unpopular opinion review.

I read this book a few months ago now and I’ve been waiting and waiting to review it because I kept having conflicting thoughts on what I wanted to say. To sum it up: I no longer have much to say, and what I do have to talk about will be small in amount and not necessarily positive.

If it is possible to hate Mare Barrow more than in Glass Sword then I hadn’t anticipated it at that time. Her character is bitter in a self-loathing way which made me despise her more and more as every chapter began. Cal is also in the same self-loathing-so-it-affects-change-from-happening type of person in ALL of these books that I constantly struggle when I’m reading reviews that talk about how much they love him. The only reason I have clung on and went through with this book was due to Maven. I don’t even like “the bad” characters often because I’m a total softy at heart and just want everything to work out perfectly in the end. Yet, this story (for me) is so dull that Maven is the only thing that keeps me interested because I almost WANT him to destroy everything and everyone just for something to actually occur.

Mare is locked away for what feels like more than half of this book and it’s SO DULL. Let me repeat: IT’S SO FLIPPING DULL. There’s no great thoughts that come to her in this room (just self loathing and pity for herself), nothing major happens, and months, yes months, go by in this story before she finally escapes from this room that holds no story line. By the time the action began (as appears normal in Aveyard’s books) in the last quarter of the book I was so bored I didn’t even care what that action was in any shape, way, or form. I remember sitting in my car waiting to turn, listening to what I assume was the highlight of the action in the book, and thinking “Wow. I truly do not care about this at all.”

Lastly, the ending with Cal and Mare was so anti-climatic and pointless I wished for a brief moment I had a physical copy of the book so I could actually throw it across the room upon completion just to express to the universe how mad I was at everything.

I’d give more time to this review but honestly, I’m ready to put these characters and story behind me and I have no desire to even finish the last book at this point. I know I’m more of a minority in this series, but at the end of the day (and months of thinking about it) I cannot find any other reasons to enjoy it as so many others have.


  • Have you read this series or book? Did you like them?
  • If so, why?????
  • If not, why?????
  • I don’t care to read War Storm, so if you have, tell me how it ends!

5 Comments on “King’s Cage Review

  1. Ha! I love your review. It lets me know I’m not alone. I haven’t read this one but I’ve read others like it where people go on and on about the titles wonderfulness and I’m all like, did I get the right edition? Am I missing something?

    Your review was great… most importantly it was honest.

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    • Yes! I’m all about trying out hyped books and even products but when they don’t fit you like they seem to fit everyone else I wonder if I read the right series or maybe accidentally skipped over a huge plot hole that is preventing me from enjoying it! What have you recently read that you felt the same about?


      • Just read… shall I say tried to read, Sing Unburied Sing. Well, it did not work out so well for me. I tried, I really, really tried but I just couldn’t do it. So many amazing reviews out there but I just couldn’t get into it. The same thing happened to me with When We Were Yours. That I finished… kind of. There was a lot of skipping of the pages with that book and in the end I was like meeh.

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  2. I LOVED book 1 so much. But I hated book 2 to the extent that I couldn’t wait for it be over and vowed to be done with the series. With all the hype around the latest book, I considered trying Kings Cage anyway. But no, your problems with it sound exactly like what I expect mine to be. So I’m going to take your word for it. Thanks for taking one for the team so I don’t have to feel guilty about DNFing this series.

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    • Sammmmme. I struggled with book 2 but thought “book 1 was salvageable..sort of” and I wanted to like this series SO bad. Maybe it’s a cover-love because they are so pretty and the idea was so great.. but it was executed so poorly for me. Even after finishing this at first I wanted to try War Storm but after thinking on it a few weeks I’m over it and don’t care anymore. Thanks for sharing your opinions! I’m so relieved I wasn’t totally alone in my opinions here.

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