I've been MIA for a couple of days, because I just needed to finish King's Cage, process my thoughts and then write my review, simply so I can do the novel justice.
'Allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?'
I recently finished King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the next stunning instalment to her 'Red Queen' series. First of all, I loved 'Red Queen'. I thought it was beautifully written, felt realistic and I liked the characters we were introduced to. The second novel, 'Glass Sword', was good, however it left us on a MASSIVE cliffhanger, that tore out my heart, walked all over it and then tore it out again. Then we had to wait for the third novel. Glass Sword was a game-changer. So for that reason, I can't say Glass Sword was my favourite, in comparison to how much I enjoyed 'Red Queen'.
'King's Cage' gives us so many stunning and sad lines from the books thus far. I feel like the two main characters are really fully developed now and we know their true personalities. Victoria Aveyard weaves the fine line of bittersweet and it is truly a work of art in it's own right.
King's Cage, makes us stop and come to the realisation that this isn't a playground game anymore. It is a fully-fledged situation. Kings and Queens and pawns all involved for the throne of Norta. 'King's Cage' certainly brought the drama.
I stopped analysing Maven, and in a way expecting a 'redemption' of sorts of a change in character, because in 'King's Cage', he just accepts his own fate and whatever that brings. He is fully aware of it now. This in itself was heart-breaking and raw. You do pity him and love him at the same time! He is a victim after all. Furthermore, the secondary characters still felt very much fully developed and fleshed out. Julian, Sara and Farley are just the friends that everyone wants. Likewise, the characters are all so well developed and feel so real, the world-building is also phenomenal. Such as Norta, the prose was stunning.
Ah the ending. The ending will leave you feeling some type of way. As mentioned before I am terrible at predicting BIG things that will happen in novels, and King's Cage was no different. I.had.no.idea. As this review is spoiler free, I won't say what, but just be prepared. We leave King's Cage at a point of no return, the novel(s) now will either carry on in one way or a completely different direction, I don't think it will be the same again however. I'm certain the last book will mean a beloved characters death.
In conclusion, King's Cage is a thrilling blend of romance, politics and action. With a mix of fantasy and dystopia, be prepared to read and be awed. Filled with characters that you'll adore and world's you will want to see, I would highly recommend this series.