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King's Cage

(Red Queen #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  153,343 ratings  ·  12,845 reviews
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 a
ebook, 528 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Taylor YES!!! I'M SO HAPPY- I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!! CAL HAS TO SAVE HER!! truuueee lovveee!!! DUDE I NEED THIS BOOK SO BADLY. I literally finished it at 6am t…moreYES!!! I'M SO HAPPY- I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!! CAL HAS TO SAVE HER!! truuueee lovveee!!! DUDE I NEED THIS BOOK SO BADLY. I literally finished it at 6am this morning, and now I find out that I have to wait a whole frick fracking year?? I mean, i expected it, but it hurts a lot more knowing the last freaking words to Glass Sword were "I kneel". I, no joke, started crying and he better save her or i'm gonna show up and take his fire away until he does. She told him she wouldn't go back for ANYONE, and yet, she went back for him. He better save her..(less)
Αναστασία Indeed Cal and Mare are so together <3 I can't wait I shipped them from the first scene
Cal: Thief!
Mare: Obviously! xD…more
Indeed Cal and Mare are so together <3 I can't wait I shipped them from the first scene
Cal: Thief!
Mare: Obviously! xD(less)

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Andreea Pop
4.5 Stars

“Somewhere in the distance, somewhere in my bones, thunder rolls.”

If Red Queen was a game of charade and Glass Sword was a game changer, then King's Cage is a reincarnation of the two, manipulation and war and survival and politics woven into its essence, but on a whole other level. No longer a hide and seek playground, but a chessboard where powerful masterminds control kings and queens and princes and princesses and many, many pawns to fight for the ultimate trophy -- the throne o
Rachel E. Carter
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: br
"You ask how much of it was me," he whispers. "Some. Enough."



***Warning, spoilers abound, do not continue with this review unless you have read the book.****

First of all, I CALLED IT. I KNEW that we'd be getting lots of Maven and seeing the boy behind the villain's mask in this one. And PRAISE THE BOOK GODS, I'm so glad Victoria didn't let me down. She gave us all those moments we hoped for, the explanation, the moments of fragility, the tension, eve
Miranda Reads

A Smarter girl would turn and run
To be fair...the author tried to warn me.

To keep this review from getting as long (and as bloated) as the book, I will focus on the three worst aspects - the prison, the characters and the sexay scenes.

Mare's Prison or should I say, my vacation?

The entire book consists of Mare whining about how difficult life was...It's just...come on. Really? What does she have to whine about?
I've been broken too many times to break again.
Her "prison" includes: A pr
Feb 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Too many fillers. Boring writing style. Disintegrated storyline. Dull characters. Flat villain.

King's Cage is a bipolar book. Everything is swung up and down all the time, especially the characters being unstable and intermittent. I'm beyond disappointment and frustration, even though I didn't expect anything at all before reading, I still feel as if this book is a waste of my time. If you think Glass Sword was terrible, you would be terribly wrong because this book was ten times worse that I c
3.5 Stars... So politic and sh*t this wrench my gut.

What can I say? This series kept more and more like a dystopian fiction, more than being high fantasy. However, I like this one a bit better that Glass Sword due to politic game, more Maven, and because THIS ONE GAVE ME MANY FEELSSS *angry* *giddy* *angry* *giddy* and then *wrathhhhhh*, not made me all bored like GS!


1. CAl & MARE and Politic attitudes.

I love that the characters are not totally black or white. There are what they are becau
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hello Goodreads, I'm back, already suffering from King's Cage withdrawal syndrome and more heartbroken than I care to admit.

King's Cage was the most powerful, deep and contradictory installment of Red Queen so far. The first half nearly drove me to give it three stars, it was unbearably slow and made me question my decision to continue this series many times. I felt like I was drowning in a swamp, trying to move yet stuck in the same place for so long I lost the concept of time. But in the end i
Mia Crysler
Feb 02, 2017 rated it did not like it

Me reading this book:

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After one semi-intelligible novel in Red Queen and one genuine flop in Glass Sword, King’s Cage was going to be 26-year-old Victoria Aveyard’s Hail Mary on the series that was supposed to be the “next big YA thing” but has been a painful lesson in hype versus realistic expectation. Does it succeed in doing so: I so badly wanted to say she turned things around but she didn’t – and that’s putting it nicely.

Here’s the thing that I’m still wondering about with Victoria Avey
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! 😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

Okay.... I just finished and I’m freaking mad!! Had I been reading a physical copy of this book it would have been chucked out the window!!! 😡🤬😫😤☹️ The first half of this book was slow slow slow. I was really bugged that suddenly this story was told from other characters POV. The first two were Mare’s POV. So, I found myself being bored unless it was Mare. 🤨 That aside, it did pick up a little more than half way through. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU’RE WOR
Oct 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
The face of Universal Studios executives every time Aveyard says the movie is in development with them despite it's been five years, the producer has had two box office bombs (one that devalued the stock price of Lionsgate), and they've so obviously passed over the movie rights like dodging a bad box office nuclear bomb:

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Mare, I’d argue, is the central character who let this series down. Not just how insufferable she is but how Aveyard scrambled to reassign the ethnicity of the character hal
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
I’m not leaving this place unless I leave behind his corpse—or mine.


No one can possibly understand how much love and adoration I have for this series. Book one and two were literal obsessions for me. I loved them so deeply that I literally took the time to annoy each and every one of my closest friends who chose to give a shit…even though 4/5 of them didn’t care for this series. I can’t even count all the times throughout a year that I say the name ‘Cal’. I know for a fact that
Ben Alderson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ladies and gents, I'm not even going to put it out nicely.
You guys have been warned. By the end of this book, you'll be spitting out needles and hot lava.
This "breathless third installment" kept up to it's word. Oh, yes, it certainly left me breathless.

Wow, Aveyard, you spin up this wonderful tale about lies, hurt, betrayal, love, affection, and you give me this SHITTY book?!
Where's the suspense, may I ask? Where's the drama
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Wtf was this?" a novel by Tweebs

Out in stores this coming March. Make sure to get yourself a copy because it's slowly climbing up the NYT Best-sellers List and it's not even out yet. Also, this just came in.....Paramount Pictures bought rights to make this novel into a movie.

The dream cast has already been selected and, "wtf is this" will star:

"Mommy, why art thou torture thy self?"

"Drinking Bleach right now"

"The Lord is testing me"

"Disappoint. Disappoint everywhere "

And many more A-Li
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok

Minor Spoilers Ahead!!!!!!!!

So guys this was one of my favourite series but this book just made me so upset. I hate it!!!! I feel to laugh in Mare's face at the end. Bitch. I am so happy that that happened! I think that's one of the only positives. Oh and these are just my taught and opinions ;)

So I finally decided to do a proper review.
I gave this book 2*. I won't lie the first half was enjoyable. The sarcasm was on point and I loved the whole weird feelings and relationship between Mare and Ma

So, there’s a fourth book now?
Wasn’t this a trilogy?

Oh, well, I expected nothing and nothing indeed was what I got. And I don’t want to go full on hate so I’ll be as professional as I can be just because, between Victoria and me, one of us has to be.

This is the third (and not so final) book in the Red Queen trilogy series and it takes place after the events at the end of Glass Sword and we follow Mare during her imprisonment, Cameron’s journey to find her brother and surprise… Evangeline’s own
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

WARNING! This review will contain spoilers. I will first talk about non-spoiler stuff then I'll switch to a spoiler chat. If you have not read King's Cage, then don't continue. Or if you don't have any intention on reading the Red Queen series, then welcome.


To say I was disappointed would be correct.

To say that I was glad I was done reading King's Cage would also be correct.

EpicReads (who I like) overhyped the hell out of this series. It's not the best series ever, but it isn't bad. T
Helen 2.0
New footage from the inside of Mare's head has been recently discovered!

Along with some new images on the current state of Norta!

And this exclusive update from Scarlet Guard command HQ!

Hope you're all having a better day than Mare is! ;)
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I’m Team Maven all the way😉.
Always Pouting
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mare surrenders herself over to Maven to protect the others who were with her when they were caught; after what happened to Shadow she couldn't bare to get anyone else in harms way. Maven is content with putting Mare on display, using her to spread his propaganda in public while keep her chained up in the castle at all other times using Silent Stone to repress her powers. The other Silvers are discontent with Maven and move to usurp his power forcing Maven to make alliances with former enemies, ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?
I read the other books in this series

What I thought

Why oh why did Victoria Aveyard give Cameron a POV? I couldn't stand the little bitch. Also why her? Why didn't Cal get a POV? Speaking of Cal WTF was Cameron's problem with him? All she did was diss him. She actually made me look forward to the Mare parts just to get out of her head. She also made Mare bearable, that's something I thought i'll never say. The ending is the other problem. Lets just say it upset me okay.

May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dystopian
This is by far the best book of the series so far. Mare was far less annoying.

I can’t believe Glass sword was a 1 star read for me while this was 4 stars. Who would have thought? I’m glad I continued reading.

Things I liked
- I love how action-packed this was. Some I saw coming, some I didn’t (view spoiler)

- The first thing I noticed was that this wasn’t in only Mare’s POV and that made me exc
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“You aren’t alone.” The hope in his eyes cuts deeply. “You have your crown.”

Why???? That ending killed me!!!! Now I see it! Now I feel it! Anyone can betray anyone!
I'm still #teamCal even though he broke my heart.

So, I really loved loved loved what happened the middle of the book until the end! It was amazing.. BUT the beginning was so BORINGGGGGG!! Yess, I said it!!

King's Cage was lot o
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"Samos, Calore, Cygnet. The Rift, Norta, the Lakelands. All driven by greed, all ready to break one another for an already broken crown."

Why do authors insist on torturing their readers? I mean, there's the ending to the Crystal Storm and now this. Why shatter my heart into two and make me wait for another year to piece it back together? Why Victoria Aveyard? Why M
Katrin D
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The heartbreak is real. I think I actually stopped breathing while reading the epilogue.

Can I have RQ 4

I will write a normal review once I'm...not depressed after finishing this book. Which, I hope, will not be next year.



28.06.2016: The cover is LOVE!

On second thought, though, it should have been more bloody. That would have been amazing.

22.06.2016: OMG, did the title just appear today??? It's amazing, I'm satisfied!
Ahmed  Ejaz
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-lengths, 2017
☆☆2.5 Stars☆☆
Power seduces all, and it makes us blind.
This book was my most wanted book. I wanted to read this book more than anything. Anything!! When I got my hands on this, I was kind of...repenting. Repenting on what I was wanting.
First of all, this book's beginning was different from Glass Sword's which was kind of very slow. Beginning of this book was looking breath-taking. I thought I would get more than I wanted. But this book couldn't be able to give what I even expected.
3.5 All Will Burn ★'s

“Now I'm in a king's cage. But so is he. My chains are Silent Stone. His is the crown.”

“I thought I knew what heartbreak was. I thought that was what Maven did to me. When he stood and left me kneeling. When he told me everything I ever thought him to be was a lie. But then, I believed I loved him.”

Small spoilers may insue

DAMN, 'King's Cage' gave me so many feels! And that ending for reals broke my heart 😭😭. Damn you Cal, damn youuuuuu!!!!! Damn the crown, damn it all to t
Charlotte May
“Now I’m in a King’s cage. But so is he. My chains are silent stone. His is the crown.”

I’m having a real dilemma with this series. On the one hand, it’s easy to read, there are a lot of great characters and an exciting plot.

On the other hand, Mare is still pretty insufferable. She spent 6 months in Maven’s palace Whitefire, being tortured within an inch of her life and paraded around as a pet the rest of the time. This was a good plot device. However, Mare soon began repeating herself on a re
"Not a god’s chosen, but a god’s cursed."

Rating- 3.75 stars

Content/ Trigger Warnings-Violence, blood, death, confinement, torture, language

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard is book 3 in the Red Queen series.

*Spoiler alert for Red Queen and Glass Sword*

No one is more surprised with this rating than me.

To give you a bit of a background, I didn't like Red Queen so much, but I read on as I heard the series gets better. I then read Glass Sword, which I hated and wrote a huge rant on.

Katerina  Kondrenko
upd 28/06/16 I think the last cover would be deep-blue. Look at this gradient:


upd 18/03/16 Seems like there's gonna be a second POV and I swear to god it has to be Cal's. It makes sense after all. But what if it would be Farley's? Sad(( Look at this quote. What do you think?


upd 22/12/15 See the line under this update? I predicted my ocean of tears long before this day came. And now I'm really crying and begging for the next book.

upd 15/02/15I'm sure that after the second book I will
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