KING’S CAGE BY VICTORIA AVEYARD: The Crown or The Dawn (Review)

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Title: King’s Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Published: 7th of February 2017 by Harper Teen

Reading Status: February 12-April 11, 2017

Rating: 4.5

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the book yet. 


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.

(via Goodreads)


I rise to my feet when he lets me.

The chain jerks me up, pulling on the thorned collar at my throat. Its points dig in, not enough to draw blood – not yet. But I’m already bleeding from the wrists. Slow wounds, worn from days of unconscious captivity in rough, rippling manacles. The color stains my white sleeves dark crimson and bright scarlet, fading from old blood to new in a testament to my ordeal. To show Maven’s court how much I’ve suffered already.


King’s Cage is the third book of Victoria Aveyard’s best-selling Red Queen series and it is one of the most awaited books last February.

I must say, King’s Cage gave me a total shock. I’ve been very excited to read this book because I’ve been rooting for Maven and Mare’s love story since the Red Queen. I was eager to know what were his plans for Mare, for Norta, for Scarlet Guard, and for Cal. I already have a lot of hope before I read this book.  These were: for Maven to redeem himself from being the monster his dead and evil mother had made him to be; to prove to Mare and Cal that he is not really a monster; it will satisfy my fascination about Maven and Mare’s love story; and lastly, Norta will have the taste of peace without division of blood and houses.

I honestly grew tired of Mare’s torture and trauma because she simply doesn’t deserve it! And she seemed quite matured in this book because she can finally control her temper and anger. It was a major transition of her character despite having a broken soul and shattered hopes (thank you, Victoria!). I admire her strong determination and honest perception around her. I also love the part where Cal is still hoping to find a healer for his brother and the part where two men in Mare’s life have found friendship with each other. But for me, Cal, a mere Silver prince who can’t stand firm with his decisions, is still an idiot. (sorry Cal lovers!)

All my hopes went crashing down when I realized that Mare was just confused with her feelings and all she felt for Maven was just pure hatred and disgust. I admit, at some point in the story, I was confused and delighted at the same time because of the additional characters. Because of them, I have finally seen the different point of views aside from Mare. Although I can sense some Shatter Me Series effect from this book (specifically Maven as Warner and Mare as Juliette), Victoria Aveyard exemplifies the main characters strong and good.

Yes indeed, the ending broke my heart. But I’m still hoping for the best in the next book. 🙂


  •  “Even now, when I am painfully his, he won’t let go.”
  • “Funny, I used to think my greatest fear was being left alone. Now I am anything but, and I’ve never been more terrified.”
  • “I’ve been broken too many times to break again.”
  • “You stare so much I wonder if you can read reflections in my eyes.”
  • “Time doesn’t always heal wounds. Once in a while, it makes them worse.”
  • “Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.”
  • “Love makes you weak. And she’s right. I learned that before I even knew you.”
  • “To stand in front of a person who is your whole world and be told you are not enough. You are not the choice. You are a shadow to the person who is your sun.”
  • “If you’re going to play in my head, I’m going to play in yours. It’s what we’re good at.”
  • “Be the best, the strongest, the smartest, the most deadly and the most cunning. The most worthy. And I was everything.”
  • “We’re the same, he and I. We make choices and follow through, even if the choice is wrong.”
  • “She has a reason to stop fighting, more than any of us. But she keeps on.”


victoria_aveyard.jpgVICTORIA AVEYARD was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. You can visit her online at

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Girard of Stephanie Girard Photography


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