5 out of 5 stars
Whereas in the past two books the focus was solely on Mare, I feel like the limelight falls on Maven in this one. We don’t get any chapters from his POV, but we do get more insight into his history. And I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty heartbreaking. In Glass Sword, I’d pretty much written Maven and redemption off, but after this…well, I have a little bit of hope. I don’t think he can have a happy ending, but I think he may come to regret his decisions.
Then again, I may just be being stupidly optimistic.
Over half of King’s Cage is written with Mare being Maven’s prisoner. Of course, Maven uses her presence and twists it, as per his style, into a lie that suits him. I do feel that he let his guard down with Mare as time went on, and we get the snippets from his past, which all just make you hate Elara even more (seriously what a freaking bitch). We also see Elara’s family more, who are just as horrendous as she was.
While my heart ached for Mare, I did love getting to learn more about Maven and his obsession with her. Victoria Aveyard does a fantastic job with writing Maven. One minute I wanted to smash his face in, and then the next I wanted to cuddle him. That’s when you know a character is well written.
Mare also realises the error of her ways, and is a lot more likeable in this one than in Glass Sword. I only wish that she had realised in a time where she wasn’t being kept prisoner, when she wasn’t being tortured by other horrible people, never mind torturing herself.
We don’t really see a great deal of Cal in the first half of the book, but oh my, he makes up for it towards the end (just not the epilogue. The epilogue didn’t happen). The hope he still has for his little brother is heartbreaking.
While Farley is just as badass and Cameron is just as confused (I can’t really think of another way to describe her, but I do like her), a character that did surprise me was Evangeline. I didn’t necessarily like her but…pitied her? She’s still cunning and ruthless, but we see a different side to her. She isn’t the unfeeling monster that we initially saw, and she cares about her select few fiercely. I don’t much care for her parents, though. They’re, in a word, bastards.
Ah, I’m so pleased I requested this book on NetGalley. It gave me the push I needed to start this series, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. And now we wait…
*Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this*