Title: King’s Cage
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. (Source)
Closing Thoughts: In a single sentence… better, but not amazing. This book is definitely better than the second. I don’t know why, but I really liked the scenes where Mare was trapped in Maven’s cage. It did, perhaps, go on a little too long. Especially since there wasn’t much she could do while she was trapped. She tried to fix this by giving Cameron’s side of the story, but I found that side boring. I kept trying to speed-read to get back to Mare’s point of view. But I loved the character development between her and Maven. I found this one less boring and more interesting than the second. My hope is that Aveyard ends the series with a bang as this last book comes out this year. I’m still planning on reading it, but I have no idea if it will be worth the wait.