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Here is the leader of the Scarlet Guard, Mare Barrow… A murderer, a terrorist, a great enemy to our kingdom. And now she kneels before us, bare to her blood.
Teeming with twisty political intrigue, Victoria Aveyard’s third installment in the Red Queen series takes us deep into Whitefire palace, where Mare Barrow’s days are spent caged under the weight of Silent Stone, at the mercy of the boy she once thought a friend.
Paraded like the King’s pet, the lightning girl loses her spark, dimming under Maven’s special brand of torment. Mare has never been so isolated, so forgotten, left alone to relive the things she’s done and the ones she’s lost. As days turn into weeks, months, Maven’s manipulation takes shape, making it clear he intends to defeat the Scarlet Guard and remain firmly seated on his throne.
Meanwhile, the Scarlet Guard prepares, plans, trains for war. Cal wants nothing more than to have Mare back — a bleak hope given the ever-mounting challenges.
King’s Cage centers largely on the political machinations of those in power, and those greedy for it. Dissent stirs among Silvers, as well as Reds, as more blood is spilled and surprising deals are struck.
The narrative unwinds through some new points-of-view — that of a powerful but reluctant New Blood as well as one whose motivations are finally revealed, sharpened to expose a side of which we never knew.
Character motivations and complexities shine front and center as Aveyard explores how some rise and rage when challenged, and who, amid ash and blood, will step forward as leader for the rebellion.
The political landscape of the kingdom of Norta will look nothing like we expected by the story’s end. King’s Cage is exciting, introspective in some ways, and full of page-turning scheming and scandal. Never a dull moment as we brace for more heartache, bloodshed and battles in the fourth and sure-to-be-clamored-for installment.
About King’s Cage
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.
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