The Queen of the Tearling captured me right from the start, as Kelsea leaves her protected life in the woods far away from the capital, she sets out on a dangerous journey. A journey that makes her, and the reader, aware of how little she knows of the status of her kingdom. As it will turn out, not knowing much about what is going will be your mantra for this novel.
In King's Cage, Mare is now a prisoner - the king, Maven Calore, has taken her freedom, and her abilities. He keeps her on a tight leash, parading her around court
Mare Barrow is trying to deal with the betrayal from Maven Calore, dealing with her feelings for Cal and realising she is not the only Red with Silver abilities.
Mare Barrow is a Red, a normal human being, who lives in a society where they (the Reds) are inferior to the Silver Elite.
I am the type of reader that usually reads a book within a few hours if I really like it and can't put it down. So making this one last as long as I possibly could, became a real challenge.