Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive
“Love can be exploited, I guess, used to manipulate. It’s leverage. But I would never call loving someone else a weakness. I think living without love at all, any kind of love, is weakness. And the worst kind of darkness.”
“It is cruel to give hope where none should be.”
“Strange that she is both the anchor against the storm and the storm itself.”
“Ignorance is a burden I do not intend to carry.”
I went to a bookstore (which I normally don’t do because I always want to buy more books than I can afford) and I saw this book on the shelf. I didn’t even know it was out yet (what a bad fan I am). So, I immediately picked it up and knew I had to buy it; even though It was hardcover and therefore more expensive.
This is the final installment in Aveyard’s Red Queen series. The story, as always, follows Mare Barrow as she is still fighting to bring equality to her people in the middle of a war. What I really liked about this book was that there are multiple point of views offered throughout the story. Each chapter switches character point of views. This gives readers not only a look at what is happening in different parts of the world but also insight to how other characters think and interact. I always love seeing into other characters minds and seeing who we, as readers, would consider the main character and how the other characters view that main character; in this case, Mare.
The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was the ending. I can’t spoil it for you all just know that I am a super romantic and, while the ending wasn’t bad, I sat there thinking “this is some load of crap.” I could rant about it for another 10 minutes but like I said no spoilers so you will just have to read it and decide for yourself.
Overall, I really really did enjoy this book. I am thankful that Aveyard slowed the pace but managed to squeeze in so many details and tie off all loose ends. Sometimes last books in series seem like the author had too much content to squeeze into the book and, therefore, certain scenes feel rushed. At the start of this series, I thought Aveyard’s writing style was somewhat confusing but this final book proved to be the perfect ending for the series (except for the literal ending of the book, you’ll see). If you’ve read the rest of the Red Queen series, you have to read this book. If you haven’t read the series at all, you should get on it! Until next time, happy reading!