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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen Series #4
Goodreads Synopsis: War Storm 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.
I was devastated at the end of King’s Cage. I felt betrayed by Cal just like Mare did. Luckily Aveyard leaves off literally hours after Cal’s betrayal so there is no time jump between stories which I appreciated a lot of.
For Farley, for my family. And still, always, for him.
Speaking of stories, this one is in the perspective of Mare, Mahan, Cal, Iris and Evangeline. I love that Aveyard does this, it really makes the story more impactful for me. Not only is there this character development, but you get a glimpse into each of these characters perspectives instead of only one character thinking they understand the other.
“But we all still have the ability to choose, in the end.”
Oh did I mention character development? There’s a lot of that, and each character in this story has some part to play, I can honestly say that this is the first YA fantasy story where I didn’t find any of the characters annoying (okay, Mare at one point but really not enough to point out). These kids are trying to figure out who they are, what’s important to them and fight a war, it’s a lot to take in and they are acting more like adults than the adults.
Speaking of war, Aveyard finds this perfect blend to connect the two wars we’ve been reading about in this conclusion. Props to her for doing so.
But here’s the thing. I need more, the ending left me unsatisfied. I didn’t get the closure that I wanted which really stinks. I needed just one more chapter. However there is a rumor of novellas in the future that I hope is true.
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars