This is a world divided by blood - Red or Silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
But Mare possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of her potential, the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must user her new position to bring down the regime - from the inside.
Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.
This is Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ...
I'm left with questions. So many questions.
I have just read the Red Queen trilogy (Red Queen, Glass Sword and King's Cage) by Victoria Aveyard and am left feeling empty. That can't be it. In my pursuit of books that take me away to a different world/time/place the ending has left me lost and so very full of unanswered questions.
Is it a Trilogy or will there be a book 4?
Mare is a flawed hero. She makes mistakes, has regrets and doesn't seem to think things through. But I like her and I like the thought of what she might become.
Book 1 - Red Queen - introduces us to this world of Red and Silver people where Silver's have everything, wealth, power, and abilities and Reds are the commoners/slaves/ worker bees. Mare is a young Red girl who steals to get by for herself and her family. Living in the Stilts she spends her days getting up to no good with her friend Kilhorn.
Until by chance or fate she meets Cal. That meeting changes Mare's life forever as we witness Mare's future unfold. Mare discovers her Red blood is different to others. Not quite Silver but definitely not powerless. Now entwined with the Royal Silver family hiding her secret from the rest of the world, Mare is torn between the 2 princes, a long way from her past Red life. On the brink of rebellion, trapped and powerless you have to find out what happens next.
Book 2 - Glass Sword - This is where Mare comes in to her own. She is starting to see clearly and to understand her powers. The Red Dawn rebels are on the run and know they have to beat Maven to the newbloods - people like Mare, Red with abilities.
We are introduced to more of the characters and start to understand how real this war is going to get. Mare is back with her family but not for long. Recruitment of newbloods is the goal and perhaps with all these abilities on the Rebels side, they may just stand a change against the King.
When Mare meets Jon her future is cast and you know what is coming. He unsettles me and I don't think we have seen the end of him but we will have to wait and see.
At the end of this book, Mare has surrendered to save her family and friends but we have no idea what is going to happen next and even if the King will keep his word.
Book 3 - King's Cage - Unfortunately this is my least favourite of the 3 books. Perhaps it is the torture, the cruelty or the lack of Rebel action to save Mare but I feel a bit short changed. As an avid reader I know that you have to wait for things to unfold but with Mare being captured, it just left a bitter taste in my mouth that never left.
This book is about Mare's final escape and the uprising of the Reds. Her abilities are sharpening and Cal has finally chosen a side (or has he??) The Silver houses are revolting from the King, and you can feel it building to a grand finale but...
I don't want to give too much away here so just want to ask, please tell me that is not it? It can't be. I have zero closure.
When is Cal going to stop being so stupid?
Is there any hope left for Maven?
Why do I have any sympathy for Evangeline? Why she is awful but I feel bad for her
Does Farley's baby have abilities?
These books have taken a good chunk of my time over the last month, I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 and would happily recommend it to anyone who likes this kind of YA fiction. If you like Throne of Glass then give the Red Queen a go. Stick with book 2 and 3 then come back and join my cry for a 4th book :)
Update: I just checked on the Good Reads site and it says there is a 4th book coming. They better not be lying to me!