Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Review)


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 Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . .

This is a book I have been meaning to read for a long time. I had heard lots of good things about it but for some reason it always got shuffled down my TBR pile in favour of other books.

I am so glad I finally got around to reading it though. I really enjoyed it, and it only took just over a day to read, I just struggled to put it down.

There was a kind of “Game of Thrones” vibe to it with characters that reminded me more than a little of Cersei and Joffrey, there were also hints of “Divergent”, with Mare being similar to Tris, BUT for me this wasn’t a bad thing. It all worked really well. The pacing was good, the world building was really well done (although I am a relative newcomer to fantasy novels). There were plenty of twists and turns, crossing and double-crossing that made it a great page turner, and left me looking forward to the next in the series.

Finished on 9th January 2017


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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard



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