Mare Barrow


by Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood, those with red and silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver Elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can do to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own-an ability she didn’t know she had.

Except her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard-the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lusty vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

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.

Red Queen is a young adult fantasy novel written by American writer Victoria Aveyard. It was her first series and her first novel. It was published in February 2015. Its sequels are Glass SwordKing’s Cage and War Storm. Red Queen won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Goodreads Author and was nominated for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.

This book is also a page turner. For me, it also had gave me the atmosphere in Throne of Glass. But at first it’s kind of boring for our main character. She still doesn’t know that she also has a god like ability running in her blood like all silvers. Then it started to get interesting when Mare found out her powers and I was so shocked. I thought her powers would connect to the Five Elements like other common fantasy stories.  Then after that scene, the story had now made me attached to it. I started to anticipate every events. And good thing is the novel is written in Character’s POV or Mare’s viewpoint.

Overall, this another fantasy that I want to read up to its next series. Also, the reason I read this novel is not just because its recommended to me, because of the Author’s name, Victoria Aveyard. I dont know but when I just saw that name I think the story is good. That time, I just judged a book by the Author’s name.

Rating: 5/5

What others are saying about “Red Queen”:

BongBongBooks’s Review: Living in a cruel world, where Red’s life are not valued, this book has an interesting concept. The book showed how sometimes inner strength with determination is all that it takes achieve your goals. It also made me even more understand the dark side of every human being because of the different desires that we want to achieve and how badly we would like to achieve it. Know whom to trust and when to trust.


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