Red Queen – Book Review

Title – Red Queen
Authors – Victoria Aveyard
My Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ ✨
Genre – High Fantasy


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 . . .

First Thoughts ✨

The start of this novel wasn’t explosive, nor was it inventive. It just felt like ‘been there, done that.’ It starts with a poo girl stealing from people to help her family. Which, if you’re an avid fantasy reader you come across quite often. Saying this, I liked the family dynamic that was created by Aveyard. It felt very real, in the sense of a family – many books feel very superficial in that sense but Red Queen did this really well.

Story 📚

Again, the story felt very Cliche – the girl finds she has powers and moves to court. It tried to do what Shadow and Bone did but failed. I kept thinking Bardugo did it better while reading this. But again, the characters made it new and somewhat fresh. I think Aveyard did really well on the character part of this book but the originality has to be worked on.

Characters 👪

Mare: The main woman of this book felt grounded in this storm of crazy. I thought her reaction to this whirlwind of her new life felt very real. She was strong yet scared which I don’t normally find in novels. The main character was written well and I enjoyed looking at the Red Queen world through her eyes.

Kal: Another real and grounded character. For me this quality in many of the character brought me through this book with enjoyment. Kal, even though we didn’t see him much, was really great. He was silver through and through and didn’t change just because Mare came into his life.

Maven: I felt very ‘meh’ about Maven he was just the third wheel and didn’t really add anything. He felt very annoying and points and I sniffed him out pretty quickly. His jealousy, though was really interesting and added a big component to the story.

Last Thoughts 💭

The latter part of this novel was the explosion after the initial spark. It was a whirlwind of events. It made me want to continue the story and I think Victoria did a really good job with the huge plot twist. I’m currently reading Glass Sword and it’s really interesting!

Find it on: Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Book Depository and Goodreads.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed! – Nick.

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