Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.


Series: Red Queen #1
 Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Release Date: 10 February, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Purchase: Barnes & Noble • Amazon
ISBN: 9780062310637

Edition: Hardback
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Written: 6 March, 2015

There are two kinds of people in the world – Reds and Silvers. With your status in life practically picked at birth by the colour of your blood, it’s very difficult to rise to anything if you’re a Red. With Red blood you’re a nobody, someone who isn’t privileged…someone without an ability. If you don’t have skills at doing something useful for the Silvers or a job, your fate is sealed. You’ll be sent to the front lines of the war front, and while there’s a slim chance you might survive, you won’t come home in one piece.

Mare’s life is a little above hellish, full of mandatory ‘entertainment’ on the first Friday of every month. A fight between two Silvers to remind the Reds who’s in charge. As her birthday grows closer, Mare is slowly starting to accept her fate… that is until her long time childhood friend is left without his Master and is on the express to being shipped to the front of the war. In a race to fix the world, Mare attempt to find a solution to save him from being sent to the front. In her hurried attempts, Mare finds herself thrown into an unexpected world of the Silver Court. Started as a servant, her world is thrown off even more when an accident that should lead to her death leads to the discovery of something more…

Mare has a rare ability the silvers have… or rather that one family had before they were all killed. Dragged out of her comfort zone, Mare is transformed into the lost princess, Mareena Titanos. In a dangerous game, she must watch her step so the the Silver elite don’t find out her secret and that she doesn’t fall pawn to one of them. With several twists and turns along the way, the road to freedom is scatted with potholes, and allies can betray worse than your enemies. Aveyard has created a masterfully skilled universe that will leave readers wanting more.

The writing style is easy to read, and left me so engrossed that I just couldn’t put down the book. With the second book coming out next February, I look forward to stepping back into Aveyard’s world to see where Mare ends up going next.


About librarianfatale

Miss Powell works as a Youth Services Librarian in a lovely community in Upstate South Carolina. Miss Powell enjoys reading Historical Fiction, YA novels, and Scottish Romance novels. She also runs another blog called A Bibliotaph’s Reviews and will be a contributor to the blog What Your Librarian Reads. Miss Powell enjoys spending her down time at home with her one cat, Gwen, a good book, and a cup of tea. She hopes one day to visit Scotland and perhaps eventually move there. View all posts by librarianfatale

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