With War Storm by Victoria Aveyard, the Red Queen series comes to an end.
The last novel stays true to the Red Queen series’ strengths. The characters have become more and more nuanced over time. They are crippled by emotional and mental traumas and even after accomplishing their goals, the traumas remain and it’s clear that they’ll be dealing with them beyond the last book.
In fictional worlds as detailed as this one, those elements sometimes feel overlooked, but not here. Victoria strikes the perfect balance between an immersive world and characters with depth.
It took me a long time to understand Mare’s and Cal’s preoccupation with Maven and their inability to let go despite his cruelty, but War Storm brought a lot more clarity to their complex relationships. Sometimes it isn’t easy to let go of someone you love, even when you know deep inside that they’re too far gone to be saved.
Check out my review of King’s Cage (Book 3) here.
The level of description in this series felt overwhelming when I first read Red Queen a couple of years ago. By the time I’d reread the first three books and dived into War Storm, I had an appreciation for how detailed the battle scenes were. From the setting to the armor the characters wear to the effects of the newbloods’ powers as they unleash them–you’ll be hard pressed to put this book down.
“To rise. And rise alone.”
Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her…