In the worlds of Cruel Crowns’ synopsis, Victoria Aveyard’s “Red queen” series transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer. And the "War Storm" is no different.
“War Storm”, the final instalment in the Red Queen series, did, quite literally, go through war with me – From having alcohol spilled on it during a nightmarish trip for work, to travelling to and from several different places over the last two weeks – It was worth every moment (except maybe that alcohol situation, the poor baby still has some unfortunate water stains on some of the pages).
I finished this beauty over the weekend, and I’m not quite sure how to feel… From starting off immediately after the damned plot twist in King’s Cage, to jumping time several times… But all in all, definitely not a tragic read and far from a terrible conclusion to an amazing series.
I must admit, when I started Red Queen, I was terribly bored. I did not like the series. At all. But I had already bought the first two novels, and not wanting to waste my money, I continued on to Glass Sword.
And boy, am I glad that I did.
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another 500+ pages on everyone’s lightning girl – She is, much like Sarah J. Maas’ Aelin, the role model every girl, and woman, can look up – Who better to show us what it’s like to rise from the ashes like a phoenix and prove every tyrant wrong? Heck, why not do it in the midst of a rebellion too?
War Storm had me in laughter, and I smirked more than what I recall – Mare and Cal’s tension, post King’s Cage, plus the banter and familiar love (Even between Mare and Evangeline, who would’ve guessed?)
My only issue, really, was the time jumps – A chapter would end off, and next you’d find out that there had been a two week jump. I mean, what? That didn’t quite work for me, and made me feel like the story was rushed in some places, as if author Victoria Aveyard didn’t quite know what to do to make the time go faster… Much like Mare’s nausea when travelling with a newblood teleporter, I suspect this is what it felt like.
Now, Maven. He got the end we know he would. Although, much like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals’ Klaus Mikaelson, he is the villain everyone loves to hate. Unlike Klaus though, Maven didn’t get the opportunity to redeem himself – Did he have the capacity to, after Elara’s meddling? Did he even deserve it? I don’t know.
I do know that I would have liked to explore this Maven/Thomas relationship a bit more – Or is there a novella that I’m not aware of?
All in all, War Storm deserves a full 4.5 out of 5 stars (-0.5 stars only for the time jump concerns).
Thank you, Victoria, for giving us a stunning conclusion to an epic series – and thank you for catching me by surprise with the epilogue. That one did not go as expected, but as deserved, I suspect.
Until we meet again, little lightning girl, rise red with the dawn.
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 new bloods 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. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.