Review: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

This was such a freaking amazing piece of fantasy that I can barely put into words how much this book blew me away. The set-up was great from the get go, with a fantastic world being built in just a few pages. Whilst the start was slow, it picks up very quickly and we are suddenly thrown into this fantasy with all of the things I love from books of this genre. We have action, plot twists, intrigue, romance and a kick-ass heroine! 

I wouldn't be surprised if Mare remains my favorite heroine of the year. She was tough and strong, but also cracked and weak at times - something that I love in my heroines. She's tough, coming to terms with powers that she shouldn't even have, but she's also out of control, a risk to herself or others. Mare is torn between whether to use these powers for good or to flee from them. 

There's also a love triangle... Wait! Don't run! This is a love triangle with a twist. This is Mare trying to decide which boy is best for her political views and her cause, and it's a dark and dangerous triangle, with seemingly innocent people betraying the people they are supposed to love. AWESOME! Maven had his moments, but I was in love with Cal from the start, so the end was a complete kicker for me. 

This is a book that grips from start to finish, it's a complete kicker - my heart was wrenched, my knuckles were white, my loyalties were tested until I had no idea who to trust. The world building was beautiful and so well done and Aveyard may well be one of the best fantasy writers, to go alongside my personal heroines Maria V. Snyder and Kristin Cashore.

Urgh, just take my word, whatever it's worth, and read this book. I swear!

Book released 12th February 2015 by Orion Books
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. I keep reading all these great reviews for The Red Queen, I can't wait to read it! ^^

  2. I'm so excited to get to this one! I have an ARC just waiting. So glad everyone seems to be loving it:-D

  3. I totally loved this book as well. It was a great fantasy that had a lot of things in it. The world building was incredible with the characters. So glad that you enjoyed it as well.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. I wasn't sure about this book from the synopsis, but you've made it sound really interesting. Onto the wishlist it goes :)


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