War Storm by Victoria Aveyard is the fourth and final book in the Red Queen series.
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If you haven’t read the previous books, you may want to skip this review. I promise not to reveal any spoilers for this book, but it definitely includes spoilers for previous books.
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 destroy the kingdom of North 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 destroy 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 destroying 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.
I was really excited when I realized that there were multiple POVs in this book. There were some characters in the series that I consistently wondered about what they were thinking, and this book really gave plenty of insight into that! It also gave more perspective into various sides of the story, and the conflict.
Mare was the first POV, and one that I was fully expecting. She’s still dealing with the aftermath of being Maven’s prisoner, Cal’s betrayal, and being forced to work with Cal as she grieves. Layered over that is the responsibility for the people she cares for and her remaining recruits. War means losing more people, and that’s weighing heavy on her conscience.
Evangeline was the next, and I was surprised to realize how much my feelings had changed about her throughout the series. In the first few books, I really didn’t like her. But once I got a chance to hear her POV, I found that I liked her a lot more than I expected to. While I always saw her as a vicious, nasty girl who only wants to marry a prince, she’s way more multi-faceted than I had thought. She’s subject to the demands of her parents, and fiercely loyal to her brother, but her parents wishes aren’t what she wants anymore.
Iris was another POV, and she is yet another complicated character in a book full of those. She’s smart, tough, and completely dedicated to her family. She sees right through Maven, even though she’s scared of him. More evidence that she’s no dummy.
“I know better than to underestimate him. Especially now, when his obsessions seem to rule. His mind is as splintered as his country. Making him all the more dangerous.”
I was surprised to see Maven as a narrator, although I guess I shouldn’t have been. He’s like the character I loved to hate, but a teeny tiny part of me also felt bad for him. He was clearly losing his tenuous grip on sanity and control throughout the series, and it was never more evident than in King’s Cage and War Storm.
“Anyone can be manipulated against their own interests, if given the right circumstance.”
The last point of view was the most intriguing, because since the last book, I had consistently been asking myself what the hell Cal was thinking. I got to see it in this book, although I still found myself wondering what the hell her was thinking. I can’t help but despise him for his decisions in the last two books.
There was a lot of action in this book, as all of the events that had been simmering in the previous books finally exploded. Every one of the narrators is facing difficult choices, and I couldn’t put the book down. I couldn’t wait to see what they’d choose. The story was unpredictable, ranging through various locations. As always, there were plenty of plot twists that I couldn’t see coming.
Some of the characters did what I expected them to do, while others made choices I had never expected. I was always in a state of surprise and shock. As expected in a book called War Storm, there were plenty of battles all throughout the book. The pacing was great, and I flew through this book. While I was surprised at the ending, I was also relieved to discover that there is a collection of novellas that has follow-ups to some of the character’s stories.
People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn't an upper limit.
Gasp Factor: 15
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars