I usually do not like books that have Queens and Kingdoms as their main character description, something about the fairytale world makes me cringe. However, I heard a lot about this book and decided to check this out. To my surprise, I was instantly drawn to this world and the magic system. A lovely take on loyalty, betrayal, and trust.
A world divided by blood – red and silver. Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, finds herself working in the Silver Palace.Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart
Things I liked:
- Flawed Characters
I honestly have a love/ hate relationship with all the characters in this book. Especially Mare, Even though she is flawed and trying to make sense of her situation which makes her way more realistic, unlike other heroic characters I have read. She was also at times illogical and frustrating with all her actions throughout the book. The villains in this book are so deceiving and it literally blows your mind off after a certain point in this book. Even the Side characters like Julian, Lucas, and Farley grabbed my attention and I instantly started feeling attached and rooted for their safety.
- The Writing Style
The Author made a really good job of writing the action scenes, which were so graphic and well constructed. The story was fast paced and kept me captivated until the end. Especially the twist, that made me throw my phone across the room. I was literally hurt and had to stop reading for a while.
- The Moral of the Story.
This book could be a pretty good example of why to not trust people so soon that seem extra nice to you. Maven is the reason I have trust issues. It literally blew my mind to see him betray Mare.
Things I didn’t like:
- The World although amazing, was kind of underdeveloped for me. I wish I knew about the backstory of how this world came to be, or why are people fighting and stuff like that. It’s probably going to be mentioned in the other books to follow in the series, but I guess I was really frustrated with keeping up with all the unanswered questions in my head.
I would recommend it to someone that loves stories about Dystopian Worlds and Betrayal.
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
“I see a world on the edge of a blade. Without balance, it will fall.”
“I can’t believe I didn’t see him for what he was from the beginning: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And now I’m the sheep pretending to be a wolf.”