Thank you, Victoria Aveyard // Red Queen Series Highlights

I have been wondering of how to fittingly mark the ending of Aveyard’s Red Queen series, and to be honest, even when I began typing away my thoughts, I had no real idea of where it was going to go, but it seems like it will be as simple as a thank you to the author for creating a special series of books, while also imploring others to pick the books up and read them! (I apologise for the overly long and heavily commared (is that a word?!) opening sentence, it gets better, hopefully!).

πŸ”₯⚑ The RED QUEEN Series Highlights // Why you should read the series! ⚑πŸ”₯

5 Reasons Why Red Queen Series is Amazing:

β˜… VictoriaΒ Aveyard is a master of world-building.Β Β 
β˜…
The action scenes are some of the best I have ever read.Β 
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A diverse and LGBT set of characters.
β˜… A love triangle that actually works well.
β˜… EXCELLENTLY written.

(Maven Calore. Credit: Kieu Dao @ Mykieu02)

A Selection of my Favourite Quotes

RED QUEEN QUOTES

β˜…Β β€œThe truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

GLASS SWORD QUOTES

β˜…Β β€œWe can’t choose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could.”
β˜†To rise. And rise alone.
β˜…Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.

KING’S CAGE QUOTES

β˜…Not a god’s chosen, but a god’s cursed.
β˜†Β β€œTo stand in front of a person who is your whole world and be told you are not enough. You are not the choice.Β You are a shadow to the person who is your sun.”
β˜…Β β€œThose who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.”

WAR STORM QUOTES

β˜…Β I sigh, shaking my head at his blindness. β€œThe last person who loves you isn’t standing in this room. He’s out there. And you burned that bridge to ashes.”
β˜†She is so stubbornly alive, still burning like a candle fighting against rain.
β˜…Β I can’t still be in love with a king, when everything I’m doing is to destroy his throne. Destroy all notions of kings and queens and the kingdoms at the mercy of their will. But the love just won’t go away, and neither will the need.

(Mare Barrow. Credit: Loweana @Loowwww)

RED QUEEN BOOK TRAILER
Check the trailer out, as well as reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, or even mine!

Victoria Aveyard is lovely!
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She is also very active on Twitter, she actually liked my tweet promoting my War Storm review!!Β Her Twitter handle is @VictoriaAveyard.

 


* * * * * * * * * * MAJOR WAR STORM SPOILERS AHEAD * * * * * * * * * *


My thoughts on the endings for the three main characters…

Maven

His ending will undoubtedly divide fans’ opinions, but for me it was the ending that fitted his character. Obviously there are readers out there that wanted to see a private confrontation between Maven and Cal (me included), but it wasn’t crucial to me. However, judging by some reviews and Twitter reactions, some people did not like the way that Maven’s character was treated at the end of War Storm. Given that many people ‘shipped’ Maven-Mare, they wanted an ending for him that lived up to their love for him. Aveyard’s ending for him seen Maven and Mare come full circle in some regards- they find themselves in the Nortan capital, Archeon, where Mare confronts Maven at Whitefire Palace. When they first meet, it is in the palace, and there are many subsequent events that are meaningful for them both, so by having them come face to face in a climax, it is fitting that Aveyard has chosen a place that means much to them both.

Mare (and Cal)

Since the opening chapters of Red Queen, Mare has demonstrated that she is a stubborn and independent character, so her ending (and Cal’s) came as no surprise to me, and I am thankful that Aveyard didn’t go down the standard route of coupling everyone up like many others have been- looking at you Katniss and Peeta! Despite leading a rebellion and revolution, which comes with immense responsibility and pressure, everyone has to realise that she is EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD. There is no rush for her to get into a relationship with Cal (which will of course last a lifetime, as is the norm with every fictional bookish relationship), so this perfectly fitting ending was the ideal way to showcase how Mare has matured over 4 books. For so long, Cal has only had eyes for the throne (with a side-eye on Mare), and the end of King’s Cage proved that, and after spending the most part of War Storm intent on reclaiming his rightful entitlement, his belated decision to relinquish his desire to take the Nortan throne, makes it easier for Mare to effectively say “not right now”, for when Cal decides he wants them to be together now that they are on the same side. Mare makes the right choice for herself, in keeping with who she has grown into throughout the series, but the series is left with hope for a Mare-Cal relationship, which we may get to see in a future short story.Β This separation is meant to heal the fractures that exist within their turbulent relationship.


Thank you, Victoria Aveyard,

The Red Queen series has been one of immense enjoyment. The storylines have been told wonderfully well, and my attention has never wavered throughout the thousands of pages that have spanned the series.

Mare Barrow has been a protagonist that I have got behind, and it has been great to see how she has grown throughout the series, overcoming her various battles, battling her various demons, and falling and struggling with love. Too often I have read a book or series where the romance has been badly constructed, but the way you have created the love triangle was something that I enjoyed- something that rarely happens! My initial shipping of #TeamMaven were quickly overtaken by #TeamCal, and the fact that there were still many fans in both camps is a credit to the way you have written all 3 characters involved.

I’ve already mentioned my appreciation of the well thought out ending for Mare, but it leads on well to my next point of the excellent character development that has occurred in the series. She has become someone who is mature enough to see what she truly believes in, and her every choice is aimed towards that. She is passionate for the Scarlet Guard cause of Red-Silver-Newblood equality, and for the safety of her family. When given tempting choices, she always remains true to herself and her cause- an admirable quality, and one that a true hero must possess.

The story-telling and world-building is EXTRAORDINARY! I think I need a full blown map of the continent containing Norta, Lakelands and Montfort. There aren’t words that can do justice to the way the world is created, the descriptions of buildings, palaces, houses, aircraft, ships, etc, is second to none. I could visualise the landscape so well.
The story-telling? I’ve read the whole series and I’m now doing a thank you post, so it is clear that I loved the story-telling abilities that you possess. I don’t often re-read books, unless it is Harry Potter at Christmastime, but I can definitely see myself coming back to the series again, to experience the enthralling action!

I have already convinced one friend to pick up the series since I finished War Storm, and I will continue to fly the flag of the Red Queen series. I hope that I can visit you on your UK Book Tour, or any other tours you have for future books.

Rise, Red as the Dawn!

Richard | The Humpo Show


Next blog post will be a review of Solo: A Star Wars Story, on Thursday 7th June

10 thoughts on “Thank you, Victoria Aveyard // Red Queen Series Highlights

  1. Great post! You said it so well! πŸ‘
    I definitely agree with you. I admit I still had hopes for Maven after Red Queen but Glass Sword shattered everything. I wanted Victoria to redeem Maven’s character but she chose a different path and so his ending in War Storm made sense. I’m still sad for him though but Team Cal all the waaaay! Haha. Although I have a love-hate relationship with the characters, even Cal (I hate his decisions sometimes), what continues to amaze me is how invested a lot of readers are. It’s rare for me to get so invested in the characters and the story that I care so much about whether they live or die. I’ve read a lot of books where my fave characters die but I won’t be able to bear it if it happened in this series. πŸ˜‚

    • Thank you so much Marie!
      I had a lot of thoughts after reading War Storm and I thought a blog post would be the best way to get them out haha πŸ˜€
      Even though I know the book has topped the bestseller lists in USA, I was still shocked to see how many Goodreads ratings it has (365k) as it seems like a series that I’ve read and not many of the bloggers I follow have yet.
      The pendulum was swinging in the love-hate for some characters throughout the series haha, it’s what makes the series so unpredictable! Thanks for the tweet as well- following you now. πŸ™‚

  2. Great review! I agree with what you said about Mare but I will say Cal gave up A LOT at the end, so for her to just hurt him again is what seemed unnecessary. That is my opinion of course but I wanted maybe a flash forward to show what happens. Though I suppose the earring at the end is a hint that it will all be okay.

  3. Agree with you on the Mare-Cal ending! But that doesn’t mean I’m not hoping for a short story that involves them both. πŸ˜‚ I definitely wanted a confrontation between Mare and Evangeline, though. BTW, are you aware of the whole ~Maven’s still alive~ controversy? 😡

  4. Look at you, being a lil fanboy πŸ˜† ❀
    You pulled it together well to say you didn't know what you were doing! Must've been in you all along. Which is hardly surprising considering the amount of Red Queen spam you've been churning out πŸ˜‰

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