If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
This book was a bit different for me than the first book. Of course we have Mare and her crew on the run and on the search for the other “newbloods”. For me it seemed a bit slower than the first but that could have just seemed like it because it is more of war planning and strategy. Also sometimes it seemed like the story is dragging the characters with it, instead of just plot and people gliding through together, if that makes any sense. Mare grew a good bit but still was a mix of ruthless and yet innocent. Often she seemed not different than Cal or even Maven and other times she still seemed like the Mare form the beginning of book one. Mare and Cal have their struggle as Cal is a prisoner to the Red Guard and also an ally, who can and will help. But is he in it for the same reasons. He is pretty much lost as he also can’t go home or he will be killed, by his own people. There was a lot of things going on, but there were still some sweet moments between Mare and Cal. Maven is well….. Maven. We get a bit more insight on him. Overall, you still don’t know who to trust in this book and everything can change with a flip of the page. The ending was again pretty intense and a big cliffhanger that makes you want the next book right now. Overall I liked it but not as much as the first book. I’m not sure what to think of all the players in this series anymore at this point.
I rate it 3 ★
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
“Don’t lie to a liar, and Maven is the grandest liar of all.”
“I’m starting to think you like prisons,” he says, idling knocking his knuckles against the wall. “And that you have the worst taste in men.”