The book blurb reads:
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, 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 ...
|Incredible fan art by Nixitnart|
In the book society is broken down by a class divide between silvers and reds which is based on the colour of blood, those with silver blood have superhero abilities whilst those with red blood are mere mortals. The powers the silvers possess are wide and varied but each silver is born with just one special ability, which will generally run in their family. Silvers live lavishly enjoying wealth and luxury that costs them nothing but the lives of meaningless reds.
Our heroine Mare is a red who smarts at the unfairness of the system that so many reds are afraid to question. But Mare soon discovers that she is not a powerless red as she had been led to believe - Mare is something more. Discovered by the silvers, Mare is brought to live in the palace and is forced to masquerade as a long lost silver.
Engaged to a prince, Mare must play her role and live her life as a charade or risk execution. We don't want to say any more about the plot as the story deserves to be read without too much knowledge but suffice to say this book is up there with the greatest YA fantasy novels we've ever read and we already have the second book in the series Glass Throne pre-ordered.
Fans of YA literature with a strong female protagonist, dark and intriguing love interests (TWO princes anyone!) and a surprising and captivating plot should pick up a copy pronto.
If you have read and enjoyed Red Queen, you should also love Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Vendetta by Catherine Doyle .
|Victoria Aveyard and Elizabeth Banks|
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Red Queen is best suited for ages 14+ and is available for purchase now. It is published by Orion Books and retails for around €6.99.