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- Listening Length: 22 hours and 24 minutes
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- Publisher: Orion
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 May 2018
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B077TZVXX7
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War Storm: Red Queen, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Spoilers - only read this bit if you have read or don't care:
She thinks Cal resents her for killing Maven? Was he unclear when she explicitly went off to kill him? When she nearly died killing him? Also why wasn't he offed by Tyton ten seconds after they arrived. Nonsense. They also have secret submarines? The conflict isn't resolved and Cal & Mare's romance isn't resolved properly - so how is this the final book. Perhaps less time on the excessive acknowledgements to various politicians might have freed up some time. I also 4 books in still don't get how powers are passed on etc.
This series seems to be a bit like marmite - people either love it or hate it. I’m firmly in the love it camp!
Now these books aren’t perfect but I love all the intrigue, court drama, plotting, revenge and back-stabbing that goes on. Throw into the mix a fabulous villain, a love story and some epic battles and you’re on to a winner with me.
War Storm carries on from where Kings Cage left off with our main protagonist, Mare, separated from Cal after he chose the crown instead of her. Mare is working closely with the Scarlet Guard and Montfort to ensure equality for reds and newbloods in a world where silvers still rule.
This was a satisfying conclusion to the series as a whole although it wasn’t quite the ending I was hoping for. It felt right that after so much had happened not everything was perfect for everyone. Also it might just be wishful thinking but the ending did leave it open just in case Victoria decided to revisit this series again in the future 😉
The book did have some flaws. For example some of the chapters moved slower than others. In particular the chapters from Iris and Evangeline’s POV. Mostly I’ve liked Evangeline as a character as she’s a bit of a bad ass but in this one she was a little too whiney and love sick for my liking. I did like the fact that she eventually stood up to her family and chose her own happiness over doing what her parents wanted.
Maven. Oh my lovely Maven. I know he’s the villain but he’s just so freaking great. I love his character and how awful he is. My main criticism of this book is that there isn’t enough Maven in it. I would have liked for there to be more chapters from his POV.
Cal. What a terribly flawed hero he is. Although he doesn’t make the right decisions (or any decisions at all sometimes) he does what he thinks is right. What he’s been brought up to think is right. He doesn’t always get it right but his intentions are good.
Mare. She’s such a funny heroine. Throughout the series she hasn’t always been my favourite but her character arc has been a great one. She is much more herself in this book and more sure of herself.
I’ve loved these characters and this world for several years and I’m sad to see it end but I’m happy with this ending.
Well worth my 4 ⭐️
As with the previous books in the series, it would have been much more enjoyable to read if the editor had tightened the writing, preferably removing all the 'oh-so-'s, the 'how many/how/what, I don't know's' etc. Adding in the different points of view chapters only reinforced how annoying the repetition was as you could no longer dismiss it as just Mare's way of speaking.
I can see some others weren't satisfied with the ending but for me, it was a fitting end. I liked that it showed the first hint that self-important, whiny Mare might be maturing a little.
There's a frustratingly cliched and unsophisticated view of romantic love on show here but the series touches deftly on some big issues, gently easing in narratives of power and privilege, race and sexuality and Aveyard should be congratulated on that.
While there's lots of reasons not to like these books, I haven't read anything else so engaging this year!