I’ve mentioned many times that I’m not typically a big fan of fantasy novels, but I try to read some here and there, so I added Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard to my TBR when researching bestsellers from the last few years. I’m very glad I did.
From the publisher:
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
I thought Red Queen was great. In addition to learning that it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller, the premise drew me in.
There was constant tension within the palace walls, with Mare (and the reader) uncertain who could be trusted. I found myself consistently guessing wrong on what would happen next.
I loved how Aveyard plays with common tropes and expectations and then moves the story in a different, surprising direction. Whether or not you enjoy fantasy novels, I’d suggest adding Red Queen to your TBR.