Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Pages: 672
Published: May 15, 2018

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

I was excited to read this so I could see how the story ended. I thought it was pretty good, but also I was slightly disappointed in it. The rest of the 3 books made the story have so much more potential and this one just didn’t finish it the same way. The ending was really the part that got me, but also some parts of the story just weren’t as intriguing as the others.

However, the book wasn’t all bad. I liked the new dynamic between Mare and Evangeline. I thought that was a good add on to the story, because you really see Evangeline grow and how her and Mare end up figuring out how to work together. It was also nice to see Evangeline be who she really was for a change and see her grow as a character. I was a little disappointed in Mare because I felt she really didn’t grow much in this book; in fact she seemed to turn into the typical girl heroine of lots of books who doubts herself and thinks she shouldn’t be doing what she is doing. Cal didn’t really do too much in this book either, he did at the end seems to finally realize that he needed to change, but really it was only because of his mom’s diary and not himself.

I thought the plot of the book was pretty good. It was interesting that not only is it Maven vs. Cal, but also Maven’s wife Iris and her family vs all the other kingdoms. I thought that was a pretty good twist to the story to throw in one waiting for the power to shift. I also like hearing about Montfort and to me it truly sounds like it was modeled after America because you have buffalo and these rolling mountains, which I thought was cool. The writing was well done and it was clear and made sense even when switch back and forth between characters it still ran smoothly.

Overall the series was fun to read and I liked the concept of it, I just wanted more out of the final book.

Book Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Reading Challenges: Popsugar #18, Linz Bookworm #39, 52 Books in 52 Weeks #29, Around The Year in 52 Books #3, Golden Trio #19, Library Love, Dystopia #12, Dancing w/ Fantasy & Sci-Fi #31, AtoZ RC – W, Alphabet Soup Title – W, Alphabet Soup Author – V, Monthly Motif – March, & Bookiary 2019.

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