Synopsis: Victory comes at a price.
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.
My Thoughts: Being the conclusion to such a great series, I was so excited to read War Storm, almost to the point of nervousness. After all this time, I wanted an amazing and epic finale and had high expectations. It felt so good to be back with these characters that I have grown to love and invest in. Just like in the previous books, I loved that Aveyard just jumps right in to the action at the start. There were so many layers and plot lines, that I never had any idea where the story was going to go. This book, while it does have some of the great battle scenes we’ve come to expect, focused a lot on the politics and the inner workings of each kingdom, which I thought was interesting. I loved the involvement and development we got with Montfort- and how the relationships with them affected all the characters individually. We got a ton of different perspectives in this book, more so than the others, and I thought they all worked really well in developing the plot, and never felt overwhelming or confusing. It definitely made it more of an ensemble story than just Mare’s, which I think might have taken away some of it’s “umfph”. Evangeline Samos is without a doubt my favorite character, and she has the best arc in this book, while the rest of the characters stay, more or less, the same. There were several big events spread out throughout the book, and while I loved all of them, I sort of wish we would have had a bigger, stronger build up to the final confrontation. While the last battle was exciting, it sort of felt anticlimactic and unsatisfying for the end of the series. The very ending is left open, which also disappointed me a bit. I like a strong, concrete ending, especially in a finale, and found this one to be a bit underwhelming. Overall, I loved being back in the world of Red Queen and being back with these characters again, seeing where they all ended up. I just wanted a slightly bigger and more explosive finale to what was a wonderful series.