War Storm by Victoria Aveyard …when something’s amiss

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.

 

Review

3  “what a disappointment stars

Warning: unpopular opinion here! Read at your own risk and know that it could be spoilerish even if I’ll try to avoid it.

War Storm was one of my most awaited release of 2018.

I fell in love with Red Queen, was disappointed with Glass Sword and got some hope with King’s Cage.

Would War Stom be the book to save the series and put Victoria Aveyard on a pedestal?

 

When I got the book I began reading immediately as I knew that I had ARCs coming soon and did not want to wait weeks to finally know what woud happen.

It’s a big book (657 pages).

Usually I can read them in two days or three days max. I read it in five days….

This is the first sign that something was amiss.

 

First of all what is the book about?

Well it’s the fourth book in the Red Queen’s series (you have to read them in order) and it begins right after King’s Cage ended.

As a reminder (don’t read this review if you haven’t read King’s cage yet!):

-Mare had been imprisoned by Maven and used as a puppet for his propaganda;

-She has been freed thanks to the Scarlet Guard and their allies in Montfort;

-She trained with other electricons to become better, stronger;

-Cal joined the rebels and vowed to support their cause;

-Maven stopped the eternal war with the Lakelanders marrying one of their princesses Iris Cygnet. He became pretty poluar among Red Bloods as he stopped the war where they were sent as canon fodder;

-Maven is still obssessed with Mare thanks to his mother, Queen Elara’s mind manipulation.

-The Rebels will help Mare escape, the Lakelander King will be killed and Maven will escape to the Lakelands.

-Victorious Annabel, Cal’s grandmother and King Volos will ask Cal to take the crown and marry Evangeline.

-Cal will accept thinking he’ll make a better king than others and will help the Red Bloods asking Mare to be his consort (or dirty secret if you prefer).

What a coward!!!!!!!

-Mare will then vow to overturn Cal and have a free government in Norta, without a king.

 

You can thank me for this fantastic summary of what happened in King’s Cage.

 

Now on to War Storm.

The Good

1) The Cover!

Just gorgeous and badass.

2) Mare.

She has finished her character’s growth and is much pleasing in this last installment! Less “I am the next best thing” she also learned to let go of some of her guilt at having people diying “for” her.

This is war and you’ll always have casualties. The others choosing to fight in “her” war are adults enough to make their own decisions and know the risks.

3) Evangeline.

She has her character’s growth in War Storm and is nearly loveable.

After all she was the product of her upbringing. She does not fit in the mold of the flawless silver heiress because she loves girls (shocking!). She has always tried to make daddy proud of her but traveling to Montfort and seing people free to marry the same gender she’ll begin to doubt…

4) We also learn the true reason behind the endless war between Norta and Lakelands.

“Our war with the Lakelands served a purpose. Reds outnumber us. Reds can overthrow us. But not if they die in greater numbers than we do.”

 

The Bad

1) Cal.

Sorry but he was just a coward. Yes he fought battles alongside his soldiers. Yes he wanted to make daddy proud too. Yes he would have made a better king for the red bloods than another BUT he PROMISED Mare! And he turned her down. He did not dare going on another path less conventional. I am a big romantic and I WANTED Cal to choose Mare! Not ask her to be his piece on the side!

“Stop moping Calore.” “You forged this crown yourself -now wear it. Or don’t.”

 

2)Maven

In a maybe sick way I got to love Maven in the other books. He was twisted but as a product of a mad queen. He had an intensity. He was obssessive. He was scheming and winning. He had a presence. He had charisma.

In Warstorm it’s like the flame is extinguished. He was a pale copy of his former self. A mockery.

“In spite of my better instincts, I feel the smallest pang of pity for Maven Calore. He is not of his own making. Not entirely. Someone else perfectly cut him apart and poorly put him back together.”

Yes he was still obssessed and scheming but it was written in such a way that he seemed like a five years old toddler being a brat. He was so much more than a monstrous and foolish boy king painted in this story!

Where was my ideal “in shades of grey” villain?

His stardom disappeared for his wife Iris Cygnet.

3)Iris

For as much as she is a main protagonist of this story her chapters felt like fillers. Yet they are justified in the plot but I did not care for her POV. I just wanted to skim them just to go to the end and know what would happen.

4) Many battles and yet I did not feel invested

The “best” battle scene, the one that caught my whole attention happened in Montfort in the beginning of the story. After this long scene the others did not truly interest me. I don’t know why really as I think the author did nothing wrong there…maybe I was too impatient to know the ending?

5) The ending.

I won’t give you any spoiler here just know that I was “All ado about nothing”! Please Mrs Aveyard tell me you made a mistake?

Stopping here as you can see that no,  this fourth book won’t put Victoria Aveyard on my authors pantheon.

Know that this is only my personal and biased opinion  and that this book gets or will get probably many incredible reviews!

Have you read the series?

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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14 Replies to “War Storm by Victoria Aveyard …when something’s amiss”

  1. I think I am glad I stopped after book 1!
    Anyway, great review Sophie!

  2. I have to admit that I gave up on this series after the disappointment of Glass Sword. I had heard some good things about the third book but after seeing that this book is another disappointment, I think I’ll stick with my decision not to continue. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book though. They were very helpful 🙂

  3. I hate it when my anticipation for an awesome ending is crushed! Sorry you were so disappointed ☹️. It seems to be a love/hate type of series. I couldn’t continue after the first book. I had high hopes…

  4. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it. I still haven’t read anything by her yet.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well it happens Adrienne, unfortunately …

  5. I’m sorry this turns out to be a huge disappoint for you! I loved the first book in this series but I haven’t read the rest of the series yet. Now I’m not sure if I should get back to it because I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about it.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Raven it all depends if you can live without knowing the ending 😉

  6. Oh no! I’m so sorry this wasn’t what you expected it! It’s way too big of a book to be this much a disappointment!
    I was going to read it, but I saw the size and said no thank you. I was to disappointed in King’s Cage to commit to it too much.
    Plus I heard that she didn’t give me what I wanted with Maven. I wanted her to have him be more than just a villian.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Kayla it was one of my problems as Maven was mocked in this sequel…

  7. Oh, that sucks! I hate anticipating a book so much and then being let down by it! I haven’t read this series yet, but it seems it’s one of those love or hate series. Kinda like Twilight… Which I loathe.

    I’m about to start one of my most anticipated books- Island of the Mad- but I haven’t had Laurie R King let me down yet, so I think I’ll be in good hands.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Fingers crossed for you Julianna 😉

  8. This!!! I completely agree!! I was so disappointed. Like you it took me forever to read (6 days) and normally I read a book in 8-12 hours. I found myself wishing I didn’t have to read anymore. I hated the ending and was hoping for much much more. Also, did it feel like it was one “battle” right after another with no purpose?

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Anna have you posted a review yet? i didn’t see it on the blog nor on GR. I would love reading it!

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