Book Review – War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

war stormVictory 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.

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I finally read war storm, and I have to admit, I found it a little underwhelming. It still has so much of what I like in the first three books, and is well written and enjoyable, but it was just a little lacking.

Let’s start at the ending – it doesn’t tie everything up (which I like), but it also leave far too many unanswered questions. This is definitely coloured by the fact that it is Mare’s story and so it definitely gives her an ending but for everyone else it’s left very open.

That definitely coloured my disappointment, but actually I found the overall story didn’t pick up on the smaller elements that I loved before – Red Queen has the feeling of helplessness and then hope, plus dramatic politics. Kings cage is very much the story of Maven and his mother, and how influenced he is by her, and the impacts of that on everyone else – especially Mare. This just all felt like fallout. Enjoyable fallout, but it didn’t feel like there were any twists left to give.

Also it definitely felt like the war(s) would never end. Which actually explains the ending, and is one of the reasons I liked parts of it, but it means so much of the book is action scenes or yet another fight against the same people.

Maven’s chapters were particularly meh – haunted by the ghost of his mother, he just had no real direction, despite his desire to be king. It doesn’t feel like he knows why he’s doing any of it. Plus SO many questions at the end.

Iris is actually pretty great most of the time, and I especially loved her rescue mission. But her return to the Lakelands didn’t do much for me.

Cal made me warm to him again – finally showing a little spine, and trying to figure out how he wants to lead.

Farley continues to be awesome. We didn’t get the backstory I hoped for, but I loved every bit of her on page.

Evangeline was probably my favourite in this book – her chapters were nuanced and coloured with her love for Elane and her loyalty to her family being at war. And I particularly loved her relationship with Tolly, which surprised me a little.

And Mare. Oh Mare. I like that she stood by her ideals, and I loved her her and Cal played out. But for a main character, she didn’t really inspire much else for me here.

It’s a good ending to the series, but not a great one and I just wanted so much more.

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Buy War Storm from Amazon UK.

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