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Summary

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.

The number one New York Times best-selling Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard comes to a stunning conclusion in this fourth and final book.

©2018 Victoria Aveyard (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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not as good as first 3 books

struggled to listen to end. lots of repeated information . disappointed poor ending a shame

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Such a disappointing end to the series

I was absolutely addicted to the first couple of books, thought the third was a bit slow but had high hopes for the grand finale. However, it just dragged on forever and eventually ended in a really disappointing way.

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Disappointing end to a good series

Weakest of the series. I started cringing every time someone said something with a smirk!

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Ok read, but a bit forced.

I’m afraid I didn't find this as good as the others - it seemed a bit too feminist-plugging for my taste all the way through, which made a lot of the characters and their reactions seem a bit too forced for my liking. I really love Evangeline’s POV and think she’s such a refreshing character, but apart from her story which felt very organic, I found most of the plot a bit too much like the author was trying too hard to throw in a lot of important social issues in such a way that made it feel as though they weren’t developing naturally but constantly being forced to the forefront for effect, which is a shame as the book deals with a lot of really good relevant issues.

So all in all, a decent story, but with a very staged and forced feel to it. Especially the end. It’s a real shame that authors often seem to feel like a satisfying ending would be too ‘mainstream’ and therefore try too hard to leave things hanging, and it certainly seems the case here. Again, the ‘trying-too-hard-to-be-an-independant-feminist-heroine’ aspect comes into play and what is obviously intended to be an empowering and independent ending for the main character just feels like the author trying to prove something that doesn’t feel very natural after so much ambiguity and emotional turmoil throughout the series. After reading a series like this, it just leaves you with a pretty ‘what-the-hell-was-that’ sort of reaction.

As for the performance, I really liked Mare, Evangeline and Mavin, but Cal’s was truly awful and his version of Mare was cringeworthy… much prefer a performance from a single actor really as there’s no jarring changes, but it’s not like some where I’ve had to give up and go read the book myself instead, so don’t think this is a deal breaker.

If you liked the first books, definitely give this a go, but be prepared for a bit of a slog!

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Final book

I liked that we got to hear from more characters this time, it rounded our the story more. It was obvious the protagonists are generally teenagers though because they have several spats which got a bit tiresome. Worth a listen to know who the series ends.