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This is the third book in the Red Queen Quartet. Mare has been imprisoned by Maven. She must find a way to survive life at court without the use of her powers. War is on the brink, sides are being drawn and the tension is rising.
This was a big book, just over 500 pages.
I don't think it needed to be that long. This book suffered from pacing issues. I understand that I was meant to feel Mare's helplessness in her tough situation. But there was just such an imbalance between self pity and seeing the political struggles unfold before her.
This was much more of a political than the previous two installment and I wished Aveyard kept pushing that storyline. Mare's character development was so little that I wish we spent more time in other people's POV. I liked that we saw more of Evangeline and Cameron's POVs.
They were the reminder that this story is about more than just a love triangle gone horribly wrong. We saw how the kingdoms were coming apart, character breakdowns and their limited POVs propelled the story forward more than 5 of Mare's chapters.
I thought I had gotten used to Aveyard's slowed pace. In the past she has set a steady story that lead to an explosive ending, but this book just fizzled out. We focused more on characters than the political drama, but the characters weren't compelling. I didn't believe in the love story, none of the problems from the previous book were addressed.
I am giving this book a C.
I am still interested in how the story wraps up, but I am not rooting for Team Cale or Team Maven. I just really want Team Mare Becomes a Badass Again.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.