The conclusion of the Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones mixed with X-men series. With every great series there’s that feeling of wanting to know how it ends and not wanting it to end. I will say this…I didn’t cry! Am I strong now?
Contains spoilers if you haven’t read any of the previous books.
War has began and allies are now enemies…again. Mare deals with a lot in this book, poor kid can’t catch a break. Cal having accepted the title of king once again, their relationship is in a awkward position. Having one mission, end Maven once and for all, was difficult enough then add Cal accepting the very thing their trying to destroy. This book was filled with scheming, which I expected nothing less of a book that reminds me of Game of Thrones.
Scarlet Guard had their agenda, Cal and his advisers had theirs, Maven and Iris and etc. I found it interesting though by the end it did feel unresolved in a way. I would guess that in time of war that would be the case. It’s never a win or lose situation but a lose or not lose as much as the other guy. It does have it’s realistic areas for a fictional story and I give it props.
One character actually stood out more than the rest and it was actually one that wasn’t shown much. Jon! The seer that knows all and messed with their heads in the previous book is still messing with their heads in this one, especially Mare. The concept of your actions having huge impacts in the world was so fascinating to me. This guy betrayed Mare because he knew it had a purpose and the actions the follow must happen for the grand picture. Being a chess piece is something that Mare refuses to be but how can you when even if you ignore the problem that very thing causes an effect. Headache I know but it’s intriguing! I would love to read a book about this guy and what really went on before he meet Mare. That whole thing just stood out to me in a very surprising way.
Though Mare and Cal are no longer on the same side, their still love there and wanting to be together but what was keeping them apart was something I kind of understood. Cal was torn between wanting to do right with a crown with more power or the right thing and have his birth right taken away again. It made sense up until the end where I think a lot of stuff could have been prevented if that very thing happened from the beginning. No spoilers!
Mare reminded me of Frodo from Lord of the Rings a bit. By the end after everything she has been put through that weight of war, loss, heart broken, etc. you really do feel the heaviness of it. Mare sees crown as the ultimate enemy and one that has no good in it. Too much power for one person causes chaos, and has been proven for hundreds of years. But how to destroy it when it’s on the top of the two heads of the brothers that have a piece of her heart. I really felt for Mare!
A character I really didn’t care for was Evangeline. Though she did manage to earn some points it doesn’t erase all the horrible stuff this chick has done. I get her circumstance but I didn’t couldn’t like her as much as the book tried to make me feel towards her. I’m totally with Farley in the area!
The book had a lot of planning and scheming and back and forth banters. The main focus was the war and how it ties everything together. The battle itself was a exciting one but one that felt incomplete. You can say I didn’t like the way it ended, because it’s true, but I get it and it makes sense. Doesn’t mean I have to like it!
Maven. I can’t really get too much into it without spoiling it. But after everything he has done, and though he was tortured and made into the monster he is by his mother, the Norman Bates in his character was interesting but after 4 books it feels anticlimactic. However, I don’t think there was anything that could be done with him that wouldn’t feel that way because it would still feel like it wasn’t enough. He was damaged and evil though not by choice it didn’t change that. He was a very interesting character and one that broke me when he betrayed Mare so I liked him. In the evil character aspect, because if you fail to make the villain feel like a true villain then the whole story fails. He was a good evil bastard!
War Storm wasn’t as heart breaking as I thought it would be but I enjoyed it. The love/dislike (won’t use Hate cause that’s a strong word) about it was the realism of it. Real like doesn’t have a happily ever after, still hoping though, and it has that in this book. Unanswered questions remain but you see the characters as people by the end of this book and that isn’t easy to do. Red Queen is one the best series I have ever read and remains on my list of favorite series. Though I wanted War Storm to have a bigger impact on me, doesn’t change the fact that it’s a good ending to a bad ass series.