By: Victoria Aveyard
#4 in the Red Queen series |672 Pages | Pub. 2018
War Storm At a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
- Dude: Puppy dog puppet with an inferiority complex
- Heroine: I need a little more lightening and a little less pining
- Steaminess: The only steam in this one was from the geysers
- Brutality: Children held prisoner
Pairs Well With
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce apricot brandy
- 2 ounces orange juice
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
No one can deny that Victoria Aveyard has serious writing skills. The Red Queen series is well-written and the imagery makes you feel like you are probably going to be squished to-death in a bison stampede. But where Aveyard did not bring it in War Storm is in the pacing. This. Book. Was. So. Slow. Nothing significant happens until chapter twenty. It took me 3 weeks to finish it because I had to bribe myself to sit through another chapter of Mare and Cal staring at each other and endless descriptions of Evangeline’s wardrobe. Yeah, the words were pretty in those scenes but I needed Aveyard to significantly pick up the pacing or I was going to jam my eyeballs out with Evangeline’s stash of stolen doorknobs.
Despite my love for Aveyard’s writing I didn’t think War Storm did justice to the series. The ending was generic, predictable and left enough holes for Aveyard to fly the Nortan air fleet through. In addition to an ending that didn’t feel like a true ending to a series this book spent way too much time worldbuilding which made it feel like more like a second book in a series not the last. This book would’ve been stronger if it was 200 pages less, honestly. Or just had been about Evangeline.
I also felt like Aveyard included a lot of characters and information that just took up space and didn’t have… well, a point? What purpose did Kilorn and Jon ultimately serve? None. And the random diary from Coriane? I kept waiting for a point to all of these and ended up frustrated.
Mare – Queen of character regression. Mare started off strong in Red Queen and in each book she has gotten progressively more boring. I could barely get through her chapters and wishy-washy relationship with Cal.
Cal – Oh, Cal. I don’t hate him but honestly he’s a puppet with an inferiority complex and frankly is a racist. I don’t enjoy that he only comes around to giving up the crown and ending Norta’s racist society because the tides were not in his favor and he found his dead mom’s diary. I honestly don’t want him and Mare to end up together.
Maven – I feel like I’m the only anti-Maven person on the internet but I’m happy with how his story ended. Yeah I feel for him but he was an evil little maniac with serious mommy issues that just needed to go.
Evangeline – The real hero of this series is Evangeline. She’s the queen of sass and putting Cal in his place. I could read a whole 672 page book about her and her comebacks.
Iris – I ended up enjoying her a lot. Mostly because I pictured Iris Cygnet breaking into your city like…
Overall, I enjoyed War Storm, I just wanted a better end to this amazing series. As a parting gift because Mare is basically at Yellowstone (aka Paradise) at the end here’s a pretty picture of Yellowstone from a couple weekends ago!
I have been looking forward to this book for over a year. I may still be too close to it because some of the stuff that generally bothers me didn’t annoy me as much as it probably should.
Okay, I was really ready to catch up with Cam and Mare etc., and end this thing. Maven is the bad guy, let’s finish this. I was not expecting to have to go into Iris’s head and then have all of this new worldbuilding in Montfort with the raiders. It worked, it did, but it wasn’t the story I was interested in. We have spent three books with these characters and to be honest, I didn’t care about the Lakelander king or the raiders. I wanted to see Norta handled before disappearing into a new world.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when an author comes super close to killing important people off and then saves them from the brink of death. Aveyard did this to me twice. She really got me with Kilorn because I thought it was lights out for sure and Mare was going to rampage. I kind of wanted that, especially since Kilorn was the funny BFF that served absolutely no purpose whatsoever. If Jon was a seer and killed Kilorn’s master so that this war would start…why? Seers aren’t supposed to fuck with fate I thought?
But with Cal, I pretty much wanted him to die.
Mare –Mare didn’t bore me at all. She has been through enough shit and decided to stick by her principles. She didn’t back down and give Cal what he wanted and become his side b*tch. I actually felt pretty bad for her. Yeah, her inner monologue was a lot of emo stuff, but that is pretty much how I function, so we are on the same page. And she had the balls to do what no one else would do. She finished off Maven and I’m not even mad about it.
Evangeline – Let’s just talk about the real star of this book. Evangeline is AMAZING. We probably didn’t need such intense detail about all of her outfits, but she is a goddess so we’ll allow it.
“A peacock needs time to groom its feathers, even steel ones.”
She did blame Cal for choices that she had equal hand in, but to be fair, Cal is an asshat so I would blame him to. All Evangeline wants is to go and live her life with her girlfriend so everyone needs to just back off and let the girl live. She is the queen of scheming and snarkiness, plus, she kicks everyone’s ass and is the best fighter in the whole damn place.
Maven – My heart is broken. I needed so much more from Maven and I was given the predictable. He was funny and adorable once upon a time. My genius king burned himself out with crazy and I am disappointed. It’s okay that he died, but I wanted a professor Snape revelation where Elara had switched bodies or something insane. I may still go and protest #RedemptionforMaven.
“Still, I don’t fancy being turned into a lightbulb this early in the day.”
Cal – I hate Cal. He is a selfish P.O.S. and completely useless. The only reason he gave up his crown was because he was losing and needed the help. Without that, he never would have given it up. Honestly, my rage for him is so great that I cannot express it properly.
Mare is getting the crap end of the deal if she runs back to him like we think she will.
But that dinner party… Omg that was the funniest thing I have read in a long time. I would love to attend that dinner party. It channeled The Office perfectly.
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