This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart
** spoiler alert **
“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”
Mare lives in a world divided by the colour of blood, red or silver
Silvers have the advantage; they are magical beings with ‘powers’. Reds are just ordinary.
To survive in the world Reds must either find a job or an apprenticeship. If they can’t when they turn eighteen they are automatically conscripted into the army, to fight in a war that has been raging for a century.
Mare is a thief, unable to find a job; she is nearing the age of conscription. Her best friend, Kilorn, has lost his apprenticeship and is due to be conscripted. Mare attempts to have them both smuggled to somewhere safe.
This brings Mare to feet of The Scarlet Guard; the guard is made up of rebellious reds, who would like the same privileges as the Silvers. The agreement with The Scarlet Guard involves money and results in Mare’s sister broken hand. Cue the hero aka Cal, the prince.
Cal attains a job for Mare as a servant for the Royal family, on her first day it is discovered that Mare possesses a ‘power’, *shock!*. Apparently, it is unheard of for a Red to possess any kind of power.
The resulting events include allegiances being crossed, fancy balls, fights, love triangles or rectangle (if you want to include Kilorn), broken hearts, betrayals and all the other wonderful things.
I honestly loved every minute of this book and the epic plot twist!
I, like Mare, was torn between the two princes.
Team Cal or Team Maven, *sigh*, such a difficult decision. Cal is heroic and kind, whereas Maven is smart and sweet.
During the games of deception basically all the characters play with each other.
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
Mare is tricked in believing Cal would always choose her above his father, his country, everything. That was a bit presumptuous of her and I’m glad Cal burst that bubble.
Farley scoffs. “You want me to pin my entire operation, the entire revolution, on some teenaged love story? I can’t believe this.”
Across the table, a strange look crosses Kilorn’s face. When Farley turns to him, looking for some kind of support, she finds none.
“I can,” he whispers, his eyes never leaving my face.
So I ended up rooting for Maven, because he was sweet and loyal, as logical as Cal’s choice was why would he hand Mare over to the King and Queen.
That was until the epic plot twist where Maven ripped my heart out! Well played Maven. Secretly I am hoping that he and Mare will end up ruling a peaceful world together.
I’m excited to see read the next instalment in this series!