The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Victoria creates a world evolved around magic and bloodshed. It is not only filled with action and great characters, but the authors writing and world-building were spot-on, and I could not stop turning the pages. Mare will capture your heart and won’t let it go until the very last page. The Red Queen is a fantastic read for the rebel at heart.

-Ta’Necia, YA Specialist


Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red-blooded serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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“A wonderful mash-up of Ancient Rome and Marie Antoinette with a dash of Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, not to mention some of Marvel Comic’s box of tricks…Exciting and original.” –Sam Hawksmoor, author of the Repossession trilogy

“First-time author Aveyard has created a volatile world with a dynamic heroine, and while there are moments of romance, they refreshingly take a backseat to the action. Anticipation is already high for this debut, and with the movie rights already acquired and two sequels to come, it will likely only grow.”Booklist

Red Queen is a clever blend of The Hunger Games, The Selection, Graceling, and Divergent.”
Starburst (This text refers to the Audio CD edition.)