War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard – Review


Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication date: May 15, 2018

Pages: 662

Price: $24.99 CAD (hardcover) at Indigo Books & Music Online


Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

First Sentence

“We drown in silence for a long moment.”


Going to be real here, War Storm was my least favorite novel out of the series, and here’s why:

-Does not need to be 600 pages! 

I know that a lot happened in this novel, and I know that most concluding novels are a bit longer but War Storm really did not need to be this long. I thought there were many parts that were pointless and there was a lot of pondering in this book, which was weird considering I liked all the previous books for their great lack of pondering! Many scenes could of been cut shorter or cut out completely because they had nothing to do with the main storyline.

-Too much political talk

There were lots of meeting where the Scarlet Guard would decide the fate of Norta after Maven’s defeat but it was so long and confusing for me to read since I really don’t know anything about politics or war. Maybe to someone who is well informed on these topics would not find it as long and boring as I did, but this is a young adult novel and I doubt many teens are well informed on those subjects. This was another reason why I thought the book was too long, for example there was this scene where they were just fighting about the fate of the country, and one of those scenes would of been good, but there was at least five of them… after a while, it got pretty old.

-Weird endgame

At the time, I had no idea Broken Throne was going to come out, so I figured War Storm would be the last we’d ever get for this series. I knew the end would leave many things unresolved or unfinished because Aveyard just seems like the type to keep us really open for interpretation but I had no idea how far she’d actually go! I was so shook at the ending… we don’t even know if Marecal exists after all of this! Thankfully Broken Throne cleared the air for us!

I give War Storm 4 out of 5 stars!