War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
“Love can be exploited, I guess, used to manipulate. It's leverage. But I would never call loving someone else a weakness. I think living without love at all, any kind of love, is weakness. And the worst kind of darkness.”
Victoria Aveyard culminates the wonderful Red Queen series with a blood battle. Magic, love, and power all come together to give Mare a last chance to fight with a war that had defeated the Reds all through her time. This time she must side with Cal, her lover and traitor, to end a war and end a villain she cannot help but love.
This book is enthralling like all the other Aveyard books and it doesn't come as a surprise that I adored these books. This book is divided into many points of view where we get to see the story through the eyes of Mare, Evangeline, Iris, Cal and Maven. I usually do not like books that do this but Aveyard excels in writing spectacularly and giving each character a unique voice. Cal and Maven's chapters were a little bit useless in my opinion. I would have enjoyed a scene in Maven or Cal's point of view where they actually see each other. Rather what we get is scenes of Cal thinking about Maven or Mare and vice versa.
The plot and action in the book is amazing and super well written. There is not one boring moment in the whole story line because as one war abruptly stops another one begins. The real evil of the whole story is not even Maven as it can be seen when he is finally captured. Many people believed that Maven would get some sort of anti-hero turns into hero sort of story line and that he redeems himself, he doesn't. I must say even though I wasn't very fond of Maven I would have enjoyed his death to be somewhat more important in the story not some sort of Mare killing him in vain like it happened. I would like the end to be different too as Mare doesn't even stay with Cal she just leaves him and promises to come back but tells him not to wait for her. The ending for me was a little inconclusive and it didn't tie in the story the way I would have liked it to tie it in.
The characters and the characterization is strong, very strong as it is common in Aveyard's books. Evangeline continues to grow in this amazing ending to the series and ends up being one of my favorite authors. This series became one of my favorite dystopias and even though there was room for some improvement the story still deserves 5 brilliant stars.
--- 5 stars ----