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 ...
“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
I had the pleasure of reading this beauty the day it came out, thanks to one of my best friends whom preordered it, and let me read it before her. With all the hype, the excitement, and that gorgeous cover, I was pretty pumped to get my hands on it and jump in.
It took me a while to find myself really being into the story. I, personally, found the beginning a bit slow, and I was a little disappointed. I love the characters and the idea of bleeding silver and red. It’s a very unique concept that I loved about this book. One of the greatest things I loved about this, I didn’t know what to expect from certain characters.With some you knew, but with the two princes really had me wondering what was going on with them when it came to Mare.
Speaking of Mare, I found her to be a fantastic, strong female lead. Her love of her family, and never forgetting where she came from is one of her best qualities. But sometimes, she could be a wild card. It was hard to tell sometimes where her TRUE loyalties were – with the silvers or the reds. I found myself quite a few times, being very angry or not understanding some of the things she was doing/decisions she was making.
My favorite character, which I really enjoyed and can’t wait to read more about in the second book, is Kilorn. I love Cal a bunch of well, but I kinda feel like I am Team Kilorn when it comes to relationships in this book. He has an interesting past, and I want to know more about him, so I hope we get to see more of him.
The world-building in this book was fantastic and went amazingly with everything. When people ask what world you would want to be in, when it comes to books, this is going to be one of them for me.
By the end of the book, I was sucked in. The adventure, the action, the battles. The ending blew my mind because I was not expecting what happened, to happen. ( I love that about a book SO much. )
I know the second book is going to kick off with a blast, and I can’t wait. You should visit Victoria on her social media and say hello!