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— The Scarlet Guard's motto

Red Queen is a young adult dystopian-fantasy series by Victoria Aveyard. It began in 2015 with Red Queen and ended in 2019 with Broken Throne.


After a series of catastrophic disasters almost wiped out humanity, human civilization underwent some massive changes. The biggest of these were the emergence of Silvers, people with silverblood and superpowers that ranged from pyrokinesis to mind reading to super strength. Over the course of several centuries, Silvers became kings with unlimited control over their powerless Red brethren.

It is in this world that Mare Barrow was born. Along with her family and Kilorn Warren, she manages to eke out a living under the tyrannical rule of the Silver Elite. Her one hope in life is that both she and her only friend will be able to avoid being drafted into the ongoing war between their home country and its neighbour. This hope is shattered, however, when Kilorn's master dies suddenly, leaving Mare scrambling to find someone who will get him out of their home and away from the draft.

Luckily, she comes across Captain Farley, a member of an underground rebellion group that seeks an end to Silver rule. Kilorn's safety comes at a steep cost, though, and Mare's attempts to steal from the wealthy Silvers proves more disastrous than sucessful. She tries picking the pockets of various people and, in her haste, gets caught by a bar patron who only identifies himself as Cal. Mare finds herself explaining her situtaion to the stranger who- to her suprise- manages to get her a job at the Silver palace.

Mare's first day has her working during the rite of Queenstrial. During the last trial, she falls into an electrical shield and, somehow, ends up surviving. Unknown to her is the fact that she is an electricon, a Red with the ability to control lightening.

In order to cover up the impossibility of a Red possessing a superpower, Mare is forced into the role of a lost Silver princess. Unable to reunite with her family, Mare finds herself constantly toeing the line between life and death, where one wrong move or slip of the tongue can spell the end of her and her loved ones. Despite the ever present danger, she finds a few allies within the palace, even forming a tentative friendship with Julian, her tutor, and Cal, who turns out to be the King's first son and heir.

Despite her new life, Mare cannot forget everything that the Silver Elite continue to do to her kind. Now in a position to get inside information, Mare becomes a member of the Scarlet Guard. Joining her is Kilorn and Maven, the King's second son and Cal's shadow.

This new reality does not last for long, though: a shocking betrayal leaves Mare's heart in shambles, making her realize that the path to a Red dawn will be a long and brutal one.


Red Queen was originally published in English by HarperTeen. Hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook versions of most of the series is available for purchase.

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Red Queen
Novels Red QueenGlass SwordKing's CageWar StormBroken Throne
Novellas Queen SongSteel ScarsCruel CrownWorld BehindIron HeartFire Light
Short stories Bright ShadowFare Well
Other Alternate timelineRed SchoolRed Queen: The Official Coloring Book
Author Victoria Aveyard