|Rise, red as the dawn.|
|— The Scarlet Guard's motto|
Plot[edit | edit source]
After a series of catastrophic disasters almost wiped out humanity, human civilization underwent some massive changes. The biggest of these changes was 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, her only friend, 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 Kilorn 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 unsucessful. She tries picking the pockets of various people and, in her haste, gets caught by a tavern patron who only identifies himself as Cal. Mare finds herself explaining her situtaion to the stranger who offers her a job in the Silver palace. Desperate and out of options, Mare accepts his offer.
Mare's first day has her working during the rite of Queenstrial. During the last trial, she falls into an electrical shield and, somehow, manages to survive. 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 any kind of 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. Despite the ever present danger, she does find a few allies within the palace, even forming a tentative friendship with Julian, her tutor, and Cal, the stranger from the tavern 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 in the hopes for a brighter future. With her joins Kilorn and Maven, the King's second son and Cal's shadow.
This alliance 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.
Publishing[edit | edit source]
Red Queen was originally published in English by HarperTeen. Hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook versions of most of the series is available for purchase.
Titles in the series[edit | edit source]
Main series[edit | edit source]
Novellas[edit | edit source]
- Queen Song (2015)
- Steel Scars (2016)
- Cruel Crown (2016)
- World Behind (2019)
- Iron Heart (2019)
- Fire Light (2019)
Short stories[edit | edit source]
Other[edit | edit source]
Major characters[edit | edit source]
- Mare Barrow
- Tiberias Calore VII
- Maven Calore
- Kilorn Warren
- Diana Farley
- Shade Barrow
- Evangeline Samos
- Elara Merandus
Themes[edit | edit source]
Reception[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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|Novels||Red Queen • Glass Sword • King's Cage • War Storm • Broken Throne|
|Novellas||Queen Song • Steel Scars • Cruel Crown • World Behind • Iron Heart • Fire Light|
|Short stories||Bright Shadow • Fare Well|
|Other||Alternate timeline • Red School • Red Queen: The Official Coloring Book|