Book Review | War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: War Storm (Red Queen, #4)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publish Date: May 15, 2018 by HarperTeen
# of Pages: 672
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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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.

Bookish Stats

I read War Storm over the course of 8 days. Since I had family in town, I couldn’t read as voraciously as I would have liked!

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Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 5
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 3
Characters – 5
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 4

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard is the fourth and final book in the Red Queen series. The book picks up where King’s Cage left off—battles are fought, victors are declares, and lives are lost.

It was so nice reading the finale of this series! I’ve enjoyed the series from the first book on, and I was eager to get my hands on the last book. War Storm was another good addition to the series, and I enjoyed reading it.

The book was well-written, rich with vivid details and in-depth world building. The world Victoria Aveyard created is easily imagined—if you were dropped there today, you would know your way around. I love books like that, so this was a fun read!

The pacing was decent. Because of the heavy amount of details, it was slow at times, but it was a good slow-burn, not a lagging crawl.

I enjoyed how the final book unfolded. While most of the themes were continuations of the previous books, it was fresh and original, and it kept my interest. My favorite developments in the book were the interactions between Cal, Maven, and Mare. The complexity of their relationships and the emotions made it interesting to read. There’s so much love, hate, and angst between the three of them! I also enjoyed Mare’s commitment to her cause. She does not waver as she marches forward. I’m not sure I would be that strong.

The ending of the book just okay. It leaves you with a feeling of closure—mostly–but I didn’t love it. I thought the final scenes with Maven were somewhat anticlimactic and predictable. I would have liked to have seen Maven’s character go a different direction. I also didn’t like how Cal and Mare’s relationship is left at the end of the book. I felt like I was woefully left hanging, and thoughts of “that’s it??” raced through my head.

The characters are the highlight of the book. Really, Victoria Aveyard is a master at creating a well-developed character. Mare, Cal, and Maven are so complex and wonderfully-written. I have nothing bad to say about the character development.

Overall, I’m really glad I read War Storm. While there were some things I didn’t love about the book, it was still a great finale to the Red Queen series. If you haven’t read the series already, I recommend giving it a read through!



  • “‘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.'”
  • “‘Always happy to share books. Knowledge is a rising tide. Lifts all boats, as it were.”
  • “But we are often made weak by what also makes us strong.”

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9 thoughts on “Book Review | War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

  1. I’ve read all the books of the Red Queen series, minus War Storm, and now I’m eager to read it. From your review, I understand that the ending will be anti-climatic? And the relationship between Cal and Mare? Ugh, I want to know what will happen to my ship hahaha
    Great review, Ashley!


  2. I believe the ending was okay. I think I wished for a more happy ending. But then again I think it was the happist ending I could wish​ for, considering the war and what everyone had been through.
    There was, however, one thing I didn’t get… After Mare killed Maven, Cal was a bit reluctant and maybe a bit mad even? Why I didn’t get? He knew what Mare was going to do…


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