Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
I was pretty excited as I dived into this book, because of all the hype it has been getting. The advance copy came with a letter from the publisher that gushes about how good it is, having sold already film rights and publishing rights in 15 countries. Thus, I knew I was in for something either very good or very marketable. I'm glad to say that while I didn't love it entirely, I was utterly entertained with this fresh take on high fantasy meets dystopia story.
The plot was twisty and glued me to the pages, the theme was a novelty exploring social classes and tyrannical-type governments in a gladiator-type story. Characters with abilities, betrayal, charades, and revolution make this story a highly entertaining one. It has a sort of love triangle that kind of fell through for me, but the fact that it attempted some romance too will please the teenage readers.
Overall, a vary pleasing new take on fantasy that will leave readers eagerly expecting the second installment.