Red Queen

by

Victoria Aveyard

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Cal (Tiberias Calore) Character Analysis

The crown prince, Tiberias the Seventh. He is a Silver with the power to control heat and flames. As the eldest son, Cal stands to inherit the throne, and he is also one of Mare’s love interests. Mare is drawn to Cal’s loyalty and sense of duty, which leads him both to do good deeds for her and to try to get to know his subjects. However, she is disgusted when his loyalty leads him to deploy the military tactics in which he has been well-educated. Mare first meets Cal before she knows his identity, when she attempts to pickpocket him, and he gives her some silver and a job in return. Mare then feels betrayed when she learns that Cal is actually the prince—he represents the political apparatus oppressing her family, and now she is beholden to him for his charity. He continues to be kind to her individually, but she is upset that he walks the line with his father, choosing to uphold the tenets of the crown rather than strive to overturn unjust laws against the Reds. Mare ultimately decides that Cal is more trustworthy than Maven, but she and Cal have schemed against one another enough throughout the novel that she concludes they could never be a romantic match.

Cal (Tiberias Calore) Quotes in Red Queen

The Red Queen quotes below are all either spoken by Cal (Tiberias Calore) or refer to Cal (Tiberias Calore). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Orion Books edition of Red Queen published in 2015.
Chapter 5 Quotes

There are worse lives to live. Don’t feel sorry for me.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Cal (Tiberias Calore), Gisa Barrow
Page Number: 47
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Chapter 7 Quotes

So this is a pageant.

A violent one, meant to showcase a girl’s beauty, splendor—and strength. The most talented daughter. This is a display of power, to pair the prince with the most powerful girl, so that their children might be the strongest of all. And this has been going on for hundreds of years.

I shudder to think of the strength in Cal’s pinkie finger.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Cal (Tiberias Calore)
Page Number: 66
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Chapter 11 Quotes

After a moment of tense silence, the queen turns on her heel. “Very well.” Like any wife, she hates her husband for challenging her, and like any queen, she hates the power the king holds over her. A bad combination.

Page Number: 110
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Chapter 14 Quotes

The rage rises again, and I don’t even want to control it. But what can I do about it? What can I do to avenge my brother, or even try to save the others?

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Cal (Tiberias Calore), Shade Barrow
Page Number: 161
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Chapter 17 Quotes

My legs move on their own, swinging out in a maneuver I’ve used in the back alleys of the Stilts a hundred times. Even on Kilorn once or twice. My foot connects with her leg, sweeping it out from under her, and she crashes to the floor next to me. I’m on her in a second, despite the exploding pain in my back. My hands crackle with hot energy, even as they collide against her face. Pain sears through my knuckle-bones but I keep going, wanting to see sweet silverblood.

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Page Number: 205
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Chapter 26 Quotes

The king’s corpse lands with a thud, his head rolling to a stop a few feet away. Silverblood splashes across the floor in a mirrored puddle, lapping at Cal’s toes. He drops the melting sword, letting it clang against stone, before falling to his knees, his head in his hands. The crown clatters across the floor, circling through the blood, until it stops to rest at Maven’s feet, sharp points bright with liquid silver.

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Page Number: 341
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Epilogue Quotes

A strange warmth falls over me, a warmth like the sun though we are deep underground. It’s as familiar to me as my own lightning, reaching out to envelop me in an embrace we can’t have. Even though they call Cal my enemy, even though they fear him, I let his warmth fall on my skin, and I let his eyes burn into mine.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Cal (Tiberias Calore)
Page Number: 383
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Cal (Tiberias Calore) Character Timeline in Red Queen

The timeline below shows where the character Cal (Tiberias Calore) appears in Red Queen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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The person who has given Mare the coin introduces himself as Cal. He decides to walk her back to the village so that she can’t steal anymore.... (full context)
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Cal asks if Mare was present for the riots; she ends up confessing all her pent-up... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...once dated Bree. Mare, Walsh says, has been selected for a serving post. Mare thinks Cal must have gotten her the job, and is elated that she is being neither killed... (full context)
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...the Seventh. Mare looks up and is stunned to see that the crown prince is Cal. (full context)
Chapter 7
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Mare feels betrayed by the sight of Cal, who now looks “every inch a future king, Silver to the bone.” As Mare seethes,... (full context)
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...appear below that would require such a shield. A tiny girl runs out, stares at Cal, and then knocks the head off a statue with one slap. House Rhambos, her family,... (full context)
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...shoots back lightning and makes the shards fall to the ground. Everyone, including Evangeline and Cal, stares at Mare, agape. (full context)
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...happens. Flames and smoke press in on her. Just before she passes out, she hears Cal’s voice say, “I’m sorry.” (full context)
Chapter 8
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...and alluding to but not naming a sinister idea for what to do with Mare. Cal becomes defensive and must be calmed by his brother. The king tells Mare that instead... (full context)
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...thinks that the fairytale is more like a nightmare. She tries to plead silently with Cal to help her, but he shakes his head. The king makes it clear that Mare... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Cal stops by Mare’s new room to apologize for getting her involved with the palace. He... (full context)
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After Cal leaves, Mare’s guards escort her to the Queenstrial feast. Although Lucas is kind enough, Mare... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...nobles from all the Silver houses. King Tiberias and Elara stand elevated above the others. Cal and Maven are there too, and it strikes Mare that Maven is not as good... (full context)
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Next Cal steps forward and, as expected, proposes to Evangeline, who accepts. It strikes Mare that Cal... (full context)
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...princes are allowed to choose their wives. He supposes he is getting a taste of Cal’s life. Mare tells Maven that she feels sorry for neither of them because they have... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...mind spirals, the queen orders some sentinels to take Mare and Evangeline to their rooms. Cal volunteers instead, but Elara claims that it would be inappropriate. The king decides that Cal... (full context)
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Alone with Cal after Maven and a scowling Evangeline depart, Mare comments sarcastically that Cal “picked a real... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...she thinks she is seeing sentinels in training, but then she realizes that it is Cal, Maven, and Evangeline below, playing war games. She realizes that Cal and Maven “are deadly... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...them off. He introduces himself as Julian Jacos, brother of the former queen (Coriane) and Cal’s uncle. Julian, unlike Elara, wants to help Mare understand herself. However, he also must do... (full context)
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Mare is lonely. She does not see Cal often, and she remains wary of Maven, who she fears might be hiding something. She... (full context)
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...than either Silver or Red: all other Silvers can only manipulate elements, not produce them. Cal and Maven, for example, wear bracelets that produce sparks, without which they would be talentless. (full context)
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...he often feels out of place under his mother’s watch and as the “shadow” of Cal’s “flame.” He warns Mare that she should learn to hide her heart. He also tells... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...be “so bad” if he is going to take her home. He leads her to Cal’s room. Cal is bruised, unshaven, and wearing dented armor. He is surprised to see Mare.... (full context)
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Once Cal agrees to help Mare sneak out of the palace, Maven leaves. As Cal changes clothes,... (full context)
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Cal leads Mare to what she thinks is a dead end full of hanging sheets concealing... (full context)
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Mare feels free on the cycle. When she and Cal arrive at the village, Cal stashes the cycle in some woods. It is well concealed,... (full context)
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Mare is surprised at Cal’s expression of goodness. She asks what he sees. He says the world is on the... (full context)
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Cal offers to stay outside when Mare goes into her house, in case her brothers recognize... (full context)
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...accomplishments. Gisa seems bitter still because of her broken hand. Mare’s brothers tease her, assuming Cal is her new love interest. (full context)
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...show her red blood. Bree says that they all know who Mare is. Having gotten Cal’s silent permission to tell the truth, Mare tells her family and Kilorn everything except the... (full context)
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...that Mare will finally be someone “special.” When Mare’s mother begins asking questions about Maven, Cal says it is time to leave. Everyone agrees not to say anything, although Kilorn is... (full context)
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Full of rage that won’t be assuaged by Cal’s attempt at an apology, Mare convinces Cal to make a stop at Will Whistle’s wagon.... (full context)
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...his release from conscription. Mare holds her tongue rather than tell him in front of Cal that she has joined the Scarlet Guard. As Mare leaves with Cal, Kilorn hints that... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...when they all part for the capital, Evangeline will have too much to do with Cal to pay attention to Mare. They joke about Mare’s struggle learning to dance and about... (full context)
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Maven asks about Mare’s visit home, and she realizes Cal did not tell him how it went. Mare tells Maven about Shade, and he expresses... (full context)
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...because he loved her. The Silvers did not like Coriane because she promised to raise Cal to be a just king rather than one who would simply stand for Silver interests.... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Maven says that the three years he spent following Cal around on the war front taught him that the war is a foolish waste that... (full context)
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...wonders one day why everyone suddenly seems far more focused on their warm-ups in Training. Cal tells her she will see in a moment. Then the training floor shifts, like the... (full context)
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As the next fight begins, Cal advises Maven not to corner a stronger opponent because “it makes them more dangerous.” Cal... (full context)
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...healers, do not have to worry over spilled blood the way Reds do. Mare watches Cal mercilessly defeat two opponents. She reflects that, “Cal is more dangerous than all of them... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...and has metal spiders she has summoned out of the earth slice Mare’s face open. Cal and Maven rush to Mare’s aid, helping to hide her red blood from everyone, including... (full context)
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...war front on what appears to her as a vacation. When she tells this to Cal, he says that choosing to go does not reduce the soldiers’ bravery. In fact, they... (full context)
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One new soldier praises Cal for leading the legion as the youngest general in history. Mare finds out that Cal... (full context)
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That evening, Cal stops by Mare’s room to give her dance lessons. Mare knows she should refuse because... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Cal takes Mare to an empty sitting room to practice dancing. The cameras are still on,... (full context)
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Cal sounds bitter when he comments that Maven fixed up Mare’s face well. Mare tells him... (full context)
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...be assassination targets. If all goes well, the king will be too afraid to send Cal to the front. (full context)
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...that his mission is hers now. Besides, she can stomach trading the Silver elites for Cal’s life. Maven says that Kilorn is mixed up in the plan too. Mare asks what... (full context)
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The night before the ball, Mare is distracted in her dance practice with Cal by the thought of the violence but also the potential change to come. The Scarlet... (full context)
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Cal, Mare reminds herself, is forbidden. Then Cal kisses Mare. She thinks about how she is... (full context)
Chapter 19
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In an elaborate ballgown, Mare meets Maven. She can only think of how she kissed Cal last night. She wishes everything were over, and Maven says that it is just getting... (full context)
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...by her love for her son. The king tells Maven he needs a cause, like Cal. Mare remembers all the times she felt inadequate compared to Gisa. Mare suggests that reforming... (full context)
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...Evangeline, having recently lost a brother herself, but what with the way Evangeline hangs on Cal, Mare can only think, “I want to kill her, I want to be her.” (full context)
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Maven and Mare return to the crowd. They take the dance floor along with Cal and Evangeline. Mare watches Cal and remembers dancing with him. She thinks of the juxtaposition... (full context)
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...Maven and Mare’s go-ahead. Mare finds awareness of all the lights and cameras. Just as Cal is smiling and coming toward her, four shots and four flashes of light go off.... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...the person dragging her away from one of the bodies. She realizes that it is Cal, trying to make sure she is all right. Cal tells Lucas to take Mare out... (full context)
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...it was set by the Scarlet Guard. He assures Mare that she needn’t worry about Cal being hurt by a bomb. However, Mare is more preoccupied by her confusion: a bomb... (full context)
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Lucas leads Mare underground, where the rest of the royal family except Cal lies in wait. The king rages about the attack and wants to know about “my... (full context)
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Evangeline comes in, obviously crying for her brother, followed by Cal, who is soaked in Red blood. They bring Mare with them to a prison cell... (full context)
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...until he drops to the floor. Mare realizes that everyone is looking at her, afraid. Cal looks ashamed, either because he tortured Farley or because his torture failed to extract information... (full context)
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On the way back to the throne room, Mare drips silver blood while Cal drips red. Mare asks Cal how many casualties there have been, and she is struck... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...few hours before the sentinels wake up. Mare, Lucas, and Julian lead the party to Cal’s garage, where Walsh hugs Mare and tells her that she hopes she will be the... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Cal crashes into the hallway in full armor. Mare is disgusted at the sight of him,... (full context)
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...sense of security has been shattered. She compares them to “lions running from mice.” Even Cal, seemingly perfect, is “a torturous, terrible enemy.” Mare returns to the mantra, “Anyone can betray... (full context)
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Mare watches Cal and Maven say their goodbyes in preparation for their departure to the capital. Not wanting... (full context)
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...the Stilts so she could die close to home. Maven kisses her, more desperately than Cal did, and says he won’t let anyone hurt her. He says he will get someone... (full context)
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Mare demands of the queen why the Reds are being forced to watch the parade. Cal, avoiding eye contact with Mare, explains that after the attack, the Reds need to see... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Mare and Maven joke about how Cal looks stern enough for everyone. Maven says that Cal does not like speeches because he... (full context)
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...the correct place knew any of the assassination victims. She notices that Evangeline, standing beside Cal, is shaking from nerves despite having what she has always wanted. (full context)
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Mare tucks the book in her jacket to go show Maven, but Cal finds her first. He confronts her about the fact that she won’t look at him... (full context)
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Mare watches as “Something breaks in Cal.” He tells her that he used to think he could change things, but it seems... (full context)
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As Mare walks away, Cal calls out to her, “Julian’s disappeared, hasn’t he?” He reveals to Mare that he knows... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...Maven handles the people staring at him and Mare at every stop. She reflects that, “Cal might be born to rule, but Maven was meant for it.” She finds Maven the... (full context)
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Maven keeps insisting that Farley has painted a target on her back and that Cal will find all of them before long. Farley tells him that she does not care... (full context)
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...into the capital to fight all the Silver soldiers who have pledged their loyalty to Cal. Mare is about to concede to the impossibility of the plan when Maven suggests that... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...time of year. As they exit the transport, Mare tells Maven, “I feel nothing for Cal” and tries to convince herself that she is not lying. (full context)
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...run along the hall until they come to a crowd of Silvers, all watching as Cal, Evengeline, Evangeline’s brother, and the king torture Walsh. Mare realizes that Walsh must have been... (full context)
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Mare talks to Cal later, and he tells her that the suicide pill was like the ones given to... (full context)
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Mare suggests to Cal that something might have happened between the two of them if politics had not come... (full context)
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...she hopes to win over as they swarm out to the square. Maven points out Cal, dressed in nightclothes but looking every bit the general. (full context)
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Knowing that she is the one who must persuade Cal to the side of the Scarlet Guard, Mare calls out to him. She tries to... (full context)
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Mare feels that Cal will choose her. She confesses to him that it was her blood in the prison... (full context)
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As Mare and Cal stare at each other, Mare feeling the fire rise behind Cal’s eyes, Maven yells for... (full context)
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Cal whispers, again, that he wishes things were different. He then lets the Training instructor with... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Cal and the Sentinels march Mare and Maven to the throne room, where the king and... (full context)
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The king says that Maven has committed grave crimes that must be punished. Cal pleads with his father to spare Maven, but Tiberias tells Cal, “When you wear my... (full context)
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Mare, shocked, thinks that Elara is saving her and Maven where Cal failed to do so. Cal tells Elara that he never believed Julian before when he... (full context)
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...she pleads with Maven to help her, and he refuses. Elara now has control of Cal, but he manages to shout for help from outside the throne room. Mare realizes that... (full context)
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...He says he does not have any, and instead confronts his father for only loving Cal. King Tiberias insists that he loves Maven too, and that not even Elara’s actions can... (full context)
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...screaming over the king’s body as the cameras turn back on. She acts as though Cal has cruelly murdered his own father. Mare finally understands what Julian once tried to teach... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Mare and Cal sit in dark cells back to back, both contemplating Maven’s betrayal and the depth of... (full context)
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Cal and Mare speculate as to how the king (Maven) will have them executed. Cal is... (full context)
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Mare tells Cal that there are more like her, and that she foolishly gave the list to Maven.... (full context)
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Cal lets his head thud against the bars but does not seem to notice the pain.... (full context)
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...he looks better rested now that he has participated in the murder of his father. Cal asks Maven if he will be Cal’s opponent in the arena for his execution. Maven... (full context)
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Maven accuses Cal of taking “everything” from him, including Mare. Mare stands to tell Maven that, “I was... (full context)
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...make the mistake of loving him again. Maven demands to know whether Mare has chosen Cal. She realizes that the entire tragedy is over jealous sibling rivalry. (full context)
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Mare explains to Maven that because she, Cal, and Maven have all betrayed one another in countless ways, she chooses no one. Maven... (full context)
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...you are nothing.” Mare says goodbye to Maven and spits in his eye. Mare and Cal settle back down in silence, reflecting on the tragedy that has unfolded. (full context)
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Sentinels fetch Mare and Cal from the cells, bringing them up to the arena where they will be executed. Mare... (full context)
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Despite all the betrayal between them, Cal promises to protect Mare as long as he can. They walk up to the arena... (full context)
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...not weak, and that he will punish those responsible for his father’s death. Mare and Cal follow Lucas into the arena. The crowd, entirely composed of Silvers, is jeering. This is... (full context)
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Mare and Cal face their five executioners. Mare knows all their abilities. Among them are Evangeline and her... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Mare watches a lightning shield come to life above her, Cal, and the executioners, protecting the crowd from what they are about to do. Mare would... (full context)
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...abilities at work, Mare realizes that, “She ignores the truth for something easier to understand.” Cal should be able to make spectacular use of his power over fire, but he soon... (full context)
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...back, digging her fingers into his eyes. Having fought free, Mare sees Evangeline poised over Cal, ready for the kill. Without thinking, Mare charges Evangeline and collides into her. Mare’s body... (full context)
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Mare and Cal continue trying to fend off the Silvers. Cal does remarkably well until a nymph attacks... (full context)
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Only Mare, Cal, Evangeline, and Evangeline’s brother remain alive in the arena. Cal refuses to kill anyone. Mare... (full context)
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Suddenly, Cal throws himself and Mare back from a huge bolt of lightning. Mare realizes that the... (full context)
Epilogue
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...realizes that she is on the Undertrain. She realizes that she is lying across from Cal, who is handcuffed in metal he could easily melt away. He is still, and Farley... (full context)
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Mare looks at everyone and tells Farley and the guards to let Cal go. No one answers, and Cal says that he is too much of a danger.... (full context)
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...tells Mare that the Guard cannot afford to trust Silvers again. He also says that Cal might be a valuable prisoner. Mare does not say that Cal could easily escape if... (full context)
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...others before Maven does. Kilorn steps forward, determined to join her in that mission. Quietly, Cal radiates warmth over Mare. She thinks back over her friendship with Cal and realizes that... (full context)