Red Queen

by

Victoria Aveyard

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King Tiberias Character Analysis

The king of Norta, and Cal and Maven’s father. Like all the kings, Tiberias is a “burner,” meaning that he can control heat and flames. Tiberias upholds the longstanding Norta tradition of privileging Silvers and enforcing unjust laws against the Reds. Tiberias used to be married to Queen Coriane, but after her mysterious death, he married Queen Elara. The king’s prioritization of the Silvers over the Reds parallels his treatment of his sons. He is proud of and protective of Cal but displays much less interest in Maven. This unequal treatment comes back to destroy him when, in the end of the novel, Queen Elara forces Cal to kill King Tiberius in order to make room for Maven on the throne.

King Tiberias Quotes in Red Queen

The Red Queen quotes below are all either spoken by King Tiberias or refer to King Tiberias. 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 6 Quotes

From my vantage point, hidden behind the flowers, I’m level with the king’s box and slightly behind it. Mare Barrow, a few yards from the king. What would my family think, or Kilorn for that matter? This man sends us to die, and I’ve willingly become his servant. It makes me sick.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Kilorn Warren, King Tiberias
Page Number: 59
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Chapter 8 Quotes

You have no occupation and are scheduled for conscription on your next birthday. You attend school sparingly, your academic test scores are low, and you have a list of offenses that would land you in prison in most cities. Thievery, smuggling, resisting arrest, to name but a few. All together you are poor, rude, immoral, unintelligent, impoverished, bitter, stubborn, and a blight upon your village and my kingdom.

Related Characters: King Tiberias (speaker), Mare Barrow
Page Number: 83
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Remember the person you’re supposed to be, and remember well…You are pretending to be raised Red, but you’re Silver by blood. You are now Red in the head, Silver in the heart….From now until the end of your days, you must lie. Your life depends on it, little lightning girl.

Related Characters: Queen Elara (speaker), Mare Barrow, Maven Calore, King Tiberias
Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 95
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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 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.

Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 341
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King Tiberias Character Timeline in Red Queen

The timeline below shows where the character King Tiberias appears in Red Queen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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When King Tiberias and Queen Elara enter the arena, Mare cannot believe she is this close to the... (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, the king calls for Queenstrial to begin. A... (full context)
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...hierarchy,” and that the Queenstrial is meant to show the Silver subjects their place: the king can handpick anyone he wants to win the tournament. (full context)
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The king yells for the sentinels to seize Mare. Her years of experience as a thief tell... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...stoic, seemingly less severe than Evangeline. He leads Mare to the throne room, where the king, queen, and princes await. Mare refuses to kneel before them. The king glares at her... (full context)
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The king pulls out Mare’s identification card, on which her red blood was rubbed at birth. It... (full context)
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Mare suggests that the king let her go. Queen Elara laughs, saying that the nobles will never forget “the little... (full context)
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...tries to plead silently with Cal to help her, but he shakes his head. The king makes it clear that Mare cannot refuse her fate, referring to her as “Lady Titanos.”... (full context)
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When Mare asks about her family, the king says he will give them an allowance to keep them quiet. Mare bargains for her... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...flight of stairs into a huge room with nobles from all the Silver houses. King Tiberias and Elara stand elevated above the others. Cal and Maven are there too, and it... (full context)
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The king and queen announce that following the incident at Queenstrial, they have discovered Mare’s (fabricated) long... (full context)
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The king announces that the two marriages will stabilize the kingdom in the face of the Scarlet... (full context)
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During the feast, Mare cannot enjoy her food because she is thinking about her family. She worries, after her one-day transformation from thief to princess, how much... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Mare worries about what the powerful king and queen could possibly fear, and about who the Scarlet Guard will target next. Will... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Another woman, a colonel, shocks the company by demanding to know what the king is going to do about the Scarlet Guard terrorist attacks. Mare is surprised to learn... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...throws back a curtain to reveal a wheeled contraption that he calls a cycle. The king and Colonel Macanthos will not mass produce it for the army yet, but Cal says... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...power to gain the throne. Nor did his sister, Coriane, who was chosen by King Tiberias to be queen not because of any power demonstration but because he loved her. The... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Maven backs Farley’s plan to orchestrate a terrorist attack on the Parting Ball, which the king will surely not be able to keep quiet as he has other terrorist attacks. Mare... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...Mare realizes that the evil queen is redeemed by her love for her son. The king tells Maven he needs a cause, like Cal. Mare remembers all the times she felt... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...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 son.” Mare notices that Maven... (full context)
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...neck and shocks him 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... (full context)
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...this” as Maven takes her hands in their usual spot in the throne room. King Tiberias speaks, vowing to avenge the fallen against the ungrateful Reds. Mare notices the smell of... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...has decided it is too dangerous. Maven reasons with Cal, saying that of course the king cannot afford to lose his heir. Cal insists that he is a soldier and does... (full context)
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On the ship later, Mare reflects that she has always wondered why the king’s flag was red. She realizes now that it is “like his flame, like the destruction—and... (full context)
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...Cal does not answer, but closes his eyes against the cries of a villager. The king tells Mare to “stand back” because the Reds must be taught not to harbor terrorists... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...shut down the power and sleep, Archeon becomes brighter at night as people celebrate the king’s return to the throne. Maven and Mare share a transport from the docks. Maven points... (full context)
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...the seat of the military. There are soldiers everywhere to defend Whitefire Palace. Because the king is giving a speech next to the barracks, the transport heads there. Cameras turn on... (full context)
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...on the screen, telling the false story of Lady Mareena Titanos and laying out the king’s punishments for the terrorist act. There will be a curfew for all Reds, security in... (full context)
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...tells him that the blood the Scarlet Guard will spill is on his hands, privately thinking that it is also on Maven’s hands and hers. (full context)
Chapter 25
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...also feels ready for revolution. Because of the terrorist attacks, the usual revelry of the king’s return to Archeon is muted. Maven recounts to Mare some of the glitzy celebration that... (full context)
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...she tells him. She implores him to use his control of the soldiers to make his father do what Cal knows is right. (full context)
Chapter 26
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Cal and the Sentinels march Mare and Maven to the throne room, where the king and queen await, away from the fray of the battle outside. The king has his... (full context)
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King Tiberias demands that his sons tell him what is going on. Maven confesses that he chose... (full context)
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The king says that Maven has committed grave crimes that must be punished. Cal pleads with his... (full context)
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...his mother’s son” as he allows Elara to manipulate Cal’s body to turn toward the king. (full context)
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...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 change that.... (full context)
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The king’s silver blood pools on the floor, and the crown rolls to a stop at Maven’s... (full context)
Chapter 27
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After a while, Maven appears outside the bars. He has taken Tiberias’s medals and “stands with the air of a terrible king.” Mare notices that he looks... (full context)