Red Queen

by

Victoria Aveyard

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The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Mare Barrow is a seventeen-year-old Red (meaning her blood is red, not silver) who has grown up in poverty in the poor village of the Stilts. Unlike most of the Reds, she wears her hair long to show off the ends, which are bleached white by the stress of living in the Stilts. Mare is not particularly apt in school and does not have any skills through which she can gain an apprenticeship or job; she thus has resigned herself to a future in the army, fighting and probably dying for the ruling class of the Silvers. When she is caught trying to pickpocket Cal, a Silver not much older than her, he gives her some money and gets her a job serving at the palace. Mare then astonishes everyone, including herself, by revealing at the palace that she has the power to wield lightning. Such a power should be possible only for a Silver, so the Silvers, worried that word will get out that a Red has this special ability, imprison Mare. As Mare learns to grapple with her newfound ability, she must masquerade as a long-lost Silver who has been raised by Reds. Innately distrustful, Mare becomes increasingly so over the course of the novel. She comes to doubt not only herself and everyone around her but also the fundamental truths that have always dictated her life. Mare begins her life at the palace worried that her tendency to talk back to Silvers will get her into trouble. However, as she sees the extent of the corruption at the palace, she and other dissatisfied Reds realize that her willingness to stand up to power might make her the perfect candidate to lead a revolution. Although Mare is extremely skeptical of people and institutions by the end of the novel, she also grows more hopeful for the future as she realizes the power she has to resist injustice.

Mare Barrow Quotes in Red Queen

The Red Queen quotes below are all either spoken by Mare Barrow or refer to Mare Barrow. 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 1 Quotes

Families can go years without hearing a thing, only to find their sons and daughters waiting on the front doorstep, home on leave or sometimes blissfully discharged. But usually you receive a letter made of heavy paper, stamped with the king’s crown seal below a short thank-you for your child’s life. Maybe you even get a few buttons from their torn, obliterated uniforms.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Shade Barrow, Tramy Barrow, Bree Barrow
Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 2
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This is the true division between Silvers and Reds: the color of our blood. This simple difference somehow makes them stronger, smarter, better than us.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker)
Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 9
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In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that.

The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker)
Page Number: 11
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Chapter 2  Quotes

I’ve always wanted her hair, though I’d never tell her that. Where hers is like fire, my hair is what we call river brown. Dark at the root, pale at the ends, as the color leeches from our hair with the stress of Stilts life. Most keep their hair short to hide their gray ends but I don’t. I like the reminder that even my hair knows life shouldn’t be this way.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Gisa Barrow
Page Number: 13-14
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Chapter 3 Quotes

He’s right. It’s cruel to give hope where none should be. It only turns into disappointment, resentment, rage—all the things that make this life more difficult than it already is.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Farley, Kilorn Warren
Page Number: 26
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Chapter 4 Quotes

As more and more footage rolls, showing the marble façade of the courthouse explode into dust or a diamondglass wall withstanding a fireball, part of me feels happy. The Silvers are not invincible. They have enemies, enemies who can hurt them, and for once, they aren’t hiding behind a Red shield.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker)
Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 35
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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 6 Quotes

I don’t know who hired you or what they told you about the job, but it starts to wear on you. It’s not all changing bedsheets and cleaning plates. You have to look without seeing, hear without listening. We’re objects up there, living statues meant to serve….Especially now, with this Scarlet Guard business. It’s never a good time to be a Red, but this is very bad.

Related Characters: Ann Walsh (speaker), Mare Barrow
Page Number: 54
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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 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 8 Quotes

“I’d bow, but I might fall over,” I say to Queen Elara, and immediately I wish I could call back the words. She’s a Silver, I can’t talk to her that way. She could put me in the stocks, take away my rations, punish me, punish my family. No, I realize in my growing horror. She’s the queen. She could just kill me. She could kill us all.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Queen Elara
Page Number: 77
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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 13 Quotes

Thinking all Silvers are evil is just as wrong as thinking all Reds are inferior….What my people are doing to you and yours is wrong to the deepest levels of humanity. Oppressing you, trapping you in an endless cycle of poverty and death, just because we think you are different from us? That is not right. And as any student of history can tell you, it will end poorly.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow
Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 131
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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.

Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 205
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Chapter 18 Quotes

…[Y]ou’re in danger, from everyone. Even Maven. Even me. Anyone can betray anyone.

Related Characters: Julian Jacos (speaker), Mare Barrow, Maven Calore
Page Number: 225
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Chapter 19 Quotes

Think what their lives will buy, what their deaths will accomplish. How many of your people could be saved?

Related Characters: Maven Calore (speaker), Mare Barrow
Page Number: 236
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Chapter 21 Quotes

Walsh hugs me, taking me by surprise. “I don’t know how,” she mutters, “but I hope you become queen one day. Imagine what you could do then? The Red queen.”

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Ann Walsh (speaker)
Page Number: 269
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Chapter 22 Quotes

It’s not long before I find myself standing in the doorway of Julian’s old classroom, and the sight shocks me. The stacks of books, the desk, even the maps are gone. The room looks larger but feels smaller. It once held whole worlds but now holds only dust and crumpled paper. My eyes linger on the wall where the huge map used to be. Once I couldn’t understand it; now I remember it like an old friend.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Julian Jacos
Page Number: 276
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Chapter 24 Quotes

Trees and bushes grow over concrete, reclaiming little pockets and corners, but even more have been cleared away. Shattered glass crunches under my feet and clouds of dust drift in the wind, but somehow this place, the picture of neglect, doesn’t feel abandoned. I know this place from the histories, from the books and old maps.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Maven Calore, Farley
Page Number: 310
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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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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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Mare Barrow Character Timeline in Red Queen

The timeline below shows where the character Mare Barrow appears in Red Queen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The protagonist and narrator, Mare Barrow, walks through the marketplace of her hometown, the Stilts, picking pockets. It is the... (full context)
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Mare’s three older brothers, Shade, Bree, and Tramy, have all been drafted. Upon leaving, each of... (full context)
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Mare’s “only real friend,” Kilorn Warren, catches up with Mare and shuffles her along to “the... (full context)
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Kilorn, a fisherman’s apprentice whose father died at war (unlike Mare’s father, who came home missing a leg and a lung), wonders what kind of creatures... (full context)
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Silver security officers toss bread and electricity rations into the crowd as Mare seethes about how the match is clearly meant to scare the Reds into submission. Kilorn... (full context)
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...seems that the strongarm begins doing the bidding of the aristocrat. Everyone grows quiet, and Mare speaks what everyone is realizing: the aristocrat is a “whisper,” a person whose power is... (full context)
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...crowd, including Silver officers, is shocked because Silvers never die in the arena. “After all,” Mare states, “they aren’t Reds.” The whisper walks out of the arena, unfeeling. Mare contemplates the... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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Mare returns to her family’s small house on stilts. From the ladder, Mare can see the... (full context)
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Inside, Mare’s mother cooks while fourteen-year-old Gisa embroiders. Her red hair contrasts Mare’s, which is brown at... (full context)
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Mare protests that she is contributing what she can before she goes away. Her reference to... (full context)
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Lying in her cot, Mare hears a birdcall that she knows to be Kilorn. She tries to ignore the call,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...land, but it is always Red bodies on the line at the warfront. In school, Mare and her peers have been taught that they are lucky to live in Norta, “a... (full context)
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Will Whistle is an old man with many footholds in the black market. Mare goes to him when she has stolen goods that she can’t sell to regular shopkeepers.... (full context)
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Two thousand crowns is enough money to feed Mare’s family for years, and Mare will have to come up with it by the day... (full context)
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When Mare tells Kilorn about the deal she has made, he gracefully accepts that there is no... (full context)
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The next day, Mare accompanies Gisa into Summerton. Mare marvels at how upright everyone walks and how slowly they... (full context)
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A security officer asks Gisa and Mare for identification. Gisa says that Mare is helping her today with her apprenticeship. Each of... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Mare is aware that theft is highly risky now that she is targeting Silvers, who might... (full context)
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...all people, starting with the Reds…And we will rise up, Red as the dawn.” Bewildered, Mare recognizes the woman as Farley. (full context)
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Mare backs out of the bar quietly to make her escape. Reds everywhere are doing the... (full context)
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Mare knows she must set aside Kilorn and the two thousand crowns in the interest of... (full context)
Chapter 5
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After bringing an injured Gisa home, Mare takes off running so that no one can find her, not even Kilorn. She goes... (full context)
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At the end of the night, one of the seasonal workers closes a hand on Mare’s wrist when she tries to get into his pocket. Mare registers his hand as strangely... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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Cal asks if Mare was present for the riots; she ends up confessing all her pent-up shame, telling Cal... (full context)
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Outside her house, Mare runs into her father attempting to fix the utility box. Mare asks why he doesn’t... (full context)
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Mare and her father stand in silence. Mare reflects that they have both run from the... (full context)
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Inside, Mare watches Gisa sleep, restless but holding her injured arm still. “Even in sleep, it hurts... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Mare wakes to what she assumes is a routine security search. She is surprised to see... (full context)
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After a ride in a gleaming transport, Mare and the royal servant pass through the diamondglass walls into Summerton. The servant introduces herself... (full context)
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Walsh tells Mare she is to be on duty for an event called Queenstrial, when all the young... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Mare feels betrayed by the sight of Cal, who now looks “every inch a future king,... (full context)
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Mare wonders what could possibly appear below that would require such a shield. A tiny girl... (full context)
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As Mare watches Silver noble after Silver noble—a greeny who grows plants instantly, a nymph who shoots... (full context)
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...appears to be a favorite to win even though she does not look very impressive. Mare realizes that she is witnessing “A hierarchy within the hierarchy,” and that the Queenstrial is... (full context)
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...Plates and glasses fall over the rail onto the lightning shield. Suddenly, something crashes into Mare and sends her, too, over the rail. She is sure she is about to be... (full context)
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Evangeline, scared, sends “a flurry of metal shards” toward Mare. Without knowing what she is doing, Mare shoots back lightning and makes the shards fall... (full context)
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The king yells for the sentinels to seize Mare. Her years of experience as a thief tell her that now is the time to... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Mare remembers each of her brothers’ departures when they were conscripted. She remembers her mother and... (full context)
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Mare tells Queen Elara, “I’d bow, but I might fall over,” then immediately regrets her words... (full context)
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As Queen Elara toys with Mare by paralyzing her legs, Mare realizes that the queen is a “whisper.” Queen Elara tells... (full context)
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The next time Mare wakes, a guard stands outside her cell, telling her to get dressed. Mare wonders why... (full context)
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The king pulls out Mare’s identification card, on which her red blood was rubbed at birth. It contains all the... (full context)
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Mare suggests that the king let her go. Queen Elara laughs, saying that the nobles will... (full context)
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Mare thinks that the fairytale is more like a nightmare. She tries to plead silently with... (full context)
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When Mare asks about her family, the king says he will give them an allowance to keep... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Mare tries to get used to her new name, Lady Mareena Titanos, as Red maids dress... (full context)
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Cal stops by Mare’s new room to apologize for getting her involved with the palace. He insists on calling... (full context)
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After Cal leaves, Mare’s guards escort her to the Queenstrial feast. Although Lucas is kind enough, Mare can only... (full context)
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Queen Elara meets Mare when she gets off the elevator. The queen tells Mare telepathically that the Titanos family... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Elara leaves Mare. Mare goes through some doors at the end of the hall, which lead down a... (full context)
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The king and queen announce that following the incident at Queenstrial, they have discovered Mare’s (fabricated) long lost parentage. They announce her engagement to Maven, and Mare realizes that the... (full context)
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Next Cal steps forward and, as expected, proposes to Evangeline, who accepts. It strikes Mare that Cal seems to truly believe that he will be a good king, “or die... (full context)
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...“a dangerous turn for our Red brothers.” Although the Silvers scoff at the word “brothers,” Mare can tell that the king is concealing real fear. She hates herself as, along with... (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... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Maven tries to teach Mare the names of all the lords and ladies at the feast. Evangeline’s father stands to... (full context)
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Mare worries about what the powerful king and queen could possibly fear, and about who the... (full context)
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Alone with Cal after Maven and a scowling Evangeline depart, Mare comments sarcastically that Cal “picked a real winner.” Cal retorts that he did not pick... (full context)
Chapter 12
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In the morning, Mare finds a curt note from Elara on her nightstand, detailing her schedule. Maids dress her... (full context)
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Mare is surprised when Elara defends her, telling Evangeline that Mare’s circumstances growing up have left... (full context)
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After breakfast, Lucas tells Mare that she is next to meet with her etiquette trainer, Lady Blonos. Lady Blonos is... (full context)
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Lady Blonos interrupts Mare’s thoughts. She looks old, but she has artificially altered her face to look younger and... (full context)
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After three and a half hours of physical and mental exercises with Lady Blonos, Mare goes to the queen’s luncheon. The Glass Terrace strikes Mare as “beautiful in an artificial... (full context)
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Mare survives the luncheon, aided by Evangeline’s willingness to lead the conversation. Mare runs into Maven... (full context)
Chapter 13
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For Mare’s next lesson, she enters a room full of books and maps. Her instructor asks her... (full context)
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The tutor tells Mare that he will not reveal her identity. She asks if there are no cameras so... (full context)
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Julian says that Mare has the power to bring about slower but less violent change than that represented by... (full context)
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At meals, Mare sits next to Evangeline, who uses her utensils like weapons. Mare tries to remember the... (full context)
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...to know what the king is going to do about the Scarlet Guard terrorist attacks. Mare is surprised to learn that there have been more. Elara says it is unwise to... (full context)
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Mare is lonely. She does not see Cal often, and she remains wary of Maven, who... (full context)
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At one lesson, Julian tries to get Mare to harness electricity from a large electrical contraption. When Mare jokes that maybe she needs... (full context)
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Julian and Mare find a larger space to allow more room for Mare to practice aiming bolts of... (full context)
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Mare, feeling there is something wrong with her, runs from practice. Sentinels grab her to escort... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Mare follows Maven through the hallways, not worried that she will be questioned in his presence.... (full context)
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Once Cal agrees to help Mare sneak out of the palace, Maven leaves. As Cal changes clothes, Mare looks around at... (full context)
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Cal leads Mare to what she thinks is a dead end full of hanging sheets concealing some sort... (full context)
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Mare feels free on the cycle. When she and Cal arrive at the village, Cal stashes... (full context)
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Mare is surprised at Cal’s expression of goodness. She asks what he sees. He says the... (full context)
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Cal offers to stay outside when Mare goes into her house, in case her brothers recognize him. Wanting Cal to see his... (full context)
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Mare’s father explains the lottery that supposedly led to the entire Barrow family discharge. Mare can... (full context)
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Mare’s mother begins to cry. Mare thinks it is because she is worried Mare will leave... (full context)
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Someone gets Mare’s attention: Kilorn, she realizes. He looks angry and wants to know if Mare is one... (full context)
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Mare’s mother thinks the turn of events is a miracle for the family and that Mare... (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. There, Mare meets one of... (full context)
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Something rustles in the woods, and Kilorn steps out. He accuses Mare again of joining the Silvers and says that she has a bad habit of trying... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Mare wakes to Walsh standing over her. Walsh goes about the business of a servant but... (full context)
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Mare is excited for Training because she will have someone to talk to. Lucas advises her... (full context)
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At Training, Mare must endure the jealous glances of the other noble women who were in the contest... (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... (full context)
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As practice commences, Mare loses hope because all the Silvers appear so powerful, and these are only the untrained... (full context)
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Next, Mare is asked to demonstrate her power by shooting down a ball target with electricity. She... (full context)
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Mare goes to her lesson with Julian sore and sweating. She struggles to focus because she... (full context)
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Julian tells Mare that he saw her training session, and she looked very good. He then demonstrates his... (full context)
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As Mare backs away, horrified, Julian tells her that she is right not to trust him. He... (full context)
Chapter 16
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A week of midnights go by. Finally, one night, Mare suddenly feels an absence of cameras and electricity for the first time since Queenstrial. Walsh... (full context)
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...and he’ll be a just ruler, but he doesn’t think change is worth the cost.” Mare wonders if she should start to trust Maven precisely because of this secret pain he... (full context)
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...his colors, an ancient binding oath, Farley welcomes him to the Scarlet Guard. “Thank you,” Mare whispers to him. Farley then pressures Maven into giving her names of assassination targets. He... (full context)
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Maven turns to try to convince Mare to join him as the face of the revolution. She is resistant as Maven backs... (full context)
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Mare reluctantly agrees to involvement in the terrorist plan, but she tries to bargain with Farley... (full context)
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The ball approaches much faster than Mare would like. She continues to struggle with her dancing lessons and pours her energy into... (full context)
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Mare is terrified as she watches a nymph and Maven gear up to fight. The instructor... (full context)
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...opponent because “it makes them more dangerous.” Cal congratulates Maven on his improvement, which strikes Mare as patronizing. She speaks up for Maven, but then tells Maven privately that Cal is... (full context)
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Mare sees Evangeline smiling across the arena and wonders how it does not bother her to... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Mare tries to refuse, which Maven agrees is a good idea. However, everyone pushes Mare into... (full context)
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Mare convinces Maven to take her to Julian. When they meet, Mare learns that there is... (full context)
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In the hall, Mare and Maven run into Elara, and Mare witnesses the queen read her son’s mind. When... (full context)
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Mare must dress for the send-off of a legion of soldiers. Mare is disgusted that Silvers... (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 will depart for the war front when she departs for the... (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 of her engagement... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Cal takes Mare to an empty sitting room to practice dancing. The cameras are still on, but no... (full context)
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Cal sounds bitter when he comments that Maven fixed up Mare’s face well. Mare tells him it was Sara Skonos, and Cal grows tense. Mare learns... (full context)
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Mare returns to her room to find that the cameras have been shut off. Maven appears... (full context)
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Mare thinks of how Shade died for the Guard and decides that his mission is hers... (full context)
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At Mare’s next lesson, Julian warns Mare about getting too attached to Maven, because he is his... (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... (full context)
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Cal, Mare reminds herself, is forbidden. Then Cal kisses Mare. She thinks about how she is betraying... (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... (full context)
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They see the rest of Maven’s family. As Elara fusses over Maven, Mare realizes that the evil queen is redeemed by her love for her son. The king... (full context)
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Mare looks around at the four people she knows will be assassinated tonight. One of them... (full context)
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One of the targets, Colonel Macanthos, wishes Mare happiness and remarks that Evangeline will “make a sad queen.” Mare reminds herself that the... (full context)
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Maven and Mare return to the crowd. They take the dance floor along with Cal and Evangeline. Mare... (full context)
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Maven and Mare inch to the edge of the dance floor, where they communicate with Kilorn under the... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Mare screams along with the crowd as she makes the lights go out so that her... (full context)
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Mare sees one of the dead bodies as she leaves, posed in the middle of the... (full context)
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Lucas leads Mare underground, where the rest of the royal family except Cal lies in wait. The king... (full context)
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...crying for her brother, followed by Cal, who is soaked in Red blood. They bring Mare with them to a prison cell containing four people, including Farley, Walsh, Kilorn, and a... (full context)
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Someone bursts in, calling for Evangeline. Mare and Farley are both surprised to see Evangeline’s brother, healed from the attack. Mare must... (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... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Mare goes back to her room and wonders how she will save Kilorn. She thinks of... (full context)
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Julian is horrified that Mare is implicated in this scheme. Julian knows that the queen will pluck out his eyes... (full context)
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Back in her room, Mare convinces Lucas to accompany her to the kitchen, because dinner never happened in the aftermath... (full context)
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Alone with the prisoners, Mare and Julian ask them about the bomb. Farley swears that it was not the Scarlet... (full context)
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Julian must also manipulate the memories of the other sentinels who saw him, Mare, and Lucas go down to the cell. His gift is not strong enough to handle... (full context)
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...of the sentinels, a skin healer, to wake up. He has the skin healer heal Mare and Farley, who has a dislocated shoulder. Julian tells the prisoners that they have a... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Mare dreams of Shade that night, then remembers that he is dead. Her maids wake her... (full context)
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Maven whispers to Mare that there was no bomb. The explosion was caused by a bullet-punctured gas line, but... (full context)
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Mare dreads becoming more deeply embroiled in the court when she goes with the royal family... (full context)
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Cal crashes into the hallway in full armor. Mare is disgusted at the sight of him, remembering the torture he inflicted on the prisoners.... (full context)
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Mare watches the Silvers from the entrance hall as they disperse to teach and train. It... (full context)
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Mare watches Cal and Maven say their goodbyes in preparation for their departure to the capital.... (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... (full context)
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Mare is relieved until Maven tells her that answers are coming soon because red blood was... (full context)
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Mare reflects that it would have been better to stay near the Stilts so she could... (full context)
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Mare sees her house in the distance as they pass it. She notices that her parents... (full context)
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Mare demands of the queen why the Reds are being forced to watch the parade. Cal,... (full context)
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...the capital, the crowded villages give way to luxurious homes that appear to be empty. Mare learns that these are second homes of Silver aristocrats, and they are uninhabited most of... (full context)
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Mare realizes that the workers she sees are the “techies” who make the lights, cameras, and... (full context)
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Mare next sees Archeon, the capital itself. There is a huge bridge linking two sections of... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...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 out his favorite places and explains that... (full context)
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Mare is struck by how much the organization of West Archeon seems to reflect the fact... (full context)
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Mare and Maven joke about how Cal looks stern enough for everyone. Maven says that Cal... (full context)
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Mare tries not to think about whether the aristocrat shuffling her and Maven to the correct... (full context)
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...walks into a building and into a room with a plaque that says, “War Command.” Mare is handed a piece of paper. She then realizes how she will be useful to... (full context)
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After a gap in time, Mare sits in her new bedroom, watching the recording of the broadcast that has just aired.... (full context)
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Knowing that her words will drive Reds to work against one another, Mare doubles down on her determination to fight until she is killed. Mare misses Lucas and... (full context)
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Mare assembles all the lines of the note. Julian has given her the names of 27... (full context)
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Mare tucks the book in her jacket to go show Maven, but Cal finds her first.... (full context)
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Mare watches as “Something breaks in Cal.” He tells her that he used to think he... (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... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Mare begins the next morning by exploring Whitefire, which is older than the Hall at Summerton... (full context)
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Mare is disgusted throughout the day by sights of Silvers mistreating Red servants. In an art... (full context)
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Thinking of the future makes Mare think of Shade and how he was killed before he saw a better future. Mare... (full context)
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Mare slips away to try to scout out the right Red to ask about Farley. A... (full context)
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Maven is easily able to get himself and Mare into the theater. He must explain to Mare what a play is because in the... (full context)
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The ceiling panel above Maven and Mare opens. No one appears, but Mare hoists herself and then Maven up into the ceiling.... (full context)
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Will leads Mare and Maven to a platform in a tunnel where, after some alarming screeching noises and... (full context)
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Mare tries to calm her nausea as the train speeds on. Maven realizes that the train... (full context)
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Maven remains wary but allows Farley to lead him and Mare off the train. Mare sees trees and bushes growing amidst the ruins of an old... (full context)
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Mare sees special markers around the borders of the city, used to trick the Silvers’ radiation... (full context)
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...offers to stall the process of putting children on the warfront by proposing extra training. Mare, sure that this will not be enough, pulls out the book from Julian and tells... (full context)
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Maven’s proposal gives Mare and Farley hope, but Kilorn argues that it will be near-impossible to get enough Reds... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Back in the capital, Mare can see why the Silvers want to keep their lifestyle. It is beautiful. However, she... (full context)
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As soon as Mare and Maven are inside, they hear a shrill scream. They run along the hall until... (full context)
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Mare talks to Cal later, and he tells her that the suicide pill was like the... (full context)
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Mare suggests to Cal that something might have happened between the two of them if politics... (full context)
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That night in bed, Mare stares at Julian’s map, eager for the coup that will happen in the morning. The... (full context)
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At four in the morning, Mare walks down the hall to Maven’s room, shutting down the cameras as she goes. Together,... (full context)
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Mare and the others watch from their place at the tunnel entrance as the last section... (full context)
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...she is the one who must persuade Cal to the side of the Scarlet Guard, Mare calls out to him. She tries to think of him not as the general or... (full context)
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Mare feels that Cal will choose her. She confesses to him that it was her blood... (full context)
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As Mare and Cal stare at each other, Mare feeling the fire rise behind Cal’s eyes, Maven... (full context)
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...then lets the Training instructor with the power to mute Silvers’ abilities take hold of Mare. Maven pleads with Cal not to let the Sentinels kill him or Mare. Mare shuts... (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... (full context)
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...sons tell him what is going on. Maven confesses that he chose the assassination targets. Mare notices that although Maven and Elara look at each other, Elara refuses to look at... (full context)
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...you wear my crown, you will understand.” Elara then says that will never happen, and Mare notices that her eyes are the same as Maven’s. Tiberias tries to question Elara but... (full context)
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Mare, shocked, thinks that Elara is saving her and Maven where Cal failed to do so.... (full context)
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Julian’s words, “Anyone can betray anyone,” crescendo in Mare’s head as she pleads with Maven to help her, and he refuses. Elara now has... (full context)
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Mare realizes that Elara did not care about Maven’s presence in her memories because she knew... (full context)
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Mare feels foolish for trusting Maven and realizes that Elara must have used her knowledge of... (full context)
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Elara tells Maven to say his goodbyes to Mare. He says he does not have any, and instead confronts his father for only loving... (full context)
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...cameras turn back on. She acts as though Cal has cruelly murdered his own father. Mare finally understands what Julian once tried to teach her: what people believe matters more than... (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... (full context)
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Cal and Mare speculate as to how the king (Maven) will have them executed. Cal is not sure... (full context)
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Mare tells Cal that there are more like her, and that she foolishly gave the list... (full context)
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...lets his head thud against the bars but does not seem to notice the pain. Mare asks if Cal thinks Maven will kill her parents. She is glad that Shade is... (full context)
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...bars. He has taken Tiberias’s medals and “stands with the air of a terrible king.” Mare notices that he looks better rested now that he has participated in the murder of... (full context)
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Maven accuses Cal of taking “everything” from him, including Mare. Mare stands to tell Maven that, “I was never yours, and you were never mine,... (full context)
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Maven grabs Mare and pleads with her to let him save her. She accuses him of betraying a... (full context)
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Mare explains to Maven that because she, Cal, and Maven have all betrayed one another in... (full context)
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Maven promises to make Mare watch the execution of every person on the list of those who are both Red... (full context)
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Sentinels fetch Mare and Cal from the cells, bringing them up to the arena where they will be... (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 entrance, and Mare sees... (full context)
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Mare hears Maven enter the arena and address the crowd. He sounds like a monster. He... (full context)
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Mare and Cal face their five executioners. Mare knows all their abilities. Among them are Evangeline... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Mare watches a lightning shield come to life above her, Cal, and the executioners, protecting the... (full context)
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Evangeline tells Mare that tricks can’t save her now. Although Evangeline has seen Mare’s abilities at work, Mare... (full context)
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When one of her adversaries catches Mare from behind, she summons the strength within herself to physically fight back, digging her fingers... (full context)
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Mare and Cal continue trying to fend off the Silvers. Cal does remarkably well until a... (full context)
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Maven screams for Mare to be killed, but the crowd has already seen her red blood and her lightning.... (full context)
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Only Mare, Cal, Evangeline, and Evangeline’s brother remain alive in the arena. Cal refuses to kill anyone.... (full context)
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Suddenly, Cal throws himself and Mare back from a huge bolt of lightning. Mare realizes that the storm is of her... (full context)
Epilogue
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Mare wakes and realizes that she is on the Undertrain. She realizes that she is lying... (full context)
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Shade reveals to Mare that he was reported dead, but, as he demonstrates, he has the power to teleport... (full context)
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Mare looks at everyone and tells Farley and the guards to let Cal go. No one... (full context)
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Kilorn tells Mare that the Guard cannot afford to trust Silvers again. He also says that Cal might... (full context)
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Mare stands and resolves to find the others before Maven does. Kilorn steps forward, determined to... (full context)