Red Queen

by

Victoria Aveyard

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Maven Calore Character Analysis

Cal’s younger brother and romantic rival for Mare. Like his brother and father, he has the power to control heat and flames. Initially Maven does not stand to inherit the throne, even though he is the son of King Tiberias and the current queen, Queen Elara, because he is not the king’s firstborn. He is betrothed to Mare against both of their wills. Maven is surly at times and reveals that he is upset that he did not get to choose his wife, which is standard for a second-born son. Although Maven often acts immature because he is bitter that Cal gets all the privileges of a first-born prince, Mare identifies with his jealousy because of her own jealousy of Gisa, who her mother favors. Maven further impresses Mare by revealing that he is working with the Scarlet Guard and fighting for Red rights, and she begins to trust him. However, he eventually reveals that he has duped her and used her as a pawn in his scheme with Queen Elara to take the throne for himself.

Maven Calore Quotes in Red Queen

The Red Queen quotes below are all either spoken by Maven Calore or refer to Maven 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 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 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 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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Maven Calore Character Timeline in Red Queen

The timeline below shows where the character Maven Calore appears in Red Queen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...king with the royal motto: “Strength. Power.” The king introduces his sons: Queen Elara’s son, Maven, and the crown prince from the king’s previous marriage to Queen Coriane, Tiberias the Seventh.... (full context)
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...and has only just discovered her identity as a Silver lady. She will marry Prince Maven. The king attempts to be dismissive, but Mare can tell that he is afraid of... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...her go, the queen would have hunted her down. He emphasizes that the queen is Maven’s mother, not his. Cal tells Mare that she must learn to accept her new life... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...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 as Cal... (full context)
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...at Queenstrial, they have discovered Mare’s (fabricated) long lost parentage. They announce her engagement to Maven, and Mare realizes that the other girls from Queenstrial are envious of her. Evangeline looks... (full context)
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...one-day transformation from thief to princess, how much more she will change. Next to her, Maven switches out Mare’s drink for water, telling her she will thank him later. He apologizes... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Maven tries to teach Mare the names of all the lords and ladies at the feast.... (full context)
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...claims that it would be inappropriate. The king decides that Cal will take Mare and Maven will take Evangeline. Elara is visibly angry that her husband has used his power to... (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... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...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 creatures,... (full context)
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Mare survives the luncheon, aided by Evangeline’s willingness to lead the conversation. Mare runs into Maven in the corridor on her way to Lessons. He tells her he will talk to... (full context)
Chapter 13
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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 enjoys Julian’s lessons because they allow her... (full context)
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...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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...with her, runs from practice. Sentinels grab her to escort her to her next lesson. Maven intervenes, telling them to leave her be. He says he understands Mare’s feelings because he... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Mare follows Maven through the hallways, not worried that she will be questioned in his presence. She thinks... (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 his suits of armor and books... (full context)
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...and 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... (full context)
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...He is friendly to her, telling her that she will have to join him and Maven for training now that her gift has proven so powerful. (full context)
Chapter 15
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...endure the jealous glances of the other noble women who were in the contest for Maven’s hand. It is Evangeline, however, who looks the most threatening. Mare seeks out Maven. He... (full context)
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Maven asks about Mare’s visit home, and she realizes Cal did not tell him how it... (full context)
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...the lead. However, part of the wall suddenly juts out, tripping her. Evangeline smirks. Only Maven slows down to wait for Mare. Parts of the wall continue to move into the... (full context)
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...too deep because “they’ll do it again, to anyone they have to. Even Cal, even Maven, and especially you.” Mare reflects internally, “Too late.” (full context)
Chapter 16
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...of bed and into the dark conservatory. Farley is there, and Mare is shocked when Maven appears a moment later. Mare can tell that he is terrified of Farley, but he... (full context)
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Maven says that the three years he spent following Cal around on the war front taught... (full context)
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After Maven swears his loyalty on his colors, an ancient binding oath, Farley welcomes him to the... (full context)
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Maven turns to try to convince Mare to join him as the face of the revolution.... (full context)
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Mare is terrified as she watches a nymph and Maven gear up to fight. The instructor asks the class who has the advantage and confirms... (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 congratulates Maven... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Mare tries to refuse, which Maven agrees is a good idea. However, everyone pushes Mare into the arena, arguing that there... (full context)
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Mare convinces Maven to take her to Julian. When they meet, Mare learns that there is animosity between... (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 Elara turns... (full context)
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...to give her dance lessons. Mare knows she should refuse because of her engagement to Maven, but the thought that Cal might die on the war front convinces Mare to go... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...supposed to be dancing with him in a dark room. Cal says he is doing Maven a favor, helping Mare avoid stepping on his feet. (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... (full context)
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Mare returns to her room to find that the cameras have been shut off. Maven appears out of the darkness and says he called in a favor from some of... (full context)
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...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 will happen... (full context)
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At Mare’s next lesson, Julian warns Mare about getting too attached to Maven, because he is his mother’s son. Mare tells Julian that it is unfair to saddle... (full context)
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...Mare is worrying about dancing. He tells Mare about his own insecurities and wishes that Maven were the crown prince, not him. Mare begins to realize that she has feelings for... (full context)
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...is forbidden. Then Cal kisses Mare. She thinks about how she is betraying “my cause, Maven, and myself, but I don’t want to stop.” She thinks again of Julian’s warning that... (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... (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... (full context)
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...the next target, a father, Mare reminds herself of Kilorn crying after his father died. Maven takes Mare aside. She tries to back out of the plan, but he talks her... (full context)
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Maven and Mare return to the crowd. They take the dance floor along with Cal and... (full context)
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Maven and Mare inch to the edge of the dance floor, where they communicate with Kilorn... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...king rages about the attack and wants to know about “my son.” Mare notices that Maven appears used to being overlooked this way. Mare tells the king that Cal went after... (full context)
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...either because he tortured Farley or because his torture failed to extract information from her. Maven and Mare play for time, convincing Cal and the king to address the kingdom. Evangeline... (full context)
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...lists off the ten dead and fifteen wounded. Mare thinks, “I never wanted this” as Maven takes her hands in their usual spot in the throne room. King Tiberias speaks, vowing... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...Protocol, Mare worries that he is being interrogated about the previous night. She runs into Maven. He tells her that she is up early after such a late night, and she... (full context)
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Maven whispers to Mare that there was no bomb. The explosion was caused by a bullet-punctured... (full context)
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...court when she goes with the royal family to the capital, leaving her family behind. Maven confirms that they will be leaving this afternoon. He thinks it will be nice for... (full context)
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...not going to the war front because his father has decided it is too dangerous. Maven reasons with Cal, saying that of course the king cannot afford to lose his heir.... (full context)
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Mare watches Cal and Maven say their goodbyes in preparation for their departure to the capital. Not wanting to learn... (full context)
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...She realizes now that it is “like his flame, like the destruction—and the people—he controls.” Maven tells Mare that the sentinels from the previous night have been sent to the warfront,... (full context)
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Mare is relieved until Maven tells her that answers are coming soon because red blood was found in the cell... (full context)
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...have been better to stay near 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.... (full context)
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...are uninhabited most of the year. The ships then enter an eerily quiet forest that Maven tells Mare exists to prevent pollution from getting to the aristocrats’ estates from Gray Town,... (full context)
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...are the “techies” who make the lights, cameras, and video screens employed throughout the kingdom. Maven tells her that they also make military supplies, keep the power grid up, and keep... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...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 out his favorite places and... (full context)
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...a speech next to the barracks, the transport heads there. Cameras turn on Mare and Maven as they exit the transport. Mare realizes that she is being broadcast to millions of... (full context)
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Mare and Maven joke about how Cal looks stern enough for everyone. Maven says that Cal does not... (full context)
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Mare tries not to think about whether the aristocrat shuffling her and Maven to the correct place knew any of the assassination victims. She notices that Evangeline, standing... (full context)
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...useful to the crown and hears Elara’s voice in her head, whispering, “Earn your keep.” Maven holds Mare’s hand supportively and whispers to her, “You must.” (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... (full context)
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...Scarlet Guard will spill is on his hands, privately thinking that it is also on Maven’s hands and hers. (full context)
Chapter 24
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...transport on the way to her first appearance of the day, Mare wants to tell Maven about Julian’s secret message and to thank him for taking her blood out of the... (full context)
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...the day by sights of Silvers mistreating Red servants. In an art gallery she and Maven visit, all the art depicts “Silver strength and Red weakness.” Mare is impressed by the... (full context)
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...of all the others she might be able to save from this fate. She tells Maven that they need to find Farley. Maven says it will be difficult, but suggests that... (full context)
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...says, “Hexaprin Theater. Afternoon play. The best seats.” Mare smiles and hands the note to Maven. (full context)
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Maven is easily able to get himself and Mare into the theater. He must explain to... (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... (full context)
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Will leads Mare and Maven to a platform in a tunnel where, after some alarming screeching noises and the feel... (full context)
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Mare tries to calm her nausea as the train speeds on. Maven realizes that the train is going south, toward land that is radiated, and he tells... (full context)
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Maven remains wary but allows Farley to lead him and Mare off the train. Mare sees... (full context)
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Maven keeps insisting that Farley has painted a target on her back and that Cal will... (full context)
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Maven offers to stall the process of putting children on the warfront by proposing extra training.... (full context)
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Maven’s proposal gives Mare and Farley hope, but Kilorn argues that it will be near-impossible to... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...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 usually takes place this time of... (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 they come... (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, they go to the place by... (full context)
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...rest of the city, explodes. Mare feels heat surge not from the explosion but from Maven. Mare watches the soldiers she hopes to win over as they swarm out to the... (full context)
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...Mare and Cal stare at each other, Mare feeling the fire rise behind Cal’s eyes, Maven yells for the Guard to storm out of the drains. Mare is aware that Kilorn... (full context)
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...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 her... (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... (full context)
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King Tiberias demands that his sons tell him what is going on. Maven confesses that he chose the assassination targets. Mare notices that although Maven and Elara look... (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... (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... (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 control of Cal, but he manages... (full context)
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Mare realizes that Elara did not care about Maven’s presence in her memories because she knew about his involvement with the Scarlet Guard. Maven... (full context)
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Mare feels foolish for trusting Maven and realizes that Elara must have used her knowledge of the inner workings of Mare’s... (full context)
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Elara tells Maven to say his goodbyes to Mare. He says he does not have any, and instead... (full context)
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...king’s silver blood pools on the floor, and the crown rolls to a stop at Maven’s feet. Elara begins screaming over the king’s body as the cameras turn back on. She... (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 their former trust in him. Cal talks about the great... (full context)
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Cal and Mare speculate as to how the king (Maven) will have them executed. Cal is not sure what the method will be, but he... (full context)
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...Cal that there are more like her, and that she foolishly gave the list to Maven. She laments that Maven used her. Cal looks at Mare through the bars and demands,... (full context)
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...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 dead, because Maven will not... (full context)
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After a while, Maven appears outside the bars. He has taken Tiberias’s medals and “stands with the air of... (full context)
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Maven accuses Cal of taking “everything” from him, including Mare. Mare stands to tell Maven that,... (full context)
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Maven grabs Mare and pleads with her to let him save her. She accuses him of... (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... (full context)
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Maven promises to make Mare watch the execution of every person on the list of those... (full context)
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Mare hears Maven enter the arena and address the crowd. He sounds like a monster. He promises that... (full context)
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...staring them down. Mare realizes she has very little time left alive. “Let them die,” Maven says from above. (full context)
Chapter 28
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...able to make spectacular use of his power over fire, but he soon finds that Maven has bewitched the sand to be flame resistant. Mare watches as Cal uses his gift... (full context)
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Maven screams for Mare to be killed, but the crowd has already seen her red blood... (full context)
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...arena. Cal refuses to kill anyone. Mare realizes that the arena has emptied out. Only Maven remains above, ordering Sentinels onto the field. Mare is angry, feeling that she and Cal... (full context)
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...bolt of lightning to allow her and Cal to escape, but she cannot summon it. Maven watches happily as gunmen close around Cal and Mare, and gunshots begin ringing out. Mare,... (full context)
Epilogue
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...much of a danger. Mare begins to say that Cal saved her after the atrocities Maven committed upon him. Cal bristles at Maven’s name. Farley insists that Cal’s saving Mare does... (full context)
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...She knows that Kilorn and Farley will not stop fighting either. She tells Farley that Maven has the list of the others like her and Shade, and will use the bloodbase... (full context)
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Mare stands and resolves to find the others before Maven does. Kilorn steps forward, determined to join her in that mission. Quietly, Cal radiates warmth... (full context)