Red Queen

by

Victoria Aveyard

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Shade Barrow Character Analysis

Mare’s older brother, who has been conscripted and sends a coded message home indicating that he has joined the Scarlet Guard. Mare thinks of Shade as the smart one among her brothers. Mare and her family receive word that Shade is dead, but at the end of the novel, he is revealed to be still alive and as deeply embroiled in the revolution as Mare herself.

Shade Barrow Quotes in Red Queen

The Red Queen quotes below are all either spoken by Shade Barrow or refer to Shade 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Shade Barrow Character Timeline in Red Queen

The timeline below shows where the character Shade Barrow appears in Red Queen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Biological Determinism and Social Inequality Theme Icon
Power and Degradation Theme Icon
Revolution vs. Stability Theme Icon
Mare’s three older brothers, Shade, Bree, and Tramy, have all been drafted. Upon leaving, each of them left Mare and... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...Her reference to the war makes everyone fall silent, until Gisa remembers a letter from Shade that she got from the post on the way back from Summerton today. After everyone... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...her injured arm still. “Even in sleep, it hurts her,” Mare reflects. Mare pulls out Shade’s most recent letter from the box where she keeps all his letters. She fixates on... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...tears, and her father and her own silence. She also remembers red blood dripping onto Shade’s shirt from the poor ear-piercing job she did with the earrings Shade gave to her... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...subjects, Mare tells him that her brothers would not recognize him, even though she knows Shade might. Inside, everyone is slow to wake and realize that Mare has come to visit.... (full context)
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...forget her daughter. No one is looking at Mare’s mother, though, and Mare realizes that Shade’s absence must not be incidental. Gisa tells her that Shade died before the discharge, beheaded... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...and she realizes Cal did not tell him how it went. Mare tells Maven about Shade, and he expresses sympathy. Although Maven is a burner, Mare almost gets the feeling that... (full context)
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...my fate.” Julian shows Mare the death lists from the war, and Mare knows that Shade will not be listed because deserters do not get lines in the books. Julian tells... (full context)
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...rather than one who would simply stand for Silver interests. Julian tells Mare that, like Shade, his sister was killed under suspicious circumstances. Julian warns Mare not to get in too... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...not be able to keep quiet as he has other terrorist attacks. Mare realizes that Shade has been one of Farley’s pawns. However, Maven reminds her what Julian has told her... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...careful not to give herself away with her blood again, Mare challenges her for killing Shade. Elara takes control of Mare, throwing her back against the wall. She tells Mare never... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Mare thinks of how Shade died for the Guard and decides that his mission is hers now. Besides, she can... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Mare dreams of Shade that night, then remembers that he is dead. Her maids wake her early. When Lucas... (full context)
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...distance as they pass it. She notices that her parents have rebelled quietly by leaving Shade’s star on their flag rather than removing it, as is customary when families lose a... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...the lines of the note. Julian has given her the names of 27 soldiers, including Shade, whose bodies have been neither buried nor cremated, but rather “misplaced” upon their execution. This... (full context)
Chapter 24
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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 thinks of all... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...a different world, is “proof the world can change.” Mare falls asleep and dreams of Shade, who tells her that she must find the others who are both Red and Silver.... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...pain. Mare asks if Cal thinks Maven will kill her parents. She is glad that Shade is dead, because Maven will not be able to hurt him. Mare knows that Cal... (full context)
Epilogue
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...head sharply to see who is above her, and immediately asks if everyone is dead. Shade assures her that neither of them is dead. (full context)
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Shade reveals to Mare that he was reported dead, but, as he demonstrates, he has the... (full context)
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...either. She tells Farley that Maven has the list of the others like her and Shade, and will use the bloodbase to track them down. (full context)