Book Reading: Red Queen (Ch. 17-18)

Welcome back to the Red Queen reading series! It is time for chapters 17 and 18.

In which:  Everything gets fucked up. Maven tries to stop the fight but fails. Cal and Maven exchange worried glances. Mare is scared to fight and tries to stop the challenge but fails. Cal tries to stop the fight too but fails. The fight begins. Evangeline creates metal spiders that begin to attack Mare. Mare keeps Evangeline at ease with her lightning. Suddenly, a razor leg cuts Mare’s face and her red blood comes out. Maven comes running to save Mare and avoid her red blood to be seen. Mare asks to be taken to Julian. A LOT of tension can be felt between Julian and Maven, they hate each other. Julian calls for Sara Skonos, a healer that heals Mare. Maven and Julian argue about secrets and lies. The Queen appears and Mare insults her. The Queen attacks Mare and throws her against the wall without even touching her. Maven gets angry at his mom and pushes her away. The Queen stares and Maven and forgets about Mare. Mare leaves, looking back to see both The Queen and Maven angrily staring at each other. Cal’s Silver legion gets chosen to be the first Silver legion to fight at the front with the reds, dressed as reds and serving with reds. After the dinner Cal appears at Mare’s room and invites her to dance. She accepts.

Then: Cal takes out some sort of speaker and begins to play music. Cal and Mare are dancing in a dark room. Mare feels like she isn’t supposed to be there. Cal reveals that Sara Skonos had her tongue cut. Mare gets to her room and finds Maven standing there. Maven tells Mare that he was contacted by Farley and gave four Silver names to be killed at the ball. Mare returns to Julian’s lessons where he reveals why he hates Maven. He also hates the king and the queen. Mare goes back to practice with Cal and she seems distracted thinking about the attack at the ball. They talk about what will happen when Cal leaves. AND THEY KISS EACH OTHER.

Commentary

Evangeline shows to be a complete expert at using her powers, however Mare controlled the fight for a few moments until she was cut. Thankfully Cal and Maven ran fast enough to hide her blood from everyone. We finally know the reason why Julian wants to change everything in the Silver world, not because the world is unfair but probably as revenge. Her sister was killed and the king didn’t save her, the love of his life had her tongue cut by the current Queen and he couldn’t do nothing about it, however there is still something missing because Cal also hates Julian, which is odd because Julian is his uncle.

We can also see how Maven faces his mother for the first time, pushing her with a wave of heat which shows how powerful he is and how brave he is. Maven gave Farley 4 of the most important names in the Silver world, besides The King and Queen, to be killed at the ball. These are people that are supposed to be head of the Silver world and everything will collapse if killed. One of those is Evangeline’s brother.

Mare is a bitch. Just kidding. Mare kisses Cal at their final practice. There is a phrase that is often used by Mare “Anyone can betray anyone”, which just became real. She is not really betraying Maven because they’re not engaged by feelings but by interest, however Maven joined the Scarlet Guard to help the Reds and he is actually feeling something for her, so this will be devastating for him. The real traitor her is Cal though, he was the one that kissed her and he is the one that will cause a problem if this comes to light.

Mare’s only fear now is how will she act at the ball? She knows the attack will happen at the moment she gives the signal and she has to try to act normal until it happens. Will Mare be able to do? Will another betrayal happen?

Memorable Quote

The world is Silver, but it is also gray. There is no black-and-white.

Silver Houses and abilities detected as of yet

*Each Silver house is or known for their display of a particular ability.*

House Calore – Burner – Manipulate smoke and fire.

House Samos – Magnetron – manipulate metals

House Osanos – Nymph – manipulate water

House Welle – Greenwarden or Greeny – Manipulate plants

House Titanos & House Lerolan – Oblivion – cause explosion by contact

House Carros & House Rhambos – Strongarm – superhuman strength

House Laris – Windweaver – manipulate wind.

House Eagrie – Eye – Able to see inmediate future.

House Arven – Silence – Cancel abilities of other Silver.

House Jacos – Singer – Control other people using only their voice. (Eye contact is needed).

House Macanthos – Stoneskin – Turn skin into stone.

House Provos – Telky – Telekinesis

House Nolle – Storm – Manipulate weather

House Merandus – Whisper – read and control minds

House Blonos -Blood healer – Heal themselves from apparently anything

House Viper – Animos – control mind of animals

House Iral – Silk – enhanced agility and perfect balance

House Haven – Shadow – Light bending

Swift – incredible physical speed

Cloner – create replicas of him/herself

Red abilities detected as of yet

Mare – Create and manipulate electricity. Only person so far that can create an element and manipulate it. For instance a Burner can only manipulate fire but not create it.

 

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