Mare Barrow was just another Red girl, living crushed beneath the iron fist of the silvers, trying to piece together her family, her mother, and sister, and father who lost a lung and leg to the war, and her three conscripted brothers, shattered by a silver war, forced to make a living for her family, only seventeen, pickpocketing. Until age 18 when she will be inevitably conscripted to the Nortan-Lakelander war- a centuries-old war, a bloodbath. Until her childhood friend loses his job and is left with mere days before his conscription. Until she pickpockets a mysterious stranger. Until she suddenly finds a job in the silver palace as a maid. Until the day of Queenstrial, the choosing of the most powerful, young, silver girl, who shall be destined to produce the finest possible heir to the throne of Norta, and marry Tiberias Calore the Seventh, Flame of the North, Heir to the Crown of Norta. Until by some twisted fate she falls, her world shattering around her, falling into oblivion, falling headfirst into her future, falling into the Queenstrial arena. Death seemed inevitable as she spiraled through the air, down toward the lightning shield of the arena, and suddenly her whole world changes. "I feel the heat of the sparks, running up and down my body, setting every nerve on fire. It isn't a bad feeling though. In fact, I feel, well, alive. Like I've been living my whole life blind and now I've opened my eyes. Something moves beneath my skin, but it's not the sparks, I look at my hands, my arms, marveling at the lightning as it glides over me. cloth burns away, charred black by the heat, but my skin doesn't change. The shield keeps trying to kill me, but it can't. Everything is wrong. I am alive." as her power unfolds, engulfing her in the life and lies of the silvers she is forced to pose as the long-lost daughter of a dead silver war general Ethan Titanos, her mother the long dead Nolle Titanos also murdered on the battlefront, now betrothed to Maven Calore, younger brother of Tiberias Calore the Seventh, Flame of the North, Heir to the Crown of Norta, she must find a way to survive in this new world, in a court of snakes, with a crown of daggers upon her head.
Red Queen- Victoria Aveyard