Mare Barrow lives in a world divided by the color of the blood. There are Silvers, who have great abilities such as metal, fire, water or wind control, mind reading and controlling, super strength, invisibility, etc. They are leaders and privileged. And there are Reds, who don’t have abilities and work for the Silvers. Mare is Red, but she discovers that she can create and control electricity, during Queen’s Trial, a ceremony for choosing the next Silver queen. This discovery affects everyone, so Mare must learn to live as a Silver without being fully accepted by the others and without being one. She must learn how to protect herself from everyone else and how to control her great power.
During the three books, along with the Scarlet Guard, she tries to topple Silvers seeking equality. Also, she finds out that there are others like her, Reds with greater abilities than Silvers.
In the first book, the two Silver princes, Cal and Maven, are in love with her. One of them will break her heart changing her forever. He’ll also betray his father to get the throne. In this book, she’ll have to deal with Elara Merandus, the queen, who’s an evil mind controller and with Evangeline Samos, the winner of Queen’s Trial, a magnetron who can control metal.
In the second book, Mare begins the search of Newbloods, along with her brother Shade (a Newblood who can teleport himself and others), Farley (one captain of the Scarlet Guard), Kilorn (Mare’s bestfriend), the Exiled Prince and other Scarlet Guard’s members. In the meantime, all the new Nortan King’s opponents are being imprisoned and the Newbloods are being hunted to thwart Mare’s plans.
The third book has such an stressful end that left me wanting to read the fourth book as soon as it comes out. There are more confrontations between the Scarlet Guard and the Nortan King in this book. Also, there are more alliances with other kingdoms and some Silvers become allies of the Scarlet Guard.
I think this is a very interesting series, in which there is an incessant struggle for individual and collective power. It has great characters, a lot of manipulations, sacrifices, betrayals, unexpected decisions and excitement. It has become part of my favorites and definitely I’ll read the fourth book. I recommend it a lot!