Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 444
Publishing Date: Feb. 9th, 2016
Ever since I read Red Queen early last month, I’ve been anticipating the release of Glass Sword. Red Queen enthralled me and left me anxious to find out what was going to happen next.
But I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure where Glass Sword was going to take the story. I loved Red Queen and the ending of it was a fairly big cliffhanger. I had some theories as to how the story would continue, but I never imagined the story would go where Victoria Aveyard took it. Glass Sword took my by surprise, had the classic plot twists that Red Queen had, gave me an extreme amount of different emotions, and the ending made me want to throw my book across the room because I realized that I would have to wait an entire year until I could find out what happens next.
The rest of the review is spoiler-free, but it may contain spoilers about Red Queen.
Holy crap. After Red Queen, I knew what the author was capable of when it comes to plot twists. I went into this book telling myself that I wouldn’t trust any characters, not even the ones that I wanted to love the most. However, that plan epically failed, and I found myself getting my heart squashed numerous times by plot twists that I didn’t see coming at all, even though I knew that they would probably happen. The plot was, in my opinion, anything but predictable.
As soon as I read through the first few pages, there was action. So much action. On a scale of one to ten regarding how anxious and nervous this book made me, from start to finish, I was probably an eleven. The action scenes were thrilling and I honestly couldn’t set the book down at all (I read it in one sitting).
I loved how the scenery was constantly changing in this book. In Red Queen, we were basically stuck in the castle the whole time. But in Glass Sword, you’re able to see so much more of this amazingly unique world that the author has created and it was riveting.
The romance in this book was really subtle and slow-paced, which was very realistic and lovely. I kind of predicted that the romance was going to happen, and thankfully my predictions were correct. I felt the slow blossoming of an OTP as I read through each chapter and GAH, the feels were very, very real.
The direction that this story went in was epic and adventurous and I loved every page of it. The ending was so unexpected and it took me by complete surprise and there was so much action and I was so anxious and nervous again because I thought the book was going to end calmly, and then in the midst of all of this craziness and me practically screaming, “Oh my God, SHE’S GOING TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION WITH THIS STORY!”, the book ended. IT ENDED. I stared at the ‘Acknowledgements’ pages in complete disbelief and awe. I’m now going to try and recuperate because I’m fairly sure I’m going to have a book hangover from Glass Sword and I’m not sure how long it will take me recover.
While reading Glass Sword, I grew more attached to my favorite characters than ever before, my hatred for certain characters grew immensely, and I grew very fond of newly introduced characters.
Mare’s character development was stunning. Not only did she grow immensely, but there was a darker side to her character that wasn’t seen before and it was amazing how well the author slowly but surely executed these changes in her character. In Red Queen, Mare had just discovered her powers and we watched as she learned to use and control them. But in Glass Sword, we’re able to watch her use her powers with skill and grow stronger and braver than ever before. I continue to love Mare dearly and she remains my favorite character in this series. She’s definitely flawed, but that’s what makes her character so strong, and she continuously displays her bravery, her selflessness, and her overall resilience.
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
I loved being able to see more of characters that I wanted to know more about in the first book, like Cal, Kilorn, Shade, and Farley. It was so interesting getting to know more of their histories, and I grew really attached to all of them. While there were many characters from the first book, there were also a ton of new characters introduced. I really liked how these new characters weren’t completely explored. I feel like if that would’ve happened, they all would’ve been really overwhelming. But instead, these characters were very simply explained and I really loved that aspect of the book.
Victoria Aveyard’s writing is so gripping and exciting. The way she writes out action scenes is so descriptive and intricate, while also being seamless. I adored the way that Red Queen was written, and Glass Sword was no different. The beauty of Victoria Aveyard’s writing continues to amaze me and I’m kind of desperate to get my hands on more of her writing when the next book in the series comes out.
Overall, Glass Sword was everything I could’ve wanted in a sequel. It was full of action, heartbreaking at certain points, heartwarming at other points, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, to the point where I couldn’t even set the book down until I had finished reading it. I loved seeing character development in so many characters that I’ve grown attached to. The plot twists, as always, took me by surprise and the chaotic ending left me in such disbelief that I’m already extremely impatient as I wait for the next book to be released. Victoria Aveyard’s spectacular and beautiful writing never fails to amaze me, and I’m confident that the rest of this series will be just as engrossing and exhilarating as Red Queen and Glass Sword.
“Kneel or bleed.”
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