Review: GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard



GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2)
Victoria Aveyard
Published: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 444

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

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?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


Anyone can betray anyone.

Well, Glass Sword was a wild read, oh my god. I feel like I need to sit down for a minute and rest. It did take me a little while to really get into the story, but around page 90 things took a turn I was not expecting and I absolutely loved it!

From then on, there was no letting up on the action. Every time I thought the characters would finally get some rest, something else happened! It made for a very tense read, and I didn’t want to put the book down because I needed to know what was going to happen next.

The sense of dejà vu I had during the first book was not present in this one. The author really took things to another level in Glass Sword, successfully making her story unique. And there were so many twists along the way, omg.

I was very interesting in seeing what was going to happen with Maeven, and I’m glad to say I was not disappointed! He turned out to be even smarter and more twisted than I thought he was, something I was both impressed and disgusted by.

And there wasn’t much romance to speak for in this book, yay! Mare and Cal were both isolating themselves from everyone else and each other. It was very interesting reading about their struggles as they realized that a war was reallygoing to happen.

I also liked that Aveyard wrote Mare as a deeply flawed teenager, just as she was supposed to be. While it made her difficult to like at times, but it added some depth to the story. As for the side characters: Farley, Cameron, and Julian kind of stole the show, in my opinion. I loved their characters arcs and how interesting they were, even if Julian was barely in the story.

I did have a problem with the ending, though. Not only because it was a cliffhanger, but because what happened made me so so so angry!!!! It was like everything happened for nothing. I have no idea how the author will fix that, but I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens.



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