Title: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Pub date: February 9th 2016
Rating: 5 stars
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.
My Thoughts (5 stars)
How long has it been since I’ve posted a book review? 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks…um, it’s been a very long time. Anyways, I’m finally pulling myself out of my reading slump, and it’s all because of Glass Sword, the sequel to Red Queen.
If you’ve been reading Bookish Serendipity for a while, you probably remember all my raving about Red Queen earlier last year. Red Queen was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to read Glass Sword, especially after the wicked cliffhanger that Red Queen ended with. Seriously, how can you just end a book like that?
So yep, Glass Sword was really high on the to-read list for me. I ended up taking a while to read it because of a) school, b) my reading slump and c) CNN (American politics are interesting, y’all). But I finally finished reading it last weekend and I need to talk all about it with you + share why you should definitely get your hands on this series right away.
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
– Glass Sword
What I love about Victoria Aveyard’s writing is that it is so immersive and gripping. She has a background as screenwriter, and it definitely comes across in this series. Her writing is punchy and gets the point across, the story is gripping, and the plotline never meanders. I can totally see Red Queen and Glass Sword as movies (which is good, because RQ was optioned for film!) I was just getting out of a reading slump, so I really appreciated the fast-paced plot and constant action.
Red Queen, the first book in this series, is about Mare discovering her secret abilities, mastering them, and finally getting betrayed by people she trusts. I was really interested to see where the author would take Mare in the second book, and how her newfound abilities would impact the story. Glass Sword is much more of the “quest” book of the series. Mare sets out to find and recruit other people like her, Reds with Silver abilities–people that shouldn’t even exist. Along the way, we get to meet so many new characters and learn new, dangerous secrets about characters from Red Queen. Relationships get tested, loyalties are challenged and essentially, a lot of “Boom!” and doom happens.
Among the tested relationships is the budding romance between Mare and Cal, the former heir to the throne. I’ll be honest, I had mixed feelings about their romance throughout this book. Firstly, not much happens. They fight a bit, kiss a bit, but really weren’t that better or worse off than before, which frustrated me because Mare grows so much throughout this book. Shouldn’t their relationship evolve a bit too?
“Fire and lightning raised Maven up, and fire and lightning will bring him down.”
That said, I still thought that Mare and Cal were a pretty cute couple (although is it bad that I’m still not over shipping Mare and Maven?)
Oh, and can we talk about my feelings as I got closer to the end? I KNEW that there was going to be some sort of insane cliffhanger, but as I was nearing the end of the book, there was nothing and I started to get hopeful. Like maybe everyone won’t die and Cal and Mare can just live happily ever after? Maybe? And then BOOM, it happened. So long, emotions.
I was worried that Glass Sword would suffer from second book syndrome. After all, I loved Red Queen and I figured it would be difficult to write another book that would capture my heart, grip me, and stomp all over my feelings again. Boy, was I wrong. Glass Sword was just as good as Red Queen, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book (I’m already guessing the possible titles. Silver Throne? Midnight Crown? Silver Crown? So. many. options.)
If you haven’t already checked out Red Queen, I have just two things to say to you:
- This book is seriously amazing.
- Stop what you’re doing and go buy yourself a copy of Red Queen and/ or Glass Sword.
- No, really, you can buy yourself a copy on Amazon of Red Queen or Glass Sword by clicking here.
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