Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Distopia.
Publisher: Harper Teen
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.
I cannot believe that ending; I need to read the next one NOW!
Glass Sword started right where Red Queen left off with one story-line being the quest to find the rest of the newbloods and the second one exploring where does the whole Cal-Mare-Maven triangle goes to; the second half is full of action and intrigue and it went way faster than the first; I really felt the suspense and adrenaline of the second half. Victoria’s fluid and fierce writing takes us into a journey where just when you think Mare is one step ahead it turns out that she’s still two steps behind.
Mare’s character becomes colder and ruthless but still brave and complex, she stops second guessing herself; I love her few interactions with Cal because, since RQ, we know there’s definitely a degree of attraction there… although something changes between them as Mare’s character changes and evolves into someone we didn’t know was in her.
We learn and explore a lot more about Cal (and experience his sadness), Shade, Kilorn (who I don’t like), Farley and what-the-hell-with-this-BEN-character??? as they go through new trials and tribulations; but strangely I’m still sold to Maven, I cannot be mad at him or hate him… nothing! I love his character and I think he’ll surprise us somehow in the end, and not necessarily turning out to be good, that would be too predictable.
And the ending, did I mention the ending? Let me do it again: WHAT AN ENDING!!!! I cannot take this cliffhanger and I can’t wait to get my hands on King’s Cage.
- The first half of this book is almost dull; with Mare’s POV floundering between Cal, Maven and her own abilities making her look selfish and arrogant which in my opinion made her human: I think at some point in our lives we’ve all been or will be there but we’ll find our way back.
- I can see how the whole Cal-Mare-Maven triangle’s been used before and she messed with brothers and stuff but this triangle is dismantled at the end of RQ and the would be Cal-Mare-Kilorn “triangle” didn’t even get to be a “triangle” because of Mare’s lack of interest in one of the concerned parties.
- The revolution and the war going on between Reds and Silvers doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Also the first half goes from place to place just looking for new recruits while Farley’s father and the rest of the Reds just sat in hidding instead of really doing something.
- The plot isn’t that new, we’ve seen it before.
Anyway, I enjoy most of the popular YA love triangles out there and if you do too then this series is a good fit.