Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Publication date: February 11, 2016
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
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.
Mare must find, save and recruit as many new bloods as she can before Maven finds and kills them; or worse, before he makes every new blood a puppet under his mother’s power, turning each one against Mare.
Throughout the first half of the book, Mare works tirelessly to find as many new bloods as she can, with the help of her companions: Cal, Kilorn, Farley, Shade, and a few others she meets along the way. Recruiting is just as challenging as she expected, especially because Maven doesn’t plan to go down without a fight. Her chances at saving new bloods is 50/50 – either she will get to them in time, explain who they are and convince them to join her; or Maven will be one step ahead and he won’t show anyone mercy.
The second half of the book brought suspense, thrilling-danger and heartbreak. Mare is in far too deep to turn back and now she is more alone than ever. Trying to free new bloods, escape Maven, and train an army to take the king’s throne, proves all too much for the Red girl with Silver abilities.
After reading Red Queen, I wanted more character development and for the love interest to be more focused. Glass Sword offered just that! Now, Maven has been established as cruel and vindictive; Kilorn has been recognised as Mare’s best friend; and Cal has found himself as the main love interest. Though, I like how the author is leaving room for error in Mare’s heart: she cannot let go of someone just yet.
Now, I need to explain why I gave this book 3.5 stars. Overall, I liked it but it didn’t have that special something that makes me read relentlessly. The first half was okay but I wasn’t very interested and sometimes I felt there was too much repetition. However, the last half of Glass Sword was brilliant, it was fast-paced, dangerous and shocking. Consequently, the fact the ending was much better than the beginning persuaded me to raise the star rating from “okay” to “good” (just lacking a special quality). If you enjoyed Red Queen, I would recommend reading this too but if you weren’t a fan of the first book, you probably won’t enjoy this that much.