Glass Sword

Description from Goodreads:

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.


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard has 444 pages and was published by HarperTeen in 2016.

Glass Sword picks up where Red Queen left off. After recovering from Maven’s betrayal, Mare and Cal become actively involved with the growing rebel movement. In search of other reds with magical abilities, Mare must figure out who she is and if she can overcome the obstacles in her path.

Once again Aveyard has produced a gripping tale of romance and revolution. This book is clearly paving the way for the third installment of the Red Queen series and as is so often the case with sequels, Glass Sword does not quite reach the bar set by the previous book. With that in mind, it is still a ridiculously good read.

The one plot point that I found somewhat annoying was the slowly developing romance between Mare and Cal. It is perfectly maddening at times as she continues to moon over a lost love with Maven. Hello? Mr. Perfect is standing right there. Get over the nerdy brother already.

Then. That. Ending.

Oops, she did it again. As with the Red Queen, Glass Sword will leave you anticipating the next book in the series. Aveyard is a master at leaving her audience in suspense and this book will leave you with more questions than answers. I whole-heartedly recommend having all 3 books on hand before you start reading.  As soon as you finish one, you will be ready to start the next.

Rated: 3 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“Attend to your own fate, Mare Barrow.”

“And that is?”

“To rise. And rise alone.”
Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

MDW original review. Source: Library


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