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?
It’s not often I finish a book in two days (the baby makes sure of that) but I completely smashed through this one.
Glass Sword is the sequel to Red Queen which was a huge debut release. There were a lot of mixed feelings about that book, probably due to the amount of hype it was released to, but I didn’t mind it. The beginning was slow, the end bumped it up for me.
I’m SO glad Glass Sword took it to the next level.
Mare Burrow has graduated from naive and kind of clueless to a heroine I can stand behind. She develops confidence in herself and understands her own value. I love seeing that in an MC. It was one of the most noticeable changes from the start, and as the book progresses, this bravado does lessen as she begins to understand the value in those around her as well.
Cal. *sigh* Poor, little princeling. He had his shit together in book one, but with no crown, no family, no country, he really is a lost little squirrel. It was great to see the dynamic between Mare and Cal change as their roles were reversed, but I miss the chemistry between them. There were glimpses of it throughout the book, but they were both so lost at most points they felt like a crutch for the other.
This brings me to Maven. The supposed bad-guy. Who I kinda love. A little. He has so many issues there aren’t enough words to list them all, but he was a bunch of fun to read. I’m disappointed he took a back seat during this book but it made me savour the scenes with him that much more. I can’t wait to see where Aveyard takes his character.
The book focuses around their hunt for people like Mare–both red and silver–and their struggle to retrieve these gifted few before Maven does. There are some moments along the way that are action-packed, but Aveyard balances them out with scenes that really pull at your heartstrings.
And as with the first book, the end is designed to make you desperate for the next instalment. Mare does not end up in a good place. That’s all I’m saying.
There were parts of this book that were slow, and a few instances at the end where I didn’t understand the decisions made. It’s not a book that stands on it’s own, and there is a lot of set up for the next two, but it was a solid read that I really enjoyed.
If you’re on the fence about whether you’ll continue the series after reading Red Queen, give this one a shot. It was a massive step in the right direction.
My review for Red Queen can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1271216968