Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Summary: 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?
Even while writing this review, I’m still unsure about the rating (debating between 4/4.5)! I still really did enjoy Glass Sword though!
As with her previous works, Victoria’s writing style continues to keep the story fast-paced. However, we also see character insight with just a few lines, which is what I love about Victoria’s writing style so much.
“When he turns his head, his crown slips, too big for his skull. Even the metal knows it does not belong to him” (21).
We see growth and development from the original cast of characters, but also get introduced to some new ones (mostly New Bloods).
Where this book definitely shines is in its characters. After I finished Red Queen last year, I liked Maven but didn’t love him as much as everyone else did. After Glass Sword however, he is now my FAVORITE!! ❤
He was always one step ahead and was such a meticulous planner! Because he wasn’t in many scenes, each moment w/ him was impactful and really showed his true colors as a villain!
Both Mare & Cal are different too! After RQ, they find it very difficult to trust others and question everything b/c of it.
There were also many moments that really shocked/surprised me!
1. Shade’s Death!- In RQ we are led to believe he died, but when that really does happen, I was heartbroken!
2.Maven- He is very smart and really has his plans thought out! As stated above, he really knew what he was doing and does some pretty horrible things to get to Mare!
3.The Ending- Mare gives herself up to save Kilorn, Farley & Cal! In doing so she becomes Maven’s prisoner and goes through testing/experiments!
Now to what disappointed me!
Again this was not a bad book, but there were some aspects I expected more from!
1. World Building-Yes we do visit other territories in this book, but the world still feels underdeveloped! We get mentions of various places, but there really isn’t much explanation.
2.Maven- While Victoria wrote him wonderfully in this book, I’m only disappointed b/c I really wanted him to be in more scenes. He was such a well developed character and his transition to a villain is really what made this book for me! I just wish he was more present in the plot, not just through a couple scenes & letters.
3. Tone- While this book is a great addition to the series, it didn’t have the same feel to it as RQ did! However I believe that is B/c of Mare as a character! Coming to terms with what happened, we are given many lines of how her trust has changed/reminiscing on RQ, and how she feels about Maven’s betrayal. At some points it felt quite redundant, many lines were her mentioning the same thing just in different ways.
4.Plot- While it went in a lot of directions I wasn’t expecting, I just expected more to happen.
Overall this was a wonderful addition to the RQ world. As with RQ, the ending has me eager to read the next installment and see what happens next!
If you’ve read Glass Sword let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂