Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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. 


Young Adult, Fantasy


444 pages


Second in the Series


February 9th, 2016




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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.


What I always think makes a really great second book is opening up the world, making the main character’s world slightly bigger, meeting more characters, making the story bigger than just the character themselves and I think Glass Sword does exactly that. Mare gets caught up in the Scarlet Guard but honestly, while she agrees what they’re doing, she doesn’t really concern herself that much with him. She’s much more concerned about the newbloods like her, the ones that Maven knows about, and how she both needs to save them from Maven and also create an army that can perhaps take him on.

What I truly loved about this book was that it sort of felt like X-Men: First Class as Maven and Cal and the rest go on a search for these newbloods and discovering all the powers.  I love books with people of different powers like this one and like Marissa Meyer’s Renegades. I think its cool to see how many different superpowers you can come up with and I think that Victoria did a great job of creating them here.

I also think she builds really great tension in this book too. You are just as nervous and anxious as Mare is as she races around, trying to find the newbloods before Maven. Its so subtle and the way that MAven always seems to be just a breath away from them is terrifying and creepy and he scares the CRAP out of me, which is such a difference from the sweet and intelligent boy we got to know in the first book.

Lastly, I really enjoyed the end, the cliffhanger it left off on. It really leads you to thinking that something truly big and triumphant is going to happen and then it punches you in the face, like the end of Empire Strikes Back and it totally devastated me and its the reason I have yet to pick up King’s Cage because I don’t think my emotions are quite prepared for that yet. Victoria is so good at setting up her twists and surprises and she makes you FEEL it. I need to read King’s Cage before War Storm comes out this month but it literally opens at the moment that Glass Sword closes and it just felt like too much. I admire Victoria for the emotion she brings to her books and I know that the next two books are going to screw with me too haha.


4 out of 5 Stars


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