Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published on: 9 February 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
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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 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?
‘Glass Sword’ is filled with action, lots of action, and adventure. This novel definitely didn’t fall into the category of the ‘second novel syndrome’. In fact, ‘Glass Sword’ is on par and rivals the ‘Red Queen’. The storytelling in this novel keeps me on my toes and I find myself reading this novel in less than 24 hours. I simply couldn’t put the novel done.
On the side note, if you have yet to read my book review on the 1st novel in this series, ‘Red Queen’, you can do so here.
The cliffhanger at the end of the novel is killing me now. I’m restraining myself from grabbing the third novel while I’m writing this review. I don’t want the events which occur in the third novel to influence my thought processes so I have to write this review before reading ‘King’s Cage’. As such, let’s get on with this review so I can immerse myself into the world of Reds and Silvers again.
There are going to be some spoilers in this review but I will post the content after a spoiler alert heading. So, for readers who have yet to read this novel, you can choose to skip the spoilers section if you don’t want to be spoiled.
I love the character development in the ‘Glass Sword’. In this novel, we get to see the burden and stress getting on the nerves of our main characters, Mare and Cal. The weight of killing his father is weighing down on him and the weight of the revolution is weighing down on Mare. Both of them are having troubles trying to control their own emotions but I’m really glad they still managed to stick through and follow their heart despite all the things that are happening around them. Over the course of the novel, there are instances where certain characters comment that Mare changed for the worse. However, from a reader’s perspective, I honestly don’t agree with that opinion. I do agree that some choices which Mare have chosen weren’t necessarily justifiable. But, as readers, we get to see the struggles Mare went through, both in ‘Red Queen’ and ‘Glass Sword’. I see her change as a survival instinct. Moreover, she is putting tons of blame on herself even if she is not exactly the one at fault.
The storyline is really well written and I enjoy the journey the characters have taken to look for the other ‘newbloods’. With the introduction of new characters into the novel, we are able to see how much chaos and power those with the blood of red and silver are able to do. It intrigues me, as well, since I wonder what are the limits the ‘newbloods’ posses and the extent and type of powers which are able to manifest in them. Are the powers limited to the pool of powers present in the Silvers or are there ‘newbloods’ who have powers which no Silvers posses?
Out of all the characters in this novel, I love Shade the most. He is the most intelligent brother out of the 3 brothers in the family and he cares deeply for Mare. I love his humor, his wits and his brotherly love for his sister. Shade is like the brother who doesn’t talk much and yet, you know that he is there to have your back regardless. I would really miss his character in the subsequent novel. I have a feeling many readers out there would as well.