Unfortunately for me, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard went just about as well as my reading of Red Queen. While I really do like the whole red-silver-divided-society idea and some of the characters I can’t help but adore, I just can’t seem to get into the series as much as some of my fellow bibliophiles.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and other books in the Red Queen Series (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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.
It took me absolutely FOREVER to read Red Queen and I must admit that I was a bit disappointed. Despite a less than auspicious beginning, I did like the concept of the story and decided to jump into Glass Sword, hoping it would be better than the first book… It wasn’t. I really do want to like this series but something about it just isn’t clicking with me. I hate to say it but if you didn’t like the first book in the series I very much doubt that you will like this one.
In saying that, the plot for Glass Sword was actually pretty good and there was always something happening. However, despite having tons of action (especially in the last 100 pages) it felt like a really slow book. There are a LOT of new characters and unfortunately most of them are fairly unmemorable. Probably the most memorable of the whole lot, new and old, is Cal. And thank GOD he was there, I might have just given up otherwise.
The main protagonist, Mare Barrow, was alright-ish in Red Queen but I think I actually hated her in this book. Her personality changes quite a bit and this change is probably the main reason I found it difficult to get through Glass Sword. I suppose one could say that she is on a bit of a power trip in this volume. Her decisions drove me mad and I was constantly wanting to knock some sense into her. She ended up turning into this selfish, rude person, and almost says it outright that she thinks she is the most important person in the world. She was bloody annoying but luckily, right at the very end, she has a bit of an epiphany which gives me hope for her character in King’s Cage.
The writing in Glass Sword is fairly similar to that in Red Queen: some parts were a bit rushed and others were a bit slow. In saying that, there were less instances of this in this book and I definitely think that Victoria has improved. The world building questions I had after the first book were unfortunately not answered so I would still like to, at some point, find out how the population came to be split into Reds and Silvers but other than that colour me impressed.
Just like Red Queen, Glass Sword ended with a bang! and while I currently HATE Mare, I have the feeling that I will end up liking her more in the next book… Which I will be reading. For some reason, even with not liking these books all that much, I have this need to know what is going to happen to the characters. Therefore, ONWARD TO BOOK THREE! Fingers crossed it gets better.