Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: ARC copy in exchange for an honest review
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 was definitely in the top 3 of my most anticipated reads of 2016 so when I received an early copy in the mail wrapped up all pretty, I squealed! I started it straight away – seriously, I have no self control – and it took me a while to get through because I really didn’t want it to finish but I have so many things to say so I’m going to go straight into it!
There was so much GOOD in this book.
The world-building: If you’ve read Red Queen, then you know how fantastic the world-building in this story is. But in Glass Sword we learn so much more about the other areas in this world. For a lot of this book, Mare and her compadres (wouldn’t want to spoil the crew now, would I?) are on the move most of the time which means we see a LOT more of the Red Queen world.
The powers: The powers stepped up like 99% in this book, oh my god, all of the different powers were overwhelming, (I want to be a bad ass magnetron or “new-blood”) and we learn so much more about the powers. I kept waiting to grow bored of the new powers – like, when will Victoria Aveyard run out of mind-blowing powers? – but I never did! Glass Sword is full of action and it was brilliant.
The characters: I love love love all of the characters! Even the ones I love to hate are brilliant. Maven is a complete ass but his character is built in a way that doesn’t just make him evil. And up until the end, I actually felt a little sorry for him. That is until HE DOES THE THING. What I love most about the characters is that there are grey areas, not one character is pure good or pure evil. That’s right, not even Mare, and we definitely see a lot more of these grey areas in Glass Sword. We see our main characters struggling to not cross the line of what they see as right and wrong, and there’s definitely a lot of tension and character development.
Cal: Okay, I might have a slight obsession with the fire-wielding Silver Prince but my favourite thing about him in Glass Sword is that it was nice to see that he isn’t this unbreakable Silver who can do anything and everything. If you’ve read Red Queen, you know that in the last book he lost basically everything… so it was nice to see his weaknesses, and that he isn’t this indestructible force. Though the fire-wielding is still so badass.
The plot: I have to admit that (in my opinion) the writing was good but not amazing, but the PLOT was just as breathtaking as the previous book. Victoria Aveyard definitely knows how to weave a story together that leaves the reader wanting more and I was completely shattered by the end. The action was exhilarating and the character developments were perfect – I loved seeing Mare grow into her powers.
FEELS: Victoria Aveyard is the Queen of Feels. Just when things are going okay, and it seems that everything is about to work out… BAM. Your heart is broken into a thousand pieces, and it only goes downhill from there. I was drowning in a puddle of my own tears by the end of Glass Sword and I’m still in denial – IT DID NOT END LIKE THAT. You have all been warned, grab a box of tissues!
The Not So Good
Closure: Or should I say lack of. By this I mean there’s this one scene where uhm someone gets defeated but we don’t see it at all. No fight scene, nothing. We reach the next chapter and they’re dead. I found that a little baffling, I thought I missed a page or something and kept going back to re-read, and that feeling of something being missing is still stuck with me.
Cal and Mare: I love Cal and Mare and their relationship and how realistic it is. I also love how there’s tension between them because of their different backgrounds and intentions. You probably have already gathered that I love them as individuals, too. The only problem I had with this is that the few intimate scenes they did have were a bit… bland. I don’t know, I didn’t really feel much and I am a sucker for swoony kiss scenes etc. and was really looking forward to seeing how their relationship developed in this story but was a little disappointed. That being said, minus the romance, they were such an amazing pair when it came to action and strategy. They worked so well together and I was rooting for them the entire book.
So, all laid out here it’s clear to see that the good obviously outweighs the minor disappointments, and I really enjoyed Glass Sword. I have to admit I had exceptionally high hopes for Glass Sword, and considering all of the hype and high expectations that surround this book, I think Victoria Aveyard did a fantastic job! I couldn’t have asked for a better follow up to a fantastic 2015 debut and it’s going to be torture waiting for the next book!