Publisher: HarperTeen (February 9th 2016 )
Hardcover: 444 pages
Series: Red Queen #2
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Rating: 2 of 5 stars
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.
Glass Sword picked up where we left off in Red Queen and I supposed this is a good thing because the last book left on a dreadful cliff hanger and I was dying to know what happened next, especially after the unexpected betrayal. This book is built upon the same theme as Red Queen: don’t trust anyone, you can’t trust anyone. Which kind of sucks for Mare. She slowly turns into an ice queen of sorts and blindingly trusts her comrades despite the warning in her head. I mean while Aveyard knows how to leave us with wanting the book more, I found that the book was a bit dull and lacking. I really really wanted to like it, but most of the time I found myself skimming through it. It isn’t until we get to the last 20 pages or so that things finally start to pick up and I’m like yay.
Then it gets back to being somewhat dull (for a lack of a better word).
Now that chemistry between Cal and Mare from Red Queen I liked it a lot. I shipped them a whole lot, but after Glass Sword I’m like ehhh not my thing. Actually I think a lot prefer Mare end up with Maven (I’m getting a sense of the Shatter Me series here), but in reality I don’t think Mare should end up with any of the boys. Oh and we finally have our answer to the other half of Kilorn’s unrequited love. Poor guy. I feel bad and even Mare’s brothers approve of him more than Cal. But, anyways, speaking of Cal and Maven, Cal seem to be concern for his brother despite him being falsely accused of being a murder. Which is ironic and makes me want to shake Maven so badly because he’s the one that forced Cal’s hands.
I think what would’ve made me liked Glass Sword a bit more is if there wasn’t too many characters (it felt like Mare was trying to assemble a group of X-Men like people and there was a whole lot of death of characters that were super minor). I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, besides the major characters, and their abilities.
Seriously, by the end of the book I think I needed a character chart of sorts. Wouldn’t it be great if they included one as a bonus for the 3rd book?