Glass Sword

Glass Sword

Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

Series: "Red Queen" #2
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Fantasy
Published: June 7th 2016
by HarperTeen




Mare Barrow’s blood is red, but her power to control lightning has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. As she makes her escape from Maven, the prince 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.


While I was ambivalent about Red Queen, I was curious to see if Victoria Aveyard was able to redeem herself with this sequel. Unfortunately, Glass Sword does nothing except solidify my confusion about why this series is so popular.

Glass Sword begins right where Red Queen left off: Mare and Cal have been saved from a certain death by the Scarlet Guard. But Maven is hot on their trail, and if Mare wants any chance of freedom she must find other “Halfbloods” – people, like her, who have Red blood but Silver powers.

Unfortunately, Mare is selfish, whiny, and arrogant. She cares about no one but herself, and is constantly moping about how Maven betrayed her. She puts herself on a pedestal, claiming she’s more important and powerful than anyone else.

This morning, before all this madness, I would have been glad to give myself over to save just Kilorn and my brother. But now… now I know I am special. I cannot be lost.

Frankly, it’s hard to care about what happens to her when she has such an arrogant and selfish outlook.

Glass Sword also introduces us to many more supporting characters. Unfortunately, the supporting characters don’t have much depth and are in the story for no purpose other than to help Mare’s rebellion succeed. It’s unfortunate because the supporting characters truly did have the potential to be interesting if they were developed further.

Not surprisingly considering the cliffhanger at the end of Red Queen, the savior of the book is the ending. If the whole book was written as well as the last chapter was, this would have been a completely different story.

If you were ambivalent about Red Queen like I was, it’s probably better if you skip this. If you enjoyed Red Queen, read at your own risk.


6 thoughts on “Glass Sword

  1. It’s funny because I completely agree with everything you said in your review, but those reasons are actually why I liked Glass Sword :P. Is it weird that I liked this side of Mare? I thought it was really interesting. After reading other reviews, I think I am alone in my feelings, lol. I’m with you about the secondary characters, though. We were given hardly any detail for some, while others were included in entire missions. It was very strange. Loved your review! Will you be continuing on with book three?

    1. I can definitely understand where you’re coming from Sarah. I think it’s really interesting to see how Mare transformed into being more of an antihero here. (Although, to be completely honest, to me she seemed more selfish than an antihero, but oh well…)

    1. Glad I’m not alone! Mare’s voice (and just her stuck-up attitude) annoyed me too. 😐 And the ending is probably the best part of the book to be honest.

  2. I enjoyed Red Queen, but I didn’t especially like it. It just didn’t feel like anything new, you know? Even though Glass Sword has been out for a couple of months already, I just don’t have enough interest or motivation to read it. And after your review, I don’t think I WILL ever read it… It’s a shame; the covers are so attractive, haha! Anyways, thanks for the awesome review, Zoe. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Glass Sword.

    1. That’s what I thought too Julia Anne – it was entertaining and fun to read, but it wasn’t anything especially new or noteworthy. Thank YOU for the lovely comment!

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