Note: Although this book is spoiler-free, it will obviously contain spoilers from Book 1 (Red Queen) so if you have not read it yet, make sure you do and come back here after you are done. Also, if you are interested on reading my book review regarding Book 1, you may click here.
Blurb taken from Goodreads:
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?
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
Glass Sword picks up exactly where Red Queen left off. Mare and Cal, together with the Scarlet Guard, are running off to escape Maven’s wrath who is now the King of Norta. Their new mission is to find the other newbloods (people like Mare who have red blood but possesses silver abilities). Upon trying to find them, Mare gives them a choice: whether to join them and the Scarlet Guard or stay and be hunted down by Maven himself. Still, Mare, Cal and the Scarlet Guard had to be careful on finding the newbloods for Maven also has their list, making it a huge disadvantage for them. Mare gets to know the special abilities of the newbloods they have recruited, and they train and formulate a plan that will help them take down and dethrone Maven. Along the characters’ journey on finding the newbloods, we readers are also introduced to a more vivid background of the Scarlet Guard – the more precise reason of their uprising and basically how their system works.
“Maven lies as easily as he breathes, and his mother holds his leash but not his heart.”
Now, if I were to compare some of the characters’ attitudes from the first book and second book, I could say that there are significant changes. For instance, Farley, we just knew her as the brave woman who leads and commands the Scarlet Guard in Book 1, but now in Book 2, we are able to know her backstory – her personal life and a more in-depth background of her. As for Cal, he has molded into a somewhat more restrained kind of person. He has gone aloof, distant and unenthusiastic due to the betrayal he has faced. Despite him fighting with the Scarlet Guard, we are still unsure of where his allegiance lie. Lastly, Mare, she has definitely become stronger, more in control of her lightning abilities, more cunning and brave, but at the same time, she’s being hunted by fear and betrayal. Until now, she is still wary of everyone (even her companions), not really trusting anyone.
“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
The world building in Glass Sword was definitely executed well. The locations were beautifully described that you could really imagine and visualize yourself in that certain place. This book is definitely action-packed as well. I especially loved the “prison-break” scene. Despite the fact that there was lesser romance on this book compared to the previous one, I still felt contented because the story was believable and realistic. Mare and Cal are caught up on getting vengeance and it was more of trying to find themselves amidst the chaos happening around them.
“I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.”
In this second installment of Victoria Aveyard’s electrifying series, she once again did not fail to surprise us with some twists and turns. Death of course is inescapable, as well as the cliffhanger at the end. Overall, Glass Sword was a really good, fast paced sequel to Red Queen.
I rated this book 4/5 stars.
I’M SO EXCITED FOR KING’S CAGE!
I heard there will be a lot of Maven and Evangeline scenes on the next book! Also, there will be another female POV. Who do you think it will be?
P.S. Do you think it will be a MarexMaven wedding or an EvangelinexMaven one? I’ve read some theories regarding them on Tumblr. Let me know what you guys think!