*I received a physical copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Summary: 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?
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My thoughts: In the second installment of Victoria Aveyard’s gripping trilogy about red blooded people and silver blooded fighting against each other in a dystopian society. Mare, a red blooded girl, has the dangerous power of lightning which gives her an immense advantage against Maven trying his hardest to hunt Mare down to reclaim her again. Told in a fast paced, action packed way, Glass Sword will keep you interested in Mare and her friends’ fate until the very last page is turned and even after.
I really enjoyed this book despite its slow start. At first I was overwhelmed by the world I was thrust into again because I hardly remembered what happened in Red Queen because I read it so long ago. So without any recaps in Glass Sword, I was lost in the story for a bit until I began to remember the story and really got invested into it. This story was action packed and full of tension. There was always an intense fight scene waiting to happen, and if not, there was a slow burning tension that built at a nice pace that made me eager to know what was going to happen next.
There were many new characters introduced into this sequel. They all served a vital role with all their unique powers they used to help the Scarlet Guard’s reach its goal in killing Maven before he hurt any more citizens he claimed to be a threat. There was also great amounts of character development mainly within Mare. She became this broken and dark character that reminded me of Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu because both female leads become morally ambiguous. They both do whatever they need to do to protect the ones they love, even if it means hurting others in the process. The way Mare slowly became a darker character and also became stronger and more determined was one of my absolute favorite things about this book. I also really enjoyed the characters’ relationships that grew over time. The love that blossomed subtly in Mare’s life was refreshing set against the chaos that her world was spiraling into. It was grounding and just a small aspect of the book that stood out to me a lot.
This story is slow burning. This book set up a lot of action and included a lot of information to get the reader ready for the last book in this trilogy. It is a filler novel, but not in a bad way. It moved the story line along in the direction it needed to go and didn’t bore me at all even though it had a slow start. The only thing I didn’t like about Glass Sword was the predictable plot twists because every character seems to betray Mare, so, after a while, it seemed expected for people to turn evil in the end. I wished this book wasn’t as predictable as it was, but overall, it was a really good dystopian fantasy novel with lots of well described action and many different aspects of the story that can hook a reader right into the story.