Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Synopsis: 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
Review Below: May contain spoilers!
This book had a lot of good points for me, which earned it the 4/5 stars rating that I gave it. Since I haven’t done a review for Red Queen, besides what I posted on Goodreads, I’ll be hinting a bit of that in here as well.
From the start, I have noticed that Mare is a strong character. She does what she has to, even with judgement from her family, in order to survive. By doing so, this continues on to Glass Sword, after she barely survives her time in court. However, I didn’t feel as if she really developed much in this book until the end. I understand she’s been hurt and has gone through unspeakable things, especially during the duration of this book, but others did as well. Her trust issues were drilled over and over throughout the book and it was quickly getting old as I continued on.
A few good points that made me really enjoy the book were the male characters. Victoria did a fantastic job building up from the base that we already knew and evolved them into men that I really enjoyed. Kilorn got redeemed for me in Glass Sword. In the first book, I would get rather annoyed by his actions, but she really showed why he acted the way he did. The Barrow’s were an informal family for him and Mare anything but his sister. Then there is Shade, who was a complete surprise from his entrance into the series. I absolutely adored the brotherly dynamic that Victoria gave us. His ability was amazing!
I know many people don’t seem to care about Cal, but I absolutely LOVED him in this book. He developed into such a strong character who stood up for what he wanted without picking sides. I actually would’ve loved to see more of him than Mare, to be quite honest. Cal was grieving in his own way but he wouldn’t let anyone see it except for a few small instances. I loved how he embraced the soldier inside of himself and how we got to see him training the new people, the way he piloted the plane, and most importantly, how he watched over Mare.
What I disliked the most was how it took until the end of the book for certain things to come to light. I was quite shocked to see how evil Maven turned out to be, but he makes a great villain. Especially at the end of the book! In a way, I was expecting that ending, but in a way I wasn’t. I’m glad that Mare has realized she has to sacrifice a bit in order to not lose any more people that she cares about. As I said before, I hated that it was the last few pages of the book before we really got to see her come to that realization and how she realized that she should have trusted that part of herself more.
I have high hopes for the third book. I want to see more of a Cal / Kilorn bromance and more character development for Cal. I’m interested in seeing what will be happening with Mare and how everyone adjusts to what happened at the ending. Mostly, I’m very curious in how the kingdom will react to Maven’s rule now more than ever. Who knows, maybe I won’t be disappointed in half of the things that I was with this book.
Favorite line of the book: From that day on, his bedchamber became ours.