Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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Pages: 444
Series: Red Queen #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 9th 2016
Genres: Fantasy

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.


View Spoiler »My review of Red Queen can tell you all the problems I’ve already encountered with this series. I’ll admit that that review was written after I finished Glass Sword, and that book made me have a lot of rage feelings about this series. I’ve bulleted them below, in order to stop my self from going on a to-long-to-read tangent!

  • Plot? What Plot? I could not tell you the purpose of this second installment because I honestly don’t understand what outcome Aveyard is attempting to achieve. Mare, Cal, Farley, Shade and a hoard of new characters (most of whom are very forgettable) are seeking out the other Red/Silver’s to build an army to defeat Maven and Elara. We learn Farley is a Lakelander with her own dark past, we learn that everyone is out to betray Mare (which only makes her more selfish and destructive). We meet Cameron (? I actually can’t remember her name) who has a better power and is honestly more redeemable than Mare.
  • Why mention the Lakelanders and the war but never actually delve into why the war started in the first place? Or expand on the political climate of Norta? Or provide some better descriptive geography so we know where we are? 
  • Was there a purpose of Shade’s death? Didn’t seem like one to me – and Mare’s lack of reaction was really reinforces her selfishness. So much for her “closest brother”. Never once to we actually see that relationship play out on the page. 
  • The Farley/Shade relationship could have been left out. Again what did it do for the story? It wasn’t even an essential side story. 
  • Getting to the end of this book and realizing I spent time and energy hoping something would come out of this but received nothing? Yeah, that made me a little angry. Kings Cage comes out in February and I might have to force myself to read this because I need to see wha the point of all this is.

By the end of Glass Sword, I can’t tell you what she plans to do for Kings Cage. I felt lost and by the end of it all, abandoned. I tried to think of one redeemable quality for this book and could not think of one. 

Again, this isn’t for the smart reader. This is for the lazy reader, who wants to focus on the pathetic attempt a mindless young adult romance with some dystopian feels mixed in occasionally. Read at your own risk.


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