Glass Sword (Red Queen #2), by Victoria Aveyard

Glass SwordSynopsis

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?

Genre

Young Adult – Fantasy – Dystopia 


Thoughts

Earlier this year, I decided to read Red Queen. I had seen this series all over the internet and I was just really curious to read it. And I had a good time with that first book. However, it still took me almost a year to pick up Glass Sword. Why? Well because of the numerous negative reviews I’ve seen.

So I was worried I would be disappointed and I pushed back my reading because of it. Well, as it turned out, I really enjoyed Glass Sword. That’s proof that everyone has a different and unique experience with a book. As for me, I thought that the story was going in an interesting direction and I truly enjoyed the various plot twists.

As I did with the first book, I loved the universe in that one. It’s a perfect mixture of fantasy, science fiction and dystopia. Most of all, I like the “X-Men” vibe I got from this book, especially with all the new bloods.

Moreover, I enjoyed the constant atmosphere of doubt and suspicion created by the author. Indeed, after what happened in the first book (you know what I’m talking about 😉), I felt like I couldn’t trust anyone in Glass Sword.

“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone.”

However, as with Red Queen, I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters in this book. At times, I even wanted to slap Mare. But I did really like getting to know the new characters and the ones that had been in the background so far.

Finally, the conclusion -although predicible- did the job and made me want to read King Cage ASAP. Which, by the way, is a perfect title now that I’ve finished Glass Sword. So I’ll be buying it real soon and letting you know how I feel about it.

My rating

4/5


 

Happy reading,

Gaëlle

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