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Glass Sword Review

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Published: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen

Goodreads Summary:

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.


This is the second novel in the Red Queen series and it could not come out fast enough! I read the first one a few months after it came out and I loved it!

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

Let me just say first off that the writing was great and I loved it! But after Mare and the group got out of the situation where the first book ended, it pretty much stayed stagnant until near the end. It was kind of like rinse, wash, repeat with a lot of the scenes.

  1. Find newblood
  2. Get into trouble
  3. Save newblood or find them already taken
  4. Mare feels sorry for herself or happy that she has a new recruit
  5. Repeat

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”

I get that this was a big part of her army/revolution but we didn’t need to read about her going to the different places 10+ times. The only time we got to see Maven for the most part was in the little notes he would leave her. And then when the ending came and he came out of nowhere? Why couldn’t this have happened sooner? Loved it! Now I can’t wait for the next book to see how Mare gets herself out of this situation.

“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”

For the most part I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Mare. She is thrust upon being the leader and face of the Scarlet Guard, and either people fear her or distrust her.

“But I can’t shake the feeling that, while they stand with me, there’s no one beside me. Even with an army at my back, I am still alone.”

“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”

She has to make all of these tough decisions and no one seems to really understand what it is doing to her. They only see the facade she puts up and keeps her an arms distance away. You would think that this would be the perfect time to build the romance between her and Cal, but she keeps Cal an arms length away and makes up excuses to keep him there. If I am going to be bored reading about all the missions, at least give me a little romance.

Hopefully the third book will be more like the first one and keep me entertained the whole time.

I give Glass Sword 3 out of 5 stars.



I am currently working on my master's degree in Environmental Science. I am an avid reader as well as a movie enthusiast! I currently live at the bottom of Texas with my husband and three dogs.

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