Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

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?1

It took me forever and a day to get into this book and I don’t know why.  The fact that it wasn’t as convenient as an audiobook had a small part in it, but even picking up the book I constantly picked it up and put it down.  It wasn’t until I went on vacation that I sat with it longer than 30 minutes and managed to finish the tale.

We left Red Queen after quite the ending but as I said, it was rather difficult for me to jump back into the groove of Glass Sword.  Things didn’t really pick up for me until about halfway into the story.  The crown now sits on Maven’s head with his mother by his side.  Cal must now go into hiding with Mare with the red radical group known as the Red Dawn. Although Cal is now a criminal against the crown, he is both an enemy of the silvers as well as the reds and his precarious position makes him both a strength and a liability.  Mare’s gift also sets her apart from both the silvers as well as the reds and the discovery that there are more people just like her sets her mind whirling.  Many people believe that Mare and this group of new bloods could be the key to taking down Maven and the silvers, but there are those that that believe these new bloods could be even more dangerous and should be snuffed out before they get the chance.

The first book creates a bit of a love square between Mare, Cal, Maven and Kilorn.  Glass Sword begins to break that square apart giving us an idea of who Mare and her final choice will be.  It’s obvious from the beginning that friend zone Kilorn doesn’t have a chance which leaves the hunky brooding Cal, or the mysterious yet seriously messed up Maven.  Now the obvious choice is Cal because he is basically the entire package, but girls do enjoy that whole destruction and doomsday, injured animal, “let me care for you and turn you into a beautiful creature while you slit my writs and I bleed to death slowly and painfully” quality that some men have.  If Mare was the true all important heroine she believes herself to be, she would choose neither and rule by herself, but we know she will be with Cal and I am okay with that; however, with as many bad decisions that she makes it would not surprise me to find her standing next to Maven in the end in a sort of “Shatter Me” twist.

Many of you know how I feel about the middle novels in trilogies.  They are always the stepping stone or filler novel before the grand finale.  Some good points and events (usually near the end) but none-the-less a heavily inflated novel.  Mare needs to make up her mind who she is going to be, which she will in the final book, but it was still annoying bobbing along behind her on her wild goose chase.  I wasn’t sure how Aveyard was planning on wrapping up the collection process for new bloods in such little time and I feel like this could have been executed better.  More time could have been spent on this collection process during the whole book rather than a late start.  Still it is a bit of an odd function to add to the middle of a series and I’m not sure how you could have added this mini adventure to the plot without feeling rushed.

The final book in the trilogy is called King’s Cage, which could refer to a number of things but really the main focus will be that of Cal having to choose sides, become who he is meant to be, all while living up to the demands of what others think he should be and avoiding the dark shadow of his past. Of course this will all be overshadowed by Mare growing to become the strong all important heroine that she is, forget all those others with the same blood and gifts.

I’m hoping that I will be able to pick up King’s Cage and get back into the swing of things, overlooking anything that may have happened in this novel and taking it for what it was meant to be, a filler.  I just discovered that two novellas had been released. Queen’s Song follows the story of the dead Queen and Steel Scars follows Farley’s Story.  I think these may be the key to helping to get back on track with King’s Cage; However, it also appears there will be a fourth novel meaning that King’s Cage will not be the final book and we may be dragged around a bit longer.

It’s obvious I wasn’t thrilled with this book but I did really enjoy the first book so I’m not going to completely write off the series.  You should give the first book a chance, but it may be best to wait until the next book is out, or even the last, so you don’t have to endure the pain of a filler novel and an extended period of time that may not heal your wounds.


  1. Book summary courtesy of HarperCollins Glass Sword book page.

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