Title: The Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Page Count: 440 (Hardcover)
Age Recommendation: 14
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. ~ Goodreads
The Glass Sword is the perfect mixture of pain, heartbreak, suspense, murder, betrayal, trust, friendship, and secrets. From the moment I picked this book up and turned to the first page, I was thrown headfirst into a world of action that remained until I read the last sentence of the last page. I was so excited to write a review about this book that I took no breaks in between writing it, besides a quick lapse in motivation when I stopped to watch BTS’s MIC DROP remix 😉
I’m not sure if I can explain how much DWFHJLAQEWKOEJIRHU this book gave me?! (Probably not because I can’t even name the emotion lol.) AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH THIS BOOK WAS A RIDE. IT WAS FILLED WITH TWISTS AND TURNS AND FASCINATING NEW CHARACTERS. I LOVE HOW IT EXPLORED BEYOND THE KINGDOM WHERE WE STARTED OFF THE SERIES (I FORGOT ITS NAME) I LOVE HOW WE EXPLORED NEW ABILITIES. I LOVED HOW WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE SCARLET GUARD. I LOVE HOW EVERYTHING WAS CONNECTED AND CONFLICTING AND I JUST
The characters of this book are all complex and fascinating. My favorite character was probably Mare. She was the most complex, conflicted, and broken character I had ever read about. She started the series as a ‘simple’ extremely poor and oppressed person who was trying to avoid getting enlisted to the army, and now she’s powerful, angry, manipulative, and just very sad. I think this was one of the more interesting books, character wise, due to its extreme focus on character development.
Throughout the book I could see Mare’s thoughts getting darker. She didn’t trust anyone and she saw herself as ‘more’ than others. About halfway through the book, I could see her transforming from the hero into the villain. (Although, the line wasn’t that clear in the first place. Another reason I love this series. In that way it sort of has a Code Geass vibe.)
Mare wasn’t the only confusing character either. The two silver princes, Maven and Cal, are especially complex characters of the books. Probably due to their closeness to Mare (but what do I know?). Maven was portrayed as he was viewed from Mare’s view. A boy, a murderer, a heartless monster, a manipulative bastard who will do anything to get what he wants, and someone whom she is still in love with. Although Maven only appeared in person in the book about three times, Mare was constantly torturing herself by thinking about him so it felt like he was always there. Cal was much more fun to get to know. He’s an ok person, and he’s going through a hard time.
The ending of this book made me want to scream, cry, smile, and run the seven miles from my bedroom to the nearest library so I could read the next book. Victoria Aveyard is a master of plot twists. Every time you think you have some sort of idea about what’s going on. Every time you finally think you have everything all figured out, she decides to completely turn the tables on you. Honestly? It’s something I love about her series. Every book is a roller-coaster of emotions.
“Are you two agreeing on something? What world am a I waking up in?”
If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.
We can’t choose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could.