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Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

on January 25, 2018

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Victoria Aveyard
Orion Books
2016, 440p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

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.

I don’t know about this series.

I read the first book last year for a challenge and I liked it enough to buy books 2&3. After I did that though, a few people told me that the story went in a pretty weird direction in book 3. I decided that seeing as I owned them, I might as well read them and see how I felt myself about the way things went. I have to say though, this book didn’t exactly fill me with enthusiasm.

Mare is….a bit difficult to connect with in this one. I like some things about her but she is so very stubborn and she doesn’t trust anyone, even her own family. She’s got this one mantra stuck in her head and it makes her look foolish every single time she refuses to let someone else in. This is not something she can do on her own, even she seems to know that. She thinks that the resistance is made up of just a few people but when she discovers the truth even that’s not enough to have her be serious about it as a whole. She has some reason not to trust some but there’s being wary and then there’s being Mare.

In this book, Mare is armed with the information that there are others like her – Reds, but with Silver powers. She knows that Maven has the same list and it becomes a race, who can get to each one first. This is helped along by very convenient plot devices, such as stealing a plane that Cal can conveniently fly and one of the Reds they rescue who can learn anything in like a day – including piloting a plane. So they end up with two pilots, a stolen plane and the ability to skip around attempting to round up as many of these Reds as they can. The abilities are wide and varied and some of them are pretty interesting. But there are so many of them that the book just becomes basically the same thing over and over again and they all blurred together after the first half dozen or so. I never got to know anything about any of them really – most of the time it was all I could do to keep their names and abilities straight. They never really felt like people, just a list of names that Mare felt compelled to round up. She was so single minded and focused on it that to be honest, I’m not sure Mare really saw them as people either.

I like Mare and Cal – I didn’t really have an interest in Maven, even in the first book. And I’m even less interested in him now. He reminds me of Warner in the Shatter Me series and I couldn’t stand Warner. I never even finished that series. I don’t care how much his Mummy issues affected him. I found him boring and uninspiring and in this book he’s just annoying. My end game preference for Maven is for Mare to fry him until he’s see through. But I am absolutely renowned for picking the wrong sides in bizarre triangles so probably they’ll end up King and Queen and it’ll be so romantic. Because nothing says romantic like having a machine that causes excruciating pain and using it on the object of your desire. Awww. For me, Cal is often Mare’s voice of reason, although he could’ve honestly dialled it up a notch here. Mare desperately needed a voice of reason. She ends up in danger of becoming the very thing she’s fighting against – a killing machine who doesn’t discriminate and who wants to punish everyone for the actions of some. I want more Jon – he was probably the most interesting character in this book and he only appears very briefly. Hopefully he’s in King’s Cage, the third book. And I’d like a whole lot less Kilorn. I can’t stand him.

I am going to read the 3rd one, even though I didn’t super love this. I didn’t dislike it – it just felt too long and too repetitive. All these characters were introduced but not in a meaningful way. I want to see where it goes, even though I’m so wary because of all the people that said they threw #3 at the wall. But I kind of want to see what happens next after the way this ended.


Book #15 of 2018

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