“There will be a reckoning. They will answer for this,” she hissed, her words tighter than any noose.
Title : Glass Sword
Author : Victoria Aveyard
Genre : Young Adult – Fantasy
Publisher : HarperTeen
Number of Pages : 440
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.
This is a difficult book for me to review due to the fact that is the second book in a series and I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. I guess with that being said, please don’t continue reading if you haven’t already read the first book in this series. It’s hard to make my way around spoilers from the first book while reviewing this one.
This first portion of this book was a rocky beginning for me. I was getting way to much Hunger Games and not enough Red Queen. The character Kilorn was a literary doppelganger to Gale in The Hunger Games, I was glad to see his character continue to grow throughout the rest of this book. I thought the first third of this book was devastatingly slow but began to pick up speed as Mare goes on her journey to save other Newbloods.
Mare as a character was excessively annoying to me for most of the book but it was something I could deal with. I felt like her priorities were delusional and only the now dethroned Prince could help guide her. It’s repeated time and time again that Mare has no deep love for anybody in her life, including her family. I don’t find this to be true, I’m hoping the next book will clarify that for us. I don’t want to continue reading about a main character that pretends to be a hero but is extremely selfish. I felt that the story was trying to give you the idea that she was indeed heartless, but I’m crossing my fingers that book number three will clear that up for us.
The action scenes in this book is really where everything began to shine. I’m absolutely not into action scenes in my novels but Victoria Aveyard wrote them perfectly to my taste. While a lot of spots in this book reminded me of the journey in the Young Elites series, I think the ending left it open to become something much more.
I’ve seen book reviewers online calling this series trash or garbage. I don’t agree. I don’t think this is the most original fantasy series I’ve ever read. Not by a long shot. I do think that it has some really interesting ideals though and enough to keep me continuing with the story. I’m a Slytherin, I love the bad guys. This entire book was giving me too much good guys and not enough deceit. With the cliffhanger in the last chapter I’m hoping my evil Slytherin heart will be satisfied. Overall I think Glass Sword had second book syndrome. The first one was better in my opinion but I’m not opposed to see where the rest of the story goes. I certainly recommend these books to anybody who wants to relax with a fantasy novel without putting too much thought into it. This is a leisurely read and quick to accomplish. There is no fantastical magic system and although the politics are different than some fantasies I’ve read, the politics were there enough to keep me enticed. You’ll find throughout my book reviews that politics are something I get extremely excited for when it comes to finding new books. To wrap this up, I gave Glass Sword 3.5 out of 5 stars total.
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