Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publication: February 11th 2016 by Orion

Format: Paperback Pages: 464

ISBN13: 9781409159353

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

I was hoping this book would make up for the mess Red Queen was (read my review here), alas, not all series follow the footsteps of A Court of Thorns and Roses.

My issues with Mare continued throughout Glass Sword. She was self-pitying and self-absorbed. Her indecisiveness when it comes to men didn’t end in Red Queen, and her stupidity landed her team in very dangerous situations. She kept going on about being a weapon and dangerous, so I don’t understand why she didn’t try harder to get her shit together in situations like when they were in the jet, considering her ability could easily make the thing explode.

‘I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.’ Urgh.

Cal’s character also continued to spiral downwards for me. Yes, he experienced some horrific things at the end of Red Queen. Being the guy who murdered his dad because of a mind controlling witch of a woman is a tough reality to live in, but he had no idea what he was doing in Glass Sword, despite having over 400 pages to figure it out. I didn’t expect him to snap back, but I did expect more control and authority from a trained soldier who was supposed to be a king. He just handed the reigns to Mare and ran with whatever.

Thankfully, there was a lot more Farley in Glass Sword and I loved every minute of her. Maven also became a truly formidable enemy and I liked him as a bad guy. There were a lot of new characters, but they were only explored on the surface so I didn’t feel particularly for any of them.

There was more involvement from the Scarlet Guard. The organisation turned out to be bigger and more complicated than it was in Red Queen and a mysterious leader (who we don’t learn about in Glass Sword) was mentioned a few times. I’m not sure why Mare – or anyone else for that matter – wasn’t interested in finding out who was actually leading the Scarlet Guard. It didn’t make sense for people to blindly follow an organisation when they didn’t know who was commanding it. There were plenty of action scenes and break-ins that were great and a lot more abilities were explored. However, Glass Sword only gave a glimpse into the biology behind the abilities. There’s a definite suggestion that it’s something that will eventually be explored in the series.

I didn’t think the plot was predictable this time but I was confused by the introduction of Jon, a mysterious character who doesn’t stick around for long. I thought the plot would have been better without him because his entrance was so far-fetched (even for a fantasy book), and he didn’t really add anything to the story. He just seemed like a silly addition.

I picked up Glass Sword because, despite my issues with Red Queen, I did want to see where the story was heading. But this series clearly isn’t for me, I can’t get past my dislike for the protagonist and the story just isn’t original or gripping enough to hold my interest anymore.