6 March 2016

Review - Glass Sword

Glass Sword - Red Queen #1
by Victoria Aveyard

What they say: 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?

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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: *Note: Glass Sword isn’t a standalone and this review may contain spoilers from Red Queen!* I’ve been waiting for Glass Sword since the second I finished book one and I’m overwhelmed with this dramatic sequel. Oh the betrayal!

Victoria Aveyard doesn’t waste time in her books, we’re literally thrown right back into the action from the start and the drama doesn’t stop. The pacing is a little calmer but it really picks up as the story develops but we get to know more about the characters and what makes them tick.

Mare and Cal have both been betrayed in the most devastating of ways, but for me, the real drama lies in how they deal with their altered circumstances. They both start to own their individual choices.

Mare goes on a huge journey throughout the novel and she’s a very different character from the girl we first met way back at the start of Red Queen. BUT she retains enough of her own Mare-ish qualities I loved the first time. Mare's an interesting mix of badass and vulnerable.

Cal is angry, which is perfectly understandable - he’s been mislead and betrayed by so many people. Moreover he’s had to learn how to cope in the Red world and is faced with the everyday reality of their hardship and being hunted by a mad King and his army.

I honestly couldn’t decide whom to trust and I read the book in a heightened state of paranoia – thanks Victoria Aveyard!!

Maven reminds me of Lucan from the Star-crossed series – he’s so focused with how he’s been wronged that everything becomes about him and his obsession (with controlling Mare and besting his brother) rather than actually ruling.

I’m still reeling from THAT flipping ending!! Holy mother of all cliffys!!! I loved Glass Sword, but am still suffering from a major book hangover – roll on book three!!!

4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!


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