Series: Red Queen #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 9th 2016
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Magical Fantasy
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 unfiltered thoughts, feelings, wonderings and ramblings as I read ‘Glass Sword’
A little break down of the characters:
Mare Barrow (Lightning Girl) – A red/silver
Maven Calore – The little Prince (formerly Mare’s fiance) turned traitorous King
Tiberias Calore VII (Cal) – Prince, betrayed by his brother Maven
Diana Farley – Known leader of the Scarlet Guard (Rebel forces)
Kilorn Warren – Mare’s childhood friend from the Stilts – Fish boy – No powers
Shade Barrow – Mare’s brother – A red/silver – He is a jumper
Queen Elara – Maven’s biological mother, the woman who killed Cal’s mother – EVIL!
- I have been waiting soooooo long for this book, it is one of my most anticipated reads of 2016
- I loved the first book! I had dreams of scenes from the first book, weeks after reading
- I had to visit the Red Queen Wiki to brush up on the characters and refresh my memory on the book, as it has been ages since I read the first one
- After reading the Wiki, I got even more excited about reading the book
Run – Fight – Escape – Tuck – Betrayl
Chapter 1 – 5
- I love not knowing where this book is going to go, there is nothing worse than reading a book and predicting the entire plot line. What makes it even better is that there is so much depth to the characters, you can’t even begin to assume how they will respond to each situation
- Shade! I forgot about him, he is a red and silver (I just read Golden Son – Red Rising #2 – and this makes me think of their colour class system)
- Cal sitting quiet and almost peaceful is alarming. What is he plotting? Can he be trusted?
- Geeeez after that description of what is to come how on Earth can they possibly outrun or survive Maven?
- What the?! How can Mare sympathise with Maven. It was all an act, he admitted that, how can she think things he told her were his true self shining through? He is a monster!
- Mare is coming across very self righteous and entitled. I understand her role and important in the red/silver hybrid cause, but calm down you still bleed like the rest. She is basically Katniss/Darrow!
- OMG Maven using a red army as a shield, shackled together…disgusting
- Where the hell is Cal during all of this?
- Maven’s arrogance is painful, please electrocute him Mare
- Hahaha just laughed so loud, his crown is too big and fell down – why did Mare not make a snarky comment, oh I wish she had made him feel pathetic
- I am seriously wondering how the heck she is going to get herself out of this situation, I hope Shade does some cool teleporting trick, or even better I hope Cal does something epic
- This escape plan better work, I thought it was going to be something a little bit more exciting than an underwater boat
- Julian, I forgot about him, where is he at?
- The Scarlet Guard seem so damn sure of themselves, I am with Mare on this one. I’m not sold!
- An Army of Newbloods – my mind just went straight to Twilight and the newborn vampire army, now it is all I can picture. I wonder if there will be a spin off novella from the perspective of one of the newbloods – that would be quite cool!
- Team Mare and Cal
- I am getting sooooooo over Mare talking about how powerful she is. We get it, you make lightning! I liked her better when she was a poor thief, new Mare sucks
- Omg no Barracks #1 my heart just dropped
- I hate how everyone is walking on eggshells around Mare – she has been through a lot, give the girl some credit and keep her in the loop or she is going to go all crazy
- I am feeling quite afraid of the bloody eyed man
What did I think about this book?
I loved this book, as far as sequels go (I always struggle with the 2nd book) I found this book to be better than the first. There were a lot of things that annoyed me, but it was just so tense and I needed to know what was going to happen next. I liked it more than the first because the plot line was brilliant! I knew a lot about the characters so I didn’t feel like I was having to learn about to many new people, settings or things. The second book had me constantly thinking Who do I trust? Can you trust anyone? When is the next betrayal?
Trust is such a big theme throughout this book. All the characters are going through their own issues with trust and betrayal. Almost everyone has their own story that is sad and shows them in such a human way (good and bad) that I am still asking myself – Who do I trust?
Victora Aveyard has a beautiful writing style. She has the ability to make you love and hate a character at the same time. I care deeply for a lot of these characters but was also finding myself wishing for them to take a beating or get a taste of humble pie. Victoria sets up these amazing settings for the characters to explore and I think she introduced just the right amount of new without overloading you as the reader. I love how everything is easy to visualise, I didn’t have any one or any place in the book that left me thinking, what does that look like?
I desperately need that third book, and don’t even get me started on the cover art. The cover art for this book is beautiful! I love the way it looks on my bookshelf, it is so hauntingly beautiful and chilling at the same time.
Mare drove me absolutely nuts throughout this book. Towards the middle I was really starting to not like her. I honestly wanted her to be captured so at least she would have something to really complain about. She was so whiny, cold, manipulative and self righteous. I started to feel differently towards her at the end of the book when other characters called her on it and she started to realise she wasn’t being viewed as a leader, she was something to be feared. However what she did in the prison was despicable and monstrous, it made her no better than Maven. I struggled with what she did and her reaction to it afterward.View Spoiler »I couldn’t believe her response when Cal called her on it was ‘They are Silver’ – have you learned nothing girl?!? « Hide Spoiler
The selfless decision she made at the end of the book however completely shocked me, I am already thinking and plotting all the ways she can get out of that situation. God the start of book 3 is going to be amazing! Why must I wait so long?
Where do I start? I am 100% team Cal. I still don’t know if Cal is good or bad. He did so much on the missions and throughout the story to make you believe he is good. His story is so sad and broken that I want to believe deep down he is good. Arghghghg Victoria what have you done to me? I am basically Mare questioning everyone’s motives even when they have done no wrong. God I hope Cal becomes King.
Cal’s relationship with Mare blinded me a bit, I was surprised he went there. She is a creature of habits and comfort and well really she is just downright selfish. I thought Cal would hold such resentment towards her.
Maven you little monstrous child. I want to rip your head off.
I can’t talk about Maven!
Farley, Kilorn and Shade
For some reason I didn’t really connect with these three characters. If any of them were to die I wouldn’t be bothered.View Spoiler »I don’t understand with Shade’s death, how I felt nothing. I just continued reading with an ‘Oh ok, that happened’ attitude. I do enjoy all three of the characters in their own way. Shade is the loving family man, Kilorn the best friend that loves Mare and Farley the bad ass tough chick who I think is all gooey and sprinkles on the inside. The one thing I did love was that Farley is Pregnant?!? Love! I did enjoy the playful relationship she had with Shade. I think she secretly really cares for Mare, which is nice, because at this rate Mare is going to have anyone left. « Hide Spoiler
JonView Spoiler »Are you good or are you bad? Sounds like Jon needed Queen Elara out of the way and set Mare up to take care of this for him, now he stands next to Maven as Mare is asked to kneel. Surely he foresaw that happening. Jon, Jon, Jon, what are we to make of you? I have a feeling we are going to love Jon – oh as I right that I just do not know… « Hide Spoiler
Don’t know how to feel about him, I still don’t trust him!
I wonder if we are going to hear more about the backstory for his family?
Love all these guys! Except Cameron, she is annoying. It’s like having two Mare’s – there is only room for one whiny, self-righteous young-in.
Queen ElaraView Spoiler »I say she is a minor character in this book because she was never really around. We got to see a lot more of Maven and his evilness. I want to know what she was doing down in the pit. I want to know if she is actually really dead – because at this rate who even knows anymore. « Hide Spoiler
I love every aspect of all the settings in this book. We see so much, the writing style and use of description makes all the settings really easy to visualise. We got experience underground, under the sea, in the sky and numerous on land locations. My favourite settings in this book were definitely the training grounds surrounded by the woods, the Colonel’s chambers and Corres Prison.
I am most interested in the devloping of the Choke and what is going to happen there.
Why is this book a 5 star read?
This book has just the right amount of plot twists Vs. predictability. Sometime I want to just know that my characters are going to behave in the way I would think of them. In the same breath I also love it when I am blindsided, which can be hard to do given the amount of YA books I read.
Safe to say Victoria Aveyard you have written a brilliant and beautiful book. I am reading for the next one.