This is a review of the second book in a series – read the first review here.
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.
Glass Sword is even better than the first and that’s saying something. Mare really comes into her own in this book and becomes less reliant on those around her. She made for a better character which meant the entire book was more interesting and well rounded. I definitely thought the storyline for this book was more exciting and more action filled than the last. It kept me on the edge of my seat but also developed the characters in a lovely arc.
Glass Sword was the start of something amazing, especially with the way the ending went. I just loved the idea of how everything seemed to be slipping into place with the alliances that were coming into existence and growing by the day and I can’t wait to see how they begin to grow in the next book. It seems to be getting more politic which pleases me to no end.
My favourite character is Cameron, her fire and resistance to the perfect partnership that Mare presents make more sense than the entire book put together and it is one that makes her completely believable. She is a character that shows the cracks that are slowly forming in her setup. She offers a different perspective on the situation – one which is refreshing.
My least favourite character in Glass Sword would have to be Kilorn, he annoyed me all the way through this. He seemed to be all over the place and nothing about his story was consistent. I struggled to understand why he would do the things he did, it was a tough one to call and I just didn’t like where his character seemed to be going and it was a shame because I really liked him in Red Queen.
I would totally recommend carrying on the series after Glass Sword. It was a brilliant sequel and continuation to a fantastic story. The characters were well rounded and they began to grow with each other.
After reading this instalment I want this book series to remain on my list forever. Have you ever had a book series like that where you can only hope for the best? Let me know in the comments below.