Series: Red Queen #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: February 9th 2016
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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?
Don’t read this review if you haven’t read Red Queen because spoilers, spoilers, spoilers…
Glass Sword picks up right where Red Queen left off. Mare, Cal, and the rest of the Reds are on the run from Maven. The mood of this book feels a lot darker than the first one. There’s lots of betrayal and hurt going around. No one can be trusted and there are some shocking events. My favorite part, no more love triangle. I hate love triangles and that was my biggest issue with Red Queen, the whole torn between two brothers thing never appealed to me. Thankfully that isn’t a problem in this book. Mare is still torn between two brothers, but one of them wants to kill her, which is a lot more interesting.
Mare goes through a big change throughout this book, and you can see the effects of everything that happened in Red Queen. She’s colder, meaner, and a little more selfish. Her ability to trust people has been ruined and she has a very single minded focus in this book. All she can think about is the revolution and getting rid of Maven. Her single mindedness can be really frustrating at times, especially when her friends and family are trying to help her. She feels very alone, and she does things to push everyone away.
Maven, Maven, Maven. He turned out to be such an awesome villain. I hate him, but he is so interesting and you just have no clue what sick, twisted thing he’ll do next. Mare spends most of the book battling her guilt when it comes to Maven, he tricked her and she trusted him now all of this is happening because of him.
Overall, even though I had a slow start with this book I ended up getting caught up in this world and what was happening to the characters. The action kept building and building and it ended up drawing me in. Just a little warning, there is a huge cliffhanger that might make you want to throw your book against a wall :)