When I read a sequel to a series I’m invested in, I generally don’t write reviews due to a multitude of reasons.
First and foremost, I don’t want to spoil anyone. Nothing is worse than being excited about a sequel, only to be spoiled via social media. This is what happened to me with Allegiant (Divergent #3) and to this day I haven’t read it, whether in protest or because of a broken heart I’ll let you decide.
Anyways, I had some feelings about Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) and felt that it was a good exercise in spoiler avoidance, and thus today’s review was written.
Want to see what I thought of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 9, 2016)
Print Length: 444 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
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.
While the last 100 pages or so had me gripping at the edge of my seat, Glass Sword suffered from being a sequel with the sole purpose of setting up the events of the proceeding novels.
Taking place almost immediately after The Red Queen, Glass Sword has the reader following Mare Barrow and her band of silver/newbloods as they work against the clock to recruit anyone and everyone against King Maven’s new regime.
While the world building was lessened, given that this is the second book in a series, I did rather enjoy Aveyards focus on the newbloods. Going on an adventure very reminiscent of X: First Class, it was nice to see that Aveyard wasn’t going to make Mare the sole newblood, going so far as to include a member of Mare’s family as a person with silver ability. It was also interested to see the representation of a multitude of different gifts given that I kind of expected the gifts to only be of the elemental kind.
I did rather enjoy Mare in this novel. Some on Goodreads point out that she was rather whinny, but this girl has already gone through so much in her two book adventure, so cut her a break please! One of my complaints, however, is the relationship between Mare and Cal. Can they please just get together already, seeing as Maven is a monster. Yes, that’s right, you heard me, I am firmly planting myself in opposition of a Maven redemption arc. He’s a horrid character, as I think Aveyard is intending, who reminds me of a YA mixture of George R.R. Martin’s Joffrey Baratheon and Leigh Bardugo’s The Darkling, treating other characters as toys instead of people. It’s because of this that I hope Mare, in future installments, leans more towards the bleed statement of the infamous ‘kneel or bleed’ tagline that decorates Glass Sword’s front cover.
The one thing that I can pinpoint that caused me to rate Glass Sword lower on the scale was its length. What I want in a sequel is a continuation of the story, and while Aveyard eventually did accomplish this, there were some side stories about side characters that I could just tell were included to set up situation for the characters in future books. And yet, even with my apprehension in whether I wanted to continue with the Red Queen series, Aveyard went and created that cliffhanger! I’ll give Aveyard one thing, she sure has a knack of writing twists that keep me coming back for more.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And there is my review for Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard. Do you have a YA science fiction fantasy novel recommendation for me? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.