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The Glass Sword is book two in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. The first book, Red Queen was a masterpiece, a must read if you have a thing for fantasy. The second book, Glass Sword, wasn’t quite as compelling as the first, but by the end had redeemed itself.

The Glass Sword is book two in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. The first book, Red Queen was a masterpiece, a must read if you have a thing for fantasy. The second book, wasn’t quite as compelling as the first, but by the end had redeemed itself.

Glass Sword picks up right where Red Queen left off. Aveyard makes no compensation for readers that decided to jump into the series with the second book. You have to read the first book to follow along. There are no clever flashbacks or inner dialogue recounting the adventures of the prior book. This is neck deep in the insanity and you better follow along or be lost.

Mare Barrow, the Red Queen, has been evacuated as a refugee to a small island where the Red Guard is amassing. She is distrusted and expected to fall in line. When she doesn’t, they try to force her. With enemies on both sides she has no choice, she breaks away from the Red Guard with Cal, Kilorn, Farley, and Shade at her side to find the other red bloods before Maven kills them all.

The beginning was rough, it was an A to B to C, scenario. Aveyard had a lot of plot to cover. She had to introduce concepts, and set into motion events that I think could have been handled better. It was boring to say the least. Relationships with Kilorn were hashed out, but with Cal (who is the main love interest) were brushed under the table. She could have put a lot more emphasis on that, instead of other things. I think this detracted from the book and had me almost, just almost marking this book as a DNF, which would have ended the series for me. I stuck with it though and made it to the end of the book. Which then exploded with action, angst and all the good things that I expected were in this novel. But then you are left with a cliffhanger and the book is over.

Will I be reading on in the series? Yes. There are four books, I’m scared of what the third book is going to be. Will it be like this one? I hope not. I want to see more of Cal. I want Mare to get out of her head, I respect what Aveyard did with this character, I respect where she is going, but sometimes its very hard to read because you want to gush over these characters. It’s a mature approach in a young genre.

The audiobook aspect of this review has me gushing. Amanda Dolan could narrate a cookbook and make it interesting. She did an amazing job, her nuanced accents were stupendous. I wanted to hear Farley talk all the time, just because of the accent Dolan gave her. Male voices were unnoticed! Amazing job. If you are looking for your next book on audio, find a Dolan book.

When you get to the last 15 minutes of the audiobook and you know they’re ain’t no way it’s going to wrap up in that time… cliffhanger alert.

About_the_book The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 9th 2016
ISBN: 0062310666
Pages: 444
Format: Audiobook
3.5 Stars

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.




1 Comment

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Nice! I still need to read this one and fear by the time I get to it, I will have lost all memory of Red Queen and with no recapper that might be scary tides ahead! But it’s this cliffhanger I keep hearing about and I keep trying to avoid those whenever possible! I feel like I might break by book 3 and then be letting loose a stream of curses when there’s a cliffhanger there that will kill me! LOL! It’s a never-ending cycle with reading it seems! Nice review!

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