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Glass Sword

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Glass Sword

GLASS SWORD is the second book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. The first book, RED QUEEN, was the author’s first novel. While RED QUEEN was absolutely amazing, GLASS SWORD left something to be desired.

For those who don’t know, the Red Queen series is about Mare Barrow. She lives in a world where people either have red or silver blood. The people with silver blood rule the land, while the people with red blood toil away in factories. In addition, people with silver blood have special abilities. Everything is normal, until Mare discovers that she has abilities as well. She can control lightning. While it seems like high fantasy, if you pay close attention (and peak at the map in book three), it looks like it actually takes place in our world way in the future. I have my theories about how people got abilities, but I’ll keep them to myself.

Slight spoilers for book one ahead.

"For all of Mare’s flaws, she has a great cast of characters backing her up. I honestly think one of my favorite aspects of this world are the side characters."

While RED QUEEN sucked me in, GLASS SWORD just didn’t. My thought is that it majorly fell into second book syndrome. It was a little slow, and the characters weren’t as well done. That’s not to say it was bad. It just wasn’t as good as the first book or as it could’ve been.

The pacing was one of my main two problems. While interesting things were happening, they weren’t happening fast enough or close together. It was do something, hide in a bunker for ages. Do something, fly around on a plane. You get the idea. It felt like there was a lot of time spent stalling action. If that had just been cut out, the book would have been much better.

My second problem was Mare herself. She hasn’t grown at all since the first book. She is whiny, and just not a pleasant character to be in the head of --- and to an extent, I get it. Her world has been turned upside-down multiple times in relatively short span of time. She is allowed to be a bit of a mess. But at the same time, she’s allowing herself to wallow instead of doing something about it. A little time to wallow is okay, but that should have been a few chapters, not the whole book. Because so much time is spent in her head is part of why the book has a pacing problem. That said, I still love her powers, and when she comes out of her shell she is a sight to behold.

For all of Mare’s flaws, she has a great cast of characters backing her up. I honestly think one of my favorite aspects of this world are the side characters. There’s her brother Shade, along with the rest of her amazing family. Seriously, her family is made of awesome. There’s Farley, who can kick butt and take names any day of the week. And of course, there’s Cal. I love Cal. I ship Mare and Cal so much. I think they are really good for each other. When they are willing to put in the effort, they bring out the best in each other. In many ways they are polar opposites, but it works.

If you like high fantasy, you will almost definitely like the Red Queen series. If you loved book one, be prepared to be a little disappointed, but don’t worry because KING’S CAGE (book three) makes up for it. GLASS SWORD will also appeal to fans of THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski and SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch.

Reviewed by Isabel C., Teen Board Member on April 9, 2018

Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard