Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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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?


I did it, I finally finished Glass Sword! I started this back in February but whilst reading the first 100 pages I was quite confused because I couldn’t remember some of the things that happened within the first book, Red Queen. I reread Red Queen a couple of weeks ago and then I started Glass Sword again.

I. Loved. This. Book.

The events at the end of Red Queen left me shocked and I was still surprised at the beginning of this book, I still couldn’t believe it. Glass Sword started out quite fast paced whilst they were running from Maven but around 80 pages in, the story began to get slow. However, this didn’t stop me from continuing on because I knew why it was slow and I guess in a way, it needed to be. It can’t be all action with no explanations or consequences.

Around 200 pages in, the story picks back up again and that’s when I really began to enjoy it. I loved finding out the abilities of all the others like Mare and all the obstacles that they faced when finding those people. I’m still so unsure of Maven, the encounters with him in Glass Sword made me want to hate him but I feel like he may not be entirely responsible for his actions.

The last 100 or so pages of the book were amazing. It had me on the edge of my seat and I had to keep putting the book down to take in everything that was happening. So much happened! And again the ending is a huge cliffhanger and makes me want the next book right now.

I’ve been thinking about this book quite a lot since I finished it and that’s usually a sign of whether I really enjoyed a book. I didn’t know what to expect from Glass Sword but I was really surprised at how good it was!

5/5 stars.

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