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?
* Contains some spoilers from Red Queen
* May contain mild spoilers from Glass Sword
Glass Sword had me on the edge of my seat! As soon as the shops opened on the 9th of February I was in and searching for a copy of Glass Sword. But to my greatest despair, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I rung up shops and searched shelves but none of them had gotten their supply yet and to say I was near hysterical is an understatement. But I finally found a copy (they had only ordered 2 copies! Are they insane??) I snatched it up and dove into the story like a druggie needing their fix.
Lets start with saying Red Queen blew my mind. I loved every second of it. The characters and their development, the storyline, the suspense and I even felt a sick sense of satisfaction of the betrayal at the end. Yeah I liked Maven but I liked Cal more and his betrayal pushed Mare and Cal together more… Kinda, not really but we can pretend.
It starts off exactly where Red Queen finishes, with Mare, Cal, Shade, Farley, Kilorn and the rest of the crew on the train to ‘safety’. I was so happy to find out Shade was in fact not dead at the end of Red Queen and his ability is even cooler! He can teleport which is something I have always wanted to do because how cool would that be?! I just want to cuddle Kilorn and keep him safe just like Mare. He doesn’t try to hide the truth but always jokes and is honest which is what makes me love him. Cal… I don’t even know where to start. He doesn’t want to join the revolution but still helps the newbloods because he knows its the right thing to do. He still feels somewhat loyal to the silvers and doesn’t want to hurt them as they have just been doing what they have been ordered to do, like he once was as a solider. He has lost everything and everyone he once held dear. His father, mother, the Maven he once knew and the kingdom that would have been his. He is haunted by the moment Elara made him kill his father but he pushes it all away trying to put on a brave face. I admire his character so much because he has lost everything, been betrayed by everyone and yet he still stands tall ready to fight. Mare’s character is very complicated. She started off as a girl who dreamed of a better world and not having to watch those she loved and herself be sent off to the war. Then the impossible happened and she was given hope, a job but that turned out wonderfully didn’t it? She gets ripped away from her family and forced into a silver life she never wanted because of her lightning ability. Love, loss, betrayal latter and she’s being hunted down by the boy she thought she could trust with her life. She moves on instinct and survival which makes her make very bad and heartless decisions. She’s haunted by those she has killed and left behind, and yet like Cal, she tries to put on a brave face and stand strong. She is a somewhat selfish character but I think that makes her more real. Her character development, although going down a dark path, is great. The end shaped her character and it doesn’t make up for all the deaths and destruction she has caused, but it is a start in the right direction for her.
Every time Mare and Cal fought in this book, I fought the urge to put my head through the wall. They both have very different ideas about how they want to go about doing things. Cal wants to save the silvers but Mare only sees them as people who hurt her people and the decisions that some of them make *Mare* keeps setting them further and further away from each other. It made me want to scream because I want them together so bad. I was happy with the small moments they had and how Cal was there when she needed him, even if it was just a touch of reassurance. BUT I NEED MORE! Please please please give me more Mal or Care in the next book! Thank you, praise the Lord Amen.
Maven that sneaky little son of a bitch, excuse my language, but he deserves it for all the pain he has caused. I liked Maven in Red Queen and I believed in him and when he betrayed Cal and Mare at the end, it didn’t only hurt the characters, it hurt me! So I am taking this very personally. I don’t want Maven to die but something has to be done. In fact I have very similar feelings towards Maven the way I did with Sebastian Morgenstern. And I think it will probably end a similar way as well. Maven may be a terrible terrible person who has killed in cold blood and who knows what else but somewhere back there, I think, is still a small part of the good guy he pretended to be. Whenever he looked at Mare, although it might have been for a spilt second, he looked at her with sadness and regret and that gives me hope that he will turn around. And we have 2 more books for him to become a better person. One can only hope.
Love, betrayal, loss, more betrayal – this series really likes betrayal. This book was amazing and set my heart on fire. I can’t wait to see whats to come but be careful. For anyone can betray anyone.
“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”
“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
“Don’t lie to a liar, and Maven is the grandest liar of all.”
“We seem weak because we want to.”
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