Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

This book review of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard assumes that you have read Red Queen, which precedes Glass Sword in the Red Queen series. If you have not read the first book, proceed with caution — there may be spoilers ahead!

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard — Wow! I’m not quite sure what to say after that ending! I expected the second book in the Red Queen series to be filled with inner turmoil, political posturing and tons of action, but Glass Sword delivered on a whole new level.

Victoria Aveyard Glass Sword bookBy the time the book finished I was thinking deeply and asking myself one question: Who, really, is Mare Barrow?

The story picks up just hours after the end of Red Queen, and as Glass Sword begins the reader isn’t even certain where Mare is headed. Turns out, Mare isn’t really sure either, but she’s immediately greeted by some tough situations, and at least one pleasant surprise.

As the story continues, Mare finds herself once again in a leadership role as she is at the forefront of the quest to find as many newbloods as possible so that she can build her own army to fight against the newly crowned evil king.

But before too long, I found myself questioning just how different Mare really was from the institution she was fighting against. In the first book, Mare spends a lot of time learning about the world of the upper class while fighting to hide her lower-class blood and fighting to survive. In this book, Aveyard forces both Mare and the reader to grapple with some complicated and difficult questions. How far is Mare willing to go to accomplish her goal? Who is she willing to sacrifice? What kind of person is she, really?

In the majority of the books you read, there is a clear heroine and a clear antagonist. Glass Sword forces some difficult questions about who the good guys really are — or if there are really any good guys at all. In some ways Mare reminded me of the anti-heroes you see on TV shows — the Tony Sopranos, Dexters and Walter Whites. Though I really, truly wanted to believe in Mare and her cause, there were moments in the book when I absolutely hated her and I questioned whether she was really a “good guy” at all.

In this book, you’ll see some familiar faces as Mare finds help in some unlikely places, and it’s fun to see some of the same characters from the first book. I liked that about this story.

Additionally, I just can’t get over Aveyard’s creativity and ability to build such a clear and vivid world. Some of the abilities and powers these characters have are unbelievable. It takes a special talent to create a world like Mare Barrow’s, and it takes an even greater talent to share it with others. So far, this series shows the mark of a spectacular story-teller, and I’m looking forward to reading the next ones when they come out.

Have you read the Red Queen series yet? Why not?!

Don’t forget to check out the Cruel Crown novella, which is prelude to the series. I’ve linked to it on Amazon below.

Glass Sword (Red Queen)Glass Sword (Red Queen)

Cruel Crown (Red Queen Novella)Cruel Crown (Red Queen Novella)

Glass Sword
Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
Young Adult, Dystopian
February 2016

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