Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Summary: 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 toshe shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
My honest review: So, if I’m being honest, I’m a bit of a Victoria Aveyard fangirl. Her writing style is similar to mine, we’re around the same age, she’s sassy as all hell (case and point: her Twitter). I’d say that we’d be very, very good friends in some alternate world where we actually, you know, would know each other.
So I’ve been pretty much salivating for Glass Sword since I finished Red Queen some time last year. And in keeping with being honest, I’ve had this book for a month and have read it twice already. Yeah. Twice. I blame graduate school for my lack of reviewing it until now. Actually I also blame my own book, but that’s for another post another time.
Glass Sword picks up shortly after the ending of Red Queen and the action does not cease. This series has gotten some slack for supposedly ripping off other YA greats, but poo-poo to that, it takes all the great aspects of fantasy and dystopia and throws them in a KitchenAid mixer to make something absolutely devourable (according to my spellcheck, I just made that up).
Our heroine still has many difficult choices ahead of her, and has some major trust issues due to the events of the previous book. While this is the overlying tone of the story, so. much. happens. and you can’t help but get emotionally invested in this book. And isn’t that the sign of a good book and a good writer? Getting all those feelz? I always love it when a book gives me feelz and a book-hangover. And good lord, Victoria, that ending! [Insert fangirl freakout here]
Fans of book one will gobble this one up and will be hounding poor Victoria for the next! GO. READ. NOW!
You can find Glass Sword here.
Guest review contributed by What Kara Reads. An aspiring YA author, Kara writes book reviews, writerly ramblings, and a writing corner linked to her boards on Pinterest. She claims to be occasionally witty.