book reviews · young adult

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication:February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages:444 pages
Category: Young Adult, Dystopian, Magic


If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare’s blood is red – the colour 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 the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by the Silver 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?



On the cover:  Compared to the first book, I love this cover more. I like the light blue and silver combination. The colour combination gives the glass crown a glowing effect. The slogan on the lower part of the book cover really describes the political struggle in the story.

On the story plot:  I preferred the Red Queen’s story plot than Glass Sword. It was quite predictable except the last part. Somehow, the plot reminds me of X-men first class movie, where the characters are looking for their fellow mutants. They also start to train them just like what Mare and her crew did in the story. In my opinion, what differentiated this book from the X-men movie was that it had more bloodshed.

On the characters:  I don’t like Mare in this book. Even if she thinks for the group, its still apparent that she is self-centred. She is blinded by her power and motives, that results to a lot of people hurting, if not, dying. In the end, she sacrifices herself to her friends because its the only option for all of them to survive. Cal, the fallen crown prince, unwillingly helps Mare with her plans so that he could survive. They form a silent alliance which is beneficial for both parties. Other characters like Farley, Kilorn and Shade are part of the band of rebels which Mare leads. A lot of characters were introduced in this book. Some died, others lived but I don’t know if they would be in the third book.

All in all:  Glass Sword as a book was okay. There is a lot of action, gore and blood. The transition of the story from Red Queen was done superbly. I like the action scenes. However, the story plot was very obvious that it lessened my feelings of anticipation. I love that the action scenes were described thoroughly. I gave this book a 4 hearts rating because I honestly expected more from this book. I thought that Mare and Cal would confess their love but it did not happen. What I got was the conflicting feelings of Mare for both princes. Its very frustrating, that I keep muttering while reading “what the hell, why can she not choose already”.


No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”
― Victoria Aveyard,Glass Sword

“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
― Victoria Aveyard,Glass Sword

“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”
― Victoria Aveyard,Glass Sword

“We seem weak because we want to.”
― Victoria Aveyard,Glass Sword

“The thing with heat is, no matter how cold you are, no matter how much you need warmth, it always, eventually, becomes too much.”
― Victoria Aveyard,Glass Sword


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