Hey guys its that time again…
No not Valentines day- REVIEW TIME
Yep, that’s right it’s time for a review and today is all about Glass Sword. I was given an ARC of this book last month from Orion in exchange for a review. Thus began a re-read of Red Queen so I could refresh my memory of the book.
This review will not be spoiler free so for those of you who’ve yet to read either book and want, please do so now if you do not want to be spoiled.
We escape one noose only to find another.
Those words sum up what Red Queen and Glass Sword put you through.
As this book is one that follows directly on, no a few months later etc, which in my opinion it makes a book so much better. It also means I was able to delve right in and not have to wonder what happened to Cal or Mare or Maven (since it starts where we left off). And whether or not they’ll find more of the ones that are stronger than Red and Silver. (That plot twist was like someone ripping at my heart strings. I desperately hoped one of the princes were one but then y’know. THAT ending happened)
Now if like me you were shocked by the end of Red Queen ( literally had me going oh god Maven!) for the last 50 pages. Anyway, it got me thinking about the legion Cal was going to be general of and therefore so worried about what Maven might do. Would he send them to the Scarlet Guard in trickery? Would he destroy them with their ‘own’. All these questions were bubbling around in my head as I opened the book.
(This part is mega spoiler-y now so if you don’t wanna be spoiled please don’t read ahead)
Glass Sword begins right where Red Queen left off. But with a massive bang! Shade is shot. Maven pops up out of nowhere (the prick). Now at the beginning of the book Mare can’t get her head around why Cal is chained. Uhm because he’s like a walking fireball? But here’s me thinking he’s chosen to stay in chains to prove he can be trusted. Perhaps he was being controlled by Step-Bitch into hating the Reds and now away from her he’s realising what he feels. But that’s my theory.
Anyway, at the beginning we are still unsure of his allegiance which is annoying when Mare is getting annoyed but I do feel her pain, she’s just been betrayed by someone she thought was the most perfect Silver- someone who wanted to help the Guard and who was risking everything for her.
We learn a lot more about Farley in this book like her father being the Colonel. But I was so annoyed at him for like 90% of his book time. Another character that annoyed me was Kilorn. Like seriously, I could rant for ages about him. But it’s mainly his attitude that gets me riled up, like he does do some pretty amazing things but I think it’s because these books make me feel that every young male is in love with Mare but I want her for Cal!
So anyway, Kilorn turns his back on Mare but then it’s revealed that he hasn’t? I mean Aveyard has a lot of mind fucks in these books but that just makes them entirely more captivating and gorgeous. Especially her world building. Like the way she writes and shows off this world I can truly picture it and feel as thought I am there. I love it!
Now this book is mainly about finding the new-blood-people the ones like Mare and Shade. But they leave Shade behind during a fight where he is causing a lot of commotion, now if it was me in that position, because of Shade’s powers I would leave him. I mean he can teleport, he’s causing a lot of commotion which would draw more attention to where they are. So I am in full agreement to leaving him. SPOILER he doesn’t die here, he instead ends up saving the ones who left him behind’s assess after an intense scene.
And as you can presume Maven pops up. Which was confusing until I re-read abit (I’d read too fast I’d missed out a bit 😦 )
But over time we have built up an epiiiiiic team of New Bloods. Like properly epic. WOOooo, there are far too many great abilities to list them all but I want Cameron’s- shutting people down? How great is that in a room full of Silvers!!
Anywho, the prison bit, of course, a fantasy isn’t a fantasy without a death of a character you love. I won’t say who but you may be able to guess if you looked closely into my review.
But we can rejocify for good news! She’s dead! The witch of the west is dead! Couldn’t help myself, sorry but it’s right, THE QUEEN IS DEAD! Which I was totally not expecting, like in the Divergent series when you start it you kinda expect Jeanine’s death in the last book but nope you get it in the second.
But as like the end of the first book, you gotta be left on a cliffhanger and I won’t reveal what it is but here is the last line.
Now whilst it has the same format of a lot of dystopian ones, the whole I’m not going to be a pawn in this game, we all should be equal and I’m gonna fight for that. But that format never gets old. And it totally subverts that clichéd second book isn’t as good as the first.
And it really wouldn’t be a Victoria Averyard book without some shocking moments, plot twists and oh so much action, the first happening so soon after the beginning. But the ending obviously leaves me feeling:
(Yes in this scenario I am Iron Man 😉 and Aveyard is Bucky)
I strongly suggest you pick up Glass Sword ASAP because the ending of it will leave you gasping and desperate for more.