Monday, 28 March 2016

Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Released: February 11th 2016
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads
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?
(from Goodreads)

If you read my Red Queen review, you will know that I absolutely loved that book and was very excited to find out what happened next. Glass Sword wasn’t exactly what I expected - but it was still good, and ended well enough that I’m still looking forward to book three.

Mare changed in this book. Quite understandably, after being so horribly betrayed - she didn’t trust anyone, she found it easier to lie and had less qualms about killing than she had before. Basically, her morals were slipping into a rather more grey area - and I actually kind of liked seeing this side of her. Anyone can betray anyone, after all, and after everything Mare went through, I didn’t blame her for feeling like everyone could turn on her at any second (though maybe she could have given Shade the benefit of the doubt, he was her brother!). Her feelings for Maven…it was just all so complicated. In this book, Maven did terrible things. Really bad, worse than in book one. And Mare SAID she wanted him dead, that she would kill him if she had the chance…but really, I’m not sure she’d actually be able to do it. She was more hardened now, sure, but she had a weakness when it came to Maven (minor spoiler, highlight to view: she kept all the letters he wrote to her, no matter how horrific a place she found them in. That doesn’t mean nothing - even Cal noticed, and he was obviously hurt by it). And after the ending of this book (I knew it would happen, but even so, ON TO BOOK THREE!) I am even more intrigued to see how Mare deals with lingering feelings for Maven and who he used to be (and whether Maven can ever be redeemed. I suppose we’ll see more of that in book three - book three! So far away!).

Cal. This boy endlessly confused me. I liked him but I disagreed with him on so many things. I was more inclined to agree with Mare and while I got where Cal was coming from…I wanted him to step up! To be fair to him, I did think he did grow as a character. He realised how bad things were and that he was to blame for some of that. And at times, he was so sweet. And he cared about Mare…and it was heartbreaking that he knew that some part of her still loved Maven. And I just, I don’t know where this romance is going. I don’t. I liked Cal, but then I DID like Maven and ughh, what will happen!

Shade, I adored. He was probably my favourite character (though I have a special place in my heart for Julian) and I loved his sense of humour and his dedication to Mare and his awesome teleportation ability and the way he was always willing to help. I can’t even explain how I felt at the end of this book (minor spoiler: because while I predicted it, I wasn’t ready) and Shade was definitely the best of Mare’s brothers (though hopefully we will get to know the other two a bit more as well in book three). Kilorn surprised me. I expected him to be that annoying whiny “why don’t you love ME” guy who tried to interfere with the main relationship - but he actually matured a lot in the book, and grew on me to the point where I actually quite liked him by the end. Surprising, I know! Farley grew on me too, and while I knew what was up with her, like halfway through the book, I’m intrigued to see what part she plays in book three.

Plot-wise, I have to admit a lot of things in this book were predictable. But because they were also exciting it didn’t take too much away from the story. I felt like a certain thing towards the end was dealt with too easily (if it were that easy, why had no one done it before?) and there was of course that THING that happened that CRUSHED MY SOUL. And the ENDING. I have so many predictions for book three (minor spoiler: Maven’s redemption arc? A rescue attempt? Maven and Mare romance? Maven and Cal fight? But not over Mare because they have better things to fight about. Okay, maybe a little bit about Mare. But mostly Elara and the previous King).

Overall, while this wasn’t as good as Red Queen, it was a solid sequel and it’s definitely got me more invested in all the characters, and excited about the next book. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend it.