TITLE: Glass Sword

AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard

Rating: ★★★☆☆

PAGES: 444



GENRE(S): Dystopian, Fantasy

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard - The Contented ReaderIf there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

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 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?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


The hype surrounding Red Queen totally led to me reading the book. The first book was enjoyable but it definitely is similar to the Divergent series and the Hunger Games series. Because of this, I came into this hoping Aveyard could turn the series into something different.

To be honest, the first part of the book is boring. While the writing is captivating, the plot itself left me feeling underwhelmed. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I really started to get into the story. I understand the need for a lead up to battle. But I just really did find it to be a bit drawn out. I desperately want more action.

Despite all this, Mare is still a character I’m drawn to. I like how fragile she can be, even though she is extremely brave and daring. I like that she is flawed while also courageous. The love she has for her family and the Reds runs deep, which is really endearing.

Since I’m a spoiler-free blog, I’m not going to go into detail – but there is a moment in the book that hit me harder than I originally anticipated. I felt saddened by this moment and am definitely going to miss its affect on the book. If you’ve read the book, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!

Overall, this is a solid sequel to Red Queen. It is super important to bring a lead up to a battle, and I completely recognize that. I just wish there was more action. I definitely will be picking up King’s Cage before the release of the final book, War Storm.

I’m very curious to see how the series continues. One thing is for certain, Aveyard knows how to leave her reader hanging!!

If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.

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About The Author

Victoria Aveyard Author Photo - The Contented ReaderVictoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet of The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film and Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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