Review: GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard

TITLE: Glass Sword
AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard
GENRE: Young Adult, fantasy, dystopia, romance
PUBLISHED: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
FIND ON: Amazon


(Courtesy of Goodreads)
If 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.


This book was actually more exciting than the first. I found myself sucked into the story and holding my breath as Mare and her group of friends search for more of her kind: newbloods. Sometimes I have a hard time believing that a massive, world changing task can fall on a seventeen-year-old’s shoulders. I worried that Mare might act too old, but like the teenager she is, there were tantrums. Also, there is a helpful and perfectly placed character, the Colonel, giving contrast to her age. Mare has an interesting personality. She is gritty, street smart, and it scares me a little, what she can pull off.

The climax of the book does not let you down with an exciting and intricate prison break. But along with that break comes two more breaks, someone she loves dies and she pushes another away. It broke my heart. (No spoilers here.)


I’m enjoying this series more and more with each book. I’m thrilled to see what comes next. I’d rate this one as a 4: A good read and worth the time. Great job Victoria!


There is a lot more more blood in this book than the first, so the movie rating would probably more like PG-13.