Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Page Number: 444
My Rating – 2.5 Stars Out Of 5
“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.“ (source)
This. Book. Was. So. BORING.
Though the first installment on this series, Red Queen, definitely had some faults, I still found it entertaining and saw potential in it.
Glass Sword made me blind to whatever potential I had ever seen in the first place. It moved at a sluggish pace, and spare for a last saving grace of action at the very end, yielded nothing remarkable. Slow and uneventful – two words that I think adeptly describe this disappointing sequel.
And the writing was so repetitive that it should be a damn crime. Characters were described in the same ways over and over again. I have it committed to memory that Maven has ‘ice-blue eyes’ and that Cal resembles an ‘inferno.’ The saying ‘anyone can betray anyone’ that Mare is constantly reminding herself of must be written about twenty or thirty times in this book alone. Not only did the writing lack spark, it was just plain lazy. I hate saying that because I really like the author, Victoria Aveyard, as a person. Her Tweets are great. But I can’t be biased.
The majority of this book is spent finding other Reds with Silver-like abilities – like Mare and her brother, Shade – and convincing them to join their team. The whole point of this is to save them from cruel King Maven’s grasp, as well as to give the Scarlet Guard – the rebel force against the crown – a few more weapons for their arsenal. This journey is not as exciting as it sounds, and honestly it didn’t really sound that thrilling to me in the first place. Kind of reminded me of that portion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Harry, Ron, and Hermione wander around looking for Horcruxes. But of course J.K. Rowling created action, tension, suspense, and character development with that storyline. None of that happens here. It just wasn’t interesting.
The main character, Mare Barrow, went from being a special snowflake to a super special snowflake. Her selfishness and rocky moral compass make her extremely unlikable, and she’s just not a strong character.
Actually when I think of it, none of the many characters populating the Red Queen world are particularly striking or complex. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get a hold on who Cal really is, even though he’s easily one of the biggest characters in this series. There are definitely a handful of characters that captured my interest – Maven, Farley, Cameron Cole, Jon – but I feel like they aren’t being utilized in the way they should be. Everything just revolves around Mare. I know she’s the main character, but supporting characters should get a chance to shine.
There was, however, two plot twists hidden away in this book. One I didn’t see at all and the other I kind of had a feeling about. They weren’t nearly as mind-blowing as the one in Red Queen, but definitely served their purpose in shifting the plot towards something (hopefully) a bit more interesting. I’m curious to see where the next book leads, but then again I’m almost too certain that I will end up disappointed once more.
I thought that I would like this book series since I know it incredibly hyped-up, and now I’m left feeling full of regret and confusion. Regret, since I wish I spent my time reading more interesting, well-written books, and confusion, since this book series is insanely popular even though there really isn’t anything spectacular about it. I blame it on the beautifully designed covers.
I really don’t recommend this book or the series as a whole.
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