Book Review: Glass Sword

Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Publishing date: 2016

Pages: 464

Price: £8.24

ISBN: 9781409159353


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?


I’ve got to confess – I had this book months before I finally picked it up. I packed it in my suitcase and it came on holiday and after finally finishing Lady Midnight I started this beauty.

I loved Red Queen and I couldn’t wait to continue following Mare’s story and see where it went. At the end of Red Queen was – in my opinion – one of the biggest plot twists in history (probably an over exaggeration) and boy did the plot twists continue in Glass Sword.

My favourite character of the series so far has to be Cal, there’s just something about him that I absolutely adore and I feel so sorry for him. Throughout Glass Sword (and most of Red Queen to be honest) I have been rooting for Cal and Mare to get together but at the same time I find Mare so annoying and I think Cal deserves way better.

Another thing that kind of annoys me is the relationship between Shade and Farley… I’m not entirely sure what annoys me about it but I just don’t 100% love it. And – my GOD – I cried so hard about Shade, it really hit me hard. If you haven’t read Glass Sword already then get your tissues ready.

I loved the amount of plot twists there are in this book and I loved the development of the cast of characters. Finding the other New Bloods really bought some variety to the book which I think was needed.

What annoys me now is that I have to wait until February for the next instalment of the series *internally screams*.

My rating: 4.8/5

Let me know what you thought of Glass Sword in the comments!


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Glass Sword

  1. I read Red QUeen and I didn’t like it so much as I wanted, but I admit the cliffhanger left me wanting more. SO im not sure if i’ll continue.
    Reallu enjoyed your review xx


  2. I liked (that’s an understatement), I actually LOVED Glass Sword way more than Red Queen. The Shade thing definitely knocked me off my feet, I wasn’t expecting it. And Farley’s reaction to his (…..) made me sob even harder. I’m definitely team Cal by the way 😂 We should find a ship name for Cal and Mare before the final book comes up !! Great review 😉


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