Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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.

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My Review

I enjoyed the first book of this series, Red Queen, but was not astounded. However, I was impressed by how much more I loved this book.

The writing style is, as it was in the first book, extremely visual and I cannot wait for the film. However I felt in Glass Sword the imagery didn’t overwhelm the plot, it was incredibly well thought out and developed. It focused more on the morality of revolution than I expected. The easy comparison here would be Hunger Games but I think Aveyard handles this far better.

Mare doesn’t shun leadership, she is thrust into a figurehead position and she uses it. She makes decisions and lives with the consequences. The plot was interesting and didn’t over linger on romance in the way most YA novels seem to.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who loved Hunger Games for the intensity, and a bit of a love triangle, but wants a bit of supernatural awesomeness included.


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