Note: Originally written for Thursday, February 11, 2016.
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?
In Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard’s newest installment of the Red Queen series, Mare finds herself struggling with the realization that no one is who she thought they were and her trust and loyalties will be put to the ultimate test.
After Maven, once an ally and beloved Prince, is now an infamous ruler whose sole purpose is to get rid of those who represent a threat to his rule. Unfortunately for Mare, that means herself, Prince Cal, The Scarlet Guard, and any other red with unusual abilities out there. Those who are now being called Newbloods pose as a danger to Maven’s rule, but also to themselves if caught.
The plan is to find all the newbloods, to protect them and teach them how to harness their abilities, to try to get there before Maven finds them and kills them all. But the plan might be harder to achieve than expected, and they will all have to give anything and everything to make it happen, even if it means losing themselves in the process.
If I may be honest, this is one of the books I’ve been waiting for the most out of the 2016 releases. Luckily enough, it was one of the earliest releases of the year and even luckier, I was asked to join the official blog tour. I have to say, the book did not disappoint.
The story begins right at the end of the previous book, so you get the feel of the last one right away. Although at times it felt slow, during training sessions for example (I’m not too big on those), all the action packed scenes that were spread throughout the story made up for it. Aveyard’s background on screenwriting is an incredible asset when it comes to her world building and storytelling process, you really get the feel of how Norta is geographically designed, you feel like if you are actually there with everyone.
My favorite scenes from the book were all involving a certain newblood speedster and his very intriguing… let’s call it “missions” for the sake of a spoiler-free review. Getting to know more about this character up close, rather than in not-so-random mentions, was both refreshing and well adapted into the story.
The ending left me breathless.
This is not the first time this happens to me with this series.
I can’t talk about it.
So please… just read it so you understand my pain!
No, seriously, the ending was that good, it left me crushed but also wanting more, from one book junkie to another, I will be not-so-patiently awaiting for the next installment until it’s finally on my hands.