Book 6 of 2015
I had been looking forward to the release of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard since I finished Red Queen last year. (How amazing was Red Queen as a debut novel? The answer: outstanding). That being said, I should let it be known that my expectations were quite high for Glass Sword, so I unfortunately wasn’t as thrilled with the second book in the series as I thought I would be. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, or that I won’t continue with the series, it just means that I hope the next book is even better.
The gang from Red Queen returns in the sequel, with Mare Barrow leading her pack of rejects and misfit fighters: Shade (Mare’s sweet and brave brother), Cal (the dreamy and stubborn exiled prince), Kilorn (the fisher-boy best friend with no special powers), Farley (the gruff and militant leader who secretly aches for her father’s love) and a number of new characters who are introduced along the way. The team is on the hunt for other ‘newbloods’ like Mare and Shade; they’ve got to get to them before evil King Maven gets his hands on them first. The team sets out on mission after mission, collecting the ‘newbloods’ who are willing to join them, all while meeting devastating circumstances by the hands of the king each time they’re too late getting to the next ‘newblood.’
I particularly enjoyed the second half of Glass Sword; it was fast-paced and action-packed. Once Mare’s squad worked together to find others like her’, I found the book really picked up. There are some incredibly talented and powerful ‘newbloods’ the reader is introduced to, and it is so interesting to see how the team and the new additions are willing to work together towards a common goal.
My intro may have sounded a bit harsh, and I didn’t mean for it to. Like I said, because of my love of Red Queen, my expectations for Glass Sword were set extremely high. Glass Sword may not have been as good as it’s predecessor, but it was an enjoyable Book Two in a series, and leaves the reader with a compelling, terrifying cliffhanger that will have us biting our nails until Aveyard releases the last installment.