Glass Sword

Hardcover | February 9, 2016

byVictoria Aveyard

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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.

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?

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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.Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has...

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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...

Victoria Aveyard was raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. Red Queen is her first novel.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.41 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062310666

ISBN - 13:9780062310668

Customer Reviews of Glass Sword


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! What an amazing book! I can't wait to read the next one, I couldn't put it down!!!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... Like a lot of middle book in a trilogy, this one is going slower than the first. A lot more of talking and explanations, which are necessary. This book presents new territories and characters which is a plus. I like that this book has strong female characters. It is quite refreshing. The main character's development is quite good. The ending left me feeling anxious and uncomfortable. The third book will probably be spectacular. So...long read but necessary for the next.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book did not disappoint! I cannot wait to read the last book!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! This is an amazing second instalment in the series and I absolutely cannot wait for the third to come out! The character development is beautiful and Victoria Aveyard's descriptive language is divine!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Similar to first book: light fantasy read with romance. Not great but not terrible either.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It was an ok book, confusing at times but not bad. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it! I recieved both this book and red queen for christmas and i really enjoyed them.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars. I enjoyed it! It wasn't as good as the first one but if you've read that one then you should read this one. It's good, just not the best.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It IT WAS AMAZING, but i think the first red queen novella was better. BUT FOR A SEQUEL pure perfection. Mare was whiny at times. But isn't every teenager?
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you've read the first you should read this Some sequeals aren't worth reading but I liked this book better than the first
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite series! I have been waiting to get this book and when I finally got it, I devoured it in an instant! Such a good read and full of surprises. The ending was so unexpected!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wasn't as good as the first loved the first one, this one wasn't bad but wasn't as good
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great Not as great as the first book unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent It wasn't a bad book, althought I found it borrowed elements from a lot of recently popular YA dystopians. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good The plot line was easy to follow and a great read! loved the ending too!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the trilogy! It was different than any other YA book I read this year, really kept me on my toes! Excited to see where the series goes
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from One of the better YA novels recently I am an adult who sometimes reads YA. More often than not, the writing is terrible, the characters are whiny and I can't finish it. The first book in the series was well plotted, well-written and engaging. This one is boring and I could not finish it.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings Personally did not like the continuation of the first book. Expected more from Maven as a character and it focused mainly on the rebellion much like other dystopian novels.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent This series had a very interesting concept about blood and such. However, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be and I thought the first book was better.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expecting More It was a great sequel to Red Queen, but I did not enjoy this one as much, I did however nearly die at the cliffhanger ending!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great books! Always wanted more and more, easy read, great characters
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not as good as the first. The first book of the series is amazing. I was waiting for this book to come out for a long time... only to be disappointed. Didn't live up to my expectations.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh I was reluctant to read the second instalment to this series. The first was better, in my opinion. In finishing this book I felt fairly disappointed. I will be reading the next one, hopefully it gets better. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book - easy read! Great, easy read that's just as good as the first book. Looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The first was better The first book was definitely better but this book had a great ending.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost as good as the first The ending of the first novel had me eagerly anticipating The Glass Sword but when I actually managed to finish the book, I was slightly disappointed, it dragged on for me and instead of being an easy and captivating read, I found myself not very engaged in the story. The only thing that managed to save it was the excellent and nerve wracking ending, I suppose by now I should be used to Victoria's cliff hangers but this one caught me off guard yet again and is the reason why I'm anxious to get my hands on the third book.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Won't read the last book I loved the first book, but this one disappointed me hugely. The main character is so repetitive in it, that it drove me crazy. Yes, it leaves you on a cliffhanger, but I don't think I can read anymore of her ramblings.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read!!! Such an amazing sequel to Red Queen!! I loved it so much and could not put the book down! Amazing twists and the plot was mind-blowing!! Cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out because I know that Victoria Aveyard will not fail to impress me
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed the book...looking forward to the next one. Interesting twist and turns that happen in the story.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fascinating and a great installment of the series! Can't wait to read them all!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from About ten times better than the first one Wasn't a huge fan of the first book--I felt like it was a bit overrated, but the jacket was really pretty and I thought that I might as well get the second one to match. Surprising improvement--it was a lot more action-packed and intense. :)
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bring on King's Cage!!! I fell in love with Red Queen and got Glass Sword as quick as humanly possible. Although i didn't enjoy it as much as it's former it still kept my attention and had me constantly curious/worried about what would happen to Mare and Cal. I will continue with this series as quickly as i can!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAAAZING!!! I bought the first book and even after only the first chapter I was hooked and started the count down for when this and the prequel books came out and then I bought them right away too
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent I bought the first book of the series and loved it!Really got hooked and wanted to know more about the "lightning girl". It is true that the second book is not as good as the first because of how self-centered the main heroine appears to be. However, for me it is reasonable that a girl at her age with all the changes and torture surrounding her life will have all these inner questions and focus a lot on her role and her responsibilities. I like that in this book the heroine is a real person who sometimes acts selfishly and irresponsibly or thinks too highly of herself. When you are a teenager you go through all sorts of emotions and it reminded me of that time when I thought that I was very important lol. Also, I like that all characters have a good and a bad side as we all do...a villain might not be entirely bad and a hero might not be entirely good. That is a good lesson to learn and if you pay attention it is shown loud and clear all over this book. I believe that the book stays true to the character of Mare and I hope that the next book will reveal an even better and stronger side of her.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I see why it's so popular, but I didn't like this as much as the first! Still a good sequel.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sequel Wasn't as great as the first, but it was still good
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars Aw man, I am just DYING for the next installment! This is a fantastic dystopian series. I am definitely going to read the first two books and the novella again before the third book comes out, not just because I have already forgotten a lot, but because I *want to.* I recommend this series to fans of the dystopian, sci-fi, and fantasy genre. I particularly recommend it to Marie-Lu fans. This is a fascinating world with both heroes, villains, and anti-heroes that you will greatly enjoy.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second book slump? When I first read this book I went through the first 3/4 of it a bit slowly, then I stopped. Approximatively 7 months later, I picked it up again and finished it. The dynamic/concept of the book has changed from the first one, which I personally thought was better. I thought the plot was a bit all over the place, but the end got more interesting. I would give this book a 3.5 rating.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 <3!! Even better than the first one!! <3
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sequel syndrome? the first book was very good, but this one starts to lack character depth and character arcs. the beginning is a bit slow to get through, there are times in the book where there is action but overall it's okay. hopefully the next one will get better
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read! Mare got kind of annoying but the book was good overall. The ending was epic.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... Not my favorite. The first book was better.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pace slowing, cracks showing Red Queen is predictable, full of typical patterns from young adult, and lacks character depth, but it sure keeps the pace on track. Glass Sword gets bogged down in the angst and mistrust among lead characters, so some of the faults start to show more--because these characters are mostly just archetypes (and it's hard to care about them) and when the plot comes at us slower, it gives us more time to see clearly where it's going. Still does dole out some pretty cool powers.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sequel Syndrome Not as great as the first, but good nonetheless
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel! I was worried that after reading Red Queen that the second book wouldn't be as good as the first but it was BETTER. If you're unsure like I was just do it!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so filler I devoured the first book and couldn't wait to fly through this one. I love Aveyard's characters and she does such a good job of making them distinct and likeable in some ways, but frustrating in others. I found this sequel to be boring and a bit over the top action packed, but I think she needed it to be a building block to set up the rest of the series and hopefully the next two provide more substance that this sequel definitely lacked.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first book The first book was good, this one was alright #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book After reading Red Queen I was excited to see what happened next. This book did not disappoint, and I liked it as much as I liked the first one. Again, it was an easy read, but I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's alright..? GS is more of a 'filler' if i should say so myself. I was honestly hoping for more Maven scenes. The ending got me so much though that it got me pumped up for KC!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! :) This sequel is even better than the first book!! I loved it!!!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Sequel! This book really hit the mark. I really enjoyed red queen, and this book integrates into the series perfectly. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! Loved it! Great sequel. You get dropped right back in, in the middle of the action and for the most part it keeps going. It did have a few slow moments but it can't keep going at such a quick pace all the time. I expected this book to end on a major cliff hanger though the spot where it ended was different than I had anticipated which was a welcome surprise. The only downside now is having to wait until next year for the next book. Aveyard does a great job with her characters. They are fleshed out and compelling.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Miss It! Just as action-packed as the first novel - this novel is not one to miss. There are some surprises and twists, and I was not able to put it down!
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada All things considered, this is a book I should like. A book I would gobble up in one sitting and ask for the next one in a hurry, but I can't. I am so annoyed. The pacing for me was too weak at points because I found myself skimming over some paragraphs just trying to read it faster than normal. I was irritated with Mare the main character the whole time. It could be due to the fact that she keeps repeating how much of a weapon she is, and how she will destroy the world if she's released all her power. It could also be that she denies even saying goodbye to her own family, and trusts the "enemy" more so than her own best friend whom she's known most of her life. And then there's the fact that she is spiralling down this dark and sinister path. Did she not have one about why the heck she's both a Red and Silver? Why isn't she questioning this? And if she is, then how about her brother? And why is she not doing everything in her power to save every Red blood from the clutches of the Silver government. She only starts to act once Cameron tells her so. Is this the path that she's supposed to take? To become like them? If it is, I'm hoping she gets her priorities straight. Her family should know mean the world to her. And her friends. But she is too much of a romantic for me. Swooning over these two boys, it was a little too much for me. I was not a fan. Then there was the whole recruitment process and all, and at first it was a little boring, I wanted to stop reading but then I kept going once someone told me the ending ends on a cliffhanger. I love cliffhanger endings so I decided to plow on. It was fun reading about everyone's new powers no one has seen before. That was my favourite part. Then the ending FINALLY came and I was a little disappointed because I wanted a twist or surprise but there wasn't one. It's too simple to predict that ending because clues are given throughout the whole story. So yes this was problematic for me to read, but on the other hand it wasn't due to the writing or the world, it was the characters themselves. It's always hard to like a book when some characters irritate you. I'm still pretty interested in how this whole series ends only because I want to know what happens. Who will win the war? And will peace finally reign all over the countries? That's what I'm eager to find out.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Electrifying Sequel! In " Glass Sword" the reader is swept again into the dark and ominous world of the lower class Red and noble Silver Bloods. The plot thickens as Cal and Mare escape the bloodletting in the arena and the assassination of his father to be pursued by Maven, the malicious new ruler who's obsessed with finding the " lightning girl". But Mare has only one goal to find the newbloods, reds with silver powers and with them form an army to rid the land of Silver tyranny. The plot is emotionally charged as Mare's heart becomes darkened with all the killings, her uncertainties and fear for those she loves. She begins to crumble under the weight of leadership, her feelings of inadequacy and the continual betrayals of those she trusts. She pushes away friends, family and the man she loves preferring to wallow in, and become hardened by, thoughts of the friend and prince who betrayed her. The atmosphere is electric as Mare searches for newbloods who Maven is determined to hunt down and erase from history, assuring the public is no wiser to their existence. Victoria Aveyard weaves a story that keeps you on the seat of your chair from the first page to the last, escalating the intensity and suspense with Cal and Mare's escape from the island of Tuck, their theft of an airjet, Jon's prophetic vision and a raid on the prison incarcerating newbloods and radical Silvers. To protect her heart from being broken Mare flounders in her romance with Cal, knowing where his allegiance lies, fearing to trust him and clinging to memories of the vicious younger brother who's obsessed with her. Needing Kilorn's friendship and fixated with keeping him safe she alienates him when he admits his true feelings knowing they're not reciprocated. Oddly, as Mare becomes stricken with insecurity, doubts and fear she continually reverts to longing for the lost friendship and tenderness that Maven betrayed. In a bizarre twist she becomes entangled in an unrealistic fantasy that helps the darkness creep into her soul as she closes her heart to the rebel prince who's come to care for her. The story is rich in imperfect characters struggling to win freedom in an oppressed society, many becoming as vicious and heartless as those they want to be liberated from. Although powerful Mare Barrow feels alone, and nothing more than a valuable asset in the struggle; " a banner for the Scarlet Guard, a face on a wanted poster, a thief, a prince's downfall, a killer" and an object to be shaped by others. Cal a Prince of Norta and a military genius manipulated and disgraced has begun to recognize the turmoil precipitated by Silver self-absorption and cruelty over the years. Smart and intuitive he quickly becomes the newblood children's adored trainer while still facing the intolerance and hatred of older rebels. He's conflicted between his desire for Mare and love for his people, not wanting to kill other Silvers and wanting to stop a looming civil war. Broken as a child, twisted by a heartless mother Maven masked his coldness and ambition behind kindness and caring. Although Mare crept into his heart, he's brutal and vindictive even to the one person that could make him more humane. It is these characters and others than infuse the story with excitement, passion and drama. This is an intoxicating sequel to an ongoing dark and deadly fantasy series and I can't wait to see where Victoria Aveyard takes it next.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is amazing. It got serious fast and no time was wasted. I love how this series is getting a little darker and I hope it continues to go in that direction! It pains me to have to wait a year for the next book, but I'm sure Aveyard is going to bring her A game like she did for this book!
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action-packed! Aveyard does not waste any time, and kicks the reader right back into Mare's world. There's a lot happening in the story, which is exciting as a reader. What I didn't like was, well, Mare. She becomes more isolated, mistrustful and resentful. She is obviously shaken by the loss and betrayals of her past, and I really loved how Aveyard described the roller-coaster of emotions. I just didn't like Mare's judgement at some crucial points in the story. Where is her heart? Her compassion? Maven is this weird ghost in her memories, and a nightmare in reality. He's everywhere, he's hunting Mare but he's weirdly obsessed -- he reminds me of Moriarty in Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock. Cal has become more stoic and confused by his identity, what his role is in this new chapter in his life. What I did like with the introduction of newbloods; new faces are always interesting.We learn more about Farley and her past, which was intriguing. Overall, a very strong sequel to the series. I just couldn't root for Mare, I miss the heart she had in the first book.
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read It's even better than the first. Read it now!
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing This book brought me on a roller-coaster of emotions. It had beautiful romance and heart wrenching betrayal. I absolutely loved it and would recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for young adult fantasy.
Date published: 2015-12-22

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“Fascinating world building... Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.”