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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062310666

ISBN - 13:9780062310668


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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