Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword

byVictoria Aveyard

Hardcover | February 9, 2016

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The #1 New York Times bestselling series!

The electrifying second installment in the Red Queen series has all the drama, intrigue, and steamy romance that made it a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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?

Perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series, Glass Sword is the high-stakes follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen.

And don’t miss War Storm, the thrilling final book in the bestselling Red Queen series!

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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Title:Glass SwordFormat: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

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant A totally new read with tons of underlying meanings and lessons about class, poverty, and power. Amazing villains too!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive A super developed and detailed storyline, couldn't stop reading!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enticing An amazing series with great plot in a uniquely dangerous and seductive world. Beware; there is a fourth book!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dangerous! An amazing series with great plot in a uniquely dangerous and seductive world. Beware; there is a fourth book!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could be better Glass Sword is a weak book to follow Red Queen. Mare seems out of character and I wish Victoria Aveyard explored Shades' relationship more. Also, too many new characters. It is hard to keep track of the names and abilities of the new recruits/new newbloods and it becomes more confusing when some are dead. However, Maven is well-written and surprisingly honest to Mare (not to media definitely). Overall, I would not recommend this book
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tallented writing This book was not as exciting to read as the first but the story keeps moving and the reader can see the characters start to develop and change.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes Beautiful, definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This second book was good. There are some things that i'm looking forward to in the next book.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glass Sword Mare annoys me so much in this series, but I liked the other characters and Cal.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I think that this book was pretty good, but not as great as "Red Queen" because it wasn't as exciting. All Mare basically does in this book is recruits other Reds with powers. But I still liked it, and I really love the world Victoria Aveyard created.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Ideas This series is great because of the way it defies stereotypes and typical 'teen' storyline and characters while being told in a brilliant tone and writing style
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique I love this series! Totally unpredictable, set in a unique and new world, and packed with characters with many dimensions, dystopian readers will fall in love! Beware though, there is a fourth and final book that doesn't come out for another year at least
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best What an inspiring book, kudos to the author. Wish there were more books like these. What a sweet little story, I would recommend this to all my friends. I really enjoyed reading this book. I love these types of books, they are so full of life. Wonderfully written, it was a pleasure to read.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Defies stereotypes This book was so intense, I was blown away! I almost wonder if the author had to divide the first and second book but either way it's SO GOOD. The action, betrayal, discoveries, and new friends are just so intense that it gets overwhelming but not in a bad way! I could not put this book down, literally I was walking everywhere while reading it was so good! The end though... Wow!
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel The story keeps getting better and better! A great follow up to the plot twist from the first book. I can't wait to see what else is in store.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is a really good series and I'm very happy with this book.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still good but not the best so far This is the 2nd book in the red queen series, and after the first book which held a huge plot twist at the end I was expecting a little bit more to come out of the second book. However, I still enjoyed reading the book and look forward to getting the next book in the series!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as the first! This book was as good as the first. I found it to be a bit slower. I love that we got more insight into Mare, Kilorn, Cal etc. The story picked up great from the 1st book and continues to be interesting!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compared to the Red Queen... This book has kept me up all night!!! However, I was expecting more from Victoria. This book is even not close to the content and quality of the writing in the red queen. Better than many books out there tho, Red Queen might have just set my expectations too high. Overall, I guess I could say I enjoyed the book, but if you asked if I LUVED it, I would say no.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well... It was still an interesting book but the plot lagged at places and well the MC is kind of getting on my nerves a lot at this point
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kneel Or Bleed !!! Ahhh *Spoilers* Wow this book... that ending.. ugh I need the next book right meow !!! Mare is such a flawed character you can't help but love her but at the same time want to bash her skull in...but that is what makes this book so great. I cried...if you've read the book you know when! I love Kilorn, Shade, Cal.. and even Maven..I too love the boy he was and hopefully could be again? Who knows.. I can't wait for the King's Cage <3 !!!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too forced I found this book really forced, so I didn't like it. It felt like it was trying to hard to be a popular science-fiction book.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Not as good as the first book, the writing could improve. Ending is where the book made a bounce back! Cliffhanger!!!!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it So much happened in this book but the end really got me. I wanted to cry for Mare she carries so much on her shoulders and won't let anyone in. I'm so excited to see what happens in the third book!!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book Not as good as the first, however it was a great sequel to the first book that left me wanting the next book
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I gave the first book 4 stars and this one is just really boring. The characters were not well developed and none of them really had any substance. One of the reasons is that the main character talks way too much to let anyone get any page time. She's always blabbing about her problems.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok Sequel Not as good as the first but still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glass Sword I love the hunt for other newbloods and finding out what all of their abilities are. A great sequel.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great continuation. It had a great ending to work into the next book and definitely had some dramatic moments within.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read After the first book ended in a (somewhat predictable) dramatic twist, this book starts immediately following. It's a good read, but does feel like a middle book (i.e. it's setting up plotlines for future books). I'd still recommend this series as a good example of the genre.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good-ish I thought it was pretty good, quite a few slow parts though. Lots of action and emotional turmoil though. Ends on a cliff hanger (as do all of her books).
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. It's really boring and slow. Nothing interesting or exciting happens. : /
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book held me captive and was more compelling and written better than the first one. I loved the characters and felt the raw emotions from all of them. There was a whole lot of action, great decisions and moral conundrums from the characters and there were times when I wanted to kick some sense into the people close to Mare in order for them to see her true character. The only complaint I have is the cliffhanger ending but I also understand why the author did that as all book series do that now-a-days.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty great read! I love that I can escape in a different world and enjoy the chaos and resolve of the events.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good The pacing in this book was painfully slow but I am looking forward to the next in the series.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh it was ok, but slow and frustrating
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's ok It's ok but it wasn't my favourite of the series.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of my time:( This book was super slow and it was a BIG letdown
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok A little boring and slow to start.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring All we see is Mare running around recruiting. There was no character development at all.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Great follow up to Victoria Aveyard's first novel. The story picked up right where it left off and kept me intrigued for more with every page. Marketed as YA but is anything but, the story has love, intrigue, suspense; I honestly can't get enough of this series and read both books multiple times!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good book This book is really good, but I didn't like it as much as the first one.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good The beginning started out slow, but overall, this book was a great continuation of the first, Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard's endings to each book in this series always have me wanting more!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I didn't mind the start being slow. Overall great read
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brutal Slightly slower pace than the first but the ending made up for it. It was brutal in a way that left me dumbfounded for about an hour after finishing the book, a must read for anyone loving the dystopian novels!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Glass Sword was not as good as Red Queen, since it was slow-ish, but that ending was insane!!!!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's Cage is better Ok I just finished King's Cage, if you haven't read Glass Sword hurry up and read it so you can devour King's Cage
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome read couldn't put this book down very good
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action packed Loved this book for the action packed story and the social justice struggle
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read...but the first book was better The title of my review pretty much says it all. Though I enjoyed reading this, the first book was better in my opinion. There are A LOT of characters in the book which sometimes becomes difficult to follow but being able to continue reading about the characters you've become attached to in the first book outweighs the negatives. Either way, I still really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first book The second book in the series is a little better and more exciting than the first book Red Queen was. I can't wait to get the third book in the series.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel The twists and turns just keep getting better and better. How do you stay good when you need to be a monster yourself to defeat the monsters? Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Can't wait to read book 3! Rereading this one right now before starting #3 and enjoying it even more the second time around!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did Not Love I unfortunately did not love this second book. I still finished it, and I will pick up the third book, but it felt like it dragged from the first chapter onwards. Mare is annoying in my opinion, which is hard to bear when the book is in her point of view.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOO GOOD OH MY GOSH the ending! King's Cage, here I come!
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from death please the emotional hula hoops this book put me through lets me crying. SOS.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Some parts were great! But there were more parts that were uninteresting and difficult to read (shaking my head @Mare) than there were the good parts. It felt really broken, and the scenes don't flow as well together. The world building is kind of bad too.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This series seems to get more disappointing as the books get released. I had hope because of the way Red Queen ended but Glass Sword was hard to get into and even harder to finish. The main character, Mare, is more unbearable than ever which is a shame because I liked her in the first part of Red Queen and the story is uninteresting.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Glass Sword certainly opened and ended on a high note with the tension in the first and final chapters. It also clearly took a darker turn as the evils take an even lower turn in this book. The middle, however, felt dragged and repetitive. Clearly suffered the second book syndrome. Mare turns out to be more annoying than ever in Glass Sword, which made me a bit glad how she is constantly humbled by others over and over again (a fact I do not know whether it is supposed to be or not). I look forward for King's Cage, as Glass Sword teases an expansion of the plot to other countries besides Norta and Lakelander.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A good sequel in the series with a gripping ending. However, the one thing I disliked about this book is that it felt rather slow compared to the previous one. But I believe it was just a build up for the final book in the series which I am excited to read. Other than that, I really enjoyed the journey this book brought me on. The introduction of new characters was rather well and perfectly timed. I did enjoy their unique personalities and abilities and hope to see them more in the next book.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it more than the first I thought I loved the first book, but I found this one even better! I loved the combination of the royalty, once-upon-a-time aspect mixed with the post-apocalyptic element. Big fan, and already purchased the 3rd book and can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better Then The First Victoria Aveyard has such beautiful writing <3 liked this book better then the first. Excited to see where this is going in the next book :)
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh It only took me so long to read this book because I took a month long vacation and kept forgetting to read. With that being said, I don't know how much I liked this book. I wonder if I read consecutively if it would have changed my view on it. Because I found this book rather long! This book is about Mare Barrow on the run from Maven her ex betrothed. She is on the run with Cal, the ex future king. Cal is an outcast just as Mare is. Maven wants both their heads on a platter. Mare wants to find people like her kind. Not Silver and Not Red. This was a long process. Each person she tracks down, she prays that she finds them first before Maven does and executes them. There is some sort of love battle between Mare and Cal which I quite don't understand, but it's okay because they don't understand it either. That's basically it. The majority of the book is Mare searching for people. It reminded me of Breaking Dawn where they were recruiting people for the final battle. It was a really long and droll process. Would I read the next one? Probably. Let's hope it is better than this one!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Absolutely loved this. It was an amazing read and totally captivating.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic Turn Of Events When first diving into this series I was in awe with how wonderful the books were, Red Queen left me speechless, Glass Sword even more so. I could not believe the turn of events in this book, I would definitely recommend this series. I cannot wait to dive into King's Cage.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning book One of my favourite series. A must read if you've already read the first book.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It wasn't as good as Red Queen, and I found it boring at times, but it is still a must in order to finish the series.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good really good mare is a very conflicted character
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Amazing This is a great follow up to Red Queen. Just as good as the first. I can't wait to read the third!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Torn I was torn the whole time I was reading this- between sides, between the characters. Can't wait to finish King's cage and wrap it up.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read The second book in this series did not disappoint. Loved the cliffhanger at the end!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Victoria Aveyard has done it again! A great sequel. Mare and her friends are planning to fight back against the silvers by finding other newbloods like her. I'm glad that Mare is a strong female character and I have so many feelings after reading this! I think just finding out that Captain Farley's first name is Diana was a surprise. Filled with high-stakes action, it's no wonder the ending was such a cliffhanger. I don't know if I can make it till King's Cage!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was quite slow but... I read through Red Queen pretty quickly but this book took more time. I was already spoiled about someone's death so that scene didn't do much for me. But what I really loved about this book was the transformation of Mare Barrow and the many different people that confront her about it. One of them being very emotional. Mare is a very complicated girl and I honestly think she's quite conceited but I understand where she's coming from. Hopefully Victoria can do a turnaround for Mare in the third book (the final book?) and finally give me the peace of knowing what will happen to this world that I've been sucked into.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good read I can't wait for the next book to come out.!!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I nearly died at the end of this book! I am impatiently awaiting the next book and have had it on my calendar for months.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Another great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Great read - kept me wanting more. Can't wait until the next installment!!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to Keep Interest This was an okay book, nothing compared to the first book. It was a little hard to stay interested in this book and I found myself reading it sometimes, rather than reading it all in one day like I did with the first book. If you want to keep up with the series though, you need to read it.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK It was not as good as the first one but not completely bad as well. I still want to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to stay interested I absolutely loved red queen and got through it so quickly because the story was so good. I felt like with the second book though it took me so long to get through it, it just seemed really long and drawn out. I'm hoping the third book will bring back my interest in the story
Date published: 2017-01-20
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING I REALLY REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE ENDING I CANT EVEN UGHGHGHGHG THIS BOOK IS GIVING ME HEARTACHE IN THE BEST WAY THE ENDING YOU CANT EVEN IMAGINE I JUST CANT
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

Editorial Reviews

“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.”