Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword

byVictoria Aveyard

Paperback | April 3, 2018

Book 2 of 4 
Red Queen series

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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 born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She is currently splits her time between the East and West Coast. As an author a...
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Title:Glass SwordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062310674

ISBN - 13:9780062310675

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Dystopian Hybrid After being somewhat disappointed in the first novel in the series, "Red Queen", I was holding out hope that this one would be better and be the installment that would introduce a love for the series. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I liked this book and found that it was okay. But, I enjoyed it about the same as I enjoyed the first novel. As much as the story was eventful, surprising, and kept me guessing, I found that for the majority of the time while reading, the story was slow. Again, I found myself having difficulty staying focused as I was growing bored. As well, I cannot get beyond the fact that this novel reads as many of the popular dystopian novels do combined into one. This one, for me, seemed like a hybrid of "The Darkest Minds" and "The Hunger Games" (specifically "Catching Fire" for some reason). I understand that the dystopian genre is so heavily saturated and that there can be repeated ideas and most of the time I don't find that it bothers me. However, for this novel, I cannot get beyond the thought that it feels like many combined into one story. I will continue the series because not only do I want to know how it ends, I still am holding out hope that it will get better. This series is a favourite for many and I really wanted to enjoy it so it's upsetting that I haven't had a similar response.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slower than the first and third books I know its a fantasy novel but...all the different "abilities" are a bit too much of a reality stretch. Also I found a lot of the characters unlikable. Most are petty, whiny, and selfish. Still, it is a quick read and mildly entertaining.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh, one of the worst books I've ever read. forced myself to read it. took me two whole weeks and usually I can read a book this size under two hours. though it was not my cup of tea, it could be yours.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read, first book better After reading this, felt it was a good continuation of the first book. Only thing is that Mare's internal dialogue gets repetitive and kinda annoying, but I love the further development of old and new characters that were brought in. The action was slightly more exciting than first book, but only really happens mid-way and towards the end. Still a satisfying read, very excited to read the 3rd book to see where that cliff-hanger leads. Amazing series.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So... The sequel didn't really live up to my expectations. I would argue that this book is the low point of the series. But, the end did leave me eager to move on to the next book.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend If you enjoyed the first book, you'll enjoy this one too. No doubt about it. The whole series is amazing!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book in the Series! I loved this book because there was a lot more action. Not a second of it was really boring and we get to meet some really interesting characters.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked the First One Better Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, I feel as though the series took a turn in a different direction than I expected. The main character doesn't undergo much character development here. I will say that I enjoyed the villain of this series and how this character was written. If you enjoyed the politics and intrigue of royal life within the first book, then you might have to just sit tight through Glass Sword, because we don't see much of it here. Other than that, I'm interested to see where the direction of the plot and how this series will end!
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glass Sword My least favourite book of the series, but still good.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing work, a legendary piece of art! Worth it. This book is so good I went through so many emotions and stages of feelings... Words can't explain how great of a book this is
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Just as exiting as the first book! Continues to throw in even more twists and turns while building off of the first book. If you loved the first book you will definitely enjoy this one to!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Total page turner Miss Victoria, you have a thing for surprise endings don't you?? This book is the definition of thrilling. I ended not at all how I expected and still I want more. Mare's inner struggle vs. outer struggle is a war within itself and adds so many layers to her character and the relationships with the people around her. I'm in awe. I have hungrily grabbed Kings Cage and can't wait to see what happens next.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as good at the first book I read the first book and instantly fell in love. However I picked up this book expecting it to be just as good as the first one but I was let down. still worth reading though
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hot and cold This darn series. One moment I am obsessed, the next I want to fling it across the room. And, I think I finally know why. Mare. That character omfg. I go from wanting to punch her to yelling YASSS QUEEN out loud. She does some truly amazing things, and takes no shit from no body. But damn, does her constant degrading of those around her get to me. At one point she actually got made about Kilorn cheering... because it would make him physically weak? Like honey yes, you are powerful, but you only had one month or so of training before starting this journey, stop thinking you are so high and mighty. Kilorn isn't some delicate faberge egg, he is a big boy. Okay... off track here a bit, this review has turned into a bit of a Mare rant... Aside from Mare at times, I found myself really loving the side characters, and I cant wait to see where Aveyard takes them. I've even come around to really liking Cal! Kilorn, Farley, Nanny, and Cameron are some of my favorites (and Shade *tear*). I'm saying this now, if something bad happens to our precious Nanny, I swear to God there will be hell to pay. As for the plot, I think the direction the series has taken is really interesting. Now that characters are split up, we get to watch the journey of them coming back together. Hoping this means we get to see some chapters from different character's perspectives. Really hoping to see something from Kilorn or Cal! Moving forward, it seems like my main prediction was off base (I 100% thought Maven was being controlled by his Mother), so I am really interested to see what happens with him. Also excited to see him and Mare interact with each other, those were some of my favorite scenes in Glass Sword. And, after that cliff hanger, I cant wait to get started on King's Cage.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense Wow. Things get really dark here. In this novel we really get to see the impacts of Maven's betrayal on Cal and Mare. It was really hard to put the book down. There's a lot more adventure and character development in this and it's a good setup to the next book.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good follow up to the 1st book This second book was really really good, not at all a disappointment following the second one. There were so many parts of the book that kept you on your toes and made you want to cures or jump for joy. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it a great sequel to the first book can't wait to read the third book and see where Mare's journey takes her.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pulse Pounding Sequel Well this series got dark fast! Joking aside, I really enjoyed the RED QUEEN sequel. It pulls no punches in regards to action, characters, and consequences. The story picks up right where RED QUEEN left off and leads readers on an intense emotional adventure with characters old and new. There is more pain and heartache than even before, and while the betrayals don't seem to be happening every other page like they were previously, the ones that are there are still extremely strong and gut-wrenching, and lead to a brutal cliffhanger than had me putting this book on my shelf and grasping for the next one. Mare definitely took an interesting turn as a character, and it kind of shocked me. Yes, she was just as feisty and untrusting as ever, but she also took a dark turn at the end that had me asking the same question everyone else was asking at that point. Cal also continued to grow, and I honestly have no idea where his character will go from here. I know what I'm hoping for, but as the author keeps drilling into us, anyone can betray anyone. The newblood aspect was really interesting and it was awesome to see what other characters were capable of doing. The action was far more intense and dramatic than ever before, and right now I'm not sure how it can be topped. I'm actually a little scared to see how it could be, considering what happened the last time. Still, this series has me on the edge of my seat and eager to devour the next instalment. It totally lives up to the hype!
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Sequel I found this installment not quite as gripping from the get go as the first book. Nonetheless, the action really ramps up towards the end, and the final chapter had me immediately going off to buy the next book.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mare and her Newbloods Not as good as the first book but still worth the read.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great transition + development I read this in December of last year and I was absolutely hooked. I love the world building that goes on in this one, the confrontation/battle. I enjoyed the different point of views and I have a feeling there's a lot that Cal knows but doesn't let on. I'm really excited to read the next book soon
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Filler This book was a good addition to the series but there were so many parts of it that dragged and seemed almost filler. Things happening without anything really happening if that makes sense.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok I really love Red Queen, I read it in three days and was so in love with it even if the end lets me quite angry. This book was disappointing. Mare was always complaining about Maven and well, for a few pages its okay but for the entire book it's quite boring. I found myself more distanced with Mare than in the first one where I completely loved her. She was so selfish in this one. I dont know yet if I will read the third...
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! These novels are amazing! I love Aveyard's writing and this book was no exception! her characters are impressive, the lust they feel for one another is truly engaging and is what I love most in a storyline! If you get the chance to read this series, read them! You won't regret it!
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Major second book syndrome. I absolutely loved Red Queen and was so, so excited for this book... but I'm rather underwhelmed. It was bland, dragged, and I had to stop myself from skimming so many times. The majority of this book felt like it happened offstage or danced around any real character growth, plot development, or romance and was basically just depressing. BUT it also felt like it was mostly setting the stage for the third book so I am still 200% here for the next book!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not like the Red Queen, but still amazing!! I was expecting the second book to keep me hooked like the first one, but it wasn't the same. The author changed the narative a
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A let down compared to the red queen I loved reading the red queen. I is on my list of favorites. This book was a complete let down. The second book is usually not as good as the first but I was still left think, "what happened?"
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sometimes you love it There were moments where i was capture and had to keep reading then i would get bored
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I love how the world of Mare was expanded in this book. So much action and love.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Novel As the story of Mare continues, fans of the Red Queen series are intrigued and kept turning the pages of this amazing sequel
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't recommend this series There is no flow to the story. Characters stay the same, no growth whatsoever. The main character is annoying at best. Fixated on the past. In love with an illusion. Her narration is like a ping pong table- same back and forth dialogue, argument, thought process. She feels finally special, and that the world is owes her and her alone. Self centered, she knows best at all times. She does not know wrong from right. The narration is dull, slow paced and no plot. Seriously, there is NO PLOT It took half the book (HALF!!!!) to actually move a bit forward. And I mean actually going to places and meeting other Reds with abilities. During that time, Mar going on about her imaginary prince charming (Oh I love him, but he was only an illusion created by his mother. But maybe I can find an explanation and maybe, just maybe, this fake prince actually exists). I don't understand how this is a best seller as a book and as a series. I regret buying the books, I don't recommend them at all. They have been placed in the same category as the 50 Shades Trilogy. Should not exist.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a recommendation, far from it. There is no flow to the story. Characters stay the same, no growth whatsoever. The main character is annoying at best. Fixated on the past. In love with an illusion. Her narration is like a ping pong table- same back and forth dialogue, argument, thought process. She feels finally special, and that the world is owes her and her alone. Self centered, she knows best at all times. She does not know wrong from right. The narration is dull, slow paced and no plot. Seriously, there is NO PLOT It took half the book (HALF!!!!) to actually move a bit forward. And I mean actually going to places and meeting other Reds with abilities. During that time, Mar going on about her imaginary prince charming (Oh I love him, but he was only an illusion created by his mother. But maybe I can find an explanation and maybe, just maybe, this fake prince actually exists). I don't understand how this is a best seller as a book and as a series. I regret buying the books, I don't recommend them at all. They have been placed in the same category as the 50 Shades Trilogy. Should not exist.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read Definitely a bit boring than the Red Queen
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS! Such an awesome book ! Im so pleased I bought it finished it in two days !!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicted 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 Obsessed A super developed and detailed storyline, couldn't stop reading!
Date published: 2017-09-25

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.”