My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
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—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?
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 of the Stilts died the day she fell onto a lightning shield. Mareena, the lost Silver princess, died in the Bowl of Bones. And I don’t know what new person opened her eyes on the Undertrain. I only know what she has been and what she has lost, and the weight of it is almost crushing.”
As soon as I finished Red Queen I knew that I needed to have this book waiting in the wings. I had been forewarned by many that I would not want to stop with this world and immediately jumped right into book 2.
Glass Sword continues right where Red Queen leaves off which was awesome because there was action immediately and we jump right back into the story. Mare and her gang are traveling trying to convince as many Newbloods to join her as she can. She gives them a choice but warns them that Mavan and his army are also hunting them and they will be dead before long.
I really enjoyed the aspect of traveling. We got glimpses into other areas and how the other red bloods lived. It was interesting bringing in a whole cast of new characters and their abilities were amazing. I always thought that Mare & Cal had like “the best” abilities ever…but, we haven’t seen anything yet!
“No matter how much I might want to feel him, I cannot. I must keep my eyes ahead, and away from the fire of a fallen prince. I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze.”
The relationship between Mare and Cal is a strained one. They do steal a few moments here and there but they still do not fully trust each other, even if they want to. I hated this. I just wanted them to become close but Mare is having a really hard time trying to get over Maven because he did steal her heart. And Cal knows this, so the rift between them just keeps on seeming to grow.
As I really enjoyed this book, I also felt myself getting a little bored. The ending was a blast of excitement and left me a little numb as it did Mare. There will be death and there will be sorrow but there is also a bit of triumph.
There is a cliffhanger ending that may just be the pushing point for some to quickly grab the next book. However, this was not the case for me. I think that I may take a break from this world for a few months and then jump right back into it. Although the book was enjoyable, it seemed to take me longer than usual to power through it.
“You put her body on display.” His lips brush my ear as he forces the words through clenched teeth. Pain hums in his voice. “I’ll do the same to you.”