Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Length: 440 pages
Publisher: Orion Books
I had my problems with the first book in this series, but it ended with such a good twist I had read the next one. But would it be better?
Mare Barrow’s blood is red, the colour of common folk, but her ability – the power to control lightning- has turned her into a weapon that the Silver court will do anything to destroy. With no one left to trust, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the uprising. But Mare is treading a deadly path. Will she shatter under the weight of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her for ever?
‘I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.’
For me, this second book in the series started much better than the first. The story is action packed, quick paced, suspenseful. It started with battles, whilst being introduced to new storylines and characters at the same time. I found it difficult to put down, which surprised me. However this book did have a few quiet, maybe even boring, moments in it also.
I also much preferred the plot of this second book. I enjoyed seeing the core characters form a group and go recruiting newbloods. It created new dynamics, friendships and relationships which was what this book desperately needed. It finally felt like there was purpose to this series.
I also, think the writing and storytelling improved too. It felt more mature. The characters were more complex. I loved getting to know more of ‘Cal’, with him finally becoming more that just a love interest for Mare. I also developed a real soft spot for the character ‘Nanny’. The world was bigger too. We traveled to different places, giving the book more depth. It made it feel world feel more real.
However this book, for me, still had a lot of problems.
My main problem with this book is the main character, Mare Barrow. She is so unlikeable. Whilst she’s complex, she doesn’t have many redeeming qualities. We see the world through her eyes, hear her opinions and are supposed to sympathise with her and I just find it so difficult. I think she’s supposed to come across as someone who is struggling, scared, exhausted but I think she comes across as whiny, selfish brat.
About halfway through, I was struggling to pick this book up. It nearly put in a reading slump. A dreaded reading slump!! It got a bit repetitive, and predictable.
Also, some of the newbloods abilities were laughable. They just felt like they would help the plot move on. The powers were easy help with situations the characters got into not actually be powers like the others. It felt like the author used them for an easy way out. It felt lazy, and silly.
But once again, Victoria Aveyard left this plot on a massive cliffhanger. Just when I think I might not read the next one, it ends like that. I couldn’t wait to pick up the next one.
The first half of this book was definitely better than the second half. It felt like it was going in a new direction, to keep it fresh. But in the end, it was still stale.
Do you guys enjoy this series? Do you prefer book one or two? Comment and let me know.
Until the next review