Sunday, 5 June 2016

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Hello everyone! This week's post will be about Glass Sword -the second book to the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard - her young adult, dystopian, fantasy series. As a note, I will tell you that the author has recently announced her plan to add a fourth book to what originally was going to be her first trilogy. The title and release dates of both the third and fourth novels has not been set yet (I don't think even the 3rd one is fully finished, so... :P). What I know is that the third novel will be out in 2017, and I can guess it will be around February - just as the previous two were. Let's hope it's not later than that!

I would advise you to only read the following plot summary if you've already read Red Queen (I won't write any spoilers, but I wouldn't read about a second book if I haven't read the first one). Otherwise, you can read what the first book (Red Queen) is about here

"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. " (Goodreads)

Glass Sword steps in as strong as Red Queen did. The first book left me with a very good impression, and this one has definitely not let me down! It is one of these novels that will keep you up at night trying to figure out what comes next.  

There are lots of new characters in this sequel - each one more interesting than the previous. Some you'll love -some not so much. But even though there are really a lot of new people, you won't get lost, because Victoria Aveyard knows how to put it all together. I think she did a great job. There are a few very promising new ones that we will for sure find in the coming additions to the series. 

About the story, it flows perfectly from the first novel. Nothing seems out of place, and it takes a turn that I wouldn't have expected. It is fast-paced (maybe a bit too much sometimes - I felt like I was being transported through some of the important parts instead of deeply living the action), and there is certainly a lot of action. Also, I might not be entirely satisfied with the choices Mare is making lovewise, but hopefully it'll get better with time :) 

I really enjoyed this book, and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I hate that I have to wait almost an entire year until the next book comes out!

Happy reading!

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