Glass Sword

Glass Sword

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When red-blooded Mare Barrow learns she is not the only commoner capable of wielding unfathomable Silver powers, she assembles a group of similar mixed-blood fighters while struggling to stay one step ahead of the prince-turned-king who betrayed her and fighting her own inner darkness.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, , [2016?]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062310668
Branch Call Number: YA AVEY
Characteristics: 444, 4, 6 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Aveyard, Victoria Red queen.


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kirstd31 May 23, 2016

Not as good has the first book.
The book was slow in the middle and I had to read quite a way into the book before I wanted to continue reading. Mare continues her adventure finding more Red's with powers to develop her own army. The book was mainly fighting and characters training for battle.

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Aug 16, 2018

To be honest I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped. After reading the first book I was super excited for this one, but then as I gradually neared the end, I realized that it was more of "a filler book" in between two super good/exciting/important books. This isn't to say that I didn't like the book; I liked it - I just missed the action and "courtly details" of the first book. It does get better about halfway through the book - like so many series there's always one that is slow compared to the others. (also having read the entire series recently the 3rd and 4th books are just as great as the first one...)

LoganLib_Aavishka Dec 17, 2017


Glass Crown was intensely captivating. The second book in the Red Queen trilogy, it was even better than the first book, as we see Mare delve deeper into her powers, and deeper into this journey of discovering who she is. After being betrayed by Maven, we see Mare discover others like her, and watch her take a stand against Maven, the new king. It was a brilliant book, one you do not want to put down until you have finished. It is breathtaking and intense, one that has you holding your breath in anticipation as you follow Mare on her nightmarish journey to freedom.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2017

If you are a fan of Red Queen and want to find out what happens and be able to get to book three, you should probably read this. If you don't care that much about the characters and want to see if Glass Sword is better than, or builds out substantially from Red Queen, you should probably put the book down carefully and back away.

I won't rewrite what so many excellent reviewers have said. Basically the action in this book is severely overshadowed by Mare's internal pity party, where her soul is black and dead so she must push everyone away even though she doesn't want to, because "anyone can betray anyone." Kind of like Aveyard betrayed us with this book. Queen Elara dies. Do we get to see the battle? Nope. She's just dead. Guess Mare killed her but she's not talking. Farley, who should be leading them is pushed to the background. About the only interesting thing is Maven's growing fascination with Mare and the the lengths he will go to to get her back. The plot is basically Mare and Maven racing to find the New Bloods before the other does. This at least leads us to a finale that will leave you excited for book three.

ArapahoeElia Nov 27, 2017

I'm enjoying the series. Aveyard is by no means a poet laureate, she's a screenwriter and I'm sure she had this story in her head hoping it might make it to the screen someday. Personally, I would love to see the story come to life. I like the characters, the world, the conflict, and the story. I feel it's different enough from other popular YA dystopian fiction, it's fast paced and kept me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next.

Oct 23, 2017

When it's a game of chess, who knows whether you're simply a pawn or stronger.

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Oct 09, 2017

I almost hated this book. It had a few redeeming qualities, but I was considering DNFing it. Mare is THE MOST annoying main character I have read to date. My favourite part of the whole book was when Cal finally scolded her for being an annoying, self-absorbed, pain in the butt. The only character I liked from the last book was Maven so I was low-key cheering for him in this one for some parts. I did like how Aveyard turned him into this weird psychopath that seemed attached to Mare in his own way. I liked Cal at the beginning, but once he and Mare started getting cuddly I found him annoying too. I would have liked more character development for Farely and Shade as well. Because I didn't like the rebels very much I found the plot lacking and pretty boring. Most of my favourite aspects of the first book weren't in here. I did like the climax though. I would recommend Red Queen, but not this book.
I liked how there wasn't really a love triangle, but how stupidl is that Mare is like "oh, no distractions" and 30 pages later "his bedchamber becomes mine but we don't have time for anything much" HYPOCRITICAL MUCH?!
Why did Shade have to die? He wasn't very annoying, I almost liked him.
I really wish Aveyard described the battle between Mare and Elara, I was really looking forward to it. At least Elara didn't die with Maven in book so something wasn't predictable about this book :/

Aug 23, 2017

This breathtaking sequel to “Red Queen” is just as amazing, if not better, than the first book. I was unable to put this book down and finished it in a day! It constantly left me wanting more after every chapter. The ending is amazing - yet shocking, just like in the previous novel. I am in love with this series, and cannot wait to read the next book. This is one of those book series that you can just feel will turn into an amazing movie. Overall I would rate it 5/5 and would definitely recommend it.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 07, 2017

Really I just want the writing to be better. I feel like this story's bones are very intriguing (if not similar to the Hunger Games in some aspects), but I can't stand the writing. I don't like the main character. Honestly I think she's a bit cowardly, and pretty selfish/full of herself. It was the same things over and over again.
"I am different now. I have changed. I'm not that girl anymore. I've been broken and I'll never be fixed again. Cal and I will never be a thing because we've ruined too much better us. I want me and Cal to be a thing but 'no, remember that I can't trust anyone'. Oh yea, don't trust anyone. I'm going to do my own thing. It's okay for me to kill, but how dare you kill my own people. I'm the lightening girl. Fear me, wait no don't, I'm actually weak. I hate Maven, but I still care for him."
It felt pretty whiny, annoying, and false as I was reading the story. Most of the relationships/interactions feel forced, like the author is telling me what to feel instead of guiding me. It's a real 'tell not show' kind of story in my opinion.
But other than the fact that the only minorly good character got killed off I like the concept of the story and the creepiness of Maven. I wasn't going to read the third book but I feel like I have to after that ending
So who knows. Maybe the next one will surprise me. I sure hope so.

Jul 30, 2017

Pretty good. Very suspenseful and I loved hearing about the abilities. Pretty much the only thing I really didn't like was that almost every time before a time space in the dangerous situations, Mare would say things like "This may be our last (morning, or something)." It gets annoying after a while. The ending really jolted me, very chilling.

sarahbru17 Jul 03, 2017

Characters: 3/10
Plot: 5/10
Writing: 3/10
This book let me down. I forced my way through it, but it was painful. I read angrily.
Mare's voice is angsty and filled with unnecessary metaphors. If I had a dollar for every time Aveyard used "bone" or "bones," I wouldn't have to work a day in my life. Examples: "Not sure of anything but the fire in his bones," "we entwined our fingers, weaving our bones together," "Deep in my bones, my sparks respond" etc. In that same vein, everything was stark. It's not just, "I feel dead inside," it's "the breathing corpse of Mare Barrow." That kind of intense metaphor would be fine if it wasn't on every page. There was too much internal monologue, not enough dialogue or action. Her action scenes are her best, but sometimes I couldn't follow what was going on. She also introduced new information as if it was common knowledge. Mare is convinced she's the center of the universe and the world bends around her. She doesn't respect her friends.
There were some intriguing twists on common story elements (superpowers, rescues, etc), but nothing worth going through the drama.

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Feb 05, 2018

"Maven lies as easily as he breathes, and his mother holds his leash but not his heart."

Feb 05, 2018

"Don't lie to a liar, and Maven is the grandest liar of all."

Feb 05, 2018

"Anyone, anything can betray anyone. Even your own heart."

Feb 05, 2018

"Trust no one."

hannah_85 Mar 21, 2017

"If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and l feel myself beginning to shatter"

Jul 28, 2016

“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

Jun 11, 2016

"We can't chose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could."
-Page 255

Jun 11, 2016

"Before I thank any one person, I would like to thank the leftover pizza I'm currently eating. It's really good."


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Coarse Language: 3 of damned, b*tch 2 of hell 1 of bastard


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