Glass Sword – Spoiler Free Book Review – Amber

Hello everyone! It’s me. This post is going to be my opinion on Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, this post is going to include spoilers for the first book but not for Glass Sword it self.

The Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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.

What is the book about?

The book begins right after the events of Red Queen. Cal and Mare are fleeing from Maven with the Scarlet Guard. They come to a forgotten island now in the hands of the Scarlet Guard. Red soldiers, Red families, and Lakelanders have gathered here to regroup and think about what they are going to do next.

Mare wants to start searching for the people on Julian’s list. But she also wants to stay with her family. She tries to think of the bigger picture which is making sure the people on Julian’s list will be safe. Which is why she is going away with Cal and a couple of other people. But Mare and Cal also have to be safe which is another challenge: to stay out of hands of Maven and his troops. The book basically follows Mare and Cal as they try to safe and train as many New Bloods as possible. They have a lot of rescue missions and a lot of intense moments. The end had me shooketh.

Main characters:

Mare Barrow: Mare has Silver abilities while having Red blood, in the first book she discovers by accident that she has these abilities and she is brought along in the royal entourage. She is very stubborn and loves her family. She would do anything to help others and her family. Mare is sort of picked as a leader of the New Bloods but she struggles with the many responsibilities it has. Nonetheless, she tries to make it as good as possible.

Cal: He knows that only Mare trusts him which makes it harder for him to make a choice of what he really wants. He wants justice of course but he needs help to achieve that. I love Cal, he has an amazing personality with its flaws and I don’t know, I just really love him.

Shade Barrow: I love Shade with all my heart, he is funny and nice and I kind of like whatever he and Farley have going on. Also, I really like his ability and what he does to help the New Bloods.

Farley: in Glass Sword, we learn more about Farley’s family and her relationship with her father. Like Mare she is stubborn but she cares a lot about the Reds. She wants to be the leader but knows she can’t sometimes because she has no abilities. She tries to be as helpful as possible.

My opinion:

I was, originally, going to give this book 4/4.5 stars. But then you know, I realized after I cried at least 3 times that it deserved 5 stars. I’m not going to give you any spoilers because it’s the second book in a series and it will spoil so many amazing and horrifying things.

I love Cal, no one can convince me otherwise. I started to like Kilorn towards the end but I’m not sure about him yet. Shade definitely holds my heart. Farley is very interesting, I need to read Cruel Crown soon because I need to know what happened to her family. The Barrows break my every time, I really love all of them.

I liked the writing style. Even though the beginning was kind of slow I really liked it, it was building up for the end which in my opinion was cleverly done.

Overal it was just a really good book and I can’t wait to know what happens next!

That’s it for today, I hope you liked it!


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