“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 call 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 old master she is trying t defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?” – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
So I’m going to talk about the good, before I talk about my issues with this book. I don’t think they are bad things with book, just my personal peeves. That’s what a review is about right?
Okay. So this book was a lot of fun to read. I really enjoyed the fight scenes and the moments where Maven was haunting Mare. I know…my mind is a terrible thing. The reason I liked these scenes so much is because they were the only parts in the book that showed any emotion or action. Except the end when she finally sucked it up and showed a true act of bravery for all the Reds and Newbloods. Something she should have figured out early on! I just hope this final act of bravery doesn’t end up costing her. Okay, there is my good.
Here are my issues. MARE! Oh my god! She was so annoying. She couldn’t stay on one track of emotions. I mean, I know us women are very emotional, but we usually know what side of the fence we’re on once we make up our minds about how we feel. I felt like Mare kept going back and forth. Back and forth. I was getting whiplash from her thoughts and emotions. She could never make up her mind about how she felt. Like she was waiting for someone to tell her how to feel about everything that was going on. And when someone did, she would write them off! They don’t understand because they are not the Lightning girl. Wha wha, boo who! I was pretty tired of it by the end of the book. I hated the way she treated Cal too. Kilorn not so much because he knows Mare better than anyone so I wasn’t too worried about him. Well, I take that back. It bothered me that she tried to baby Kilorn so much, like I understand wanting to protect people and keep them safe, but you also have to let them live and learn. I was very proud of Kilorn in this book. Cal was amazing (I’m forever #TeamCal) in the parts where we got the see him. He wasn’t very present even though he was a huge character in the book. The love interest, the rouge prince who knows Maven better than anyone, the General who knows all about warfare. Mare would never let herself give in to the love we ALL knew they BOTH were feeling. Who cares if your from opposite sides of the pasture? Love doesn’t care. Stop treating Cal like he burned you in another life or something. If I’m remembering right, Cal has done absolutely nothing to warrant her untrustworthiness. He may have his reserves about killing Silver’s and waging civil war, who wouldn’t, but he has stuck with Mare throughout both books. Why couldn’t she see he wasn’t going anywhere? These two obviously felt better about the world, and themselves, when they were together, I just don’t understand why they never acted on it. Why they deprived themselves of a little bit of happiness.
There were some pretty monumental moments in this book that I feel needed to be explored more than they were. Like Shade’s death for one (huge deal!!)…Farley being pregnant with his baby. Elara’s death. I had no idea she would be that easy to kill nor did I ever expect her body to be on the jet…toasted. That should have been a bigger fight scene for sure. The moment Mare gives Gisa a blue earring when she is going to the Choke. That was a huge moment because it is a tradition among the kids! How about these random, come out of nowhere, Newbloods from a country far far away? They should have popped up sooner and probably explained themselves a little better. I feel like they are going to be a big part of the next book, and we should have gotten more familiar with them.
And now, my last issue. The lack of world building. We spent so much of the book traveling from place to place I got lost on my minds map. I couldn’t keep it straight. Maybe I was the only one, but my golly, I would have loved to have a map drawn out in the front of the book. I eventually gave up on trying to keep the locations in my head. I was so lost and turned around it was no use trying to figure out where we were in relation to anything.
Overall I really did enjoy this book. I love this world and most of the characters in it. I like the story line, I just don’t know where Aveyard is going with it. The end of the book really threw me off with Mare’s submission to Maven. But I have hope for book three!
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard