Book: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Book #2 of Red Queen series
First published February 9, 2016
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.
In the second part, I had already interwoven “X-men” and “The Hunger Games” as storylines. The “mutant” school and the whole concept of rebels are largely borrowed. I hate when I am put in the position of making comparisons between books and movies, but in this case it was unavoidable, I found too many similarities. But I loved that I was excited at every moment, anticipating a heartbreaking betrayal.
Our heroes, Mare and Cal, escaped their executioners by a hair’s breadth. But a wall stood between them. The seeds of distrust were planted between them. Mare is not sure if she is in love with Cal or attracted to the boy she thought was Maven. Inside, she knows that everything she has seen of his younger brother is a lie. She knows that Maven is a projection of the Queen’s evil spirit, but something draws her to him.
As I said, the story reminds me a lot of “X-men”. And here our heroes embark on a mission to save the Newbloods. That’s what they call all the Reds, who have the abilities of the Silvers but are much more powerful. Maven is also hot on their heels. He too tracks down the Newbloods, but leaves only carnage in his wake. Mare’s task is extremely difficult, as her group must hide from both the Silvers and the rebels. For the ordinary Reds, the Newbloods are dangerous and they fear them.
Cal cannot decide whose side he is on. He lives with the Reds and helps them save the Newbloods, but refuses to kill the Silvers. Torn between the two worlds, the prince, whom I find very sympathetic, becomes a rather indecisive character in this book.
Nothing is certain.
Anyone could be a traitor.
The game for the throne gets even tougher.
New characters appear at the table.
Intrigue, betrayal, death, pain… The pages read in constant suspense.
Despite what I wrote about the plot, the book is worth it. There were times when things moved a little slow for my taste, but recent events made up for it.
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