– Young Adult /Fantasy – Victoria Aveyard – Orion Books -Glass Sword- Book II
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the colour 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 instalment 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.
Glass Sword continues the story as we left it in Red Queen. This book is full of action, running away, trying to save people, extreme situations and death. In this book, we see more new blood with great powers. The rhythm of the reading is quite variable but, in general, has a fast pace. Victoria’s writing remains so good, so easy to follow and feel all the emotions and action.
I’ve found a great evolution in Mare. You can feel the weight and pressure she carries on through all the book making her isolated and lonely at times as well as the moments when she is broke. Obviously, I was not expecting that end. I still quite shock about it. The issue I have at times with her is the way she reacts to some situations but most of the time I still able to identify myself with her.
Cal is another character that has an evolution in this book. He has to adapt himself to the new world and find his new role on it. As Mare, sometimes you can feel his loneliness and sadness.
Maven remains as a very complex character and maybe a bit crueller than in the previous book. I think the main problem with him is his unhealthy obsession with Mare and the control his mother has over him. I don’t think Maven would make the same decisions without her.
The end of this book nearly gave me a heart attack and I’m so glad that King’s Cage is available now. Definitely, this dystopian universe is original and special and, in a way, has made me recover my love for dystopian worlds.
Lots of love,