Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274Glass Sword
Pub date: January 9th 2016 by Harper Teen
Source: arc

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?

Glass Sword was my most anticipated sequel for 2016, and probably the most anticipated sequel of my reading career so far. It’s top competitors are Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi and The Retribution of Mara dyer by Michelle Hodkin (not sequels but just ones that were painful to wait for). So when my beloved book-guru and co-blogger, Katie, had a Glass Sword arc for me I wept. And I’m not kidding. I sent her a text saying I was gonna cry and I’m not sure she believed me… but I promise you, I cried. Having said that, I am very happy to say that my extreme excitement for this book did not end in disappointment. It’s quite literally the perfect sequel.

In Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard introduces us to Mare Barrow and an amazing cast of characters that are hard not to love; even if you’re loving hating them. A poor girl with red blood who is destined for nothing more than a meaningless war gets her entire world turned upside down when she finds herself in the belly of the beast. But as we all know, Mare, the red blooded girl, is anything but normal. In book 1 we get to see the characters develop and the universe unfold, but in Glass Sword we get EVERYTHING! This is why I love love love sequels. The second book in a series is typically my favorite. We got all the fieldwork out of the way in book 1, which is amazing too, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just something about a sequel that I adore. And as I said, Glass Sword is the perfect sequel.

Since the book isn’t out yet I don’t want to do a heavy review, because I will not stop talking about my love for this book. I literally have a list of really spoilery notes that I was keeping while reading, so I could exchange thoughts with a friend once she read it. I really want to share those with you, but today is not the day. Then eventually I’ll get on the subject of Tiberias Calore and this post will probably be just a 30 page tribute to the fictional boy who gets closer and closer to the top of my book boyfriend list with every word – currently he’s second, behind Aaron Warner (Shatter Me), but depending on what Victoria does to him in her next two books he could very well be #1. So really, I’m just going to cut this short… even though this has already been long. Oops.

If you read Red Queen and you enjoyed it, you’ll love this sequel. If you haven’t read Red Queen then I sincerely urge you to do so. It’s a truly amazing book with the right balance of action and feels and HEARTBREAK! But please don’t let that scare you away, as most book nerds know, we love our heartbreak…

Take my word for it, Victoria Aveyard is a genius, these books are amazing times a million, and you really should read them. Thanks again so so much to Katie for letting me read this baby early, and only a few more days now until Glass Sword is out in stores! If you couldn’t already tell, I gave this book a glowing five stars.

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