Review: Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard

Glass_SwordSynopsis: Mare’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 the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by the Silver 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?

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Pub Date: 11th February 2016
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781409159353

Rating: 3stars

I was provided a review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Red Queen, I begged, pleaded, coerced – essentially attempted every trick in the bloggers book to get my hands on Glass Sword. I had to know what happens next; I needed another fix of my latest fictional crush, Cal; I just needed to know.

Luck, it seems, was on my side and I downloaded the book on to my e-reader, ready for me to start the next day. Within 48 hours (including sleeping/working/eating/socialising time), I’d finished. If you want a fast-paced, action-packed read, then this is for you.

Like most YA trilogies, Mare gets incredibly annoying in the second book; self-obsessed and writhing in guilt and self-pity, she has no inkling of what is going on around her. She learns her lesson right at the very end and has to pay the consequences. Maybe I’m just getting old (ahem…27…ahem); but the “it’s so unfair! Why is this happening to me?!” excuses are starting to wear thin. The temptation to smack her around the head and tell her to get a grip grew increasingly with each chapter.

Also like most YA trilogies, the second book introduces a lot more colour to the supporting characters. Shade, Farley and Kilorn emerge from the shadows, becoming rich and colourful characters.

With a cliff-hanger ending; I now have the dilemma of waiting for the third book. Who will I love this time? Maven or Cal? Cal or Maven?

Who am I kidding – I’m definitely team Cal.

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