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?
I am so grateful to have received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Hachette Australia, thank you!
I really enjoyed Red Queen when I read it this time last year and yeah, it was full of tropes, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book. I think that in some ways the sequel, Glass Sword, is better than the first book, but overall they are both entertaining and (I must admit) highly addictive!
Setting. I read Red Queen while travelling home for the holidays on multiple fights, so many parts of Glass Sword brought those memories back to me. I loved how we got to see more of the world and world building and I think that is one of the things that make this book. I don’t know whether there is a map in the hardcover edition, but I would have really liked one to help me visualise all the places in the book and where they are in relation to each other. Probably my favourite scene in the book is towards the end where the setting for the battle is maze-like and disorienting; I felt this really resonated with what was happening at the time and the internal struggles of the characters.
Characters. YAY for character development! This was a great book for that, but I did feel that sometimes too many characters were important and it became hard to remember them all. Also, it was kinda hard to remember all the Silver families and their individual abilities. I liked how Mare actually considers what her world might be like after the inevitable war, and also what role she might have in that world, but the other characters seemed to think that she was being ignorant about this and other things which didn’t really make sense to me; Mare knows the consequences of her actions, but it is true that she trusts too easily and this could’ve been emphasised more.
Plot. In some sequels, there is a bit a the beginning where it sort of recaps what has happened in the previous book(s) and I feel like this was missing and needed in Glass Sword, but maybe that’s because I last read Red Queen in April last year. The reader is just thrown into the action, which can be good sometimes, but I felt a bit disorientated.
Writing. I honestly didn’t take much notice of the writing because I was too carried away by the story! So that is probably a positive, meaning that it flowed and didn’t interrupt the narrative.
Recommended to: people who enjoy YA fantasy, but aren’t hard critics of what they read.
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