Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen Book #2) by Victoria Aveyard

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For the first book in the Red Queen series, I read it, had a slight interest in it, and then gave it away to a student who would appreciate it more. I’m not big on post apocalyptic books. Yet, this had some magical (psychic?) element to it, that made it interesting for me. While the first book was not a keeper (I believe I said that the second book would make or break it for me), I gave the second book a try.

Glass Sword (Red Queen Book #2)


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Glass_Sword_coverMare Barrow, our intrepid heroine, was on a underground train with members of a secret organization, her best friend, her supposedly dead brother, and the framed former prince. This is where the second book picks up.

They stop briefly at the ruins of a city that were considered uninhabitable due to radiation. (The books don’t come out and say radiation, but it’s fairly obvious). Unfortunately, their flight from the capital isn’t finished. Maven, the usurper of the crown, is determined to catch Mare and Tiberias, the elder brother he framed. He also wants to crush the resistance, but it seems like an afterthought since his main goal is capturing the aforementioned individuals.

Once our main characters along with some of the resistance escape capture, they run to a remote island that’s used as a base for the resistance. The resistance leader, Farley, is nearly usurped by a General from another country – who was supposedly there to help the resistance. The General happens to be her own father.

He manages to capture Mare and Tiberias since he thinks that anyone with powers is an eminent threat. With the help of Mare’s best friend, Kilorn, the key characters in the book manage to escape.

Where to start?

Let’s start with the main character. It’s hard to be mad at Mare for the situation on the island. When you’re outnumbered, it doesn’t matter if you have powers or not. She was up against a huge bigot, the General, who was afraid of anyone with abilities. While his daughter Farley had no abilities of her own, she was sympathetic towards Mare and Tiberias. In fact, she actually saw them as an asset.  Hence, the General deemed her a threat and threw her in a cell.  I find that particularly cold.  Instead of listening to his own daughter, he has her drugged and thrown in a cell with the help of Kilorn.

At first, it’s easy to hate Kilorn.  He seems like a jealous guy with daddy issues and he uses the General to fill in as dad.  Then I found out he was playing a part and he’s an instant genius.  In my opinion, that’s good writing on the author’s part.

Through the first half of the book, Mare was keeping in mind that she should trust no one. Not even her best friend or brother, yet she was having a hard time with the concept, which seems to have worked in her favor. Since Farley, Kilorn, and Shade (her brother) were the people to get her and Tiberias out of their cell.

The book was good, descriptive, and was action packed, I won’t continue on with the series. There’s something about it that doesn’t interest me. It’s not the post apocalyptic aspect of the story. I have a problem with the constant helplessness I feel for Mare, which is why I particularly hate the end of this book.

It drives me crazy when an author ends a book on a cliffhanger. I don’t care if it’s the middle book in a series. Don’t leave me hanging for a year. There’s always a way to write the end of a book that gives the readers closure and has them eagerly awaiting for the next book in the series without annoying them with cliffhangers.  Give us a break, authors!   Yet, Aveyard came up with an ending I hate even more.

Not only does she leave her readers hanging, she leaves Mare in an absolutely horrible situation that makes a reader (or just me) angry more than anything.

If post apocalyptic genre cliffhangers and helpless situations are your thing, I recommend this book. If you’re a curious passerby, then keep walking!

Future Book Reviews

***Will not be reviewed in this order.Books-2-icon

  • Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace
  • Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
  • The Glittering Court by Rachelle Mead (April 5th)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book #2) by Sarah J. Maas (May 3rd)
  • Ruined by Amy Tintera (May 3rd)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II by J. K. Rowling (July 31st)
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles Book #3) by Mary E. Pearson (August 2nd)
  • Witch’s Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy Book #3) by Josephine Angelini
  • Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
    • The Burning Sky
    • The Perilous Sea
    • The Immortal Heights
  • Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
  • Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
  • The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    • Ruin and Rising

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