Glass Sword: Red Queen Review

Glass Sword: Red Queen (Book 2)

by Victoria Aveyard

 “I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.

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 Silver court will do anything to destroy.

With no one left to trust, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the uprising. But Mare is treading a deadly path. Will she shatter under the weight of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her for ever?”

While reading Red Queen, I went and bought Glass Sword, I knew I wanted to know what happened next. Glass Sword picks up exactly where Red Queen finishes, which is fantastic! I would say you definitely need to have read Red Queen before you pick up Glass Sword otherwise you will not understand what is going on.

Mare and Cal have escaped from their execution into the arms of the Scarlet Guard. They manage to escape from Maven to a secret base, where they face opposition from the Colonel. Mare has her list of newbloods and decides to find them, before Maven can, whether she has back-up or not.

Wow, that was intense! I loved the fact that it picks up exactly where Red Queen finishes, that was incredible rather than months later and you wonder what has happened in between. I never saw the end bits coming! Gargh!

My favourite bit? All of it, I was hooked! I love the twists and turns, it is like an addiction of finding out what happens next. I went through all the emotions; scared, happy, tense and sad. I may have cried at one or two points.

I think my favourite characters have to be Mare, Cal and Shade. Kilorn annoyed me quite a bit, like can you not understand what Mare is going through? I like most of the newbloods, although keeping track of them is a bit hard. All the characters were so realistic I felt like I was there immediately.

Glass Sword does end on a cliffhanger, this is because the series continues in King’s Cage (out in February).

While reading Glass Sword, I said that it is about a girl helping a hidden group find special people and trying to stay alive. I would recommend it to anyone, so long as you aren’t scared by a bit of gore. 5 out of 5.

Glass Sword





  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • First person narrative

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