If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare’s blood is red, but her unique Silver ability – the power to control lightening – has turned her into a weapon that the Silver court will do anything to control.
As Mare escapes the clutches of Maven, the Prince – and friend – who betrayed her, she discovers something shocking: she is not he only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive King, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters.
But Mare is treading 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 he cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her for ever?
OMG OMG OMG OMG!
I loved loved loved The Red Queen and this sequel was everything you wanted in a second book. It was even more heart stopping and electrifying than the first book (see what I did there? :P)
Glass Sword follows on from where Red Queen ended. Mare and Cal have been ‘rescued’ by the Scarlet Guard but not everything is going to go smoothly.
When they arrive, Mare is separated for Cal, despite the fact that she doesn’t want to be away from him. They may think they are safe but Mare knows not to trust anyone and when they arrive at the barracks, Cal is trapped and imprisoned, despite Mare telling everyone he is innocent.
Mare gets reunited with her family but her brothers, Trammy and Bree, have changed. They are apart of the guard and more opposed to Cal and the Silvers than anyone.
With the brother they thought dead is also back, Shade is also known to have theses unique powers and helps in anyway he can to set Mare and Cal free.
When they escape the barracks with a hand-full of people, Mare sets on a quest to find the other people with these unique powers – The New Bloods – but its a race as Maven is also on the hunt for them.
With a few nail biting moments and some that they barely escape from, Mare, Cal, Kilorn, Shade and Farley have a small army of New Bloods on the go, each ranging in age, but for everyone they find, Maven is killing a few more.
When they go to break Julian and Sara and all the other New Bloods and the Silvers that opposed the new rule from a high security prison, she knows something isn’t right. She was warned that Maven would arrive on the fourth day and wouldn’t escape from the Seer Jon, but when they go to do the plan on the third day (this making sense? You keeping up?) before Maven arrives, things are even worse than they thought.
The Queen is there, the one who wants Cal’s head and Mare’s mind and she’s there with an army. Will lives be lost? Will Mare survive? And can she admit her true feelings for Cal? Or will she continue to push him away for his own sake?
I know I said OMG before but…
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!
This book was everything!
Mare seems to have grown a bot more in this book, despite only being 17. She has to make big decisions and has to decide how she’s going to rule over her new army, as well as trying to stay true to herself, even if she doesn’t know who she is anymore. Since all this came out she’s been Mare Barrow, the girl from The Stilts who had a simple life with her family and best friend, then she was Mareena Titanos, the lost princess and the one betrothed to Maven and finally she’s the Lightning Girl, the one people fear. She doesn’t know how to be her anymore but sometimes when she’s with Cal, she can just let everything go and be free for a while. She has her fair share of heartbreak through the book (OMG IT WAS SO SAD!) and she still has to be a leader. She pushes people away and becomes a shell of herself but she knows, that in order to keep everyone safe, she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Cal. Oh Cal. I love the Prince in the first book and despite how the last book ended, with him being angry with Mare, they grow back together. They do love one another, even if they don’t actually admit it to each other. They have a bond and both them, despite what Maven has become, misses the boy he used to be. Despite their reservations, they know they have to kill him, if he doesn’t end up killing them first. Cal is pushed out when the New Bloods start arriving as they don’t trust him but they know that they need him. He’s the only one with a strong military background and despite the mistakes Mare makes and towards the end when she pushes him away, he’ll always follow her, always keep her safe.
Kilorn is still Mare’s BFF but they do become a little strained and tense throughout the book, especially when Mare keeps him out of big operations to keep him safe. He does spill his heart out to Mare and I always knew Kilorn felt differently to Mare than she did to him. Despite the fact Mare pushes him away, just like Cal, he is always there for her.
Shade is Mare’s brother who everyone thought was dead and he was brilliant. I loved Shade and his relationship with Mare was always to keep her safe but… Its still.. I can’t…
Farley is still the soldier that she was in book 1, even though she had her title stripped by her father. She’s hard and tough but you see her vulnerable side towards the end of the book after the big disaster. She’s a normal person through her tough exterior and at the end she chooses not to go with Mare.
Maven is still the evil King he became at the end of book 1 and like Mare and Cal, I miss the sweet boy he used to be. Its hard to see him so evil and mean.
There are other new characters in the book who all either oppose Mare or are with her. I loved the new abilities that came in, the one’s that are different to the Silver Born powers and I really want to see what it is that makes them different.
The book was full of heart racing scenes and the big battle towards the end of the book was so well written and you can easily see everything playing out in your mind. I love it when books take you into their world and make it feel like you are the main character themselves. The book was addictive and so hard to put down.
There was two kissy scenes and a few heart warming scenes but Victoria doesn’t focus on the romance a lot. As much as I wanted Cal and Mare to just have an epic heart melting kissing scene it would have taken focus off the story. They love each other, despite the fact they don’t tell each other but so much is going on that they don’t have time to be romantic and lovey. All they can do is spend the night sleeping in each others arms.
That being said I want more Cal and Mare kissy scenes in the third book! 😉
And omg the heartbreaking scene and the ending… One my heart broke as the battle scene drew to a close because I didn’t want that to happen and two; THE ENDING!
Why leave it like that? Why why why? I need to know what happens! I don’t think I can wait that long for the next book!
And there will be a next book… along with a 4th book too! EEEEEEEEEEEK!
I love these books and Victoria has fast become a favourite author of mine.
If you haven’t read the books, you really need to!
5 out of 5 stars