Glass Sword

Glass Sword

Kneel or Bleed

eBook - 2016
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The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known-and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul. Mare Barrow's blood is red-the color 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 Maven, the prince-the friend-who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive 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?
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062310682
0062310682
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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kbirchenall
Jun 28, 2019

in this part of the trilogy I feel that you get that sense of she isn't alone and can actually win the war with maven and that people like mare are willing to help

this book is for 10 and above

ArapahoeChristineS Jun 27, 2019

The second book in the series was a little better than the first, but I can't quite get into it. A lot is going on, but nothing's really happening. I don't feel invested in the main character/s. I know that many people really enjoy this series, it has excellent reviews which is what made me try it, but I feel like I know how everything is going to shake out, so I'm calling it a day and won't finish the series.

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SpeedyLlama
Feb 04, 2019

While this book certainly isn't as good as the first one (like most books), I still really enjoyed it. It was a change of pace from the story basically being Mare stuck in a palace all day. While I know lots of people enjoy the sort of book that's like a dark political fantasy, I just don't enjoy books full of courts and castles and just descriptions of dinner parties and lessons and all that. I prefer a book full of action and intrigue. One thing I LOVED about this book is the character of Cameron. She is my favorite character through the whole series, especially since she seems like the only character who really has a proper moral code. All of the other Newbloods just blindly followed Mare, even though it led to the deaths of many of them. Cameron was the only one who actually announced that Mare was basically just creating another blood division, and she had to be forced to work with Mare and the Newbloods at first, because she realized that what they were doing was wrong! It seems like NOBODY even paused to consider the consequences of singling out the Newbloods, not even Reds like Farley or Kilorn. Also, Cameron's power is just plain awesome. However, the plot is not the most intriguing one. It basically seemed like, "We have to collect all the Newbloods, and that's pretty much all we're planning on doing!"

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HCombs73
Jan 22, 2019

Librarian Reads Challenge 2019

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

I DNF'ed it, halfway through. I tried, you guys, but it was so whiny, dragged on and on, and the stakes were...well, I couldn't be brought to care about the main characters.

Everything I loved about the first book (realistic class struggle, court intrigue, grey morality and no good choices, steamy romance) was just not here. Instead, Mare complained about (and to) everyone. She is especially mean to Killorn for no good reason. She also claims to love her brother but spends basically no time interacting with him at all. And although she's supposed to have some sort of leadership role, she doesn't even try for strategy. Or communicating (so much contradictory language- saying one thing, and two paragraphs later saying its antithesis, and not even realizing it...which makes me think maybe Aveyard wrote this too quickly to catch those inconsistencies?).

I just couldn't take Mare anymore. That, and knowing the New Bloods were basically expendables. Sad trombone.

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summerforever
Nov 10, 2018

Emotional. One explosion after the other in this one. My favorite passages and quotes:

""And that's fine," he presses on before I can stop him. "You never saw me the way I see you, not even at home, before all this happened. I thought you might one day, but--" He shrugs his shoulders. "It's just not in you to love me."" - Kilorn. Dude, I can't imagine what he must've felt when he said that. He's been in love with Mare for years but she just doesn't feel the same way.

"It seemed like a dream back then, an impossibility. And it still is. It always will be. I do not love Kilorn, not the way he wants me to. I never will." -Mare. Damn, this girl is cold. I was hoping she and Kilorn would get together but oh well there's Cal, therefore the childhood friend will always be just a friend.

"He looks so disgusted I expect him to spit. "One day soon you're going to get lost," he breathes. "And I won't be there to lead you back."" -Kilorn. Yes, Kilorn, you throw that god damn shade. I love Kilorn for saying that. Mare is annoying sometimes.

"I need to be someone else, someone who doesn't rely on anything but her own strength. He makes it too easy to slip back into Mare, and forget the person I need to be.
Silence lingers, soft as the clouds of our breath in the cool air.
"If you die, I'll kill you."
He smiles sadly. "Likewise."" Ok. Mare annoyed me a lot with her shit about being self-dependent and all of that. But it was nice for Kilorn and Mare to share a friendly moment.

"But a lie is what they need to carry on, and if my deceit saves even one of them, it is worth the cost to my soul." -Mare. Okay, I thought this was nice of Mare to think. Good job to the lightning girl.

"I don't remember anything else until we're in the air. My face runs with tears but I can't wipe them away. I stare at my hands, painted in both colors of blood." - Mare. Yeah, I cried here. Shaaade :(

“Even the faces that haunt me, the faces of the dead, have disappeared. Funny, now that I’m dying, my ghosts decide to leave.
I wish they would come back. I wish I didn’t have to die alone.” - Mare. This has to be one of my favorite parts. I just think it's so sad for her to think that she's dying all alone. As much as I may not like Mare, I felt so bad for her in that part of the book.

"I cling to Cal, Kilorn, Shade, to saving all the newbloods I can, because I am afraid of waking up to emptiness, to a place where my friends and family are gone and I am nothing but a single bolt of lightning in the blackness of a lonely storm.
If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.” - Mare. I was dazed after reading that metaphor.

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Dream24
Aug 27, 2018

Since I read the first book, I was excited when I picked up the second book. Mind you it has been over a year since I read the series so it took a little while before I was finally all caught up with what happened towards the end of the first book.

Betrayal at every turn. Mare was badly betrayed by Maven, who she thought she could trust.... but sadly it costed her so much near and dear to her.... and in this book betrayal comes at a much steeper cost. Maven is obsessed with Mare, the more she tries to run/fight back, the more ruthless Maven and his mother are with their pursuit and methods (all those poor lives caught in the crossfire).

Mare is trying hard to come to terms with betrayal, her powers and her responsibilities are the 'head' of this rebellion. Yet.... with each passing day and action that she makes, she loses more and more of herself. She is forced to be the head of the rebellion or the Mare that people use to know her as, but never herself.

I am not quite sure of the possible romantic angle between Mare, Cal and Maven.... I think it's best off not to have any romantic entanglement, just companionship and friendship between Mare and Cal when trying to take on Maven.

So much tragedy happens, so much dire consequences, but if they stop what they are doing it's going to ensure the deaths of so much more at the hands of Maven. That prison break scene was epic and very entertaining to read for sure and that cliffhanger in the end. Wow!

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AwesomeNadja
Aug 16, 2018

To be honest I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped. After reading the first book I was super excited for this one, but then as I gradually neared the end, I realized that it was more of "a filler book" in between two super good/exciting/important books. This isn't to say that I didn't like the book; I liked it - I just missed the action and "courtly details" of the first book. It does get better about halfway through the book - like so many series there's always one that is slow compared to the others. (also having read the entire series recently the 3rd and 4th books are just as great as the first one...)

LoganLib_Aavishka Dec 17, 2017

*SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST BOOK*

Glass Crown was intensely captivating. The second book in the Red Queen trilogy, it was even better than the first book, as we see Mare delve deeper into her powers, and deeper into this journey of discovering who she is. After being betrayed by Maven, we see Mare discover others like her, and watch her take a stand against Maven, the new king. It was a brilliant book, one you do not want to put down until you have finished. It is breathtaking and intense, one that has you holding your breath in anticipation as you follow Mare on her nightmarish journey to freedom.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2017

If you are a fan of Red Queen and want to find out what happens and be able to get to book three, you should probably read this. If you don't care that much about the characters and want to see if Glass Sword is better than, or builds out substantially from Red Queen, you should probably put the book down carefully and back away.

I won't rewrite what so many excellent reviewers have said. Basically the action in this book is severely overshadowed by Mare's internal pity party, where her soul is black and dead so she must push everyone away even though she doesn't want to, because "anyone can betray anyone." Kind of like Aveyard betrayed us with this book. Queen Elara dies. Do we get to see the battle? Nope. She's just dead. Guess Mare killed her but she's not talking. Farley, who should be leading them is pushed to the background. About the only interesting thing is Maven's growing fascination with Mare and the the lengths he will go to to get her back. The plot is basically Mare and Maven racing to find the New Bloods before the other does. This at least leads us to a finale that will leave you excited for book three.

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silverwolf_0721
Feb 05, 2018

"Maven lies as easily as he breathes, and his mother holds his leash but not his heart."

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silverwolf_0721
Feb 05, 2018

"Don't lie to a liar, and Maven is the grandest liar of all."

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silverwolf_0721
Feb 05, 2018

"Anyone, anything can betray anyone. Even your own heart."

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silverwolf_0721
Feb 05, 2018

"Trust no one."

hannah_85 Mar 21, 2017

"If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and l feel myself beginning to shatter"

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alexandraSchulz
Jul 28, 2016

“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

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white_fox_243
Jun 11, 2016

"We can't chose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could."
-Page 255

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white_fox_243
Jun 11, 2016

"Before I thank any one person, I would like to thank the leftover pizza I'm currently eating. It's really good."
-Acknowledgments

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Oct 10, 2017

Coarse Language: 3 of damned, b*tch 2 of hell 1 of bastard

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