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
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Media
Call Number: eBook


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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.

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.

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!

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


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.

ArapahoeElia Nov 27, 2017

I'm enjoying the series. Aveyard is by no means a poet laureate, she's a screenwriter and I'm sure she had this story in her head hoping it might make it to the screen someday. Personally, I would love to see the story come to life. I like the characters, the world, the conflict, and the story. I feel it's different enough from other popular YA dystopian fiction, it's fast paced and kept me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next.

Oct 23, 2017

When it's a game of chess, who knows whether you're simply a pawn or stronger.

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Oct 09, 2017

I almost hated this book. It had a few redeeming qualities, but I was considering DNFing it. Mare is THE MOST annoying main character I have read to date. My favourite part of the whole book was when Cal finally scolded her for being an annoying, self-absorbed, pain in the butt. The only character I liked from the last book was Maven so I was low-key cheering for him in this one for some parts. I did like how Aveyard turned him into this weird psychopath that seemed attached to Mare in his own way. I liked Cal at the beginning, but once he and Mare started getting cuddly I found him annoying too. I would have liked more character development for Farely and Shade as well. Because I didn't like the rebels very much I found the plot lacking and pretty boring. Most of my favourite aspects of the first book weren't in here. I did like the climax though. I would recommend Red Queen, but not this book.
I liked how there wasn't really a love triangle, but how stupidl is that Mare is like "oh, no distractions" and 30 pages later "his bedchamber becomes mine but we don't have time for anything much" HYPOCRITICAL MUCH?!
Why did Shade have to die? He wasn't very annoying, I almost liked him.
I really wish Aveyard described the battle between Mare and Elara, I was really looking forward to it. At least Elara didn't die with Maven in book so something wasn't predictable about this book :/

Aug 23, 2017

This breathtaking sequel to “Red Queen” is just as amazing, if not better, than the first book. I was unable to put this book down and finished it in a day! It constantly left me wanting more after every chapter. The ending is amazing - yet shocking, just like in the previous novel. I am in love with this series, and cannot wait to read the next book. This is one of those book series that you can just feel will turn into an amazing movie. Overall I would rate it 5/5 and would definitely recommend it.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Feb 05, 2018

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

Feb 05, 2018

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

Feb 05, 2018

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

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"

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

Jun 11, 2016

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

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."


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


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