I am continuing on my reading rainbow journey of the Red Queen series, and today I’ll be reviewing the sequel, Glass Sword. I loved Red Queen and the ending of the book threw me for a loop. However, I didn’t feel the same for Glass Sword.
Glass Sword picks up immediately after Red Queen ends. Cal and Mare emerge from the safety of the Red Guard’s subway only to meet Maven and his big ass army. After some fire and lightening summoning from our two leads, Shade teleports everyone to safety.
Next, our heroes make it to Tuck, lake lander territory, aka the people the crown is currently fighting. There we meet Farely’s dad, a Colonel, who runs the place and immediately locks up Cal. Mare reunites with her family briefly before she frees Cal from his prison. Mare decides she can’t trust the Colonel not only for his treatment of Cal but because he doesn’t care at all about her list of newbloods, reds with special abilities. Once Cal is free, Mare, Shade, Kilorn, and Fairly steal a jet and bounce in order to recruit newbloods themselves.
Cal swears he won’t fight for the Red Guard but agrees to help them out anyways because the boy isn’t leaving Mare’s side anytime soon. Mare and Cal are clearly in love but decide not to pursue a relationship because they don’t want to distract each other. I’m sure we can guess how well that’s going to work out.
Stuff gets crazier when the homies decide to go to a big city to use their database to find the addresses of all the newbloods. They’re successful at obtaining this information, but on their way out of the city, they cross paths with Maven again who has a dangerous new toy. Maven is now in possession of a sounder, which can block Mare’s abilities and hurt her. The sounder leaves Mare with lightning scars, and Maven carves his initial M into her neck just for fun.
After this incident, Mare doubles her search for Newbloods and ends up making a home base for them to live. Mare and Cal bond over their hatred of Maven and start sleeping in the same bed. This sounds pretty sexy, but the two don’t do much in this book besides kiss sparingly and lie to each other about their feelings. Also, during this time, Mare comes to meet Jon, an older man, that tells her the future. The others are hesitant to believe Jon since he is pretty creepy, but Mare decides to believe him.
Next, Mare meets Cameron who can cut off anyone’s abilities. Cameron doesn’t want to join the Red Guard but Mare forces her too. With the help of Cameron, the Red guard frees Newbloods and Silvers from a top security prison. The prison breaks results in a huge victory as well as a big loss for Mare.
Mare has been slowly changing throughout this book, becoming more closed off and stubborn. After this victory, she decides that her grand plan is to pit Silvers against each other and create a civil war while the New Bloods and the Reds rise above them and take back power. Cal hates this plan, and more importantly, he hates who Mare is becoming, Mare tells Cal, “fuck your feelings” and proceeds as planned. However, after doing some quick soul searching, Mare realizes she doesn’t want to turn into Queen Elara, so she’s going to risk it all and head to the Choke where Maven is marching 15-year-olds to war against the lakelanders. Mare plans to stop it and save the children, but Maven shoots their jet out of the sky before they can ever make it. Mare makes a quick decision right then that she’s going to surrender herself to Maven so that the others can walk free. Maven takes the deal because he only ever wanted Mare.
Glass Sword had a promising beginning, but after the Sounder incident, the plot slows downs, and not much happens besides the recruitment of newbloods. I was bored at this point, but because I’m stubborn, I continued reading. The plot picks up again around page 300, and the novel becomes quicker to flip through.
I considered dropping the series altogether because of the slow plot but, with the ending of this book, I have no choice but to move onto the next. Hopefully, book three isn’t as boring because Mare is back with Maven, a messy bitch who lives for the drama.
The last thing I want to touch on is the complete 360 spin that Mare takes in this book. From the beginning, she learns that her mistake in book one was trusting people and she resolves not to do that again in this book. Slowly, Mare closes off her heart and becomes a person who starts believing the ends justify the means. It was crazy to watch and it’s one of the things that’s really handled well.
My final review for Glass Sword is two stars because while it felt like it dragged on, once it picked up momentum again it was a great read. I advise those looking to continue this series to keep these things in mind when reading Glass Sword.
Now let me rant real quick.
The biggest plot twist in this book isn’t that Maven is lying to himself about hating his big bro, or that Cal and Mare are playing themselves, or even Kilorn being a big brat, rather it’s the coupling of Farely and Shade.
That’s right, Shade and Farley were hooking up during this whole book! I expected Kilorn to be the person to be sleeping with some recruit or even hooking up with Farley after Mare crushed his feelings, but nope I was wrong.
I didn’t mind the couple, but towards the end of this book, Farely was dropping some major hints about possibly being pregnant. There is even a seen in which she rubs her belly as she tells Mare off.
Could it be?!
The lack of spice between Mar and Cal was pretty disappointing. How am I supposed to ship these two idiots when they’re not giving me enough fluff. This book made me appreciate the chemistry between Mare and fake Maven more. Mare and Cal had some stolen kisses and secret dances in book one that were nice, but I’m not feeling their love. Since Maven is a monster, I have no choice but to root for Cal. Beside Cal is good with kids, and when a love interest is good with kids, we all know what that means. They’re going to become an awesome dad in some far-off epilogue.
The last thing that threw me for a loop in Glass Sword was the weird love square between Mare, Cal, Kilorn, and Maven. Everyone is in love with Mare, but she’s in love with Cal and the illusion of nice Maven. So, is it a love square or just a messy situation? Although, I’m not so sure how much Maven loves Mare after she killed his mom. Kilorn has been in love with Mare forever but weirdly takes it well when he finds out Mare and Cal are sleeping together. This makes no sense to me, considering he shuts Mare out and refuses to talk to her, but Cal is cool in his book. What was their fight even about? For the sake of moving on with this story, I’m going to assume it was because Mare didn’t tell Kilorn upfront that she was sort of dating Cal now.
This book is messy.
I plan on finishing the Folk and Air series before continuing with this one. Until next time continue living in libros,
What is the chapter when Mare and Cal decide to sleep together.
It was towards the end of Glass sword I believe. Sometime before Mare visits Farley in the hospital. If only Victoria added more spice then it would have made the series 1000000000000x better.
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No that was in Kings Cage. She gets captured in the end of Glass Sword
Chapter 20 in book 2 I think
HI! It’s been a minute since I read this sequel so I really do not remember what chapter they decided to sleep next to each other. However, I do remember that all they do is sleep and nothing more.
hi, i’m halfway trough this book and it’s boring me and idk if i wanna keep reading, did you read the next (the king’s cage)? does it get better? is this series worth it?
ps: i really liked your review!
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I ended up not continuing the series! I intended to read King’s Cage because I’m curious to see where the plot goes but Victoria Aveyard’s new book, Realm Breaker, looks more interesting to me.
Awe. Thank you for the love ❤
It does improve in the third book.
I read the first book about six months ago and absolutely devoured it. The plot was so good and engaging! Excited, I bought the whole series and began to read Glass Sword just to be completely disappointed. So I googled some reviews on the book to see if my judgment was mine alone and I found this super cute blog! Love love your reviews and the soft and layout of the site. The pictures are a aesthetically pleasing too! I will be here for a long time to come to find some good books to read 😀
But back to Glass Sword, I’m currently on page 200 and am struggling to finish the book after not touching it for months. I just hate travel plots, they bore me to the bone. My cousin is in love with this series and keeps telling me to continue reading and that it gets better in King’s Cage and I’m trying to get to that but uggggh this is just so laborious. I think I’m going to push through this book as quickly as possible and then take a little hiatus and read some other books on this wonderful blog! I’ll get back to finishing this series eventually Glass Sword just sucked all the enthusiasm away from me
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Thank you for your lovely comment it made my entire week! I am so happy that you enjoy my blog and its aesthetics! Yes, we are not alone in our feelings about Glass Sword! Now and then I consider jumping back into this series because I am curious to see what happens in King’s Cage but I’m a little hesitant! There are so many readers who enjoy this series, so I am hopeful for the rest of the books. However, Victoria Aveyard recently published a new book titled Realm Breaker and the description has me enthralled! I might read that one before I go back to King’s cage.
I saw Realm Breaker yes! It’s on my list of things to read, not as soon as other books but definitely eventually! As for the Red Queen series I think it’ll be awhile before I come back to it. So many other engaging books to read! I had a librarian once tell me that life’s too short to read books you don’t like. I bought the books so I will read the rest at some point, but as of now there are just so many other things things grab my attention more.
And I’m happy you saw my comment! 🙂
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I was extremely excited to read the Red Queen series. So much so, I bought all four books at the same time. While I did enjoy the first book, I had a feeling Maven was going to betray Mare and so when I learned that he did, it wasn’t all that shocking to me. I also did not care for Mare and Cal’s relationship. In the first book, they hardly had any interactions together and yet I was supposed to root for them and believe that they fell in love. . . I despised them as a couple so much, I actually was rooting Kilorn and Mare the whole time. Which I found out isn’t a popular ship because I see no one else talking about them. The second book went downhill for me. Not because of the plot but because the characters were so unbearable. Mare constantly defending Cal and coming for anyone who was mean to him was irritating. I ended up reading the third book, but had difficulty getting through it. I decided to stop reading the series after that. I’ve since looked up the ending to the fourth book and I’m glad I stopped reading. It sounds like I hate this series and honestly I kind of do. I think the plot itself and the writing is amazing. The characters though are unbearable and make the books hard to read unfortunately.
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Wow!! I toy with finishing the series but after reading your comment sounds like I’ll probably hate giving it another go lol. I’ve never thought of Mare with Kilorn! Honestly though another love interest might have made the books more interesting too! I agree with you about the writing. I’ve read Victoria Aveyard’s realm breaker and I could not connect with the heros. Thanks for leaving a comment! I love hearing what others think about the books I review.