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,