{ Review } Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


“Lightning has no mercy.”

Read in March 2016

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Dear god! What a journey! This book was so action-packed it was almost physically exhausting to read it, especially at the end. My emotions were literally rollercoastering and I’m pretty sure my heart skipped several beats.

This book begins where the previous one ended, with broken Mare Barrow and Cal being taken by the Scarlet Guard. The first half of the book was a little bit slow-paced, not by the lack of action, have no doubt about it, none of the characters had any second of rest in this book, but because it missed relationship building. It missed the heart. In the beginning, Mare is broken by Maven’s betrayal. So is Cal (he has lost both his father and brother at the same time). They are like robots trying to survive until the next day. Not that they tried that hard. They both trusted him deeply and he mistreated those feelings in an awful way. The healing process is long and full of pitfalls. They overcome it together, even when they are apart, it is part of their along-healing-process. Maven continues his chess game with Mare, and it didn’t help in their healing process. Quite on the contrary.

“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”

I didn’t like Mare as much as I did in the previous book but her character had an interesting evolution. I really like to see how her ability overpowers her, I get a lot of Revenge of the Sith vibes here, she does what she does because she believes she is doing it for the greater good, but somewhere along the way, she lost sight of her true goal to her thirst for power.

She has to almost lose her mind to be able to go on a safer path. I liked that a lot. I liked the bargaining, the way she dealt with mourning and loss in the second part of the book. Hell, I loved how she dealt faced defeat.

Now about the love interests:
I feel like I’m the only one, but I’m team Cal, all the way. Don’t get me wrong, and I want nothing more than for Maven to redeem himself, BUT he is no the match I want for Mare. I don’t feel the Alina/Darkling vibe here. I’m pretty sure that deep down he cares about Mare, even love her, and that all along, somehow, he was trying to help her by doing what we perceived as psychological torture. That he had a reason that he only knew about. Or that he is truly “King-Joffrey-sick” but that he loves her nonetheless. But so does Cal. And that means that one of them will be heartbroken at the end (or even both). AND I CANNOT ACCEPT THAT. I’m stuck. The only way I see it now is that the better end would be with Mare’s death (I know, you can hate me for that, but I don’t want either Cal or Maven being hurt, I’d rather see them grieving together as united brother (I know I’m probably delusional)).

I loved how Mare became dependent on Cal and how the connection they had, after almost being broken, is back. They are like a quiet walk by the lake. Here. Peaceful. Not even needing to do anything else than being together. I ship them and their relationship so much.

“I see the crown dripping blood. A storm without thunder. Shadow twisting on a bed of flames.”

Now I want to speak about side characters because IT MATTERS.
All of them were a great addition to the book, none were too much, and there was a great balance between them and Mare’s story. My favourites were ShadeNix and Cameron. I also loved Farley, it was an indispensable add-up to the group.

So yes, this book had a second book syndrome in the first half, but the second one was close to perfection and that made me realize that the first part was a necessary process to launch the following event, and what’s coming after that.


Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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