Glass Sword (Red Queen Series #2)

Glass Sword (Red Queen Series #2)

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by Victoria Aveyard

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this startling follow-up to her debut, Aveyard sends readers hurtling back into the world of Red Queen with a fierce battle scene, reunions with old friends, and a story arc fraught with deception and betrayal. The powerful Silvers continue their reign, but the Red rebellion is rising, led by Mare Barrow. She plans to track down other mutant "newbloods" like herself to form an army capable of defeating the crown. Collecting newbloods is dangerous work, and the death toll mounts in a race against King Maven, a manipulative man who is slaughtering the mutants in a bid to force Mare back under his control. The story exposes painful truths about real-life bias and bigotry as well as the brutal costs of war, and children are not always spared gruesome fates. At the epicenter, Mare is an exquisitely flawed heroine who at times gives into her basest desires for revenge, raising questions about her own morality and revealing striking similarities to Queen Elara, whom she so despises. A cliffhanger finale should leave fans anxiously awaiting the next installment. Ages 13–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Feb.)
USA Today
PRAISE FOR RED QUEEN: “A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It’s exhilarating. Compelling. Action-packed. Unputdownable.”
“A volatile world with a dynamic heroine.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
” [Aveyard] sets her audience up for a gaspworthy twist that reconfigures nearly every character’s role and leaves Mare with no one to trust but herself... This blend of fantasy and dystopia will be an unexpected and worthy addition to many genre fans’ reading list.”
VOYA, February 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 6) - Audrey Hopkins
In the anticipated sequel to Red Queen (HarperTeen, 2015/Voya February 2015), Mare Barrow, betrayed and used as a pawn in Maven’s quest for the throne, returns with a vengeance. There are other Newbloods like Mare, and she and the vicious Queen Elara have the list. Mare, with the help of the Scarlet Guard and exiled prince Cal, are on a crusade to enlist other Newbloods to overthrow the ruling Silver class and Maven’s wicked empire. What began as a cross between The Hunger Games and X-Men, has now taken a turn reminiscent of Game of Thrones. Maven and Queen Elara’s presence is constant, whether through haunting notes left for Mare, or sending a child army of Redblood’s to their graves. However, their physical presence is largely absent, creating a menacing omnipresent tone. Ally and friend are not necessarily the same, further fueling Mare’s psychological strife. Mare, who was once a petty thief, is now irrevocably jaded, conflicted, and calculating. As newly christened Lightning Girl, she is riddled with guilt, uncertainty, and inexperience in her new role. The initial pacing of taut action scenes juxtaposed against psychological perspective feels stilted. Luckily, momentum picks up as Aveyard introduces complex secondary characters. As the narrative changes, the plot catalyzes to stellar proportions. Action and pacing are solid, sprinkled with exciting plot twists, battles, and elements of surprise. Fast-paced and action packed, Glass Sword is compelling and strong, guaranteed to gratify anxious readers of the series and fans of dystopian and fantasy literature. Reviewer: Audrey Hopkins; Ages 15 to Adult.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Does saving some lives justify sacrificing others? This is the main question asked in this second installment of this series. Picking up right where the first volume left off, Mare and Cal are on the run from the usurper King Maven and his army of Silver bloods. Armed with a list of other "newbloods" like herself, Mare takes on the mission of recruiting them for the Scarlet Guard before they can be found by Maven. However, as her journey progresses, Mare learns that the lines between right and wrong aren't so clear, and she begins to become exactly the kind of person the Scarlet Guard is fighting against. While the kill count seems to be excessively high, it does end up raising some interesting points: namely, the question of who, if anyone, really deserves to die. And do the ends truly justify the means? As with her first effort, Aveyard certainly has a flair for the dramatic, which teens will eat up. The action hits the ground running and doesn't stop until after the last page is turned. And while some might recognize several familiar plot-related beats that resemble the novel's dystopian contemporaries, they shouldn't lessen the story's appeal. VERDICT Fans of Red Queen (HarperCollins, 2015) who have been clamoring for the sequel will be sated.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Reborn as the infamous "lightning girl," Mare struggles to build an army of newbloods to face the murderous new king. After narrowly escaping the burning city of Naercey, Mare and her friends make their way to a secluded island where her family and the Scarlet Guard lie low. Bruised and beaten, Mare quickly realizes she can't trust anyone, not even her closest friends—maybe not even family. But Mare has a plan: she's going to track down the rest of the newbloods—Reds with unknown powers that rival the strongest Silvers'—and build an army. She sets out with those closest to her, including Cal, the now disgraced prince. Feeling incredibly alone, she can't help but gravitate toward him; they share an ache for the person they both believed Maven to be before he became a treacherous king. As her conviction rises, so does the body count, and it isn't long before Mare becomes eerily like the killer she's trying so hard to destroy. Though her friends are disturbed by what she's become, not even they can stop her now. Her quest is fraught with trials and bloodshed, but the action lags; the traps begin to feel too familiar, and the first-person, present-tense narration spares no detail. Tragedy seems to be a certainty before the end, but the spectacle still packs a surprising punch. This too-long heroine's journey requires that the next volume provide sufficient fireworks to keep readers invested in the planned four-book series. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Red Queen Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. You can visit her online at

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Glass Sword 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need more Mare in my life. This was a fantastic read! Very solid, enthralling sequel. I'm very impressed and I could not put this down. Now one of my top favorite series. Can the next book be out already? I'm ready for more. Looking forward to the third book more then the next game of thrones. And that's a sentence I never thought I would write.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want another!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Compared to the firt novel, this book was hard to get through. I had to force myself to finish and was glad when it was finally over. Mare whines and complains to the point where I became annoyed and somewhat despised her for her immaturity. The character development was poor at best and I found myself rooting for no one. Very disappointed with Glass Sword after Red Queen was so fantatic. I will not be reading the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt stop turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really do enjoy the series. There was something about this one that made it a little harder to get through. It had been so long since the first book I actually reread the first before diving into this one and there were times I found myself skipping over passages in this one as it jus was not holding my attention. Am unsure if I will read the next.
mdemanatee 6 months ago
I promise I don’t hate things other people love. It’s just a lot of big titles this year have been bummers for me. To be fair, I came into this one with open eyes. Red Queen, despite how excited I was for it, did not blow me away. It felt formulaic The plotting in this often had me going, “wait, what? Why?” Most of the novel focuses on the gathering of other red’s with silver abilities, an idea introduced at the end of the last book. But they were basically devices. The pacing was rough. The climax of this novel was mindboggeling. It was rushed. It was super, duper convenient deus ex machine style. I was a little bit angry with it actually. Oh so we’ve vaguely trained in the woods for a hundred pages and then that? Also, it was often unclear what exactly we were building toward. We were outside the world established in the first novel, and we needed to be introduced to this wider world. I was hoping it would be more fleshed out and less vague dystopia, but I felt way more connected to the first novel. There is no cost to power in this novel. Let’s just give a bunch of people superpowers that compliment each other and send them on a raid. It was like a less developed Six of Crows. On top of that the characters just feel so stock. Mare is exhausting. Maven is basically nonexistent as an antagonist for the entire novel except as the thing Mare is fighting in her head, though that feels forced too. Mare just feels forced all the way around. And there is nothing to make me sympathetic to her, certainly not the awful plotting. And poor Cal isn’t given any damn character development this go-round. Still, Aveyard writes well, though some turns of phrase feel overdone. Example? If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter. Are these turns of phrase supposed to make me more sympathetic to Mare? Maybe we should develop some or this internal conflict through some more purposeful action. Aveyard is action oriented after all, and the novel moves fast enough that it is often easy to forget the plotting issues. It sometimes feels Aveyard really wants to be writing for the screen, not the page. Many parts feel like montages. While I sped through this book, much of it felt frustrating as hell, especially upon further reflection.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book was just as amazing as the first. The only problem that I had was WHY MAKE MAVEN EVIL!!!!! He was super cool and then just bam it hit me, he betrayed his brother (Super Cal who is equally awesome) and Mare (Mare is goals!). I wanted to throw it against a wall, but I didn't want to damage the book because it's my Precious (sorry lord of the rings joke) Any who while I was reading, there of a lot (like a lot) of hints where Maven still likes Mare. So please, please,please (I'm on my Knee's) let this little book worm get a happy ending for everyone in the Red Queen series. PLEASE!! BTW- BEST BOOK EVER!!!
brea3303 More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished reading it yet, but I find Mare to be extremely annoying. It's hard to like her at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this just couldn't put it down! But like.......whyyyyyyy ?!?!?! I need the next book soon like I just can't wait. Recommend this for people who hate waiting for books to come out.
iidurp More than 1 year ago
This book was literally my life! Call me obsessed, cause this book was everything. Mare i could relate to, she was betrayed by someone she once loved, could trust, and just when she was getting to like him. Maven was my favorite Character and practically still is. He’s innocent nature was cringe worthy, i once believed/ fell for him. He lived within the shadow of his brothers flame, and felt neglected towards his father. I understood him. It’s all about perspective, but what i disliked so much is.. SHADE DIED! Just when he got back, just when i saw the “spark” between him and Farley, it tore me apart! The thought of him just dying i just couldn’t comprehend. The feeling was similar to when Maven framed his brother, and grew Mischievous/ Seductive nature (I loved his new nature!). even though he loved Mare he wanted to her suffer. I actually would’ve took the “role” as the Red Queen. Another thing is, Im very thankful for you. When Elara died, a pierce of me was set free. She was a B*tch. Excuse me language, but she twisted my Maven into monster. After all monster aren’t born, there mad. Are you making another one? BECAUSE I NEEED ANOTHER ONE! Maybe Cal needs his RED QUEEN back. Secretly he’s been plotting for years to take Mare back whether his brother would like it or not. Please, I’m literally losing my mind. Make another one! The ending was so improper! Mare just bowing like that, she feels defeated. I’m sure Cal would’ve done something! even being resistance and trying eventually to when her back. Mare being just lifeless, losing hope by the minutes to come. Mavren torturing her, physically and mentally. Doing things (Making herm jealous, mad, envious, hopeless, sad, heart broken, vulnerable, on the verge of shattering like the glass sword she is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!
TheFearlessReader More than 1 year ago
Holy!....... I can't..... The tears that a streaming down my face burn with sorrow, hysteria, and frustration. WHY, VICTORIA?!?!?!?! WHY?!?!?! You killed me. I'm dead. I'm dead. I died. I'm dead. I'm dead. This book..... Where do I even begin? Glass Sword was full or heart-racing excitement, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, and gut-wrenching heart-rending frustration. I loved seeing the twist and turns Victoria put me through, but I'm still frustrated with the ending of this one. It's all just because it ended in THE BIGGEST CLIFF-HANGER EVER! It was big. I need the next installment in my hands, like now! Also, lets all just take a second to appreciate how beautiful Victoria's writing style is. These books are written so smooth and flow-y, they are quite the masterpiece. I also really enjoyed seeing a whole bunch of new characters introduced in this one, with their very unique abilities. And I loved seeing some old characters, which we all though were long gone, make reappearances too. All-in-all I think Victoria did an excellent job with this one. She really 'set the stage' for the next one very well, and she has easily grown into one of my authors. Even though my feels are still fresh in my mind, I highly recommend this series if you haven't started it by now. It's incredible. With electrifying action, romance, betrayal, and power, this is one series you don't want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first! I can't wait for the next one!
customer2 More than 1 year ago
While I was not very pleased with the first book due to its lack of action and slow pace which seems to be the norm for the first book in a young adult series these days for some strange reason. This book however was a lot faster paced, action packed and exciting. I just wish authors especially young adult authors would stop always making the first book in a series so boring while only the next one is exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself was good, but could have been 200 pages shorter for all of Mare's whining and being a moody teenage girl trying to push everyone away including Cal. So much whinging it was childish and annoying . I almost stopped reading the book but I paid $12.99 for it which is high. I was really looking forward to the book and was disappointed . I will not buy the next one . I am done with this series .
MissElizabethQ 4 months ago
Well Miss Aveyard does it again. Shatters emotions and builds trust issues. This was a really good sequel to the series. It was a little slow which is why I'm not giving it a 4 star review. A good book, just slow and I was a little disappointed with that. Mare got on my nerves. I can tell we're going to have a love-hate relationship. Her and Cal are both still dealing with Mavin's betrayal. Cal seems to handle it much better than Mare does. She seems to think that the whole inevitable revolution is banking on her and her powers alone. She's kind of taken it upon herself to save all the Reds and New Bloods. Which is fine, but her actions do not reflect her convictions. I love the way Farley's personality comes out more in this book. Her and Shade are adorable! I never saw that coming. I really can't wait for the next book to be released. I'm so excited to see what surprises Aveyard has for us. And you know they're coming.
19269684 4 months ago
Oooooh Brother!!! In Glass Sword, Mare turns out to be the BIGGEST idiot! She's almost as bad as the lead heroine of the Razorland series (reviewed on 9/7-11 of 2015)! And that series sucked big time! I think this is the first series where there were back to back to back backstabs! Seriously! And each time, the one stabbed was our hero- yours and mine: Mare Barrow! Ugh! The story picks up where Red Queen ended, the escape. Mare and Cal got away from Mavin and his army, but they ended up in another snare of their making. I got about five chapters in before just wanting to throw this book just as hard as I'd tossed its predecessor! But you know what, this is a slight reality to having kids trying to save a country that grown-ups run, powers or not! And I cracked up when Cal has the nerve to say: "He isn't a child, Mare. You don't have to protect him anymore." "But he is a child; he's a teenager"- I screamed at the book! It's not like they've all aged and this has taken place a few years later- it's been a month! I know, I'm insane for screaming at books. It's a Reader thing! *For the full review of the Red Queen Series: **Audiobook of Cruel Crown was from my collection while Red Queen and Glass Sword were from my personal library.
manduhpaigereads 4 months ago
This book is so incredibly hard to rate. I'm torn between giving it a rating anywhere from 3.5 to 5 stars. I really did enjoy this book, but it just took me so long to read! I could only handle a couple of chapters at a time, and I think that is mainly due to Mare's insane character development. In Red Queen, Mare was much more likable. Her character was certainly not perfect, but she was easier to understand. She went from being someone just trying to figure out the world she fell into, literally, into a character who is borderline ruthless and cold-hearted, and maybe a bit careless with others lives. Now I do think her character development was necessary for the future books, but I wish it had happened slowly instead of almost as soon as Glass Sword started. Just like in Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard's writing is beautiful and full of amazing quotes that just make you want to tab the hell out of the book. I just absolutely love her writing style, and she really does know how to catch her readers completely by surprise.(view spoiler) And I absolutely loved the new additions to Mare's newblood army! I do feel like it was hard to keep them all straight because we were introduced to so many of these characters in such a short amount of time, but I did think they were such a great addition! And I absolutely love that this book doesn't focus on romance. There are elements there for a future romance, but it's not the main plot, and I totally appreciate that! I can't say I loved this book as much as Red Queen, but it was a great follow up, and I will be re-reading it in the future to see if my feelings change. Now I can't wait for the third installment in this series!
eternalised 4 months ago
All right, before I begin reviewing Glass Sword, let me start by saying that I loved Red Queen. I even gave it 5 stars in my review. I was entranced by the world building, a smart mix of scifi/dystopian and epic fantasy, I loved Mare, I adored Maven, even if he turned out to be of the not-so-good-guy variety, and I liked Cal. Needless to say, I was thrilled when the sequel was released, and I purchased a copy almost right away. And then, Glass Sword turned out to be the biggest dissapointment of the year. Maybe of several years, if I’m being honest. The book lacks just about everything. All the elements that made Red Queen an engaging, spellbinding book, are now gone. It’s like the author stopped pouring effort into it, and just wrote down word after word without meaning. Glass Sword has tons of action scenes, but they’re so dull, I skimmed through several pages just to get through them. Maybe they’d look good on the big screen, but ten pages of action scenes in this book just didn’t work for me. This was partly because I couldn’t relate to the characters anymore. Mare was amazing in book one. I loved her. Now? She’s cold, arrogant, very repetitive, and pretty much thinks she’s the most special cookie in the bunch. She mentions she’s this dangerous weapon and people should be afraid of her….oh, just about once every page. She’s growing very dark in this book, but it doesn’t make much sense the way she does it. She doesn’t question the things she should be questioning, she doesn’t trust anyone anymore, and she barely feels a connection to her family, although they should be most important to her. The whole recruitment process of Silver/Reds (people with Red blood, Silver abilities, like Mare) is dull and boring, and for a large part it’s because none of the characters are even remotely interesting. No one is interesting. They’re all bland, boring, and I skipped more paragraphs than I read, by the time I got to the end of the book. It was all so predictable too. I could pretty much guess what would happen about one hundred pages before it actually happened. The book’s major problems are: lack of connection to the characters, lack of likeable characters, and repetition. I’ve never seen a book that repeats itself this often. Mare’s narrative has gone from interesting to so dull you could fall asleep. The story also never moves forward. Sure, they recruit some Newbloods, as they dub the Reds with Silver abilities, but that doesn’t really bring the story forward. It’s only until the end when the story moves forward a little – a little, I say. Mare acts like a Mary Sue. She’s a super special cookie and deserves special treatment. It’s not troublesome that she is – she is the Lightning Girl, after all, and like Katniss in the Hunger Games series that makes her a symbol of a revolution -but it’s troublesome that she’s so convinced of this, and keeps repeating it! It makes her come across as extremely arrogant. I wanted Maven to come and just kill her more than once throughout the book. The only somewhat redeemable character left by the end of the book is Kilorn. I still sort of like him. The others are so bland and boring they could’ve been replaced by stick figures. Oh, and Maven. At least he stands out from the crowd by being wicked. I’m utterly dissapointed in this book, and how it differed from Red Queen, both in writing style, character’s narrative and strengths, and lack of romance. I’m not sure if I’ll ever pick up the third boo
Anonymous 5 months ago
After reading Red Queen, I was excited for the next book. The Glass Sword was a definitely a let down. I read little more than half of the book, however I couldn't finish it. Honestly, the story was getting boring; the story dismal and depressing. I am most definitely not buying the next book.
ShelbyShooter 6 months ago
Obsessed! Couldn't get enough! Pre-Ordered King's Cage 10 min after I finished The Glass Sword.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved the first book and love this one just as well. Kept me hooked from the first page! I am so sad I have to wait until next year for the third book!!
AReadingRedSox 6 months ago
In a world that is divided by blood--the Reds on one side, while the Silvers, who have supernatural abilities, reside on the other--Mare Barrow has red blood but the abilities of a silver---making her as unique as she is dangerous. GLASS SWORD, Victoria Aveyard’s electric sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, follows Mare, the girl who has captivated an entire nation with her ability to control lightning. Now branded as a traitor to her country, Mare is on the run from the newly-crowned king Maven and his army. Alongside her stands Maven’s brother, Cal, Mare’s brother Shade, her best friend Kilorn, and Farley, the girl leading the rebellion against Maven---and Mare will have to decide if betraying them all is the price she must pay for her vengeance. With characters that blur the lines between good and evil at every turn and gorgeous, vivid writing, GLASS SWORD surpasses its predecessor by miles, leaving readers waiting not-so-patiently for the next installment.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book wa AMMMMAAAAAZZZIIINNGGGG!!!!!! I loved it even mire than the first book. Mare was honesly a little annoying cuz she complained quite a lot, but just ignore that and this book is one of the best i have ever read. I AM SO EXTREMELY SCAARED FOR KINGS CAGE YOU DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND. But i would totalky recommend this book super duper great read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book has caught my attention and I'm literally on the edge of my seat awaiting the third installment. Just so sad that I couldn't get the B&N exclusive with the alternate ending!