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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)

Product Details

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 www.victoriaaveyard.com.

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Glass Sword 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 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
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
I want another!
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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 .
Anonymous 8 days ago
Amazing I could not put it down!!
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Anonymous 27 days ago
Kiss your your hand three times and post this three time look unde r your pillow are resting place
Anonymous 4 months ago
In an age when so many books for teens have inappropriate sexual content, this series is refreshingly clean. The book is so good you can't put it down. You fall in love with the characters and feel their emotions. Well done, Avenyard!
FayTannerr 4 months ago
A great sequel. Mare and her friends are planning to fight back against the silvers by finding other newbloods like her. I'm glad that Mare is a strong female character and I have so many feelings after reading this! I think just finding out that Captain Farley's first name is Diana was a surprise. Filled with high-stakes action, it's no wonder the ending was such a cliffhanger. I don't know if I can make it till King's Cage!
Anonymous 4 months ago
loved this book. all i want is for mare and cal to be together.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Felt massively overhyped and really bought into the advertising of this being the next big thing and it was a massive flop. Really want my money back.
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SCHSReader1 7 months ago
I would definitely recommend this book because there are many elements that make up an interesting story. There is a lot of deception in this book, mainly because the main character faces many challenges while in a world that is cruel and unfair. There are many conflicts between the main character as she decides who to trust, and if she could ever lose herself in a world full of Silver gods. There is romance, which I think brings more tension between characters that know they were never meant to be loved. This is a series of books, and there is one that is already out that’s called Glass Sword, and another that is coming out in February 2017, called King’s Cage. If you you prefer an action packed, plot twist book, then you’d enjoy Red Queen.
Anonymous 7 months ago
When I finished the first book and then finished this one, I must admit I was a teeny tiny bit dissapointed. Don't get me wrong, this book was still great. But like the other reviews said, Mare did complain and/or depress over topics that we all knew were sad or risky, and she worries about them too much for my liking. Their were so many betrayals and broken promises or hearts in the story, I was always either happy, angry, or on the verge of tears at some places. There were plenty of action that took place, most of them were dangerous and I was always sitting their thinking what would happen. (Was that a spoiler? Sorry if it was to you!) Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and will be reading King's Cage! :)