Glass Sword (Red Queen Series #2)

Glass Sword (Red Queen Series #2)

by Victoria Aveyard


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The #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series, Glass Sword is the high-stakes follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen.

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?

And don’t miss Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection, featuring three brand-new novellas and other exclusive content, coming in April!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062310668
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: Red Queen Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 35,162
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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. 104 reviews.
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 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!
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
Couldnt stop turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book omg this series is the best!!!!!!
Loo_L00 More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Emotional Rollercoaster CONS: 1.) Majority of the book was Mare complaining about how she's cold-hearted, her life sucks, and how she's alone. This made me really annoyed because she brought all of these problems on her self. She also over exaggerated everything. On top of all that she was a self-centered brat throughout the entire book, and her attitude was stressing me out. She was also super freaking clingy and was jealous that Kilorn was talking to other girls when she made it crystal clear she just wanted to be friends. 2.) I felt like other characters didn't have enough "screen time" if that makes sense. They were just background noise who didn't really do anything to develop the story. 3.) I feel like main character is supposed to be the one you're rooting for, but the way she acted just made me hate her. And I was hoping Maven would catch her. 4.) Too many characters were added at once and it made it really confusing at times to know who people were and what their power was. PROS: 1.) I love the attention to detail concerning the characters looks, and what they were wearing. 2.) Even though some parts of the book didn't have a lot of description when it did, it was AMAZING! Idk about other people, but it was really easy for me to visualize things that were happening. 3.) The action scenes were action-packed, and no joke I was in the edge of my seat. It never slowed down and the detail was incredible. 4.) I loved how Victoria really expanded the vocabulary compared to the last book. It really gave things a different meaning. 5.) I also really loved the ending because we got to finally talk to Maven. I just love his snarky remarks, and I had a massive crush on him from the last book that still remains. 6.) Also about Maven, I liked how Victoria didn't make him full evil like maybe Queen Elara. And how it was pointed out how he was crying over his mother. I think it just shows that he still has a heart, and that he's still young no matter how intimidating he may look. And maybe his soft core will be explored in the next book? I hope so. 7.) I went through so many phases where I hated characters, then I loved them, and I loved it. I always wanted to know what would happen next. Also, nothing was predictable. Anything could happen at anytime and that kept me going. 8.) This book also had some great quotes that really hit me such as: Cal: "I don't know if you love anyone at all." Kilorn: "One day you're going to get lost. And I wont be there to lead you back." Anyway, the pros still outweigh the cons, and Glass Sword was an amazing book and I'd recommend it to anyone with a mature mind, just to make sure you truly understand some of the jokes and concepts.
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!!!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors writing style in the 2nd book improved from the 1st book, it's more smooth. However she spends a lot of time describing her surroundings... just keep reading. It's time we'll spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been done before in Xmen, Hunger Games, Agents of Shield and it is really just a poorly written imitation. The whole book has a rushed feel and transitions are confusing. This made me feel nothing but annoyance at such the whiney uninteresting, unimportant characters. There is really nothing that makes the main character special. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of JPMs (jolts per minute - violent action) but not very engrossing; no real character develipment so not engaging. Repetitive and boring read
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to power through but I pretty much saw what's coming. Mare Barrow was terribly annoying -- blaming herself for leaving her family, blaming herself for not saving newbloods, blaming herself that she cannot overcome an entire kingdom chasing her. It was getting tiresome and I wasn't impressed by Cal either who seemed oblivious to things I think an average soldier should know (like gun laws in his county, or manuevers from his brother whom he should know well by now, also crying tears on Mare's cheek? What the heck, what kind of soldier is he...?) A lot of it didn't seem very plausible just based on character actions and emotions. I hated the constant internal monologuing of Mare and how she described everything as dangerous. Obviously a city that's hunting you is going to be dangerous. Obviously what you are doing is dangerous too. What the heck? Also the constant use of italics by the author was also bad. Why constantly emphasize her paragraphs by putting some dire warning on the end of it -- "They may be gone -- *or maybe they're already dead.*" Not an actual quote, but very similar to what was said, constantly. Maybe a few here and there, but it was waaaaaay overused and tiring. I don't think the bad guys said anything besides, "STOP RIGHT THERE!!!" And got beat up anyway. [Spoiler] By the time Maven was sending Mare letters, it seemed like Aveyard would pull an Insurgent here -- main character sacrifices herself for everyone. Was it really necessary to put her in a collar?[/SPOILER] Why do YA novels rehash the same plot over and over again?
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!
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 .
justsomebody 6 months ago
Wasted money on this book. Mare just repeated her whinny complaints over & over. Could hardly finish it and would not recommend anyone to bother trying to read it.
TheBookNerdigan 7 months ago
his book was so intense with Mare and the other rebels searching for others like her. Others who have other powers different and the same as hers. The ending to Red Queen left you with promise of more greatness and Glass Sword delivered it with such force it will knock you off your feet There is way more battle and action in this book, which I think really makes this book so great. With Cal still with Mare and the rebels, they set off to different parts of the lands in search of other reds with silver powers, but as they are looking so is Maven and his men. It seems like for every one they find, they also find one that Maven has gotten to first. The "love triangle" between Mare and Cal, and Mare and Maven is still in full force. Though Mare and Cal have yet to really "label" them that, you can certainly tell how much they care for each other even when they are at each others throats. They really work well with each other, and though a lot of people are TeamMaven, I am a TeamCal fan all the way. This books ending was super intense! I was not expecting it and this is where you really see how much Cal feels for Mare. So being the romance reading I am, I devoured this little bit with all my might lol. Victoria Aveyard knows how to create and write a world full of characters that you will love and hate, and hate to love. When you read her books you are truly pulled into the story seeing and feeling everything as if you yourself were a character in it. I know this series still gets many mixed reviews because it seems like other books, but I feel like it is becoming a story fully its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago