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Glass Sword (Red Queen Book 2) Kindle Edition
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?
Plus don't miss Realm Breaker! Irresistibly action-packed and full of lethal surprises, this stunning fantasy series from Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen series, begins where hope is lost and asks: When the heroes have fallen, who will take up the sword?
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|Red Queen||King’s Cage||War Storm||Broken Throne||Red Queen 4-Book Paperback Box Set||Realm Breaker|
|Dive into more electrifying fantasy books by Victoria Aveyard!||In a world divided by blood, one girl unlocks a hidden power that puts her at the center of a dangerous political game where the only certainty is betrayal.||In Book 3 of the Red Queen series, rebellion is rising and allegiances will be tested on every side.||In the explosive finale to the Red Queen series all will be tested, but not all will survive.||Return once again to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen with this beautifully designed, must-have collection of novellas, bonus scenes, artwork, and much more!||This beautifully packaged paperback box set includes all four novels in Victoria Aveyard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series.||In this action-packed start to a new fantasy series, a band of unlikely allies are on a mission to stop their world from being torn apart by a vicious opponent intent on burning the realm to ash.|
|Blade Breaker||Realm Breaker 2-Book Hardcover Box Set|
|The battle to control the realm rages on as mortal and otherworldly armies clash in Book 2 of the Realm Breaker series.||In the first two books of the Realm Breaker series, a divided realm must rally, an unstoppable enemy must be defeated, and the fate of the world rests on a blade’s edge.|
From School Library Journal
“High-stakes excitement and sharp plot twists… make this a fast-paced, exciting read and a thrilling sequel.” -- Booklist
“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.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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.” -- USA Today
“Aveyard weaves a compelling new world of action-packed surprises... inventive, character-driven.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“A volatile world with a dynamic heroine.” -- Booklist
“Breakneck pace and engaging characters.” -- School Library Journal
” [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.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fascinating world building... Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00XU6D9M2
- Publisher : HarperTeen (February 9, 2016)
- Publication date : February 9, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 8298 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 459 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,811 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So it has been some time since I read Red Queen. I dove right in. Mare and Cal are on the run with the Red Guard but being a silver, Cal is not treated with the best care. Mare is a red with silver abilities, the lightning girl. She thought she was an anomaly but finds there are others like her, new bloods. The king is dead at Cal’s hand. His hand forced by the Queen, using her ability against him to dispute him and put her traitors son Maven on the throne. He is not the man either of them thought him to be, just a puppet playing the part that would make them both care for him. Now Mare must fight but the cost is high and all of the treachery and betrayal have taken their toll and changed her.
The action and intrigue of this series picks up at the first page and doesn't let you down. There is so much happening from escaping without dying and oh yeah convincing the people you're with Cal isn't just an evil silver but an ally. I loved throughout the book there is always more than one thing happening. The constant struggle between the reds and silvers and now new bloods, never knowing where one stands as we are constantly reminded that anyone can betray you at any time. Oh and the political issues of being on the run as Maven takes over as king. It's one hit after another and we just keep rolling with the momentum never slowing down.
The pacing of the book keeps it moving along for sure. Still there is lots of character development with all out characters. There is no clear right and wrong anymore everything seems to be shades of grey. Mare, everyone really but her especially, has to deal with so much. Blaming herself. Wanting to save people like her, save everyone and fix the world into something better. She wasn't trained to be a leader, she never wanted to be one but despite everything people keep looking to her to lead. Watching her struggle with all of her issues throughout the book was grounding. There was one part in which case I was so glad I was parked when it happened because I just stared at my car display in shock. You go through the emotional ringer with these characters that's for sure.
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
One of my favorite parts was getting to meet all the new characters. Some good and some bad. I especially enjoyed our new bloods and learning all their new powers as some were so much fun to imagine. I enjoyed the difficult position each one was in and how real everything felt. Not everyone is saved all the time. This is a war and they are rebels and that means they are the underdog. Farley was by far a favorite for me, the accent the narrator did for her was spot on as well, I loved how she could be surrounded by people with special abilities and be severely out matched but still hold her own with her tricks and skills.
There is some small pieces between Mare and Cal but given everything that has happened it is very small and sedate. They both are struggling with Maven. Yes he is a monster. He has done and continues to do horrible things to people. Still that is not the Maven they knew and loved and even knowing that their Maven was "real" is still a hard thing to reconcile with the monster that is out to get you. I love that they both are struggling with that and their places in this new war. They both have beliefs and hard wired instincts they have to work on with everything flipped around. I thought the reactions to it all was rather true to the characters and I enjoyed it.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and am glad I don't have to wait long to start the next book and then even less time for the final book to come out. As much as I want to dive right in given that ending…and yes that ending hurt me…I also want to be fresh for the final book to come out. And I have a few other books I have to get to this month! I am caught up in this story and even waiting close to 2 years between reading without any catch up I fell right back into things with no problem because the author wrote such a unique and interesting world it was transfixed in my head!
They stop briefly at the ruins of a city that were considered uninhabitable due to radiation. (The books don’t come out and say radiation, but it’s fairly obvious). Unfortunately, their flight from the capital isn’t finished. Maven, the usurper of the crown, is determined to catch Mare and Tiberias, the elder brother he framed. He also wants to crush the resistance, but it seems like an afterthought since his main goal is capturing the aforementioned individuals.
Once our main characters along with some of the resistance escape capture, they run to a remote island that’s used as a base for the resistance. The resistance leader, Farley, is nearly usurped by a General from another country – who was supposedly there to help the resistance. The General happens to be her own father.
He manages to capture Mare and Tiberias since he thinks that anyone with powers is an eminent threat. With the help of Mare’s best friend, Kilorn, the key characters in the book manage to escape.
It’s hard to be mad at Mare for the situation on the island. When you’re outnumbered, it doesn’t matter if you have powers or not. She was up against a huge bigot, the General, who was afraid of anyone with abilities. While his daughter Farley had no abilities of her own, she was sympathetic towards Mare and Tiberias. In fact, she actually saw them as an asset. Hence, the General deemed her a threat and threw her in a cell. I find that particularly cold. Instead of listening to his own daughter, he has her drugged and thrown in a cell with the help of Kilorn.
At first, it’s easy to hate Kilorn. He seems like a jealous guy with daddy issues and he uses the General to fill in as dad. Then I found out he was playing a part and he’s an instant genius. In my opinion, that’s good writing on the author’s part.
Through the first half of the book, Mare was keeping in mind that she should trust no one. Not even her best friend or brother, yet she was having a hard time with the concept, which seems to have worked in her favor. Since Farley, Kilorn, and Shade (her brother) were the people to get her and Tiberias out of their cell.
The book was good, descriptive, and was action packed, I won’t continue on with the series. There’s something about it that doesn’t interest me. It’s not the post apocalyptic aspect of the story. I have a problem with the constant helplessness I feel for Mare, which is why I particularly hate the end of this book.
It drives me crazy when an author ends a book on a cliffhanger. I don’t care if it’s the middle book in a series. Don’t leave me hanging for a year. There’s always a way to write the end of a book that gives the readers closure and has them eagerly awaiting for the next book in the series without annoying them with cliffhangers. Give us a break, authors! Yet, Aveyard came up with an ending I hate even more.
Not only does she leave her readers hanging, she leaves Mare in an absolutely horrible situation that makes a reader (or just me) angry more than anything.
If post apocalyptic genre cliffhangers and helpless situations are your thing, I recommend this book. If you’re a curious passerby, then keep walking!
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This book went all kinds of wrong for me and I’m gutted because I absolutely loved Red Queen.
The storyline itself was interesting, find the newbloods while being on the run from the crown.
The difference in Mare grated me. She was broken and betrayed yes, her trust issues are somewhat understandable but she droned on, and on, and on! It was insufferable. I didn’t like how on one page she’d complain about never being Mare Barrow again, never feeling whole or being able to smile, but then a few pages later she’s smiling and thankful that Kilorn makes her feel like Mare, then he’s worthless and useless and all this other such nonsense.
She’s also meant to be uneducated, yet she can detail every corner, side alley and building in a place she’s never been to. Her being able to call lightening is honestly more believable. Her knowledge for someone uneducated was too far fetched.
She became worse than those she was trying to oppose.
The town scenes were too detailed, I personally didn’t need paragraphs of detail of a town I don’t even remember the name of. I would have liked details on the prison break scene, it ended too abruptly. I was expecting a showdown not a ‘next thing I remember' moment where she was whisked away to safety with two bodies at her feet. There was a huge build up for this moment and it ended up being nothing at all.
It also lacked in character descriptions for all the newcomers. I can't recall what most of them look like or what name belongs to what ability. It was too much all at once, and not enough to stick with me at the same time.
I’m at the point where I don’t want any of them in power, none of them have the right ideals at all. Julien is the only person who could run the place fairly, but that’d mean keeping a Silver in power. It was awfully disappointing. I’m not sure if I want to continue this series at all.
The final reason for my scoring was the emotional punch in this book just wasn't there for me. I'm not feeling any chemistry between the main love interests, and one of the events should have left me feeling very much distressed but I was just like... "oh OK. Meh."
It's still early in the story and after the excellent twist of an ending I'm hilding out with some hope moving forward in the series...
I read Red Queen so long ago now and I forgot how great this storyline is! This book introduces so many new characters but I would have loved to have seen them develop more; maybe I'll see more of this in book 3!
There is so much action in this and I cannot help but feel like I was watching a movie in my head - the Matrix meets the Expendables! I don't feel as strongly about this one compared to its predecessor Red Queen but overall I still really enjoyed it! Now onto King's Cage!
Also, totally raising my hand to the fact that I WISH I had Nanny’s power I mean c’mon! How cool is that!? That was another point, absolutely was enthralled by learning of other newblood powers, some were totally cliché which was to be expected, however can we also just appreciate Cameron? I mean let’s be real, she was such a bloody whiney pain but a total bad ass!
Reason for not 5/5? I have to admit, gathering all those new bloods blah blah blah, got a little boring, it wasn’t until the prison when I was literally finding it harder to put the book down. Also was completely offset by the lack of chemistry between Cal and Mare? I mean for them to both acknowledge that they do have love for each other but just really not feeling that connection, which is a shame because they do have so much potential.
SHADE AND FARLEY HOWEVER 😱😱 Oh my God love them. And we won’t even talk about Shade at this point ‘cause you know....wasn’t like he was my favourite character. 🙄😭
All in all a much enjoyed read, fantastic character building and displays of fantastical elements, just a shame that newblood recruiting part dragged and we need more character chemistry!
That all said, consider the next book ordered 👍