When I first read Red Queen, the prequel to Glass Sword, it was right around the time that I’d read The Selection series by Kiera Cass and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. To me, the three stories mingled in my mind.
The Selection and Throne of Glass stood out as
1) interesting dystopian novels in which there was a heroine with a sad, dejected family. She needed to leave them behind in order to live in a palace for a competition. At the same time, there are rebel forces fighting against the palace. a
2) fantasy novels which included interesting trials and, again, a female lead who lives within palace walls under false pretenses and must constantly be on her guard.
So in comparison, Red Queen fell flat for me.
My confusion was actually so bad that I tried to read Glass Sword after reading those other stories and just literally did not remember any of the characters, plot, or even what the heroine looked like.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
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?
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.
I wondered if it was the second book in a trilogy, because it definitely felt like the “bridge” book that second novels typically are between the first and third novels in trilogies, but on Goodreads it looks like there are going to be four novels so now the lack-of-plot felt so weird to me. It was so boring. Mare et al. spend the entire time running from place to place, doing repetitive things, encountering repetitive stock-characters whose names I forgot as quickly as going from one word to the next.
What. Even. So many characters were introduced in this novel, plus all of the characters from the previous book make their appearance(s) and none of them seemed to play a significant role. To me, none of these characters are memorable. I couldn’t tell you any of their names except that there’s a man they call the Colonel, but that’s not even his name. Nobody in this story is memorable or likable, not even Mare. She keeps walking into traps and making poor decisions and like, I get it, betrayal is exciting in a story but when it happens at every turn of the page it’s not even interesting anymore and I grew bored with the story and the plot and the characters because I knew none of it would matter.
It’s a story of running, recruiting, making a ton of mistakes, action that doesn’t leave your heart pounding, flat characters, a boring heroine, more betrayals than you can count, and a cliffhanger that doesn’t feel exciting because it felt predictable.
I give Glass Sword 1.5/5 stars.
Done with day 12 of my 14 Day Reading Challenge!
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