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?
This is the second book in the series, click here to read my review of Red Queen
No Glass Sword spoilers! Only spoilers if you haven’t read Red Queen yet.
41 Thoughts While Reading Glass Sword.
RIP potential love interest Maven. I’m still sore about it, I won’t pretend that I’m not.
Did Mare always avoid contractions? I can’t remember. I’m going to contract them in my head anyway. Everyone else is using them, so why isn’t she?
I’m surprised that Cal is calling Maven “the King” instead of Maven. Like isn’t that a bit too much respect given for someone that betrayed you?
What does a shiver do again? I can’t remember any of the terminology. I think I need a refresher course. Ice things probably? Yeah, that makes sense. Okay, I guess these things are more intuitive than they seem.
There’s always so much running in YA dystopian. How is everyone so in shape? Adrenaline? Even characters they describe as hulking or huge still fun fast.
Kilorn is all about laughing darkly now, eh? Though I suppose I can’t blame him, he’s the Gale of this whole situation. Sigh, now if only Cal were more Peeta-like.
Honestly Mare? You’re going to be all high and mighty about Kilorn flirting? I remember a certain someone having moonlit dances with princes while they were supposed to be focusing on rebellion…
We get it Mare, you messed up, it sucks, let’s move on now.
Urg why do you need to get all jealous of this girl Mare? You don’t know her and you don’t even like Kilorn so what’s the big deal? Annoyingggggg. In the first book I wasn’t too aware of the female on female hating, but in this book I’m laser focusing on it.
Ohhhh foreshadowing. Something bad is gonna happen.
Eh it wasn’t that bad.
Was the writing always this Game of Thrones like? It feels like it’s become more high fantasy somehow.
Why would you say Cal would never hurt you? You actually thought the exact same thing about Maven and look where that got you! Does anyone can betray anyone mean nothing anymore? Honestly Mare I’m not going to feel bad if you get betrayed again because you’re not being very smart right now.
I like Gisa so much. She’s just the right amount of spunky and restrained. I think I could read an entire book about her. I will be so pissed if she dies.
How come the Barrows have so many children if their dad was away at war for so long? Like, are they getting conjugal visits? It’s sort of supposed to be olden times, but in the future, so maybe there’s no birth control? But wouldn’t that be such a cruel and effective way to subdue the reds? I should be a silver, I know what I’m doing.
Yay Farley! Stick it to the man!
I literally forgot that Kilorn was even in this scene. Dude needs to establish himself as something other than the best friend.
Urg Kilorn you’re crazy annoying right now.
Jesus Mare, you just need to not trust anyone ever and do everything by yourself. This is like the millionth time you’ve been betrayed.
I really hope they find a techie red who is adorable and provides much needed comic relief.
I’m equal parts interested and uninterested in how the Scarlet Guard got so widespread.
OHHH Nix is a fancy name. I hope he’s funny and loveable
Awww Cal just earned some cuteness points with me. I agree, who would want to go in the freezing cold water?
Sigh. Well, Nix is anything but jolly. I won’t pretend I’m not disappointed but he’s got a pretty cool ability at least.
Shade has this not trusting people down to an art. Mare could learn from him.
Cal got called out. Rightly so I might add. At least Mare is aware of his faults.
I can’t decide if I want Farley and Shade to be a couple.
Anddddd I think I’ve finally given up on Maven. Or mostly given up at least. Okay, maybe I’m still hoping. A GIRL CAN DREAM. Sigh… this is gonna be like when I hoped Alina would end up with the Darkling, isn’t it?
I’m not sure if that duckling analogy works…
That’s the name of the book! Or mostly. It’s the tag line anyway.
Awkward, Mare is finally about to have the ‘friends’ talk with Kilorn. I’m a firm believer in bottling up a crush and never telling anyone, especially the object of your affection. She already knew, we all knew, you could have just held it in Kilorn!
Woaahh I’m all about Jon right now. Creepy fortune teller? Yes, please. I bet what they find at the Lake is Evangeline. Or maybe not. But that’s my guess.
Okay it wasn’t Evangeline, it’s cooler than that in the end.
Is it just me, or does Mare only barely tolerate every female she meets? It doesn’t even seem like she likes Farley all that much. This book needs more chick squad love.
Oh okay, Mare said she might be friends with the new girl, so I guess she can possibly make female friends. Not that she’s trying very hard. Like, even Katniss could make female friends, get it together Mare.
Annnndddd I called it. A not yet confirmed couple just did the deed. And just know that I called it.
“Lightning has no mercy” daaaannggg Mare that’s cold. I love it though. Cal doesn’t like it. But I don’t like him so I’m not bothered.
Noooooooooooooooooooo omg whyyyyyyy???? I’m crying inside. So hard. Why does anyone have to die? I hate character death, even when it’s minor characters.
Cal is annoying me. I guess he’s supposed to be the voice of reason but he’s just judgey. You can’t send children to fight and die in a war and be like “I was only following orders, but you enjoy killing” like you’re better. At least Mare faces her shit head on, you just dance around it and pretend it never happened. Urg. I might even prefer Kilorn right now.
So super sad. I’m still sad. But I’m interested to see how Mare’s life will be from now on
*after an evening* I’m still kind of sad. I’m getting over it slowly, but I’m still pretty sad.
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Let’s do lunch again next week!