Glass Sword ★★★★★

If I could sum up my entire experience of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard in a single gif, it would be this one:

Glass Sword? More like Glass Case of Emotions!

If you’ve spent any amount of time on this site, or listening to our Podcasts, you know how much of a fan Jess and I are of Victoria Aveyard. We fell in love with Red Queen last year, and Glass Sword delivered as many emotions as its predecessor. Maybe even more.

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.Glass Sword

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.


The minute this book came into my hands, I never wanted to put it down. I was also terrified to keep going, because if the first book was any indication, I was in for a world of heartbreak and pain. And boy, did it feel great to be emotionally destroyed by this book.

I finished reading it while I was in the car on the way to meet Victoria Aveyard and Sophie Jordan at their signing in Bensalem, PA back in February. I gave Jess and our friend Amanda, who went with us, heart attacks because I’d start crying and screaming about this book. This is how much it affected me.

Aveyard pulls off another gripping story, full of betrayal, revenge and anguish, all tied into a neat silver package. Mare’s journey from unassuming Red civilian to Red rebel leader takes deeper, darker, twistier turns than ever before. Aveyard loves to make both her characters and her readers suffer. So if you’re in the mood for an excellent fantasy series that will tear your heart out, tap dance on it, and then try to make you love again, I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up the Red Queen series.

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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