Hi everyone, so this review is going to be a lot shorter than the review of Red Queen, as I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much.
I listened to this on Audible so this will also have some comments on the audiobook. As always I’ll keep this review spoiler free.
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.
Okay so overall I really struggled listening to this book. It was rather slow going, it felt like a lot of travel happened and not a lot of ‘stuff’. We met a lot of new characters that I found really difficult to keep a track of. Who did what? It was hard to become emotionally invested in them and honestly I couldn’t care less if half of them died or not.
The beginning was good, as it was carrying on from the end of Red Queen. However, pretty soon it petered out and it was just them travelling from place to place, with an internal monologue of Mare complaining and self pitying the entire time. So the pace was slow, picking up a tad at the end.
It was the same narrator as last time, Amanda Dolan. She was just as good, even with the million other characters who came in. Each one still sounded different which was pretty spectacular.
There were a hulluva lot of new characters in this one, which in a way was disappointing because there wasn’t enough time spent on each other them.
Mare seemed to go backwards in terms of development. She became this annoying, whiney self centered person and honestly drove me a bit insane as the narrator is her point of view. She was very repetitive in her thoughts of solitude and I just felt like screaming at her. Whether this was intentional or perhaps sub par writing, I’m not sure.
If you’ve read the synopsis then you know that she is betrayed by Maven. We don’t actually see much of Maven throughout the novel, so I have some thoughts about him that are completely ungrounded.
Cal just kind of withdraws a lot. He’s still there but he doesn’t really impact the story as much as I think he deserves to, which I think is an unintentional side effect of the whole bunch of new characters.
I really feel that Kilorn goes through the most changes, and realistic ones at that. He really grows in my opinion and as such, is an underdog favourite character.
A lot of the new characters are interesting but as I said, not very developed, so that’s all I’ll be saying on them.
As much as this is a bit of a negative review, don’t let it put you off. I’m holding out hope that I enjoy the next one more. I won’t read the whole thing though if I can’t get into it early on, there’s only so much time in the world! How did you think Glass Sword compared to Red Queen?