Glass Sword

Glass Sword

eBook - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:

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?

And don't miss Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection, featuring three brand-new novellas and other exclusive content, coming in April!

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062310682
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file,rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 17, 2021

Although Mare Barrow's blood is red, she possesses the powers of a Silver, the ability to manipulate lightning. This has turned her into a weapon, and as she makes her escape from Prince Maven, the friend who betrayed her, she uncovers alarming news. Now, Mare embarks on a journey to seek and recruit other fighters like her to join the standoff against the nobility. One aspect that I didn’t like about this book is that there were some parts where I felt like it was dragged on. Although Glass Sword wasn’t as great as the first book, it was intriguing to read and see what Mare’s plan was to recruit people on her side as well as Maven’s plan on how to get Mare back. Despite how I didn’t like Glass Sword as much as Red Queen, I would recommend for readers to read this sequel as you get to see all of the characters develop since they all change drastically leading you to see new sides to them.

Feb 17, 2021

Overall, I must say this book was captivating in many aspects. The plot is interesting, the characters are unique, and the writing strategy is intricate. There is one huge problem though, and that is the slow pace of the plot. The book moved at such a lazy and slow pace that it is almost tedious to continue it during the middle. {Spoiler warning} There were about 10 chapters of Mare and the others trying to recruit Newbloods, which is way too much. I like the detailed writing but it was would amazing if the mood and atmosphere were more exciting and quick.

Jul 18, 2020

Though Mare Barrow’s blood is red, she can control lightning. She thought she was the only one but soon realizes there are more like her. Previously, she joined the Scarlet Guard and she uses their help to find others like her before the king hunts them down.

In this fast-paced sequel, the tables turn. This is great for anyone looking for an adventurous book

Nov 10, 2019

Red Queen series book 2

lgmosher Oct 10, 2019

Its... better. Defiantly better than the first.

Mare was understandable and the things she said and the way she did things makes sense because of what happened to her.

Thankfully it wasn't as predictable as the first one was, though there was some... but it heightened the story and didn't tante it like the first book.

Overall happy with this one and ready for the next one.

Though Aveyard tends to repeat the same information over and over when there is no need for it. Once or twice.... sure, but four times in the span of three chapters. Its a little unnecessary.

Jun 28, 2019

in this part of the trilogy I feel that you get that sense of she isn't alone and can actually win the war with maven and that people like mare are willing to help

this book is for 10 and above

ArapahoeChristineS Jun 27, 2019

The second book in the series was a little better than the first, but I can't quite get into it. A lot is going on, but nothing's really happening. I don't feel invested in the main character/s. I know that many people really enjoy this series, it has excellent reviews which is what made me try it, but I feel like I know how everything is going to shake out, so I'm calling it a day and won't finish the series.

Feb 04, 2019

While this book certainly isn't as good as the first one (like most books), I still really enjoyed it. It was a change of pace from the story basically being Mare stuck in a palace all day. While I know lots of people enjoy the sort of book that's like a dark political fantasy, I just don't enjoy books full of courts and castles and just descriptions of dinner parties and lessons and all that. I prefer a book full of action and intrigue. One thing I LOVED about this book is the character of Cameron. She is my favorite character through the whole series, especially since she seems like the only character who really has a proper moral code. All of the other Newbloods just blindly followed Mare, even though it led to the deaths of many of them. Cameron was the only one who actually announced that Mare was basically just creating another blood division, and she had to be forced to work with Mare and the Newbloods at first, because she realized that what they were doing was wrong! It seems like NOBODY even paused to consider the consequences of singling out the Newbloods, not even Reds like Farley or Kilorn. Also, Cameron's power is just plain awesome. However, the plot is not the most intriguing one. It basically seemed like, "We have to collect all the Newbloods, and that's pretty much all we're planning on doing!"

Jan 22, 2019

Librarian Reads Challenge 2019

Jan 17, 2019

I DNF'ed it, halfway through. I tried, you guys, but it was so whiny, dragged on and on, and the stakes were...well, I couldn't be brought to care about the main characters.

Everything I loved about the first book (realistic class struggle, court intrigue, grey morality and no good choices, steamy romance) was just not here. Instead, Mare complained about (and to) everyone. She is especially mean to Killorn for no good reason. She also claims to love her brother but spends basically no time interacting with him at all. And although she's supposed to have some sort of leadership role, she doesn't even try for strategy. Or communicating (so much contradictory language- saying one thing, and two paragraphs later saying its antithesis, and not even realizing it...which makes me think maybe Aveyard wrote this too quickly to catch those inconsistencies?).

I just couldn't take Mare anymore. That, and knowing the New Bloods were basically expendables. Sad trombone.

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Feb 05, 2018

"Maven lies as easily as he breathes, and his mother holds his leash but not his heart."

Feb 05, 2018

"Don't lie to a liar, and Maven is the grandest liar of all."

Feb 05, 2018

"Anyone, anything can betray anyone. Even your own heart."

Feb 05, 2018

"Trust no one."

hannah_85 Mar 21, 2017

"If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and l feel myself beginning to shatter"

Jul 28, 2016

“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

Jun 11, 2016

"We can't chose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could."
-Page 255

Jun 11, 2016

"Before I thank any one person, I would like to thank the leftover pizza I'm currently eating. It's really good."

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Aug 18, 2019

Ravindersidhu thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Aug 03, 2019

Idun791_44 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Apr 12, 2018

ERICA SUN thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Feb 05, 2018

silverwolf_0721 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Nov 26, 2017

foxface thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Oct 08, 2016

black_pony_62 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Apr 04, 2016

black_bear_515 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


Add Notices
Oct 10, 2017

Coarse Language: 3 of damned, b*tch 2 of hell 1 of bastard


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at the Library

To Top