Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

I was looking over old reviews that I had which haven’t been posted yet and I can’t believe that the Red Queen series was still sitting backlogged for me.

So I figured nows a better time than ever to share my thoughts on the rest of the series.

NOTE: If you have not read Red Queen there will be spoilers. The review for Glass Sword is spoiler free, as always.

Check out my review for Red Queen here: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Book Review

I’m also sorry for the old formatting, Red Queen was one of my first reviews.

Happy Reading!

Glass Sword

Victoria Aveyard

3 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

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?

There will be a reckoning. They will suffer for this.


I feel like this book didn’t really live up to the first one. In Red Queen, it was all revelations and had me on the end of my seat whether Mare was going to be caught or not and then she was exposed and Maven and just everything that happened! Then we get to book 2 where most of the book nothing really happens. The first half of the book I just felt like it was them running away and then even after they are “safe”, nothing really happens. There was one major event that took place at the end of the book, and felt like it was there for the cliffhanger. While I do feel like some of these developments were completely necessary to further the story, I wish we would have gotten more from the second half of the book.

While there was little plot development in this book, there was a whole bunch of character development. First, Mare’s character really annoyed me with this book. I honestly felt like she was on a high horse throughout this whole book, that only the really bad things happened to her. Now, there were times where it didn’t come off this way but most of the book it did. I don’t know if it’s because it’s told from her point of view but I am hoping that her personality changes a little more in the next book. I was really happy with the introduction of all the new characters while getting to know some of the older ones more. We definitely get more of Cal’s personality along with Farley and Kilorn. The influx of new characters though were perfect for the story. This is what really made the book shine. I can’t wait to see what more they are capable of with the new turn of events that will happen in the next book.


Overall, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard fell a little short to its predecessor. A lot of the story felt unprogressed even though there was a lot of action. Even though there wasn’t a lot of movement forward in this novel until the very end, some parts were definitely necessary. While I felt like the story didn’t progress as much as I was expecting it to, there was a lot of character growth. I am hoping that Mare improves because I had a lot of issues with her this book. Along with the character growth, we were introduced to a lot of new characters whom I love. They were a fantastic addition to this series and I can’t wait to have more of them. I recommend this book to those who are looking forward to continuing the series. Even though this was slower than the first book, it does have some very large necessary parts.

Audio Review

NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

I physically read the first book but opted to do the audio for this one. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it was done. Each character sounded how I imagined them when I read the novel. I do wish that there was little bit more emotion during the narrative sections though. However, I would recommend the audio and I will probably do a mix of physical and audio read for the rest of the series.

Metal is forged in flame, not the other way around. He would have lived and ruled.

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