Review | Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

I was hopeful, but I just can’t warm to this series. 3/5 stars.

glass sword by victoria aveyard book cover

The blurb: No blurb to avoid all spoilers for anyone wanting to start this series from the beginning. Click on the cover image for the Goodreads blurb, or you can visit my review of Book 1, Red Queen.

My take:

I’ve just re-read my review of Red Queen which was full of concerns, but also expressed hope that the sequel would improve on some of the first book’s weak spots. And it does. I think the plotting in Glass Sword is strong (the characters have a series of clearly-defined missions) and Aveyard introduces a couple of interesting new characters. The writing remain solid…and yet…any yet…

My issue with this book all stems from my problems with its first-person narrator. Using a first-person narrator is a gamble: if a reader connects with the character and their voice they’re likely to be hooked and have a great experience of the story; if they don’t then the writer loses them. And I didn’t connect with Mare, the first-person narrator of the whole series so far. At best, I’m indifferent to her. At worst, I find her stupid and tremendously selfish. And, as she’s our only narrator, the entire book becomes a long and dreary immersion in the thoughts of someone so self-centred that – at several points – they reduce the narrative to: “Me, me, me, la-di-dah, me, me me, oh and did I mention MEMEMEMEMEMEME”. And as I really don’t care for her or her suffering, I found myself skimming forward to get to the end asap.

At this point, I’m honestly not sure I’ll bother reading book 3.

Overall: If you read Red Queen and found yourself sympathizing with and rooting for Mare then you’ll probably enjoy Glass Sword. As I’ve said, the plot is solid and there are some likeable secondary characters. But, for me, these plus points were sadly over-shadowed by the increasingly dull and narcissistic voice of the narrator.


Claire Huston / Art and Soul
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27 thoughts on “Review | Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

  1. Having heard similar comments about Mare is what made me decide to remove this series from my TBR. I’m not the biggest fan of first-person narration anyway and she sounds really annoying! The covers are really gorgeous, though. I nearly did buy a physical copy of Red Queen a while ago just for that.

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  2. I still haven’t started this series but have heard mixed reviews. Which I suppose you could say about any book so I won’t read anything into it. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I will give it a shot – having low expectations can only help, right?

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    • Exactly. And I can see why it’s divided readers. The series has so much going for it. The second book is particularly strong in terms of plot and secondary characters. If the author had included one other viewpoint to give us a break I think it would have been an entirely different experience. And if, like many other readers, you have no problem with the main character, then you’re sure to love it.

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  4. Finally! Everything about the book was good except Mare. Bone Marrow! Love it! I kind of hope she stays locked up and Cal or Farley can take over!!!

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