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A stunning new chapter in the Red Queen saga, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard picks up smack in the middle of the action where book 1 left off — and whisks readers on a thrilling, emotional ride that continues right up to the very last word.
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 is no so-called “middle book syndrome” at work here, folks. Glass Sword is just as captivating and pulse-pounding as Red Queen — offering a deeper look at the characters, the world, and the stakes — both political and emotional. There are so many nuances, and these little details are what makes Glass Sword so special. The line between good and bad isn’t always clear. Mare’s role in the rebellion isn’t certain or clear, and she struggles constantly with who she is, what she wants, and where she fits in. Her flaws make her a more compelling character, and the choices she makes in Glass Sword help set this book apart from other fantasies and anti-establishment rebellion stories.
Aveyard’s writing is on point, lending the book a feeling of enormity. Her words, and the vastness of the world she has created, lend the book a feeling that is cinematic in scope. Even the smallest, quietest moments in Glass Sword are wrought with tension — the emotions of her characters (and by proxy, her readers) are kept precariously balanced on a fine thread. It’s the kind of tension that has you holding your breath while you read; a quiet, thrilling exhilaration.
If you haven’t yet discovered the Red Queen series, now is the time to jump on that bandwagon — because these books do not disappoint. Glass Sword is a triumph; filled with treachery, treason, and agonizing romance, it will leave readers aching for the next installment. Look for it in stores tomorrow.
Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.
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