Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the colour 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
Alright I confess, I did not finish this book and I hate myself for it. The completion part of me loathes the fact I didn’t just grin and bear it but no, I’m not doing that to myself. I refuse to read a book that makes me roll my eyes this much.
I always feel like I am to blame for disliking a book. Am I not reading it properly? Am I too old? Do I not like the genre?
No, I have come to the belief that it is because I’ve suffered through this exact same plot a hundred times and I don’t want to torture myself again.
But I still thought I might be wrong to hate reading this book so much and so I turned to the internet and now can safely say I’ve read more reviews about this book than pages of the book. And I’m glad to say I’m not swimming alone.
Both the main character and the author seemed to have this idea stuck in their heads that they are bigger than they are.
Now that’s nothing against Victoria Aveyard, I do like the majority of her writing style. Aveyard has a twisted way with words that teeters on the edge of being over the top but mostly comes back to sensibility. But I feel like she’s trying too hard to make memorable lines and dramatic proses. It just leads to repetitive lines and ideas to the point of cringing. The writing definitely becomes eyerollingly bad at the end of most chapters. It’s of course about leaving a hook that brings the reader back for more, but that does not mean it needs to sound like Dun-dun-duun should be playing over it.
And Mare…I have SO many issues that I will cover at a later. But mainly she is so overpowered in this compared to the last book, it’s just annoying and lacks tension. At least in Red Queen we saw her train and gain some control over her power. Now she just can do EVERYTHING. And yet…
“I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin. I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin.”
~Okay calm there Kanye West
Where is the plot??
The reason I gave up on Glass Sword was because I found the characters essentially floating. Not going anywhere with the plot. Oh, they talk constantly about starting their quest i.e. the plot but it takes forever to get there.
I made it to Chapter eleven, annoyingly I’m pretty sure this is where the plot gets started but I honestly couldn’t continue with Mare and Cal and their inability to stop thinking with their dicks and NOT FOCUS ON THE PLOT.
God-Complex: Counter Point
In the last book I saw Mare as weak and passive. Now I just think she’s a bit simple. Despite being constantly (to the point of laughable behaviour) betrayed, she continues to be surprised, unable to change her own ways nor work out who’s actually trustworthy. Which would add tension if she wasn’t a God, and in the end, it just becomes exhausting.
Cal is a much more interesting character than Mare who he is a fool for following everywhere, given how badly she treats him. The pair of them need to have a respite conversation to talk out what’s happening between them, because I am sick of this ‘will they won’t they’ plot thread. Honestly just kiss because there is a war going on people!
“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
~WE KNOW! You won’t stop going on about it!
And everyone else I hate
I find the rest of the characters just as annoying. I think I’m just not invested in anything they do, they’re either too dumb or too serious like they are trying to audition for Batman.
I couldn’t get attached to any of them and I think that is down to the characters’ actions seemingly only there to serve the plot without any regards to their actual character traits or motivation.
Surprised to say I didn’t like this book. I found it predictable and its characters annoying. And hey maybe it does get better by the end, but I do not care. If it failed to grab me in eleven chapters, it’s not for me.