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Glass Sword: Red Queen, Book 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lack of character development makes sequel a disappointment.

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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+
age 13+

Great book needs a few changes

.As I really enjoyed red queen I naturally wanted to read glass sword I found it very quick to action and got straight to the plot but it didn't include much character development and because there was quite a few new characters in this story we could of done with some more detail . Also mare in this book has changed a lot from red queen and her personality is completely different and pushes away quite a few of the main characters . Another thing was there was never a time to breath it was always straight on to another major thing in the story which could get annoying as u would want to process one thing before moving on . Moving on to the good things i enjoyed the ending very much but leaves you on a big cliff hanger so make sure u have the next book with u . It does get quite violent at some points and the description gets quite gruesome but its fine . I also enjoyed how mare improved some friendships but also put quite a few behind her but by the end of the story she is a completely different person but not in a good way which I didn't enjoy. Overall I think it is a good book and u should read it but it could've done with a few changes

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (39 ):

First-person stories rely on the protagonist evolving, just as sequels must balance action and plot, and on both counts this installment fails to live up to its predecessor. Mare, now fully aware of her powers, is extremely unlikable in this installment. She's egotistical, angry, and cruel, calling her best friend "nothing" and constantly ruminating about her superiority as the "lightning girl." She immaturely swings from suspicious to hateful to disappointed in everyone and lives by the oft-repeated motto, "Anyone can betray anyone."

While Mare's character development stalls with her constant self-aggrandizing mixed with bouts of insecurity and selfishness, the plot itself is quite thin for the 400-plus pages. It's basically a road-trip story of Mare, Scarlet Guard Captain Farley, and the rest of the crew going from place to place (they all have names, but there's no map to help readers figure out the layout of the kingdom) finding the newbloods with extraordinary abilities. The abilities read like one convenient way to get the band of misfits out of trouble, and except for a couple of standout characters, it's hard to keep track of all the newbloods. The romance continues to move at a glacial pace, and Cal emerges as one of the few characters to elicit empathy from readers. For a Big Bad villain, Mare's presence is barely felt, but at least the last 100 pages ramp up the action, proving the author's strength is closing a story with fireworks. Otherwise, readers will feel betrayed by this rushed and uninspired second book.

Book Details

  • Author: Victoria Aveyard
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Adventures , Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: February 9, 2016
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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