This freaking sequel is so freaking epic. There was legit not one moment of rest. Not for the characters, and not for me. Basically, it starts off right after where Red Queen left off. Mare goes on a quest to find as many newbloods as she can to fight against Maven and his whole kingdom of Silvers. Here’s what I liked and didn’t like about Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Spoilers beyond this paragraph.
First of all, let’s talk Maven. Cal and Mare kept reminiscing about Maven and the person he used to, or was supposed to be, and was it just me? Or did everyone who read this book try to rip through the pages into their world and just shake some sense into them? FREAKIN’ MOVE ON DUDE! HE’S NOT HIM ANYMORE! However, I get why they would feel this way. I had a lining of hope for Maven to turn out un-evil, because no matter what he became, it was unbelievable how his personality changed so abruptly. When Maven told Mare he’d save her over and over, I thought it meant that he was doing all this to protect her, but apparently not. He just wants her as slave, or pet, or toy, or dog. That's sad, because I shipped MavenxMare more than CalxMare, because from the get go I felt like Cal's the typical prince that protagonists all end up falling in with.
Another unbelievable event in this book is Cal and Mare’s blossoming romance. As I mentioned in my review for Red Queen, I didn’t feel sparks between them. At all. Even the supposedly “romantic” moments didn’t send tingles up my spine. Again, I don’t know if it’s just me, but I didn’t feel any chemistry or true love between them. IMO their relationship has always been hovering around the surface of their connection, with no particular event to help them delve deeper into this love line. I—truth be told—think they’re just using each other for distraction. It’s either that, or the author just can’t write about love and stuff.
But for the Silent Stone, he [Cal] would be a blazing inferno, burning hotter and brighter than the sun. And I would be a storm. Instead, we’re reduced to our bones, to two teenagers grumbling in a cage.
And remember how Kilorn used to be Mare’s best friend? Keyword, used-to. In this book, Mare was just so annoyed with whatever he does. She doesn’t even believe him. Yeah, yeah, anyone can betray anyone. *Rolls eyes* I’ve never liked Kilorn or even for once shipped him with Mare, but I just find the sudden transition from “best friend ever” to “annoying sidekick” to be unrealistic. Mare said she was trying to protect Kilorn but he isn’t letting her do that. Last time I checked people were free to make their own choices.
Is she f*cking objectifying Kilorn and her brother now? How can she say this:
Who is he to question my orders? He’s no one. A fish boy with only good luck and my foolishness to protect him. Not like Shade, a teleporter, a newblood, a great man.
I liked Farley better in this book, and I know a lot of people ship Shade and Farley, which did come true, but I’m just like “meh” when it comes to them. I did predict that SHADExFARLEY would happen because Shade kept tagging at Farley’s side. I’m surprised they even have time amidst all the madness to realize that they love each other. I feel like I’m really skeptical when it comes to relationships in this series. For some reason. IS IT JUST ME?! Anyway, at that part when the gang just left Shade there getting beat up by some idk-what-Skullheads-or-somethin’! I felt like strangling them. Like … how can you do this to your brother, Mare? Abandon him for your mission? You’re crazy. If one is trying to be forcibly optimistic, one might argue that they believed in Shade enough to bail himself out of the situation. But Shade was freaking wounded. And he wasn’t in a situation where he could use his teleportation-newblood-skill! And you left him there to get beat up. What the heck?! He died later in the book to protect Mare from a Magnetron’s needle, so … yeah.
And let us applaud, for the debut, of Cameron—the most annoying newblood ever! She runs her mouth without thought, talk about shit, and is just too freakin’ annoying. Her ability—I must reluctantly admit—is awesome. She can shut down her enemies’ abilities and even kill them. I just hope it complements her pea-brain. I believe as the series progresses she might become good friends with Mare, because I picked up on how Mare described Cameron to be similar to herself.
Oh and Julian’s back. He’s the only character I truly liked in this book. Feels like he’s there for the sole purpose of guiding Mare back on track. (More about Mare later. Lots. Lots more. *fumes*) And yay! Sara is also saved, which means they have a healer to tend to their injuries at “newblood-camp”.
Queen Elara’s dead. This was unexpected, but I wasn’t surprised. Mare fried her nicely. I thought she would be the toughest one to take on, and would survive till the end of the series. Apparently not. It’s a good thing, but somehow I don’t feel exceptionally happy. To be honest, I don’t connect well with this particular book. I fangirled when I read ACOMAF and TWATD, but not this, maybe because it was difficult to empathize with Mare as she is now.
Jon was an interesting character and I look forward to seeing what he foresaw. I believe him. Imagine how hard it is for him to know everything, with nobody he could talk to. Nobody would understand him and he will be forever burdened by a sight of the future he never asked for. A powerful skill like his must suck up a lot of his life force. I was surprised Mare and her comrades never thought about considering things from his perspective. They just outright bashed him. It may be true that Mare will be under Maven’s control now (Yep. To save Cal and Kilorn), but surely Jon saw this future as well, and maybe he knew that it will end in greater good. So I’m keeping my mind open about him, for now.
NOW WE REACH THE JUICIEST PART—Mare’s gradual decay. All those betrayals, all those murders, and all those losses, must have taken a grave toll on her mental state. No doubt about it. I don’t know if it was the author’s intention (we will know in the last book) to turn her into a lone wolf who is to be feared by all. Maybe her “corruption” was only a phase the author wants to put her through so that she can grow to become much better. I know she is lonely, because she makes herself believe that she’s the person who cares the most about the Scarlet Guard and its cause (which tbh I find arrogant on her part), but she’s the frigging protagonist. She’s gotta’ be stronger than that. How can she slowly become like her enemy the Maven puny-face king? She’s just as dogmatic and biased as the bad guys. Silvers think silvers are the best; reds think reds are the best. WTH? Is there no centerline where everyone lives in equality? Why does one blood has to reign over the other? If reds are terrorizing the silvers so that they can avenge themselves, what differentiates them from the so-called “cold-hearted” silvers? This might change in book 3, and I hope it will, but for now, I’m not loving Mare’s newfound vengeance for all silvers, murdering silvers who were just obeying the king’s orders and finding justification in their deaths. I was sickened to the core by her actions. Couldn’t stop frowning. She’s drifting further away from love and good sense and drowning deeper and deeper into her own nightmares.
"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee." -Nietzsche
I also noticed how Mare noted that people were afraid of her through their body language. I find this really laughable. Why is everyone being afraid of her? Surely she has enough brains to know. It’s not because of her ability, but because of her temper, and her own warped sense of justice. She can control her powers but she can’t control her emotions. There is no need to be afraid of a friend, or a sister if you know she won’t hurt you. It’s like how Belle will never be afraid of the Beast, because no matter what happens, she knows the Beast will never hurt her. And in another universe, here goes Mare, threatening everyone with lightning sparks swivelling around her fingertips. Mare relies on her ability to get her shit done, which I don’t really like. She’s just terrorizing her people, waving her deadly ability around like a flag, shamelessly at that. Does she find solace in making people fear her?
Mare said she has grown stronger, but apparently she is still subject to the wrath of the Silent Stone. This may be a good thing. I like protagonists that make it against all odds, and since Mare will be mostly under the control of the stone and its effects, she’ll have to make it out of her pinch with her wits. Throughout the this book I noticed that she placed her life on the line of her lightning ability. Now that it’s stripped away and reduced her to nothing, I look forward to seeing her fight with her own strength as a normal red instead of relying entirely on her ability as a newblood. Hopefully her imprisonment serves to redeem her goodness and purity. If I wanted to read about a regular newblood, why isn’t Cameron, or Shade, or Ada the protagonist? MARE HAS TO BE DIFFERENT. I’M GIVING HER CHANCE. PLEASE WAKE UP, MARE. If you don’t, you’re gonna’ be the first name on my list of “Worst Protagonists Ever”.
Update #1 (19/1/2017)
EI$#@^AE%(@#)$*%!@#SD1#@!!!!!! KING'S CAGE'S TRAILER IS OUT AND I'M LOVING THE TWIST!!!!! MY SKEPTICISM OF MAVEN'S PREMIERE AS VILLAIN IN RED QUEEN PAID OFF! I THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY ME! APPARENTLY IT'S ALL PLANNED!!!!! MY HEART WON'T DETANGLE! Please make my picking up this series worthwhile! CAN'T WAIT!
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