Glass Sword, picks up right where it’s predecessor Red Queen left off. Our heroine Mare Barrow, lives in a world where the colour of your blood determines your status. People with red blood, like Mare, live in poverty and harsh conditions. People with silver blood on the other hand, live in excessive luxury. They don’t have to fight in the war, while the Reds get conscripted when they come of age. However, the main reason why the Silvers believe that they are above the Reds, is the fact that they are born with powerful, supernatural abilities. The Silver Queen Elara, for example, is able to control people’s actions, while her son Maven is able to manipulate fire. The world accepts this power unbalance unquestioningly, until the discovery of Mare. Mare has red blood, but posses Silver-like powers. She can create and manipulate lightning, which, in the eyes of the ruling Silver class, is detrimental to the social order that they’ve worked so hard to create. While on the run from the Silver crown, Mare discovers that there are others like her, more people with red blood and Silver abilities. So, she enlists the help of The Scarlet Guard, a rebel group who aims to overthrow the Silvers, to find and protect these “newbloods,” as they have come to be known.
What I enjoy most about this series, is the world that it takes place in. The Kingdom of Norta is described so well, that it’s very easy to picture it in your mind. Aveyard also narrates the story in a beautiful way, with lots of great imagery and smart dialogue.
Glass Sword quite similar to a lot of other YA books that are on the market right now, so if you are a fan of them, I’d definitely recommend giving the Red Queen series a shot.