Today I wrap up the GLASS SWORD blog tour for author Victoria Aveyard and HarperCollins. It has been a joy and an onor to not only participate in this, but to also be asked to organize and host it. RED QUEEN was one of my favorite books of last year, and if you haven’t yet started the series I highly suggest you do!
While you’re here, check out the other stops listed at the bottom of this post – and don’t forget to enter for the RED QUEEN prize pack as well!
About The Book
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Rating: 4.5 Birds
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?
Damn. I hope you’re sitting down when you start reading this one. I mean, why wouldn't you be? If you’re walking and reading that could be rather dangerous. And don’t get me started on the issues that would be involved in driving and reading…but I digress…seriously make sure you’re seated and prepared to be thrown right into the action when you open GLASS SWORD. Victoria Aveyard wastes no time, and picks up right where we left our band of Scarlet Guard solders and now outlaw Mare Barrow.
For my taste, there was a little too much action for the first chapter. Personally I like to be eased into my battle scenes, no matter how amazing they are.
First thing we do after we have our opening fight scene is journey off to an island called Tuck. I loved it’s name because according to where it’s located it’s “tucked” away. Get it? Eh? Eh? *elbows you in the side* Tuck is the base camp for the Scarlet Guard and their sympathizers. As you can imagine, it’s not exactly run by Mare, and they will butt heads with the Colonel – a Lakelander who is running things, in order to get done what it is they need to do.
And what is it they need to do you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked! They need to locate and save all the Newbloods – the people born Red with Silver abilities, before King Maven can kill them and wipe away the fact such a person ever existed. The fact that Maven’s desire to wipe Newbloods off the planet a little like Hitler did with the Jews not so long ago, and the fact the barracks on Tuck reminded me of a concentration camp (even though it’s where the good guys are) definitely had me seeing some parallels between real life and fiction.
I was wowed over and over again by Victoria Aveyard’s ability to shock me at every turn. Weather it was with a twist I didn’t see coming, or a character doing something I didn’t expect, GLASS SWORD keeps you on your toes, intrigued and desperate for that next page. I had to stop with 50 pages left, because I knew that it would soon be over and the wait for the third book in the series would begin. Ah, the sad yet wonderful life of a book lover, amiright?
I would compare GLASS SWORD to The X-Men, with all the new powers the Newbloods will bring and the battle scenes, it’s definitely has that vibe. Also to the final Twilight book BREAKING DAWN, in that you spend the better part of this book building an army and getting to know many Newbloods. I very much enjoyed it and can not wait to see where things go next!!
About The Author
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 atwww.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard
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