This story was really fun to read and was able to keep me entertained for a while. The character's battles, relationships, and past experiences made the character's actions and feelings understandable. I was able to easily understand and continue my journey with our protagonists with this fluid continuation of the Red Queen series.
The plot of this book was, in my opinion, quite similar to The Hunger Games and Shadow and Bone. All three books are set in a sort of dystopian society and have the same idea of fighting against a cruel, higher system. Glass Sword revolves around the social difference between those who are born with silver blood and those who are born with red blood. Silvers are the blessed, beautiful, and ability-wielding members of society who rule over the ability-less Reds.
Glass sword continues the story of Mare, a Red born with Silver powers, and her race against time to find others like her. After escaping the harsh world of the Silver's, Mare joins the rebellion against the Silvers called the Red Dawn. The book follows her as she travels through a world filled with betrayal, death, and loss as she searches for special people with powers like her.
I liked reading about Mare, the closed-off lightning-girl, and Cal, the outcast fire prince. Their relationship evolves and changes throughout the book as they help each other come to terms with an evil brother, guilt, and a sense of belonging. The characters share a special bond forged by the betrayal of Maven (Cal's power-hungry brother), who they both loved. Although Mare and Cal can seem cold to each other at times, at the end of the day, they care for each other.
The story focused on the changes that the characters go through and how their past experiences affect their decisions and personality. The book talks a lot about trauma and how deeply it affected our main characters. For instance, Mare changes from her past self to a person who trusts almost no one, not even her own brother. However, she still longs for the sense of familiarity and comfort that she can no longer find in her new life. These details help create a realistic world with characters that seem like real people and made me understand and empathize with their decisions a little more.
All in all, Glass Sword was a really fun book to read. I usually get bored of a book series or read it too quickly, but with this series, I find that it included a perfect mix of action, emotion, and a touch of magic to keep me hooked.