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?
Why I liked it: I loved The Red Queen, the first book in this series and couldn't wait to read the Glass Sword; it didn't disappoint. It was just as packed with action and twists in the plot. Mare still can't be certain who she can trust. Her relationships with family and friends are strained by her quest to find others with powers like herself, and her own motives are questioned as innocent lives are lost. Some events at the end of the book seemed a bit rushed and I had to reread to make sure I caught everything. The ending scene also seemed incredibly abrupt until I realized there was a third book in the series.
Classroom application: Like The Red Queen, this novel would appealing to middle school and high schoolers, male and female students. If you have students that couldn't get enough of series like The Hunger Games or Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, hand them this book to get them started on another great series. The novel could be used as a choice in studying the genre of fantasy or in a comparison of dystopian worlds.
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