Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Victoria Aveyard

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

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?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“My enemies know me best. My family doesn’t know me at all.”

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) The book opens into the midst of a battle, right where book one left off. It’s easy to get sucked in. The duplicity from book one is causing pain and anger but mostly has an effect on the world around.

Mare has turned bitter about the turn her life has taken. She is thoughtless to others and makes rash decisions, sometimes with dire consequences. “It isn’t hard to let people die when their deaths give life to something else.” She values life less and less but feels the pain of each life lost more and more.

We get to know Cal quite a bit more in the book and I love his character. He’s strong and is in a precarious position with the Reds, but not wanted by the Silvers. I love the drama that this brings and you can hear the anguish in Cal and how it affects him. He doesn’t belong anywhere.

We are introduced to many more characters in this book and they bring many new abilities and personalities. It does have a few heartbreaking moments but is adventurous throughout.

A note for book 3; I’m not sure I will be able to get to book three very soon, so as a note, I do know that a main character is a lesbian (no details that I remember other than kissing and waking up in bed next to each other) and there is at least one sex scene between a man (18yo or so) and a young woman. Message me if you need more details and I will hopefully get to book 3, 4 soon.

Detailed Content Review



H***- 2


A**- 2

B****- 2

D***- 4

Bas****- 2

Religious Cursing





Derogatory terms etc-

Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A young man uses a syringe to put something in a young woman’s neck. She fights but becomes unconscious. 

A young man uses a syringe to put something in his neck. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

*No LGBTQ+ aspects included*  

A young woman kisses a man. 

A young woman and man sleep in the same bed. They are not intimate, but others spread rumors. They use the togetherness to help each other through nightmares, not sex. 

A man claims he’s getting plenty of exercise (he’s referring to sex.)

A man kisses a young woman. 

A woman is pregnant. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A young woman punches a man in the jaw and sends another into the wall, crushing him. 

There is a large battle. A man is shot in the arm and leg. Planes drop bombs. A plane crashes into many people. Shots are fired. 

A man holds a gun to two people. 

A man punches a young man. A young woman punches a young man. A man hits two guards over the head with a crutch and they fall unconscious. 

Three people fight, punching, and tackling. One squeezes a neck and shocks him with lightning. 

A young woman causes a cave to collapse crushing and killing 3 people. 

A man throws a man to the ground. 

A young woman electrocutes a man. He drops to the ground unconscious. More are shocked. 

A man throws a young woman into a wall, her head hitting hard. 

A young woman kicks unconscious men, breaking a nose. 

Using a device, a young man sends immense pain into a young woman. It’s so intense she asks him to kill her. It ends up giving her many scars and bursts blood vessels in her eye. 

A young woman finds a baby. It has been killed and is bloody. It is left as a threat and a message. It’s family has been killed also. 

A man is tortured. No details. 

Many people fight. 12 die. Some are burned, electrocuted, shot, some hit over the head, or had abilities used on them to cause death. Blood is sprayed on the wall. 

A young woman uses an ability to kill a man. He grabs his head and falls to the ground dead. Blood drips from his ears, mouth, nose. Many fight back and forth with abilities. They’re injured, burned and knocked unconscious. A man sends a sword through a woman’s neck, “spilling a fountain” of blood.  A man is stuck in the chest with a knife and falls dead instantly. 

**SPOILER** Using abilities, a group of people brings down a plane full of people. They’re screaming and feel death near. 

Many people fight. One holds a young woman by the throat, feet dangling. Many are unconscious. 

A young woman is taken captive and manacles and a collar hold her. 

Potentially Intense Themes

Dozens of naked bodies swing from the trees. Their faces are purple and bloated from their nooses. 

A teen is hanging from a noose, dead. 

A man is killed protecting another. His family and friends mourn.

A young woman holds up the head of a corpse as a victory. 

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