Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis

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.

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Review

We will rise red as the dawn

Glass sword picked up where Red Queen  left of Mare and Cal  are now  the Most Wanted Fugitives in the kingdom. One considered a trator to the crown, a murderer and the other considered a witch who  bewitched him. 

One of the highlights coming from the end of Red Queen  that follow through into the Glass Sword is the realisation that she is not alone. That her world is full of people like her.
Throughout the book we see Mare continue to try and save the other newbloods however it does not always turn out the way she planned. Especially  when Malven is hunting the same people, using the same list .   But is he hunting the newbloods or setting a trap for  Mare?

The time spent with the Silvers molded her into something entirely unique. Not just her abilities, but her mentality. At her core she remains the heroine. But the time she has spent with the silvers and the things that have happened have hd a major effect on her. Shackled by guilt, and haunted by memories. She is loosing herself in a abyss of heartache and  fear.

We also see a very different side to Cal. Gone is the prince and left is
a boy with nightmares, a thirst for revenge and endless loneliness.

Romance is certainly not the focus of this story. What was there in the firstbook is left in taters. With Maven not being physically present for most of the story, that leaves us with Mare and Cal and to say that their relationship is complicated would be the understatement.

Glass Sword is the dark twisted sequal to Red Queen, that will leave your mouth on the ground and dieing  to know what happens next.

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles #1) by Maria Turtschaninoff

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Synopsis

Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she knows it is real. She is safe.

Then one day Jai tangled fair hair, clothes stiff with dirt, scars on her back arrives on a ship. She has fled to the island to escape terrible danger and unimaginable cruelty. And the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her.

Now the women and girls of the Red Abbey must use all their powers and ancient knowledge to combat the forces that wish to destroy them. And Maresi, haunted by her own nightmares, must confront her very deepest, darkest fears.

A story of friendship and survival, magic and wonder, beauty and terror, Maresi will grip you and hold you spellbound.

Review

I have to admit that Maresi  for me was an impulse buy it was brought on purely on the what the cover look like

I enjoyed the overall story and the fact the focus and message was about women being strong,independent and in control. I also like the gact  that the characters were not wanting for a man to save them. They save themself.

Welcome to the Red Abbey, a sanctuary built by 8 women, sisters fleeing from persecution far away from a world where education is awarded only to men, and where their fate is not theirs to master.

Any new novice coming to the Red Abbey, will not only be granted protection, but will also share into the teachings of an ancient and sacred magic now long lost to the world of man.

Abby is an island Oasis for women. Women from all over cometo the Abby some for saftey and some come to learn skills to take back to there homes.

The island holds its own secrets.
Whenever a man set foot on the island bad things seem to happen and it’s very rarely that they do, as the knowlage of the island has spread.

If you are looking for a story about mystery, secrets and  strong women. This is the book for you