The Glass Sword starts off right where the Red Queen finished, with Mare, Cal, Farley, and the rest of the scarlet guard escaping Maven and heading off to their 'hidden' headquarters. I hate to be so negative, but there really wasn't very much I liked about this sequel. My main peeve would have to be Mare's constant brooding over how 'evil' Maven is. I'm sorry, but even in the first book I did not find Maven to be that fearsome a character. I think the only person that can make me afraid of a fictional teenager is George R. R. Martin. The whole time, Maven just did what his mother told him to do. Now, if Mare had been expressing her loathing and terror over the Queen, that would be more understandable. She is a mind reader and a control freak. That's scary.
Secondly, I found the plot to be entirely predictable, from beginning to end. No surprises, even what happens at the end to Shade. I saw that coming a mile away.
I really felt no connection to any of the characters, even Mare. All she did was complain about the same stuff over and over. None of the characters were unique or memorable. The entire cast of Newbloods Aveyard introduced had absolutely zero page time. All of them were like shadows in the background-noticeable but not important. Even the relationship between Mare and Cal seems shallow and forced. I don't feel any type of attraction between the two of them even though there is supposed to be. I guess they have feelings for each other. Based off what, I have no clue. But if you hadn't have read the Red Queen, you'd never know.
I feel like Ms. Aveyard struggled because this is the second book in a series. Hopefully her next installment will redeem this one because it was just bad.