The first in the series, this book was a good read. The world building and character backgrounds start out solidly in this book, the characters develop well, albeit on slightly predictable lines, and the story is well paced and ends on a cliff hanger.
For me, it all fell apart in Glass Sword. The pace felt rushed, the tension was constantly high (which I don't enjoy unless it is a psychological thriller, which this is not), and the character development was lacking in many directions-what there was was slightly unsatisfactory. I'm not a fan of taking an underdog protagonist and turning him or her into an anti-hero figure. Overall, in the second book I don't feel the story was as compelling as Red Queen. I am ultimately withholding judgment until King's Cage is released; there is always hope that it will turn around in the third book.