Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Published: January 5th 2016 by HarperTeen
This consists of two short stories set before Red Queen, blurb taken from Goodreads:
Two women on either side of the Silver and Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.
Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.
“There is nothing so terrible as a story untold.”
In the Red Queen, there is just a brief mention of Queen Coriane and in Queen Song we get basically her whole life in a few pages. I enjoyed reading about her and the psychological war she was in and for the most part didn’t even realize she was in one. You can really tell the toll everything is having on her by her diary entries. Coriane starts off annoyed at her father and aunt and afraid of being left behind by her brother. When she wins the princes heart, we see that she feels that she isn’t worthy of being loved by him.
“He was the prince. the future king. And she was no one at all, a limp excuse for a Silver daughter of a High House.”
After she becomes queen, she quickly deteriorates into paranoia and fear until she can no longer handle it. In the end, you get a sense of just how dangerous Elara (being a whisperer and all) is and what we might expect to see in Glass Sword.
For the most part I enjoyed this story. It was kind of depressing though to see this woman being brought down just for political gain.
I give Queen Song 4 out of 5 stars.
“We all have scars and ghosts of our own. Some drove us to the Scarlet Guard, and some were because of it. I know the sting of both.”
In Steel Cars we finally get to understand Farley a little bit more. I thought there was going to be a lot of action and Farley being just as hardcore as she was in Red Queen. But sadly, we only get a tiny bit of it, not enough to warrant a short story.
The main point that I took from this story is that Farley tries really hard to get her fathers approval, and it is just not happening. Something happened that led to them both joining the Scarlet Guard, but we never find out what that something was.
I didn’t like all of the narrative reports between Farley, Colonial, and Command. It just took much time to decipher and didn’t really help all that much. I just started skimming at that point and got the gist of what they were saying.
The only aspect that I enjoyed was meeting Shade, and then coming full circle with Mare enlisting into the Scarlet Guard.
I give Steel Cars 2 out of 5 stars.