Cruel Crown | Victoria Aveyard | Published April 2016
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Discover the truth of Norta's bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.
Queen Song: 4/5 stars
Small Scars: 2/5 stars
The thing I love about reading series novellas is that we get a bigger insight into things that might have just been mentioned in passing. There's a chance to learn about things that happened before the books begin and we can get to know characters better.
Queen Song was one of those novellas. I absolutely loved meeting Queen Coriane, the mother of Cal, and reading about her romantic journey with Tibe. Their romance was sweet and it also gave us an extra perspective of what it's like to grow up with silver blood. Being silver doesn't automatically mean you are extremely wealthy and it was interesting to see Coriane's struggle with not fitting in. The plot itself is quite simple but still extremely engaging and I really enjoyed reading it.
Unfortunately Small Scars just couldn't compare. It was boring and had none of the charm that Queen Song was so abundant in. For a story that had more action it really failed to keep me interested. The coded messages between the Scarlet Guard were difficult to interpret and didn't add anything other than confusion. I ended up skipping them. The only interesting moments were with Shade Barrow but there weren't enough of them to really lift the level of disappointment.