Aveyard, Victoria; Cruel Crown
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: 5-Jan-2016
Date Finished: 16-Feb-2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Series: Red Queen (#0.1-0.2)
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Novella
ISBN: 9780062435347
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating:4 stars

“Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth ofNorta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.

Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

Queen Song
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.

Steel Scars
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. -Goodreads


NOTE: I did not read the except of Glass Sword because a full copy of the novel is currently sitting on my nightstand.

I’m going to preface this stating that I hardly remember anything about Red Queen’s plot and characters, all I do remember is that I liked it. So when I was starting this novella I was a bit confused. Queen Song, the first story in the novella, was very interesting. I enjoyed reading through the eyes of a marginalized, because of her limited ability, silver. Queen Coriane is an interesting character that offered greater insight into Cal.

As for Silver Scars, it was wonderful reading about the inside of the Scarlet Guard. I really like Slade, he seems pretty adorable in a soldiery kind of way. I couldn’t remember if Slade was “alive” in Red Queen, but I loved getting to know him.

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