Queen Song starts of rather slow, but since it had been a while since I read Red Queen and haven’t yet been able to read Glass Sword, I didn’t mind as it allowed me to recall the world Aveyard has created. However, as soon as Coriane and “Prince Tibe” met, I was hooked, and I loved reading this story. There were no real action scenes but I enjoyed reading the background and just being back in this world.
Steel Scars surprised me because it had Shade Barrow in it as a character, which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately Farley herself captivated me a little less, which was a bit of a shame because I really enjoyed her character in Red Queen.
All in all, I enjoyed reading Cruel Crown, especially the first novella.
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.