Cruel Crown

Title: Cruel Crown
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, a companion
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 5th, 2016 

Note: This post reviews a companion book in the Red Queen series. You may like to read at least the first book in the series, Red Queen, before reading this review so that you have a good understanding of the world Aveyard has created and the characters in it. 

Queen Song is about the Singer Queen, Coriane, who came before Elara. She meets Prince Tiberias and develops a friendship and eventually a romance with him. Coriane does not consider herself wise or powerful or beautiful, but Tiberias sees something in her that he loves and needs. When he chooses her as his bride, the people believe that she must have “sung” to him, using her persuasive powers to manipulate the Prince into loving her. But Coriane is not the manipulative kind, and rarely uses her powers on anyone, let alone the Prince. When Tiberias becomes king, and Coriane his queen, Elara uses her own mind powers to get into Coriane’s head, driving her mad. We watch the deterioration happen in her mind as Elara controls her to the point of death.

Steel Scars is parallel to the time frame of Red Queen, but instead of following Mare’s story, we follow Farley’s. We know Farley as the young captain of the Scarlet Guard, the group of Reds that resists the tyranny of the Silvers. This short story shows Farley as she tries to be a strong leader and prove herself to the Scarlet Guard. While she displays confidence and leadership throughout this series, we now see a more vulnerable side to her. I enjoyed seeing more of her relationship with Shade, Mare’s brother. In Steel Scars, Farley and Shade meet, become friends, and fall in love.

I am a fan of Red Queen, and I’m happy that Aveyard expanded on this world a bit more by giving us these two short stories.

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