Book Reviews

Mini-Reviews: QUEEN SONG & STEEL SCARS

Titles: QUEEN SONG and STEEL SCARS
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, #0.1 and #0.2, respectively
Genre: Young Adult – Epic Fantasy, Dystopian, Novella
Publication Information: HarperTeen, 2015 and 2016, respectively
Rating: 4 Stars and 3 Stars, respectively
Recommended For: Fans of the Red Queen series.
Watch Out For: Violence

QSQueen 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.

(Summary from Goodreads)

This was my favorite of the two novellas because I liked reading more about the inner workings of the Nortan court, plus Coriane seemed like a genuinely lovely person who met an unfortunate end. This one was also particularly interesting because of the insight it gives us into Elara’s character, and Elara is my queen, so. (Idk, what does that say about me?)

SSFarley 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.

(Summary from Goodreads)

I actually could’ve just read an entire book about Farley infiltrating Norta because that part was interesting. I didn’t connect with her as much as I did with Coriane, but it was nice to get a look at how the Scarlet Guard came to be such a force in Norta and to learn about its inner workings.

TL;DR: You don’t have to read these novellas to follow the story in the main books, but it does add an extra layer to some of the character motivations if you do read them.

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