Cruel Crown

By Victoria Aveyard

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

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

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.


So these two novellas have also been sold independently under their own names. This book just binds them both under one title.

I agree with pretty much everyone who’s read both: Queen Song is way better than Steel Scars. Steel Scars was pretty boring, full of way too much military jargon. But I felt like Queen Song was underdeveloped. It could have been so much more. Case in point, when you view both books together, Steel Scars is longer than Queen Song.

Queen Song:

Loved hearing the story of Queen Coriane, who she was, her relationship with the King, and how she died. Also, this novella featured a gay character in a prominent position which I thought was awesome. I wish it had been longer and shown the development of the relationship between Coriane and her King a bit more.

Steel Scars:

This is Farley’s story. So while I got a better look at who Farley is and you also get more Shade in this book, I’m not sure it was necessary to the Red Queen series.

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