Cruel Crown (Red Queen #0.1, 0.2) by Victoria Aveyard
Two women on either side of the Silver and Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.
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.
This book contains two novellas in the Red Queen series. I'll discuss them separately.
This novella tells the love story of Coriane, Cal's mother, and King Tiberias, Cal's father. They were both lonely in their youth, and that connection brought them together. It was a sad story. Elara, the future queen, tormented Coriane with her mind reading, and Coriane didn't have the strength to overcome her fears. It was pretty sad.
This story was a little bit longer, but it was hard to follow. It chronicles Farley's involvement in the Scarlet Guard leading up to her interactions with Mare Barrow. Some of the story is told through SC communications, and the rest is told from Farley's point of view. The greater Scarlet Guard organization was fairly interesting, and I enjoyed reading about her and Shade. But ultimately, this story didn't really hold mine interest or strike me with anything that really added to the overall story of the world Aveyard has created.
My Rating: 3 stars
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