Cruel Crown (Red Queen Novella Series)

Cruel Crown (Red Queen Novella Series)

by Victoria Aveyard


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The #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Discover the truth of Norta's bloody past in this paperback bind-up of two novella-length prequels to #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series.

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: Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected—until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.

This paperback bind-up also includes an excerpt of the second book in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword.

And don’t miss Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection, featuring three brand-new novellas and other exclusive content, coming in April!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062435347
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Red Queen Series
Edition description: Novella
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 34,283
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. You can visit her online at

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Cruel Crown 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
shedevilmx88 More than 1 year ago
Cruel Crown consists of two Novella's that are prequels to Red Queen. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard is a novella that is a prequel to Red Queen that gives you the story of Cal's mother Coriane. I enjoyed getting the back story of Coriane and Elara. I honestly believe you could read this in the order published after Red Queen or as the prequel that it is and read it first. Does not ruin either story with the order you decide to read them in. I can't wait to read the next Novella Steel Scars. Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard is a novella that is a prequel to Red Queen that gives you the story of Farley. I enjoyed getting the back story but it was boring to read. I was disappointed and had to force myself to finish it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! A compilation of two short novellas. One about a royal silver an the other about the Scarlet Guard's captain. In Queen Song we get to find out more about Prince Cal's mother; Queen Coriane and her life as a Queen and mother in the palace. In Steel Scars, Captain Farley's life is explored. Filled with tragedy and heart break, this is another well written great read from Victoria Aveyard!
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
Overall, I felt that both of the novellas had their high points and their low points. Both slogged at times, and both had really great action, much like in RED QUEEN. I liked Queen Coriane’s story more, especially the ending. Victoria Aveyard has such a knack for creating great, interesting characters, and she really brought two of them to life with these novellas. If you’re a fan of the series, I would definitely recommend reading the novellas, as they give more context to the novels themselves.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
I Rated this Book 4-stars for the first 54-pages! This review is a big deal! I never reread a book! I've only reread children's books and The Bible. That's it! Never done it before, but this book has managed to squeeze a second chance out of me and for a couple of reasons. One: Because a second book was released- with higher accolades that the first. Secondly: There was a book issuing a backstory on a few of the characters. I expect a richer, more developed story and I expect a better carry-through. Will I get it? We shall see... Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard is a two story book. Listed as 0.1 and 0.2, these books are introductions to particular situations and characters. The first novella is Queen Song and the other is Steel Scars. Queen Song is the story of Queen Coriane, the first wife of King Tiberius Now since I've read Red Queen already, about a year ago, I already sorta remembered who to like and dislike- which is why I don't reread books! Anyway, because Queen Corianne wasn't in Red Queen, I didn't know her, but I guess this book gives explanation to Cal, or Crowned Prince Tiberius the 7th. His gentle nature, kindness and desire to be free of war unless necessary. This story was the best of the two and a half shared in this book. I wish it gave more into Cal's up-bringing and the integration of Queen Elara into the royal fold. That would have given this intro so much more meat to chew! And I probably would have hungered for the Red Queen read all over again. Sadly, it gave none of that. This book was partially successful in its release to me- only making me slightly regret purchasing it... *For the full Red Queen series review: ***Audiobook of Cruel Crown was from my collection while Red Queen and Glass Sword were from my personal library.
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
Actual rating - 2.5 Overall - It doesn't seem like there is really a point to reading this. If you are super invested in the Red Queen series then I guess you can get more background information on the characters. I guess it just seems like the characters Aveyard chose to write about weren't that important to me. Queen Song - This story started off very slow and uninteresting. Towards the end, it picked up. It was neat to get a peek into Coriane's life. Overall, the story was only decent. Steel Scars - Honestly, this story just bored the life out of me. I guess I'm just not interested in Farley like I'm supposed to be? It felt pointless and unnecessary.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book contains two novellas in the Red Queen series. I'll discuss them separately. Queen Song 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. 3 stars Steel Scars 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. 2 stars
Rattle-the-Pages More than 1 year ago
Queen Song Out of the two novellas in this book, Queen Song was definitely my favorite. I really enjoyed Coriane's backstory. Coriane is from House Jacos, which basically seems to be the laughing stock of the high houses. They're not well off and no one seems to take them seriously. When her uncle falls ill and dies, her father becomes the main guy (hehe I don't remember what the word was) of House Jacos and Coriane and her family are moved to court. After fleeing from a dinner where a whisper was invading her mind, Coriane runs into Prince Tibe in the garden. That is how their courtship starts. I loved reading about how Coriane and the Prince fall in love. It was really interesting to get into her mind. To see her spiral from the sweet girl who just wants to tinker around with mechanical things to the paranoid sounding Queen with relentless nightmares. I would have been really interested in having a deeper look into Coriane's past rather than Farley's because I found Coriane to be a lot more interesting. Steel Scars I feel like Steel Scars had the potential to be a really interesting, action packed story. But it kinda failed to be either of those things. Captain Farley is given her first mission without supervision. I'm not entirely sure what that mission was after reading it. I think that she is a bit off task during a lot of this story, disobeying orders. Seeing as she is on a mission and they have to run away from a group of Silvers at one point and several members of the group wind up dead, you would think that there would be some action going on in this story. But it somehow manages to focus more on the less exciting things and skim over things that I feel would be more exciting to read about. I felt like we should have seen more about her meeting with Mare rather than just her thinking about it afterward. But it was interesting to see her meeting Mare's brother! He was probably the best part of this story. Overall, I really don't think that this story adds to the overall Red Queen experience. Despite being with Farley on her mission, you're still pretty in the dark about everything. Queen Song was a much more interesting read. Getting to learn more about Cal's mother before her death was definitely a worthwhile read! I would have loved to know more about her!
AllisonMM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Queen Song but the other short story didn't capture my interest. I am excited for Glass Sword to come out.