Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Posted January 24, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria AveyardCruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 208
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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.
Plus a Glass Sword sneak peek!
An exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword, transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

Title: Cruel Crown
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen (0.1 and 0.2)
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Pages: 208
Published By: HarperTeen on January 5, 2015

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Two women on either side of the Silver-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.


Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.


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.


(Summary taken from Goodreads)

I will never leave this place, she wrote. These golden walls will be my tomb.”

“There was the usual twinge of disbelief. How could servants create such beauty and still be considered inferior? They are capable of wonders different from our own.”

“The Lakelands are only one spoke of the wheel, on nation in a continent of many. A rebellion contained to its borders would eventually fail, stamped out by the other nations of the continent. But something bigger, a wave across two kingdoms, another foundation to explode beneath the Silvers’ cursed feet – that has a chance. And a chance is all I require to do what I must.”

“Because the war is not a war at all.

It is an extermination.”

If you’re stuck waiting for Glass Sword and don’t know what to do with yourself, then Cruel Crown is exactly what you need. Two immensely different narrators tell their stories, and each story winds  up leaving you with immensely different emotions. Cruel Crown is pure excellence in novella form.


Queen Song


If you’ve read Red Queen, then you know exactly where this story is before you even start reading. That doesn’t mean, however, that this story won’t break your heart. Right from the beginning, I was hooked. I had wondered what Coraine would have been like while reading Red Queen, and the actual story was even more heart wrenching. You see how Coraine grew up on the brink of losing everything, was pulled into a life she never wanted, and spent her days fretting over whether her mind was truly her own. Not only that, but Queen Song reveals one particular connection between Coraine and her son, Cal, that will send readers to tears. I had to shut the book and walk away for a few minutes just to calm myself down. That’s powerful. While this story is in no way a lighthearted read, Queen Song explains important details of the past that impact what occurred in Red Queen, all while tearing readers’ hearts out and stomping on them…repeatedly.


Steel Scars


If Queen Song is the tale that rips your heart out, then Steel Scars is the one that jams it back into your chest and empowers you to keep moving forward. I wasn’t a huge fan of Farley in Red Queen, although she did grow on me throughout the story. But by the end of Steel Scars, I was hooked. Steel Scars brings Farley, and her motivations, to life. You learn about her history, and pieces of her character make even more sense when you can see how far she’s come and what she’s been through. Beyond Farley, you also form connections with other characters brought up in Red Queen. In particular, there’s a certain Red soldier with some special abilities that absolutely stole my heart. While Steel Scars did take me a few pages to really get into, once I was absorbed into Farley’s world, I was there to stay. I cannot wait to see where Glass Sword takes Farley and Co., even if I am incredibly nervous about what could happen.


Overall, Cruel Crown expertly tells two tales from opposing sides at differing times. Including a the first four chapters of Glass Sword within the novella only made things better. I was so impressed with Victoria Aveyard’s writing, and am now eagerly awaiting February 9, when I can finally get my hands on Glass Sword.


Also, make sure you check out Maria’s review of Glass Sword right here!


Let’s talk about it!
Have you read Cruel Crown? What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy one story more than the other? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
 
 
five-stars
Emily
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