Cruel Crown by Victoria AveyardCruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown

byVictoria Aveyard

Paperback | January 5, 2016

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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
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.

Victoria Aveyard was raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. Red Queen is her first novel.
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Title:Cruel CrownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062435345

ISBN - 13:9780062435347

Customer Reviews of Cruel Crown


Rated 4 out of 5 by from great for fans really nice addition to the series. recommended if youre a hardcore fan
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great for fans really nice addition to the series. recommended if youre a hardcore fan
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes Beautiful, definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes Very pleased with this read
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love red queen? read these! pretty aight short stories that build a better understanding of this red queen universe. read if youre a fan and really invested in this series
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I enjoyed the Queens short story more then Farley's, it showed some traits that Cal got from his mom and showed how tragic her story was. It showed another side of Cal's dad as well and makes me think if he married for love maybe Cal will as well. The short story on Farley was sort of boring, it did explain a lot of things and connect some dots it just wasn't very entertaining.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent I have to say these short stories were both pretty good. I enjoyed Queen Song more because it was great learning about Cal's mother...but I just wish there would have been more about her marriage and how being King changed Tibe...and more just in general about her adult life once they were married. I did enjoy the ending and how dark it felt. Steel Scars was alright, I wouldn't say it was fantastic... the story of Farley really only had me interested in the character of Shade.... I think I would have preferred a story more about his discovery of his powers... and from there how he became the awesome character we saw in the first two books! I can't wait to pick up Kings Cage and find out more about my favourite characters !!!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I didn't think these novellas were as good as the books. You definitely have to read the books, or you won't be invested in the characters at all. As a supplemental to the series, which is pretty good for its genre, these are okay.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This collection of novellas really adds to the Red Queen universe, and I really enjoyed reading about characters that we don't really get to know in the books.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Just as action packed and great as the previous books in this series!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Short Stories While Steel Scars was a good story, the gem in this collection is most definitely Queen Song. It's rare that a novella will bring forward tears, but this one certainly did. Definitely worth investing in this collection if you enjoyed the first book.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES Makes me hate Elara so much more!
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting! nice addition to the series! A must-read for fans!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointing Read... I picked up Cruel Crown immediately after reading Red Queen because I was so obsessed with the story line of Red Queen. I was really looking forward to learning more about Captain Farley and Coriane, but I was completely disappointed. I'm not sure if it was because I was expecting something entirely different with the story or because Red Queen was just such a good read that it caused me to put Cruel Crown up on a pedestal before even reading it. I was unable to finish the book entirely, it was just taking me too long to get through it because I had no interest in it. Hopefully in the future I am able to give it another chance.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Coriane is one of my new favourite characters!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK... Wasn't too bad, but it still took a longer time than I had expected to finish it. Nothing too memorable though.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from was ok wasn't bad but not as good as the first
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh... It only took me so long to read this book because I took a month long vacation and kept forgetting to read. With that being said, I don't know how much I liked this book. I wonder if I read consecutively if it would have changed my view on it. Because I found this book rather long! This book is about Mare Barrow on the run from Maven her ex betrothed. She is on the run with Cal, the ex future king. Cal is an outcast just as Mare is. Maven wants both their heads on a platter. Mare wants to find people like her kind. Not Silver and Not Red. This was a long process. Each person she tracks down, she prays that she finds them first before Maven does and executes them. There is some sort of love battle between Mare and Cal which I quite don't understand, but it's okay because they don't understand it either. That's basically it. The majority of the book is Mare searching for people. It reminded me of Breaking Dawn where they were recruiting people for the final battle. It was a really long and droll process. Would I read the next one? Probably. Let's hope it is better than this one!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Love the whole series, liked the prequel, helps understand, but not necessary.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what i expected. As a fan of Victoria aveyard i was excited to pick up this installment of her Red Queen series. I enjoyed Queen Song well enough but i was dissapointed by Steel Scars.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked the writing This is the physical bind-up of the prequel novellas QUEEN SONG and STEEL SCARS. Review of QUEEN SONG: Victoria Aveyard’s writing is superb in this prequel novella to Red Queen. Queen Song tells the backstory of Queen Coriane, from her life before the Royal Court to her friendship with the crown prince as well as the heartache and despair that comes with being a Silver daughter. Although the writing was strong, the main character was not. I think Coriane’s personality didn’t fully get across to me and her troubles came across as a pity party. She seemed like she’d make a great mechanic or engineer and a big reader, but she doesn’t really fight for those things. As well, she talks about these things, but we don’t really see her doing them. It should be show, don’t tell. She also observes and thinks about the Reds and the Silvers. I did like that and I felt like she could’ve made strong strides as the Queen. She acknowledges that the Reds have it so much worse than the Silvers, but the focus remains on what the Silvers can’t do (like fight cancer or death). The irony is that she’s told multiple times to get a backbone and is written as weak and underwhelming. I read Red Queen over a year ago so I don’t remember every skill/talent that the Silver houses are known for, never mind remember what a Singer can do. I wish the author had mentioned Coriane’s ability earlier (rather than near the end) and maybe explained it a bit more. I was actually starting to think Coriane didn’t even have one. Elara’s ability was mentioned earlier and in greater detail. Maybe my main issue was that, I the reader know the fate of this character, having read Red Queen and wished for a character who fights up until the last moment, despite their fate. Coriane did act but it didn’t feel significant. It seemed to place her deeper into the hole. If you liked the Red Queen series or want to read about the backstory of this character, this is a quick read – just don’t expect a great YA heroine. Review of STEEL SCARS: In this prequel novella to RED QUEEN, STEEL SCARS tells the story of Farley, a secondary character from RQ & a captain of the Scarlet Guard – a group rebelling against the Silvers in power. I absolutely loved this book! Farley is a fantastic character and I wouldn’t mind reading a full-length novel in her POV. I also wouldn’t have minded if RQ had been told in Farley’s POV instead of Mare’s. Obviously it wouldn’t have been called RQ, but it’d be way more entertaining (to me). I think I like Farley a bit more than Mare because she isn’t a special snowflake. She’s worked very hard to get where she is and her strength is human. I don’t mind characters who end being a special snowflake – I mean, who doesn’t imagine themselves as heir to the throne or having magic powers or finally getting their Hogwarts letter. However, I don’t always like it when everything about the protagonist is self-made, human strength and then suddenly we find out they’re a special snowflake & everything that made them human is left in the dust. It’s easier to identify with a character if their strength seems somewhat realistic & obtainable to us. I also loved the behind the scenes feel we got from this. Reading decoded messages sent to and from Farley was great (although sometimes hard to read). Overall, it was really exciting! We also saw a bit of Shade Barrow, Mare’s brother and I loved the chemistry between him and Farley. Another reason why a full-length novel in Farley’s POV would have been great. Something I did dislike about the novella, it was one big book, no parts or chapters to separate it. It made it hard to decide when and where would be a good place to pause. Sure, I can bookmark it at the beginning of the page but it seemed like pausing in the middle of the action. I find you don’t need to read Queen Song to read this but you should read Red Queen beforehand – you’ll understand things a bit more.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice prequel I liked this enough but theres really not much to it. Don't expect too much from it and you won't be disappointed
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting to see other perspectives. It is short and easy to read. Gives backstory on the main series
Date published: 2016-11-03

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating world building... Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.”