Cruel Crown by Victoria AveyardCruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown

byVictoria Aveyard

Paperback | January 5, 2016

Book 3 of 4 
Red Queen series

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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 War Storm, the thrilling final book in the bestselling Red Queen series!

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.
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


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cruel Crown This is pretty good for a novella. I would recommend if you really enjoy the series.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Nice Novella To be honest, I don't really know why I read this novella as after completing the second book, I'm still not loving this series. I think by reading this I was hoping that I would have more of an understanding and more answers to some of the holes in the story and the created world. I think I was looking for material to hopefully convert me into a lover of this series and unfortunately, it still hasn't happened. I'm giving this novella 2.5 stars. It was a bonus addition to the series and I'm sure the devout lovers of this series will love it. Was it a necessary addition to the series? Probably not. But it does give you a behind the scenes (brief) look at a couple of the lesser known characters. Out of the two novellas, I preferred the first one and would have liked more. I felt that it ended abruptly yet, I liked that one the best. The second story was okay as well but the military communications were difficult to understand and distinguish who was communicating with who. As I mentioned with the review with the second book, I will continue this series in the hopes that I convert to liking it more. Also, I feel committed in knowing how everything ends.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A decent novella If you are a huge fan of this serious then I would recommend it. I don't think its necessary to read to help you with the main series but its a good read nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very entertaining if you love this series and just want more of it, I would definitely recommend picking up this book.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prequel What I loved about these two novellas is the learning about the history for these two people. It really helps to understand what is going on in the series
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Insight Into the World Quick stories in the RQ world. One was sad and one was exciting (I liked the second one better). #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best but not the worst Both Novellas gave a view of the characters before Red queen which was interesting to read but the stories were slow paced and not as action packed and intense as the novels.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from REALLY BORING! I got both novella because I loved all the characters so much but this was a let down. Both novellas were quite boring and I didn't really learn to much about the characters past at all.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved both the novellas, but personally Queen Song outshone Steel Scars. It was very interesting to learn more about Coriane Jacos, and both the novellas tie up loose ends from the series. Well written!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice These novellas were a bit scaled back on the intense scale compares to the actual series. Showing both sides of the world, silver and red, it shows a bit of background on the characters that are in the story or are relevant. They are cute and short.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novellas I loved the novellas, although I have to admit my favourite one was Queen Song. The second one was a little slow at some parts but it was still really good :). I would definitely recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cruel Crown Unfortunately, I found the two novellas to be a bit boring. They really only exist to provide some backstory and never really thrilled me at any point.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequels This is my first time reading a RED QUEEN book and I have to say, I'm starting to see what all the fuss is about! These two short novellas give a unique insight into both sides of this world and mentions characters who I'm guessing are going to be suuuuuper important in the coming books. QUEEN SONG is likely my favourite of the two, telling the heartbreaking story of a gentle Queen who was manipulated until she was broken. The second story, STEEL SCARS, follows a Scarlet Guard captain who defies orders and works to do what she believes is right for her cause. Given the way the second song ended, I'm eager to start the first book and get immersed into this soul-crushing series!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed reading about the past of Cal’s mother and Farley.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute cute little in-between story about 2 characters, i much preferred cal's mom's story over farley but both were very good
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Novel I loved learning more about the former queen of Norta, Coriane Jacos, and Farley as they experience different journeys that lead them to the love of their lives.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting If you're a big fan of the main series, I would recommend reading this because it answer a lot of questions and ties up loose ends, but at the same time you can still understand the main plot without reading this book.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad Personally, I thought they were... ok reads- I mean, you should try it if you want to learn more about the characters' backstories, but not as fun to read as the main plot.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Prequel This is the book before the first book of the series by Aveyard. It is well written, though not as capturing as the other books within the series. However I would recommend reading it so that you can understand the background leading up to the events which occur within the series of Aveyard's characters throughout her other books starting with Red Queen.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I had my issues with the plotline and sensibility, but it was fine for a quick read.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh this was decent overall, however it could have been much better.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good and full of action in the second half
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Hardcore Fans Good read if you are addicted to the series. I did not enjoy it too much but it was a nice tie up of lose ends.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flushes out the series YA fiction in the same lines as Hunger Games. Additions to the series.
Date published: 2017-10-06
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

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