Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I sort of enjoyed this short story collection.
Summery from Goodreads:
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.
I read this book a while ago, and returned it to the library, so my brain isn't real fresh on it anymore.
I really liked the Queen Song story. It was cute and kind of reminded me of The Selection (in a good way of course!) I thought it was nice to get a little more background on Queen Corianne. She was a good character, and it made me wish she was still alive in the series. I would have liked to see how she and Cal would have acted around each other. I also liked learning about how evil the new queen was. Again, it was background that is helping me as I currently read book #2.
I also enjoyed Steel Scars, but not as much. Farley was a character I was hesitant about, so this helped. The coolest part of this story is the fact that the Guard is a big huge operation. Again, that is something that is helping me understandGlass Sword. I also liked seeing Mare's brother in the guard before Mare saw him again. However, I really didn't get the whole war talk in bold. (Was I supposed to read it? I just skipped right over it.)
Overall, this is an okay book that is a little boring but helps you understand the series a little better.
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