Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult • Format: Paperback, 208 pages
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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.
Cruel Crown consists of two prequels, Queen Song and Steel Scars. Both are available as digital novellas. Queen Song is in the voice of Queen Coriane, as we all know fans of Red Queen as first wife of King Tiberias and mother of Cal, while Steel Scars is Captain Farley’s. These characters are not much the attention of the first book but they hold much the secrets of Norta, in both sides’ silvers and reds. In Red Queen, we hold them much dear that we want to know who these people are and what they mean to Norta and the rest.
Unfortunately, Cruel Crown did not give justice for our eagerness to know. I want to know more. Cruel Crown is not enough. But, maybe, there’s another novella coming before the third book? I hope in that, I’ll have the answers.
However, there are still interesting parts that made me rate Cruel Crown higher. Like knowing Mare’s brother, Shade Barrow, and the feels on Coriane and the crown prince’s courtship. There are more but that would spoil you more.
Though Cruel Crown did not totally quench my thirst, it was remarkable.