#Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard @VictoriaAveyard @orionbooks

In a world divided by blood – Red or Silver – two women tell the stories no one else knows.

For Coriane of House Jacos, love comes at a terrible cost. In a secret diary, she recounts her heady courtship with the heir to the Silver throne, Prince Tiberias, and the dangers that lurk at the heart of the royal court.

Captain Farley is at the forefront of the Red rebellion. As she plans an attack on the Silver capital, she discovers a secret that could sway the balance of power for ever.

Two gripping stories. One fight for justice.

Red vs Silver.

Contains an extract from GLASS SWORD, the second novel in the Red Queen series.

Up front disclosure, I’ve not read Red Queen, I was assured by a few others though that I didn”t need to have to read these two short stories Queen Song and Steel Scars, and was just advised to avoid the extract at the end which is a teaser from Glass Sword the second book in the series.

Queen Song is a very short story, very little time for character development which I felt was a shame as the character we are focused on Coriane I felt there was so much room with this story to grow and develop but we get barely any time to connect with her. I felt this story touched on aspects of depression and anxiety under the guise of magic manipulation but I felt in a longer story with better character development it could have been explored more fully. I don’t like the way it suddenly ended either, it didn’t feel right.

In the second story Steel Scars I felt everything was very confused with a first person narrative confused with war reports and I found it very difficult to follow the thread of the story, who people were, where they were and what they were doing. There is little to no world building in these stories meaning the reader has no idea where the characters are what their environment is and the character development is minimal.

I found it almost impossible to connect with Victoria Aveyard’s style of writing, it didn’t fit with what I look for from a fantasy writer and fantasy short stories. This may be my fault for not having read the main novel first to acquaint myself with the world but I do like short stories to provide a better basis to the world and characters than these did.

Unfortunately this wasn’t for me but I know these books and this author have a massive following and I have no doubt this is well earned.

A huge thanks to Victoria Aveyard and Orion for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

I read this book as part of my 2017 Discoverability Challenge.

TitleCruel Crown
SeriesRed Queen 0.1-0.2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 21 January 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Pages: 208
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6 thoughts on “#Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard @VictoriaAveyard @orionbooks”

  1. I like Victoria Aveyard but only because I read Red Queen and absolutely loved it. It would be interesting to see how these short stories read for me having enjoyed her writers’ voice on a full length novel. What a shame you couldn’t connect with the characters, I find it tough to carry on when this happens. Sometimes, I feel that the publishers push these spin off novellas as a money making tool rather than for the enjoyment of the fans – Cassandra Clare nailed it with her Magnus spin off series but that’s about it.

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    1. I wonder if you could be right about it being pushed as a money making tool. It didn’t feel like it was well formed or ready and certainly didn’t reflect the writer I’ve heard so many people talking about.

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