Cruel Crown: Red Queen Review

Cruel Crown: Red Queen (Books 0.1-0.2)

by Victoria Aveyard

 “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.

I decided before actually starting Red Queen, that if I was to read it I had to read all the books, including Glass Sword and Cruel Crown. I ended up reading Cruel Crown after reading the two main books in the series, you do not have to do this, although it tied together some loose ends for me. However, you could read it first and then you would understand things in the main series as they come along.

Cruel Crown is made up of two books; Queen Song and Steel Scars. Queen Song is the story of Coriane Jacos and how she goes from living in the countryside, to ending up at court and catching the Prince’s eye. Steel Scars is Captain Farley’s story of how she ends up helping the Reds.

Well, that was enlightening! I really enjoyed Queen Song, finding out the history behind Queen Elara and Cal/Julian was really interesting. I enjoyed Steel Scars, however having ‘army’ messages every other page or so was a bit frustrating when I could not understand them fully.

My favourite characters have to be Coriane, Julian, Sara, Farley, and Shade. All the characters were realistic and drew you into the story, now that I know the background to couple of characters I understand them more than I did and it now what they have done in the other books makes sense.

I think my favourite out of the two stories was Queen Song, and my favourite part within Queen Song was the parts with Coriane and Sara and/or Julian, and Coriane and Tiberias. In Steel Scars my favourite part was probably the parts with Farley and Shade.

Even though Cruel Crown in short and sweet, it had me going through the emotions. It was also jam-packed with twists and turns, which kept me hooked until the end.

Cruel Crown does end on a cliffhanger, this is because both stories are set before Red Queen.

While reading Cruel Crown, I described it as two prequels, one about a Silver finding love and the other about a Red helping her cause. I would recommend Cruel Crown to those who have read Red Queen and also those who have not but are interested as a starting point. 4 out of 5.

Cruel Crown





  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • Linkage to main series


  • Terminology in Steel Scars

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