Title – Queen Song (A Red Queen Novella)
Author – Victoria Aveyard
Publisher – HarperTeen
Genre – Young Adult, Dystopian
My Rating – 3/5
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.
MY OPINIONS ON THE BOOK
While I didn’t find Queen Song quite as interesting as the actual trilogy it is an interesting read for fans of the Red Queen Series. Queen Song gives us a peek inside Coriane’s mind.
WHAT I LIKED
Even though Elara was barely present in the book, the prequel did expand on her character and hence gave more of an insight to the reader on her actions in the series. Her thirst for power and the way she trumped anyone who stood in her way is very aptly described. I also liked how the showed the King (Cal’s father) as a real person, not just a monarch. Cal was always devoted to his father and the book showed why he was so. King Tiberias was shown as a person inheriting a role, not a person who chose to rule in cruelty.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
As a character, Coriane didn’t quite appeal to me. There could’ve been so many dimensions to her but in the book, she just came across to me as a woman with strong opinions yet unwilling to do anything about it or put her points forward. All through the book she was constantly dependent on others for her life and happiness and the only independent thing she ever did was confront Elara once.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE BOOK
I would definitely recommend the book to readers of the Red Queen series because it is always nice to have a little supplementary storied to a series you’re following. Besides, Queen Song is actually interesting and doesn’t bore you as such.