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.
As it seems to be Aveyard’s trend, the bulk of this story was interesting enough to keep me reading until the last chapter, when all hell broke loose and I was left mouth gaping. Her skill certainly lies in the ending cliffhanger, but I’m wondering how long that will sate readers. Anyway, this was interesting enough, but I think it will become more meaningful to me when I re-read RQ in preparation for GS, as I really don’t remember the nuances of the first book all that well. I did really enjoy seeing the glimpses of the young king and Maven’s mother though, and I think this will certainly supplement my future interactions with those characters.
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 didn’t like this one very much. It was hard for me to read with Farley constantly telling us what people are feeling and what’s happening and whats going on around her, I desperately wanted more dialogue. Also, it wasn’t broken up into chapters, which made transitions really hard to immediately identify. Aveyard is quickly becoming known for her unreliable narrators, and Farley definitely fits into this category. As opposed to Mare though I found little redeeming qualities in Farley, she’s arrogant and refuses to take responsibility for anything. Those traits made it hard for me to go along with her dismissal of the Scarlet Guards orders. When she finally does start to show some growth, it doesn’t make sense to me, and a lot of it seems to be tied to Shade, and the budding insta-love between the two of them just did not work for me.
I don’t know if I am getting disillusioned by Aveyard’s writing, or if these two novella’s were just not up to par. We’ll see in my rereading of Red Queen in preparation for Glass Sword.