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Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously publ Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content. Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!


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Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously publ Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content. Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!

30 review for Broken Throne

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world... The audacity of this tomf*ckery... This stunning collection is not to be missed! Whelp, guess I'm in P.s. can we all take a collective giggle that 2/5 of this "stunning collection" already out?! And if those are any indication of the quality we can expect...it's probably best to set those expectations lowwwwww. In Addition, may I voice my disgust that the sweet ombré effect (which originally drew me to these novels) has been completely ruined Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world... The audacity of this tomf*ckery... This stunning collection is not to be missed! Whelp, guess I'm in P.s. can we all take a collective giggle that 2/5 of this "stunning collection" already out?! And if those are any indication of the quality we can expect...it's probably best to set those expectations lowwwwww. In Addition, may I voice my disgust that the sweet ombré effect (which originally drew me to these novels) has been completely ruined? Absolute travesty.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Please somebody tell me that there is going to be more about Maven!!! And please, please, please somebody tell me that one of those novellas is going to be about Maven and Thomas! Because if yes.... oh god I'm already dying just thinking about the possibility of it all!!! AHHHHHH!!! *dies* GIMMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *greedy grabby hands*

  3. 4 out of 5

    MischaS_

    Another? 480 pages! 😳 But... did you see the gorgeous cover?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    Meanwhile, in an alternative universe... “Keep it down, would you? We're trying to focus here!” sitting with Maven upstairs, Mare Barrow shouts over the deafening, ear-splitting sound of cheering—not that anyone listens, of course. Downstairs, her brother Shade is Jumping around the room and fist-bumping his noisy audience with quite the ceremony, while his losing sparring partner, Ptolemus Samos, stands with a frown. Evangeline patronisingly pats her big brother on the cheek, “Next round, remembe Meanwhile, in an alternative universe... “Keep it down, would you? We're trying to focus here!” sitting with Maven upstairs, Mare Barrow shouts over the deafening, ear-splitting sound of cheering—not that anyone listens, of course. Downstairs, her brother Shade is Jumping around the room and fist-bumping his noisy audience with quite the ceremony, while his losing sparring partner, Ptolemus Samos, stands with a frown. Evangeline patronisingly pats her big brother on the cheek, “Next round, remember that he doesn't just stand there for you to pierce his heart with a blade, huh?” Ptolemus sneers, batting her hand away, and calls to Shade, “Shake a leg, Barrow! I'm getting you this time.” Shade reluctantly puts Farley, who he'd been kissing beyond the inconvenient lines of propriety, down and looks to the smirking Cal, standing beside them and all to happy about the fight's results, “Is that a challenge? Ooh, I feel like that's a challenge,” he Jumps back in the sparring area with a grin, rubbing his hands together, “Bring it on, Little Tolly.” Ptolemus points a finger at him as he slowly advances, “You'll pay for that, bro.” Unfazed and too sure of himself, Shade pretends to be in thought, “Just a question before we start; where would you like me to put the dagger when I beat you—the neck again, or somewhere more creative like, hmmm,” he pauses for dramatic effect, “Your Silver ass? Considering your hair is silver, too. I'm just saying...is your ass silver? Do I even wanna know?” At that, Eve bursts out laughing and covers her mouth, trying to hide it—for the sake of her brother's wounded pride—and, of course failing, while Farley, looking disgusted, says to a fuming Tolly, her mouth crinkling in distaste, “Please, don't answer that, I do not need to know that detail.” Ptolemus smiles cruelly, pieces of metal floating all around him, twisting and sharpening into deadly weapons that make you pray only for a quick death, “Say your goodbyes, Barrow.” As the two start circling each other, Kilorn pulls out a bag of chips, pops some into his mouth, and focuses on the delicious crunching, completely mindless of the silence ruling over the room as everyone stares at that small, inconspicuous, vulnerable package of eatable gems in his hands. That is, until a steel blade whips through the air and hovers dangerously close to his throat. His eyes widening, he quickly stops chewing. “Warren, be a good boy and give that to me before I open your neck from ear to ear,” Evangeline says sweetly, walking up to him. Kilron slowly extends his hand and she snatches the bag, plopping down next to Farley. She takes a few chips as Eve offers her the bag, “At it girl! Seems like you Silvers aren't useless after all. Who knew?” “You didn't want the ones in my mouth?” Kilorn asks, and yelps as one of Eve's metal blades appears out of nowhere, pricking his butt cheek. “Shut that pretty mouth of yours Kilorn,” Cameron says affectionately from his side, giving Evangeline a thumbs up as she passes the bag around. Cal fills both his large hands, revealing an adoration for chips no one knew existed. What do you know, perhaps it was this love of chips that beat his love of the crown. Kilorn gives a double take at Cameron's words, “Hey! You should be taking my side! Why didn't you do your thing, you know, and Silence her?” Cameronn looks offended, “And let you eat the chips all by yourself? No thanks.” “Ouch, my pride is wounded.” Kilorn says grimly, putting his hand on his heart in mock pain. “Lick it, it'll get better. Now hush, the fight is more interesting than your ego.” Just then, Tolly rapid fires sharp pieces of metal at Shade, anticipating his spee. But there's nothing as quick as Shade who Jumps, appearing two feet to the left. Ptolemus redirects them with his swift reflexes, but Shade again disappears into thin air before they get anywhere close to his skin. Frustrated, Ptolemus curses, “Stop jumping around like a scared little rabbit, Barrow, and fight!” Dodging a spear barreling his way, Shade smiles, “As you wish,” and disappears. Tolly quickly turns his bracelet into a blade to defend his back, expecting Barrow's appearance behind him. What he doesn't see coming is a sharp wooden dagger pricking him somewhere uncomfortably and preciously south, with Shade standing right in front of him, looking apologetic with a sheepish smile, “Oops. Sorry bro, had to impress the ladies.” There's a gasp, then maniacal screaming starts to fill the room and leak out the doors and all the way up the stairs, with none other than Kilorn acting as cheerleader. The chanting, “Barrow, Barrow, Barrow,” hits the walls and windows, and my precious eardrums, trying to break through. I am definitely going to have a headache after all this childish fanfare. Standing unnaturally still, Ptolemus gives a nervous laugh and raises his hands in surrender, “Nice one, now just...be careful with that...I use it to impress the ladies, too.” Shade pulls back his magnetron-proof dagger, making Tolly sigh in relief, and pats him on the back, “Fair enough. We wouldn't wanna lose such a blessing now, would we?” he says, grinning. Ptolemus gives a good-natured laugh, “I give up man, you're unbeatable. I do not want to face you on a battle field.” Shade's smile widens, “Why wou—” “My colours!” Tolly shouts. The screaming that leaked upstairs seems to have done its job quite flawlessly, because a fireball shoots out of the door upstairs, which Cal swiftly extinguishes, cutting Shade off and causing everyone to jump up in alarm—well, everyone but Evangeline. “What the hell is Mare doing to Maven up there!??” shouts Kilorn. Evangeline smirks, “The dirty,” and pops some chips into her arrogant mouth. Continue reading some more with Mare, Maven, Cal, and the rest HERE. (It's short) My pre-read pre-review (a parody of The Greatest Show by Hugh Jackman): (view spoiler)[ Ladies and gents, This is the moment you've waited for Been searchin' for this Since War Storm left you on the floor Deep in your bones There's an ache for Maven you can't ignore Bleeding your heart, stealin' your mind And all that was real is left behind ...So tell me do you wanna go?? Where it's Silverbloods who're ownin' the lights Where Red runaways are runnin' the nights Impossible comes true, Reds takin' over you Oh, this is the Red Queen world! It's everything you ever want It's everything you ever need And it's here right in front of you This is what you wanna read It's everything you ever want It's everything you ever need And it's here right in front o' you This is what you wanna read A parody by Mary S. R. of The Greatest Show by Hugh Jackman (hide spoiler)] Full review to come :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    Broken Throne is a collection of novellas that take place before, during and after the events of the Red Queen series. It features two previously published novellas, Queen Song and Steel Scars, and three brand-new novellas, and contains a few extras such as maps, flags and journal entries written by Julian. Queen Song Queen Song is the first previously published novella and takes place before the events of the Red Queen series and follows Cal’s mother, Coriane. The novella shows how she went fro Broken Throne is a collection of novellas that take place before, during and after the events of the Red Queen series. It features two previously published novellas, Queen Song and Steel Scars, and three brand-new novellas, and contains a few extras such as maps, flags and journal entries written by Julian. Queen Song Queen Song is the first previously published novella and takes place before the events of the Red Queen series and follows Cal’s mother, Coriane. The novella shows how she went from being a girl of a lowly High House to the Queen of Norta. “She was happy, yes, in her own way, as best as she knew. But there’s a difference between a single candle in darkness and a sunrise.” This novella is one of my favourites, mostly because I loved Coriane’s character. I felt such a deep level of sympathy for her because she was clearly unhappy and depressed. Her romance with Tibe was heartwarming and seeing characters such as Julian and Sara, and even Cal himself, through Coriane’s eyes was also such a lovely touch. It makes it that much more heartbreaking when Cal reads her diary in War Storm. But no matter how many times I read this novella, it always leaves me feeling so sad and angry. Angry at Elara because she destroyed Coriane’s life. Sad for Coriane because she didn’t get to see her son grow up and died too early. Coriane honestly deserved more. She deserved so much more. Steel Scars Steel Scars is the second previously published novella and takes place before the events of Red Queen. It follows Farley’s missions in the Scarlet Guard that lead her to meeting Shade and then Mare. “Are you with us, Shade Barrow?” “I’m with you, Diana.” “Then we will rise.” His voice joins mine. “Red as the dawn.” What I like about this novella is that we get to see a more in-depth look into Farley’s character, that we don’t really get from seeing her through Mare’s eyes, at least not in the first book. But what’s also a really nice touch is that we get some well needed interactions in the early stages of the relationship between Shade and Farley and they just warmed my heart. This, coupled with Bright Shadow, a novella in the Glass Sword collector’s edition, are all we have of Farley and Shade. It’s not enough! These two deserved so much more. They deserved better. World Behind “Nowhere is quiet, not in the world ahead or the world behind.” World Behind is the first new novella in the collection and takes place during the events of War Storm. It follows Ashe, the captain of a keelboat and Lyrisa, the niece of Prince Bracken and a Silver princess, as they cross paths. I think this novella was really interesting in that it provided us with two perspectives from characters who aren’t involved with the main events of the series and who have no desire to be a part of the war. “I try to stay out of things, try to keep my focus on what’s right in front of me. I don’t bother with great and terrible people of the world. I only know what I must of them to stay alive, stay ahead, and nothing more.” Ashe was an interesting character because I enjoyed seeing him develop in the short amount of time we get to know him. His interactions with Lyrisa were my favourite and how his feelings for her slowly changed was also nice to see play out. “I’m on a Red Riverman’s keelboat, outnumbered and hated by everyone around me, with nowhere to go but forward, a dead girl on the run.” Lyrisa was also an interesting character and reminded me a little of Evangeline in that what you see is completely different than what is happening under the surface. I enjoyed her character growth throughout the novella, in understanding that there are two kinds of silvers, the good and the bad, and figuring out which one of them she is going to be. The conclusion to this novella was also a nice touch and overall, I really enjoyed it. Iron Heart “For now I can rest, and heal my iron heart.” Iron Heart takes place after War Storm and follows Evangeline and Elane, as they struggle to let go of their past and adjust to life in Monfort. This novella was amazing. Evangeline is one of my favourite characters and has been ever since I read from her perspective in King’s Cage for the first time. And after War Storm, I wanted more of a conclusion for her character arc and this novella delivered it in abundance. “Princess Evangeline. Lady of House Samos. Daughter of Volo and Larentia. I am none of those things anymore. Not after today. I should be glad – I should be relieved to be rid of the name and the life my parents gave me. And parts of me are. But the rest of me can’t help but be reminded of what I traded away to live as who I am now. What I betrayed. What I killed. What I lost forever.” What I like most about Evangeline is that she’s had such character growth throughout the series. Who she is at the start is almost unrecognisable to how she is now in Broken Throne. But even then, she still has growing to do and it’s touching watching her go through it. Evangeline is proof that even if you are brought up a certain way, taught to want something, that you can still change and grow and be a different person. And she really showed me that in this novella, that she’s changed and can change even more. And I’m so happy with how her character arc ended. “I know you like to pretend to be made of iron. Even in your heart, my love. I know better, and you don’t have to hide with me.” We also get to read from the perspective of Elane, who we’ve never heard from before. Reading from her perspective was just as enjoyable as I’d assumed it was going to be. Seeing Evangeline through Elane’s eyes is really interesting because we get to see her vulnerabilities and what really drives her as a character. And I think the love between Elane and Evangeline is so pure, and it really shows through Elane’s determination to follow Evangeline and support her through anything and everything. Fire Light “We were right to come here. To rebuild ourselves, to figure out who we are now, in spite of our missing pieces.” Fire Light takes place two months after the events of War Storm and is told from the perspectives of both Mare and Cal, as they return to Monfort after their time apart. This novella was everything I needed and more. Although I was satisfied with the ending of War Storm, I knew I wanted more regarding Mare and Cal’s relationship and this novella delivered it in abundance. I’ve literally been shipping Mare and Cal since Glass Sword and I was so nervous reading this novella because I wanted only the best for them. I’m so, so happy with how their storyline was concluded and I’m also not ashamed to say that I cried. “I am almost nineteen. I have nothing but time. To choose, to heal. To live.” Mare has gone through so much and she’s grown as a result of it, which is why she is one of my favourite characters of all time. At the end of War Storm, she really made me proud because she was realistic and she displayed maturity beyond her age. Even in this novella, the way she handled things was really good and I’m so glad her and Cal found their way back to each other but also that they’re going to take things slowly. “Even without her lightning, Mare Barrow still manages to strike me through.” Cal has also gone through changes of his own, after abdicating his throne and I’m so proud of him as well. Cal, like Evangeline, is proof that although you may have grown up being taught one thing, you can change yourself and do another. I’m a firm believer that both Mare and Coriane had an effect on Cal and is the reason he made those changes and I think his mother would have been so proud with how he turned out to be in the end. Fare Well Fare Well is the last novella in this collection and is told from the perspective of Maven, as he is confronted by Cal one last time and also Cal himself, as he faces the memory of Maven after his death. “It would hurt him deeply, wound him forever, if I let him glimpse what little is left of me. That I’m still here, in some forgotten corner, just waiting to be found. I could ruin him with one glance, one echo of the brother he remembers. Or I could free him of me. Make the choice for him. Give my brother one last proof of the love I can no longer feel, even if he never knows it.” This novella really surprised me because I thought I knew all I needed to know about Maven but no. I think, at least in my opinion, that Maven’s decision not to show Cal that there was still a part of him left in order to prevent Cal from struggling with his memory after his death was really touching. It showed that although his mind had been warped and twisted beyond repair, there was still a part of him that cared enough to do this last thing for his brother. “But like always, I could not let him go. Even now, I cannot let Maven go. I never will.” Cal’s final goodbye when he visited Maven’s grave was really sad. Cal has such a big heart and I don’t think I realised just how much Maven meant to him until the end of this novella. Cal said he couldn’t ever let Maven go and I think that’s okay. I really do. I’m so proud of how far he’s come, in that’s he’s mature enough to know that it’s okay if he holds on instead of letting go. “History will remember you, mark my words. Make sure it remembers you well.” This collection also came with some extra scenes and journal entries and maps, all of which were such a nice addition to the series. My favourite was the entry right at the end, after the last novella, which basically summarised how the next few decades unravelled. It was so unexpected but such a nice touch to wrap up the series. “We destroy. We rebuild. We destroy again. It is the constant of our kind. We are all a god’s chosen, and we are all a god’s cursed.” Overall, War Storm left some loose threads left untied and Broken Throne tied them all together and did so much more. It’s so bittersweet that this is the last instalment in the Red Queen series but it was such a perfect last instalment. I’ve been with this series since the very beginning in 2015 when the first book came out and I’ve been following it ever since. I feel like I’ve really grown with the series and grown alongside Mare as well. If I could go back and read the series all over again for the first time, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Thank you, Victoria Aveyard, for writing this and for taking my emotions on such a rollercoaster. It’s an experience that I will never forget. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    I just finished War Storm, and what I want to know is: WHAT AM I MEANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE WHILE I WAIT FOR THIS TO BE RELEASED! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE?! It doesn't come out until 2019. 2019!!! I honestly don't know what I will do until then, or how I will wait that long. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! But seriously, I am so excited!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    Despite the fact that I still feel a little defrauded by that War Storm ending, we all know I’m going to read this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ella

    If this doesn’t include a story on Maven’s past with Thomas I’ll screammmmmmmmmm!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aqsa (On Hiatus)

    May 02, 2019 Do NOT disappoint me, dear book. Also, do give me something everything of 💔Maven💔. May 12, 2019 Last night I found out that this one consists of several novellas including Queen Song and Steel Scars that were published previously. I just skipped to the very end where we get a little Farewell of Cal and Maven and I found out that I could never let go of Maven just like Cal couldn't. And of course, I finally did cry for dear cursed Maven. It would hurt him deeply, wound him forever, if I May 02, 2019 Do NOT disappoint me, dear book. Also, do give me something everything of 💔Maven💔. May 12, 2019 Last night I found out that this one consists of several novellas including Queen Song and Steel Scars that were published previously. I just skipped to the very end where we get a little Farewell of Cal and Maven and I found out that I could never let go of Maven just like Cal couldn't. And of course, I finally did cry for dear cursed Maven. It would hurt him deeply, wound him forever, if I let him glimpse what little is left of me. That I’m still here, in some forgotten corner, just waiting to be found. I could ruin him with one glance, one echo of the brother he remembers. Or I could free him of me. Make the choice for him. Give my brother one last proof of the love I can no longer feel, even if he never knows it. Will read the full book in the right order in a day or so.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    I just want to start off and say how happy I was to come back into this world. I was absolutely giddy and went into my Target to get my copy at like 7 a.m. before I went into work. The poor worker had to dig through several boxes of new releases to find it. Broken Throne is a compilation of stories set in the Red Queen world. There are multiple novellas, some previously released and some new, as well as maps, journal entries and the part that I was most excited about: stories from post-War Storm I just want to start off and say how happy I was to come back into this world. I was absolutely giddy and went into my Target to get my copy at like 7 a.m. before I went into work. The poor worker had to dig through several boxes of new releases to find it. Broken Throne is a compilation of stories set in the Red Queen world. There are multiple novellas, some previously released and some new, as well as maps, journal entries and the part that I was most excited about: stories from post-War Storm. This is what I'll be reviewing here. Broken Throne picks up a few months following the ending of War Storm. Norta, with Cal's leadership, is working on setting up a democracy and bringing red bloods and silvers together. This involves getting silver allies to renounce their place on the throne in favor of democracy. This process is shown through Evangeline and Elane's eyes. The first chapters from this section are purely from their perspectives. As mentioned in War Storm, Evangeline and Elane are now living in the democratic plains and are trying to figure out what to do with their lives now that Evangeline (and Tolly) are no longer headed to the throne. As you can imagine, while Evangeline is content with her choice to renounce, she is struggling to figure out what to do with her life. Eventually, Cal comes into the picture as he works with Tolly and Evangeline, which then leads to Mare and her family joining the group. Similarly, Mare is struggling and trying to work through her mental health following the ending events of War Storm. Her family, after spending time in a remote area, heads back toward civilization as important policy talks are taking place. This is where Cal and Mare are reunited and all the feelings I have toward this couple hit me square in the chest. I seriously love Cal and Mare together so much. I also love Evangeline and Elane, but the Cal/Mare ship is one of my favorite from any series. While I was fine (ok, a little sad, but understanding) with how things ended in War Storm, I was happy to get even more resolution from Broken Throne. If you are looking for a happier ending, then you'll be looking in the right place. My only wish is that selfishly, I wanted even more. I could have used less of the journals/novellas from other characters' perspectives and more of Cal/Mare/Evangeline. That's who I love and that's who I wanted to follow along. There's also one chapter from Maven, but it is fairly short and based in the past. It's fine and I'm sure Maven-lovers will be happy for it, but since I'm not in that camp, I felt just fine with it. From everything Victoria has said on Twitter, this will be the last Red Queen item for a long time and that's fine. Sad, but fine. I'm happy to have gotten more closure from our favorite characters. I'll never stop hoping to get more stories with my fav characters, but I can be very happy with everything that we've gotten. P.S. The Target edition has an annotated chapter featuring the dancing lesson scenes between Cal and Mare. I really liked this and was interesting to see some insight into Victoria's thoughts in writing the scene and the little things she dropped in there. Some of my favorite quotes (some mild spoilers): Mare went up there once, trying to outrun something. I understand the urge. Now she's somewhere farther north, still recuperating. Still mourning. Still running, even if she's finally standing still. Princess Evangeline. Lady of House Samos. Daughter of Volo and Lorentia. I am none of those things anymore. Not after today. I should be glad-I should be relieve to be rid of the name and the life my parents gave me. And parts of me are. But the rest can't help but be reminded of what I traded away to live as who I am now. What I betrayed. What I killed. What I lost forever. "Of course it is," Cal replies, his tone light. "It's an exclusive club you're joining. I have to be on hand to welcome you in the Abdicators." My lip curls. All the same, I take Cal's arm, pulling him into a stiff but quick embrace. "Please don't start calling us that," I growl I missed you. I'm glad I went away. It was a mistake to go. It was the right thing to do. I'm sorry I killed him. I'd do it again if I had to. I need you now. I want more time. I love you. I love you. If not for the circumstances, I would laugh at the thought of Gisa scolding Mare into dressing appropriately, and forcing her into the jacket. I blush at the thought of getting her out of it. Focus, my mind screams, and heat flares around me. "Could you not?" Julian mutters through clenched teeth. The corner of his mouth twitches, betraying amusement. "Why do you keep nudging now?" I drop my voice. Evangeline does no such thing. "There aren't many who deserve to be happy. I'm certainly not one of them, but here I am. I think you might deserve it, Barrow." "Did you wait, Cal?" His fingers weave through mine as he grins. "I'm still waiting." *** Here 👏 for 👏 Evangeline/Elane 👏 and 👏 Mare/Cal 👏 Miss me with that Maven obsession. 👊

  11. 5 out of 5

    Azrah

    Would ya take a look at THAT COVER? 😱😍 12 Oct, 2018 CONFIRMED RED QUEEN SHORT STORY AND RELEASE DATE! IMMA BE UPSET IF THIS ISN'T A MAVEN STORY BYYE ______ 28 Sept, 2018 DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH RED QUEEN?? I don't even care, I just need some more Aveyard!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cesar

    3 stars. As many of you know, I am not a huge fan of the Red Queen series. My reviews range from "It was OK," to "I fucking hate this book!" The Red Queen series as a whole is just another generic dystopia series that brings nothing new to the genre. That is my opinion and I will stand by it. That being said, when Victoria announced Broken Throne, I'll admit, I was intrigued. War Storm's ending was left open and Broken Throne filled in that openness with a few stories that take place after the eve 3 stars. As many of you know, I am not a huge fan of the Red Queen series. My reviews range from "It was OK," to "I fucking hate this book!" The Red Queen series as a whole is just another generic dystopia series that brings nothing new to the genre. That is my opinion and I will stand by it. That being said, when Victoria announced Broken Throne, I'll admit, I was intrigued. War Storm's ending was left open and Broken Throne filled in that openness with a few stories that take place after the events of the last book. Broken Throne also gives insight on life before the series takes place such as documents and written notes. After reading Broken Throne, I can say that While I'm not necessarily a fan of it, it was a decent add-on to the series. Sidenote: Broken Throne contains two novellas that I have read before, Queen Song and Steel Scars and those act as prequels. I will not be reviewing them as I had already reviewed them. Instead, I'm reviewing the other stories. 1. The Documents/Written Notes - 4 stars. I've always been interested in how the world of Red Queen came to be. The series takes place a thousand years in the future in the United States and parts of Canada, that much we know. The documents and notes added more to the lore of how the U.S. came to be with Reds, Silvers, and Newbloods. While it wasn't in-depth, it did answer the questions I had. 2. World Behind - 2 stars This story was completely redundant. This takes place during the events of the series and normally while I like the idea of seeing the events take place from a different character's POV, this one was just boring and didn't add anything to the world. This story takes place in the Disputed Lands where there is no law and it's everyone for themselves. It's mainly a place where smugglers and refugees go to since all travel is primarily through boats. I should've liked it but was bored instead. The characters didn't interest me, the plot ended quickly just as it began, and it added nothing to the story. I know that not all novellas are supposed to give insight to the world outside of the main protagonist, but World Behind was a chore to get through. 3. Iron Heart - 4 stars. Our true queen Evangeline is back and she along with Cameron are the saving graces of this series. Evangeline is the perfect example of complicated. In her heart, she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to get it. Here, we see her trying to live the new life she wanted for her and Elane. She still doesn't know what she wants and this humanizes her. She should've been the protagonist instead of Mare. We also get Elane's POV here and I liked how she was the voice of reason/being a caring, patient girlfriend to Evangeline. Iron Heart is hands down, the best story out of all the others. 4. Fire Light - 3 stars. Hoo boy. We have my least favorite character Mare. This story is angsty love between Mare and Cal and though I know angsty love can be good, this one, in particular, was kind of annoying. I still don't like Mare as a character and she did annoy me in this one as well. But I didn't hate her as much because in her POV, she does bring up some good points on who she is as a person if she can live with her sins and continue to live on. Cal is the same mindset too and they both have a lot to get through. I still stand by my opinion that Mare and Cal are not a good pairing. Not to say their relationship is toxic, I just don't understand what Cal sees in Mare other than being an annoying person who can't seem to make up her mind half of the time. And their "love" just feels too artificial, too generic. That being said, I did like how Fire Light give us closure to how they would feel about each other. 5. Fare well -4 stars. I won't go into detail with this short (less than 20 pages long) story, but I will say this: He deserved better. Verdict Broken Throne was a decent add-on to the series. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it does have some answers some readers wanted and I think it delivered. Is it perfect, no way, but it was a decent book. And I pray that Victoria doesn't decide to write more in this series like other authors are doing. Thanks for reading my review! -Cesar

  13. 4 out of 5

    Prince Charming Doesn't Exist

    should i read this? anybody.... hello?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Red_Queen_Lover

    WE HAVE A COVER I REPEAT WE HAVE A COVER

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vivianne

    Red Queen: 5 stars Glass Sword: 4.25 stars King’s Cage: 4.5 stars War Storm: 3.25 stars Broken Throne: 3.5 stars First part is spoiler free! Before going into debt on the individual stories I want to give you a little background on my experience with the Red Queen series. I first started Red Queen a year ago and fell head over heels with the writing, world and characters. I binge read all four books in a month and had an amazing reading experience. However I found the final book War Storm incredib Red Queen: 5 stars Glass Sword: 4.25 stars King’s Cage: 4.5 stars War Storm: 3.25 stars Broken Throne: 3.5 stars First part is spoiler free! Before going into debt on the individual stories I want to give you a little background on my experience with the Red Queen series. I first started Red Queen a year ago and fell head over heels with the writing, world and characters. I binge read all four books in a month and had an amazing reading experience. However I found the final book War Storm incredibly boring and one of the worst conclusions to a series ever. So hearing that a final book with short stories was going to be published had my hopes high for a better ending to one of my favorite series. And while I did enjoy the individual stories I have to say that Broken Throne wasn’t as satisfying as I’d hoped. First of all, I didn’t agree with the stories selected for this collection. Two stories are prequels to the Red Queen series, and though interesting they didn’t add anything news for me to the plot (and I’d already read them). Then one novella had nothing to do with this series at all and contains only new characters. Then the final story is only 20 pages and is just there to let bygones be bygones, nothing new or nothing to add to the previous books. And finally there are two stories that seriously added something for me after War Storm but they weren’t perfect either. Furthermore I missed a story about the main villain Elara and how she became the person she was. And I felt that some characters got more attention than they deserved while others were completely ignored (Barrow family , Kilorn and Cameron?) Finally, I just need to say that I am deeply disappointed that this novella collection still didn’t really gave me the ending I was hoping for in the Red Queen series. I think War Storm left a bit too much of a mess to be cleaned up. Things I wanted to be flashed out like the war and the politics had to make way for the childish romance of Mare and Cal and Evangeline that can’t make up her mind. I had hoped that the final 4 pages with how the world ended up would have been a 200 page novella. There were bombs dropped in those pages like; (view spoiler)[Cal has two children, The War of Red Thunder, Kilorn becomes Montfort’s premier (hide spoiler)] etc etc… that I needed a whole book about!! However all that aside, when I received Broken Throne in the mail I literally gasped from the beauty of this book. The fond is purple (!), the endpapers are stunning, there are multiple maps, family trees, information about all the kings/queens, all other countries, their rulers and of course that cover!! This book is an absolute must have for the Red Queen fans. I loved all the entries included that were written by Julian and I kind of forgot that he gave this to Cal, so it was super fun and interesting to read that with all the notes written besides (although the purple pages got at times very dense and info dumpy). And how did I not know the Red Queen series doesn’t play in a fantasy world but in our own US 1000 years in the future!! (or did I forget this?) It was so interesting so hear Julian talk about dangers we face in our current society like the climate change and how that can destroy us. I also want to comment on some overall things that I’m not going to repeat in every individual review. First of all I have to say that I forgot how much I love Victoria’s writing (I really hope she will write more series in the future). Furthermore I have to say that I’m in love with this world and the magic. It’s not that hard to make me love a story if some of these things are involved. Next, I loved every single title of all novella’s; they were so fitting, so lyrical but also had such a deep meaning! Furthermore I went into this stories kind of blind and had no idea what and who they were about before reading them. Although I had previously read Queen Song and Steel Cars but my rating of them hasn’t changed. Contains spoilers! ________________________________________ Queen Song: 4 stars Queen Song takes place before Red Queen and shows how Coriane, Cal’s mother, grows up from being a lowly house girl into being the Queen of Norta. I had previously read this novella but reading it a second time wasn’t any less heartbreaking. While reading this you hope that this story will have a different ending, but of course it doesn’t. Overall I really loved getting to know more about Coriane and how she got to end up at the palace. I loved following her throughout her life and seeing characters like Sara, Julian, Elara, Tibe and baby Cal, through Coriane’s eyes. “She was happy, yes, in her own way, as best as she knew. But there’s a difference between a single candle in darkness and a sunrise.” Even though this story is sad and what Elara did was sick, I did really enjoy her as the villain, plus the display of her power and ruthlessness was absolutely magnificent. The hope you get halfway through the story when Coriane confronts Elara and those minutes you think everything will be okay... Nevertheless I kind of missed Elara’s pov for some reason; I have no idea why she became so villainous, no idea why she had no moral and was able to kill not only the queen but also 3 unborn babies. And I did wish this story was a bit longer, I would have liked if the relationship between Coriane and Tiberius was a bit more flashed out and if we really got to see Coriane’s brain decline under Elara even more. ________________________________________ Steel Scars: 3 stars This story takes place before and during the events in Red Queen and follows General Farley and the Scarlet Guard and how they first infiltrate Norta, what eventually leads to her meeting Shade and finding out about the Newblood abilities. I wasn’t as invested in this story as I was in the other stories. This was mainly because Farley isn’t my favorite character in the Red Queen series and thus a novella about her wasn’t something I would particularly enjoy or “need”. Another thing that really contributed to me not enjoying this story as much, was because of all the radio messages. I listened to this one on audio and they read every single message aloud like: “the following message has been decoded…”, and every time I would lose interest and be angry that I had to listen to the same text a 100 time. This could have been solved by removing them entirely and insert sentences like: “She got a message saying… and she responded …”. The messages didn’t add anything to the story in my opinion and took me out of it completely. Furthermore I didn’t think that this story was a story that needed to be told. I’m much more interested in the silvers and their abilities or in the political games of the palace. The plot also wasn’t that gripping and interesting and I felt like this story started a bit strangely in the timeline and ended very sudden. It didn’t really feel like a novella but just a few chapters from Farley’s perspective. And finally I wished we got to see more Farley and Shade. For such a long novella I think the focus could have been a bit more on such their relationship and their chemistry. “Rage is a double-edged sword, and this woman has been bled by both edges.” What I did really enjoyed about this story was all the inside in the Scarlett Guard. They were a very well organized and smart organization. I loved the little details about how they would keep things a secret. I think the Scarlet Guard is one of the only well flashed out/explained rebellions in YA literature and thus it never made me frown when they won or had succeeded in a mission. Another thing I liked was that we got more Shade, there is a very small part in the Red Queen series where he is actually a part of the cast. However he is one of the emotional driving forces of Mare and determines a few of her actions. Getting to know Shade better and seeing how he came into contact with the Scarlet Guard was fun to read about (I, however, think that I would have enjoyed reading from his pov more than Farley’s). Furthermore I really appreciated how well this story aligned with Red Queen and the small references toward that story. E.g the scene with the pickpocket thief I could appreciate so much! But also in the end we get to see how Farley meets Mare and what happened behind the scenes in the Scarlet Guard when Mare’s abilities were discovered. ________________________________________ World Apart: 4 stars World Apart plays around the time of War Storm and is about a smuggler called Ashe and the Piedmont princess Lyrisa and their journey to safety. This was the first new story I read and when I started it I felled a bit …. Confused? Not that it was bad or anything, but I had expected all these stories to be background stories or stories in the future with the cast of Red Queen. And in the beginning I just couldn’t comprehend that I didn’t recognize anyone, or why this story would be important for the series. But I enjoyed both Ashe and Lyrisa very much as characters and it was great to read from their pov. They were so different but both very interesting. I think this story displayed the hopelessness of the “common” people and awfulness of the situation in War Storm very well. Not everyone was so fortunate as Mare to just fly to Montfort and be protected there. All the people on the docks pleading to be taking by the boats to hopefully a better future, broke my heart. I loved that it viewed another side of the world and that these were characters not involved in the main events of Red Queen. Furthermore I loved seeing how Reds viewed the Silvers. They are utterly frightened of Lyrisa and her powers. It was also super fun to see normal people talk about Mare and everything that had happened in the series. For such a short story it was full of tension, secrets and action and that kept me on the edge of my seat. I just couldn’t stop reading. I also really loved the red servant family and their children, especially the girl, I loved that they were a female couple! “Nowhere is quiet, not in the world ahead or the world behind.” However I have to say that after finishing I still don’t understand the point of this story. We have never met any of these characters, and there wasn’t anything that contributed to the Red Queen series and I felt that was quite a shame/missed opportunity. Furthermore I wasn’t a fan of the ending, which is quite open and I have no idea what will happen to Ashe and Lyrisa, which makes me say once again: what was the point of this novella? I kept thinking that they would show up in a later novella, but nope! And lastly, I didn’t think that the plot was very original or at least not anything I hadn’t read before: “Princess running away from home because she doesn’t want to marry the awful cruel prince that comes chasing after her”. ________________________________________ Iron Heart: 3.0 stars This novella is about Elane and Evangeline after the events in War Storm. My first responds to this novella was literally: “OMG EVANGELINE!!!! YESSS! AND ELANE!!”. I was soooo ready for a story about them. They were my beloved couple in the Red Queen series and Evangeline is one of my favorite characters! However my excitement slowly died while reading the beginning of this story. Where I expected a powerful bi relationship with determined young female characters, I got a story about a whining girl and a lot of arguing and persuading. The plot of this story mainly revolved about persuading Evangeline to go with Ptolemus to the Rift to abdicate but Evangeline refusing to do so. Besides that this novella bored me to tears, I have a problem with the plot and characterization of Evangeline. In Red Queen Evangeline is strong, determined, selfish, arrogant and headstrong, but here she hides in a garden so she doesn’t have to talk to people and make a decision. I don’t understand that she doesn’t take responsibility, don’t understand that she just sits around and does nothing, lives from the “red” government. I think that is so unlike the Evangeline in Red Queen. Maybe I remember her wrong, but in my head she would have never done that and would have taken charge of her own life. Especially since she kind of got everything she wished for and can finally be with Elane in the open. What would have made this story a 1000 percentage better was adding 30 more pages and giving Evangeline depression or PTSD. I did see some signs of that but it was never really clarified. On top of this in about three quarter of this story Evangeline suddenly gets over herself and decides she does need to abdicate and go to the Rift. But not only that, no, she also takes things into her own hands and writes Iris, their mortal enemy, a letter to kindly bend to the new alliance. It was just so sudden and without explanation that it was unbelievable and a bit strange for me. I personally wished that something happened, e.g. an attack from silver nobles on Montford and that Evangeline would lose something/someone so she would finally get some inside about what to do. Some other small things I was disappointed about was that we didn’t really get to see a great fight scene and that she doesn’t use the metal in her garments anymore which was her signature look. And finally I wished we got to see a bit more off Evangeline and Elane’s relationship or individually about Elane, since this whole plot was so focused on Evangeline. “I know you like to pretend to be made of iron. Even in your heart, my love. I know better, and you don’t have to hide with me.” Some things I did really loved was the dual perspective and that we thus got a pov from Elane. I also loved seeing all the other characters like Ptolomus, Davidson, Carmaron, Farley, Cal, Wren. Loved the scene with her and Ptolemus fighting. And of course all the reunions in the Rift, the one with her mother broke my heart. And just small little things like that after she announced her abdication she turned her throne into thousands of needles and let them clatter to the ground. The last thing I want to mention about this novella is that I did really like the ending and how it concludes Evangeline’s character’s story! ________________________________________ Fire Light: 4 disappointing stars This novella is about Mare and Cal and the mess of the Red Queen world that War Storm left us. I have a bad memory and totally forgot why I hated War Storm so much. But luckily this story kindly reminded me of that. There was just nothing solved and this world is again on the verge of a war. If you asked me all the war counseling, all the political stuff and the romance in this novella should have been in the final book instead of all the unnecessary filler. But we are here to talk about the novella Fire Light and not about War Storm. I actually quite liked this novella. I liked all the political discussions, loved the reunions with characters, loved to see how they all were and especially loved seeing the Barrow family all together again! And my queen Evangeline was back, witty, cunning and snarky as ever. A thing I didn’t like as much was the romance. We have had FOUR BOOKS(!!!!!) of Mare and Cal dancing around each other and then in War Storm they let each other go. And that makes things in this novella super awkward and they don’t want to talk but they are both thinking about each other sooo much. I wanted them to kiss and make up and couldn’t stand all the inner monologues whining about the other person and if they would like them still. If you have read this novella: “he didn’t say a word”, would probably trigger you just as much as me. “We were right to come here. To rebuild ourselves, to figure out who we are now, in spite of our missing pieces.” On the downside this story once again ended when the war is nowhere but over. At the end of this book there is a little 5 page summary of everything that happened after and I was so sad that was just summarized there. So even though I overall loved this story I stay with my statement that this should have just been part of an epilogue of War Storm and not a novella on its own. And then we could have made the five page summary into a whole novella book and have a decent ending to this series! ________________________________________ Fare well: 3 disappointing stars Mini story of Maven and Cal’s last conversation and Cal visiting Maven’s grave after the events in War Storm. What can I really say about a story of 20 pages? This story also disappointed me. I’d hoped for something renewing, something devastating that we didn’t already know. But instead we got much of the same Maven who is crazy and obsessed. It was a bit bittersweet to be in Maven’s head because I did still hoped that he could be saved since he was not evil from himself. However this story really showed how deep Elara’s influence went and that Maven was beyond saving. But we already knew all this and I to be honest I wished this story was about some of the surviving characters since this felt pointless. What I did like were Cal’s diary entries and him visiting the grave. I did wipe away a tear or two. And in a weird way I liked this story as the conclusion. “We destroy. We rebuild. We destroy again. It is the constant of our kind. We are all a god’s chosen, and we are all a god’s cursed.” ________________________________________

  16. 4 out of 5

    Letter My Reading

    Edit: OMG VICTORIA LIKED MY REVIEW, THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT HAS A TITLE!!!!!!!!! IT  WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 7TH 2019, DOWN BELOW I HAVE A COUNTDOWN TO THE DATE! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE RED QUEEN SERIES IN ITS ENTIRETY DO NOT READ THIS!!!!!!!!! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!! YOU WERE WARNED!!!!!! This is my MOST ANTICIPATED read for 2019. It's pretty late but the read queen short stories officially have a title. I am a HUGE Red Queen fan. I have forced most of my friends to read it ( and they love Edit: OMG VICTORIA LIKED MY REVIEW, THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT HAS A TITLE!!!!!!!!! IT  WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 7TH 2019, DOWN BELOW I HAVE A COUNTDOWN TO THE DATE! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE RED QUEEN SERIES IN ITS ENTIRETY DO NOT READ THIS!!!!!!!!! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!! YOU WERE WARNED!!!!!! This is my MOST ANTICIPATED read for 2019. It's pretty late but the read queen short stories officially have a title. I am a HUGE Red Queen fan. I have forced most of my friends to read it ( and they loved it )It is my all-time favourite series so of course, I am super excited for these short stories for multiple reasons. 1. I need that Mare-Cal ending. WHAT HAPPENED TO MARE AND CAL'S HAPPILY EVER AFTER?????????????? I was so angry that they didn't: get engaged get married have kids LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER 2. An Epic Finale. War Storm did not give us the most satisfying ending that we were all hoping for. It kind of left us hanging and I was so upset until I found out that there would be short stories. 3. Victoria Aveyard mentioned a story about Evangeline. She went from one of my least favourites to one of my absolute favourites in the last 2 books. I am so excited to see where her story leads (and Elane of Course). How is she dealing with living away from Norta? 4. New characters...YES PLEASE. I am so excited about the new characters who were not in the original 4 books, how the war affected them 5. Just getting back into the Red Queen series one last time. Yes, we all said this about War Storm but now, it is the last finale. I know personally, I'm gonna probably cry because there won't be anything to follow Broken Throne. Thanks, Victoria Aveyard for one more book and an EPIC series that will forever be in my heart. I'm super pumped for the cover reveal and the short stories. Like and Comment if you feel the same and you're excited as well. GO CHECK OUT MY BLOG www.lettermyreading.home.blog Thanks for reading -Letter My Reading

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    Oh no, there's another one...I still haven't finished War Storm yet. I will forever love Red Queen, but to me, the series has been rolling down hill since then. But Maven literally carries the series for me and I can't resist another book that could possibly have him in it. Even if there's a chance that he will make an appearance, especially if it's a story with him and Thomas, then I must read this. I MUST. And it doesn't hurt that the cover is gorgeous.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    I have never been a huge fan of this series. I only continued reading it because I’m not fond of leaving them midway and I especially like getting some closure about characters. That’s also probably the only reason I read this short story collection, because War Storm didn’t give us a satisfactory ending nor did it complete the arcs of the characters. This book starts off with the previously published stories from Cruel Crown, which I was obviously not interested in. The next story called World I have never been a huge fan of this series. I only continued reading it because I’m not fond of leaving them midway and I especially like getting some closure about characters. That’s also probably the only reason I read this short story collection, because War Storm didn’t give us a satisfactory ending nor did it complete the arcs of the characters. This book starts off with the previously published stories from Cruel Crown, which I was obviously not interested in. The next story called World Behind was probably set during the events of King’s Cage and had new characters whose predicament I couldn’t care less about. Evangeline’s story was interesting, getting to know about her life in Montfort and what her and Elane’s future looks like. But my love hate with her character still continues, and she manages to piss me off while also feeling good that she is getting the life she wanted. The next story was what I really wanted to read - what happens when Mare and Cal meet again. There is still a lot of reconstruction to be done and they are not obligated to the same sides, but it was nice to see them finally come to some form of resolution about their future. Both of them still grapple with the choices they made regarding Maven and while I know that he is a villain, I was glad that they remembered him. The last little story called Farewell definitely made me a little emotional. However, it’s the historical accounts that are written throughout the book are what impressed me. We get to know more about how this world of Silvers and Reds came to be, and it was actually very fascinating to see that it’s a post-apocalyptic version of our own. I think I never saw that coming. We also get little tidbits about all the Calore monarchs before Cal and that was interesting. But the best part was at the end, where we see how this world ended up and what happened to all these characters in the future. I don’t wanna spoil it but it’s that final historical account that gave me the closure I needed. Obviously if you are a diehard fan of the Red Queen series, you should definitely read this book. Otherwise, I don’t know if it’s worth the price. Despite my curiosity, I would not have read it if not for my library copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mads

    I got this book for Maven but ended up enjoying the other parts. Still, this didn't add anything mind blowing to the series. I wouldn't have missed out on much if I hadn't read it. Since there are multiple short stories, I'm gonna give a review for each individual one. QUEEN SONG: Im not sure why I loved this one so much but I did. Seeing Coriane's mental state slowly declining throughout her life was intense and intriguing. 5/5 stars STEEL SCARS: Farley is great and I loved reading about her an I got this book for Maven but ended up enjoying the other parts. Still, this didn't add anything mind blowing to the series. I wouldn't have missed out on much if I hadn't read it. Since there are multiple short stories, I'm gonna give a review for each individual one. QUEEN SONG: Im not sure why I loved this one so much but I did. Seeing Coriane's mental state slowly declining throughout her life was intense and intriguing. 5/5 stars STEEL SCARS: Farley is great and I loved reading about her and Shade. 4/5 stars. WORLD BEHIND: This was my favorite one. Lyrisa and Ashe were so cute?? I want a whole book on them. 5/5 stars. IRON HEART: Listen, I love Evangeline which is why I'm upset I got bored reading her chapters. 3/5 stars. FIRE LIGHT: I never cared much for Mare and Cal's relationship but ngl I enjoyed some parts in here. The political debate bored me. 3/5 stars. FARE WELL: I read this whole book for Maven only for him to get one chapter. He deserves better than this. Also, it was literally the same thing from the previous books and added nothing new to his character. There should've been Maven x Thomas scenes. But it was still emotional. 4/5 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    COVER REVEAL!!! Honestly, I think this is the most stunning cover for the entire series. The beautiful symbolism, classic pairing of royal purple and gold, it's just beautiful. Red Queen was the book that really brought me back into the YA realm. I hadn't read much of anything since the end of the original Harry Potter series, but this book reminded me how much fun reading and fantasy could be. And while the series certainly has its flaws, it holds a special place in my heart because of that. So COVER REVEAL!!! Honestly, I think this is the most stunning cover for the entire series. The beautiful symbolism, classic pairing of royal purple and gold, it's just beautiful. Red Queen was the book that really brought me back into the YA realm. I hadn't read much of anything since the end of the original Harry Potter series, but this book reminded me how much fun reading and fantasy could be. And while the series certainly has its flaws, it holds a special place in my heart because of that. So I can't wait to dive into this world one last time. Sidenote: 400 pages!? Blessed

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chrisi

    Started it,Had a breakdown, Bon appètit No really, Broken Throne is a must have for every Red Queen (probably not for Maven stans but who cares). Victoria once again brings us in her world of politics, betrayal and heartbreak. Her writing is fierce and tempting and exciting. AND I NEED MORE OF IT!! It was amazing to read how the characters have dealt with the after match of the last war and it was exciting to see that they keep growing as humans. Miss Aveyard knows her character so well and didn’t Started it,Had a breakdown, Bon appètit No really, Broken Throne is a must have for every Red Queen (probably not for Maven stans but who cares). Victoria once again brings us in her world of politics, betrayal and heartbreak. Her writing is fierce and tempting and exciting. AND I NEED MORE OF IT!! It was amazing to read how the characters have dealt with the after match of the last war and it was exciting to see that they keep growing as humans. Miss Aveyard knows her character so well and didn’t forget where they came from. Non of them was out of character and i really loved it. Every short story gives you all lot more information, joyful moments and a lot of tears! Like i said, if you loved and admired the Red Queen series as much as i did you will love this book so so much! I’m just writing this with tears in my eyes because i still can’t believe that it’s over but let me tell you one thing. Red Queen might me over but it ended with a BANG!! A million stars from me for this masterpiece!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Ahhhhhh, soo good!! I feel like this book was a great way to end the series! And I loved meeting the new Freeland characters!

  23. 5 out of 5

    helena

    perfect. have you ever read a sequel to a book you just gave 5 stars to but the sequel is so good you have to lower your previous rating just to give this sequel a 5-star review? that's the case. broken throne is way more of an ending to the red queen series than war storm ever was. it gave the series the conclusion i asked for. it could easily stop being the red queen #4.5 to be the #5. i'm gonna miss this world so much.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    AHA! I fucking knew it!! I knew that piece of junk was not the end! cheap cheap cheap

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janani(ஜனனி)

    ON HOLD FOR NOW BECAUSE SLUMP I haven't even finished War Storm(10% is remaining), but I would kill to have this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh 🥀

    Bruh my thumb messed up and pressed the “want to read” button, i just want the spoilers without doing the work. Like the Bachelor. I’m invested but not that invested so instead of watching i just read the live tweets.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cristal

    Exactly the follow-up I needed. Aveyard really is a history geek, and it shows. Fortunately, I’m one too, and I’m realizing how much I love politics and war—in stories, of course. I’m excited for more from her.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    It didn’t really add much new information that I was dying to know

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is the ending we deserved for Red Queen. Honestly should've been in Book #4, but still, I'm glad to get short stories about side characters and see how they are all doing. I'm so relieved War Storm wasn't the actual end. This book really made me realize how much the main cast has grown up throughout the series - and for the better. Especially Evangeline and Cal - their character developments are great. I love seeing Cal's POV and the scenes where he talks with Julian. It makes me feel proud This is the ending we deserved for Red Queen. Honestly should've been in Book #4, but still, I'm glad to get short stories about side characters and see how they are all doing. I'm so relieved War Storm wasn't the actual end. This book really made me realize how much the main cast has grown up throughout the series - and for the better. Especially Evangeline and Cal - their character developments are great. I love seeing Cal's POV and the scenes where he talks with Julian. It makes me feel proud of him for how far he has gone. There is this one quote in there about how Cal would make a good king, but not great - great is what he has turned into now without needing the crown. I love that. It was a touching moment. Also - we get a new insight into Maven - it makes it all the more tragic yet sweet. 3.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I can’t believe I spent $20 on this book. There is nothing captivating about this collection of short stories and historical review. There were some interesting surprises in one of the few maps and in the final few wrap-up pages, but it was only worth buying to complete my “Red Queen” series collection. The last four pages were great though, and I did enjoy the purple text throughout. The Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition that I purchased included a pullout colored version of the royal family tre I can’t believe I spent $20 on this book. There is nothing captivating about this collection of short stories and historical review. There were some interesting surprises in one of the few maps and in the final few wrap-up pages, but it was only worth buying to complete my “Red Queen” series collection. The last four pages were great though, and I did enjoy the purple text throughout. The Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition that I purchased included a pullout colored version of the royal family tree already included in the book, plus small character biographies for Cal and Maven. Those biographies do contain exclusive fun facts about them, so if you’re into those characters you will likely enjoy that. The short stories included are as follows: Queen Song, Steel Scars, World Behind, Iron Heart, Fire Light, and Fare Well. The first two were already published in “Cruel Crown.” “World Behind” is about a Riverman who takes an unlikely passenger aboard his keelboat and ends up with more trouble than he bargained for. It felt similar to “Steel Scars” for me, but this time with brand new characters set in a time either during the latter half of “King’s Cage” or sometime in “War Storm.” It’s not necessary for the main “Red Queen” storyline. Nobody and nothing in that story has ever been mentioned before, besides a short reference to Mare’s time as a prisoner of Maven. “Iron Heart” follows Evangeline after the events of “War Storm.” If you like her story, you’ll like it. If not, you won’t care. “Fire Light” continues the main story around where “War Storm” left off, featuring the main characters of the series. “Fare Well” is a very short story that deals with Cal and Maven’s relationship from the end of “War Storm” to the aftermath. There are also timelines and detailed history reviews documented in this book. Some are of the events spanning over the entire series, others go hundreds of years back if you really want to know everything about the “Red Queen” world. Other content includes a couple of short interviews with Mr. Elldon, Diana Farley, and Will Whistle and an overview of all of the countries’ governments. Everything you get: •6 short stories (plus that four-page ending) •3 brief interviews •3 letters •3 maps •2 family trees •2 collections of 3 flags each •Continental Governments Overview •Series Timeline •Timeline of events that precede the series •Monarchs of House Calore (and their histories) It sounds pretty good, but the majority of this 471 page novel (including acknowledgements) is boring.

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