Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.
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.
Diana 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 was pretty excited to read Queen Song, particularly because I wanted to know what exactly Elara did to her, the way Julian was so tormented in Red Queen. Sadly, it was a very vague account of the actual incident and more about how Corianne felt smothered in her own home, prior to marriage. After marriage, it is, well, a different kind of smothering, with the nobles thinking her to be a cheat, and she feeling paranoid in her skin. Her paranoia was real, of course, but being Silver meant she had to maintain a strong facade at all times. It speaks more of Silver culture, and of our current times, that accepting you’re afraid is a sign of weakness. It was a well-written story, though, with respect to Corianne. Other characters, except Julian, were, sadly again, not delved much into.
Now, Steel Scars was unexpectedly good. I wasn’t that interested in Farley as a character, during Red Queen. But Steel Scars definitely made me turn and take notice. She is this firebrand, revolutionary and strategist, and also the expansion into the world of Scarlet Guard was a good treat. And we meet Shade Barrow, and see what he was like before! I expect more into this in Glass Sword, the one I am reading next.
Overall, both stories were good, but yeah, a bit more details wouldn’t have hurt, when it came to the characters.
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