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Red Queen #0.1

Queen Song

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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.

100 pages, ebook

First published September 1, 2015

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Victoria Aveyard

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I'm an author/screenwriter who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

I wrote the #1 NYT bestselling series RED QUEEN and my next series, REALM BREAKER, will be out in May 2021.

The genres I'm into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, I'm buying.

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Profile Image for Pearl Angeli.
622 reviews950 followers
January 27, 2016
"There is nothing so terrible as a story untold."

Queen Song is one of the novellas of Red Queen series. Here, we are told about the backstory of Queen Coriane, the mother of Prince Cal from Red Queen. Coriane belongs to the Silver blood, under the House Jacos-- a not-so-well-endowed clan compared to other Silver bloods. She writes her life events in a dairy and conveys her emotions there. Her ordinary life changed when Prince Tibe, heir to the court of Norta, fell in love with her and asked her hand for marriage, which of course, became the reason why the traditional Queenstrial was never realized. This led to conflicts and certain intrigues that tested Coriane's strength and belief while carrying her crown as a Queen.

It's Victoria Aveyard's flawless and breathtaking writing style that made me embrace this novella. Once again I was amazed by how she was able to bring this story in an epic level. There were no action scenes here but all the events were simply engaging. I loved how the simple plotline surprisingly became extraordinarily beautiful in the end.

The romance between Coriane and Tibe was sweet and raw, heartbreaking at times. There was also a good pacing here and the Silver blood's powers were drawn neatly.

Perhaps Coriane's character development was the one that's lacking here. She came out fragile and weak in the beginning but she was starting to get tough in the near-end. Unfortunately, she went back to being weak again in the end, surrendering to her fate and accepting her vulnerability that she couldn't do anything to save herself and the people she cared about.

All in all, this novella is totally compelling despite some minor flaws. It's nice to know Coriane's story after she was mysteriously mentioned in Red Queen. It was written in a poignant yet beautiful prose, something that holds you together to read it. When it comes to the ending, it was a bit hazy and mind-boggling, thus leaving us with a big question: WHO DID IT?



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531 reviews34.5k followers
November 2, 2017
Okay first of all:

I always knew that Elara was an - excuse my crude choice of words - evil bitch, but holy mackerel that probably was the understatement of the century! That woman is pure evil and after reading “Queen Song” I just want that witch to burn. XD

Well, enough of the pleasantries and back to the review. Since it was just a short novella I decided to point out what I liked and what I didn’t like. That way you don’t have to put up with my endless babbling and ranting and still will have enough time to continue to read your (no doubt) awesome books! ;-)

Warning: The review might contain some minor spoilers from now on!

What I didn’t like:

- It took a little while until the story line picked up pace and even though there were only six chapters the first 3 were pretty lengthy.
- I wanted to read more about Julian and Sara but the two unfortunately were once again degraded to be side characters. So yeah, not much of additional info on that front.
- After chapter three everything went to hell! *lol* Hmm okay, I’m not even sure if that’s negative so let’s just scratch this, okay? xD

What I liked:

- I loved the gentle and balanced relationships between Prince Robert, King Tiberias Calore V. and Queen Anabel. Those three really seemed to care for each other and it was more than just nice to see how much they respected and loved each other. =D
- I liked that Prince Tibe chose Coriane because he truly loved her and didn’t give a damn about Queenstrial. Haha
- I loved how I was shaken after the last chapter. All those different feels… *shudder*
- And in addition to that I enjoyed how intense the book became once Coriane moved to the court. Jeez! I’m still having heart palpitations here. *lol*
- The way Coriane loved everything about her little baby boy Cal! XD

So yeah even though the novella started kind of slow it really got to me in the end. What made it even worse were Coriane’s diary entries and her thoughts that actually caused me to swallow. Over those last two chapters the book got an oppressive edge and my heart literally skipped some beats.

In conclusion as always a few quotes I liked:

“She walked the city many times in hopes of finding a place she enjoyed, somewhere to anchor her in the newly tossing sea of her life.
She found no such place – instead she found a person.”

“The boy was the sun in Coriane’s sky. On hard days, he split the darkness. On good days, he lit the world.”

*Super spoiler quotes!!! Don't click if you don't want to know the end*

If you liked the Red Queen series this is definitely a good addition to the books and certainly will help you to bridge the time until the fourth book finally arrives!!!
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320 reviews2,134 followers
Want to read
July 23, 2015
HOLY SHIT. That cover.



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230 reviews3,933 followers
July 14, 2019
5 Heart Breaking ★'s

“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.”

Oh my goodness, this whole damn novella was so gosh darn sad! From beginning to end I felt my heart getting heavier and heavier with heartache for Coriane. That poor girl, she was so sweet and had such a gentle soul. She didn't deserve all the shit she had to suffer through. Elara as we already knew was an evil corrupted bitch but this really shows just how black her heart and her soul really was, all to win a Crown!!! It was also nice getting to see that Prince Tibe chose Coriane because he truly unwaveringly loved her, Queenstrial be damned! It also gives us a better understanding as to why he favored Cal so much. Because Cal was all he had felt of the Women he loved. Coriane had so much love for baby Cal. Cal was her light on her darkest of days. Ugh just writing this is making me sad all over again 😭. I love the way this was written, it really drew me in and I couldn't read it fast enough. Hell, I wish it was a LOT longer.
October 8, 2018
Not sure if I liked it. Though maybe I did. The beginning was a bit unpleasant but then it progressed into quite a neat introduction to a world. The Red Queen World.

The final accords - lovely and lively. A warrior queen. A king and his 'paramour', M-M style. A prince who 'intoxicates' himself. A girl who likes equations and mechanisms. A guy who loves history. Stuffy nobility, Silver and gifted. Reds, blesed with purpose to their lives.

And Coriane's final... what a crescendo!

There is nothing so terrible as a story untold. (c)
And her gray eyes, once bright stars, seemed dark, full of shadows. (c)
I remember. There is no greater pain or punishment than memory. (c)
They drank in the morning with greed, a quenched man still gulping at water while others died of thirst. (c)
“Always a plan with you.”
“I certainly try.” (c)
She was no great intellect, charmer, beauty, or warrior. Her usefulness lay in marriage, in alliance, and there were none to be found in her brother’s books or protection. (c)
Queen Anabel, an oblivion of House Lerolan, did just that. She sat on the king’s left, her smile curling, eyes on her only son. Her military uniform was open at the neck, revealing a firestorm of jewels at her throat, red and orange and yellow as the explosive ability she possessed. (c)
At least she has spine enough to eat her food. (c)
A strange prince, an even stranger night, she wrote later. I don’t know if I ever want to see him again. But he seemed lonely too. Should we not be lonely together? (c)
I leave behind unfinished puzzles, pieces never put back together. It feels wasteful. Not of the objects, but myself. So much time spent stripping wire or counting screws. For what? For knowledge I will never use? Knowledge that is cursed, inferior, stupid, to everyone else? What have I done with myself for fifteen years? A great construct of nothing. (c)
She walked the city many times in hopes of finding a place she enjoyed, somewhere to anchor her in the newly tossing sea of her life. (c)
Coriane was not so dazzled by silk shops or the stylish eateries jutting out over the water, but more interested in the bridge itself, its construction. She tried to fathom how many tons of metal were beneath her feet, her mind a flurry of equations. (c)
“I was just wondering how many tons of metal we’re standing on, hoping it will keep us up.”
“I’ll do my best to keep that thought out of my head,” he mumbled. “Any other frightening notions to share?” (c)
The cage of the capital was not a happy place for Coriane.
Nor Tiberias Calore. (c)
She thought that every time, and she was always wrong. (c)
How could servants create such beauty and still be considered inferior? They are capable of wonders different from our own.
They gained skill through handiwork and practice, rather than birth. Is that not equal to Silver strength, if not greater than it? But she did not dwell on such thoughts long. She never did. This is the way of the world. (c)
Something tightened in Coriane’s chest, an unfamiliar sensation. Was it . . . happiness? She thought so. (c)
We are the same, she thought. Searching for something to keep us anchored, both alone in a crowded room. (c)
But there is a difference between a single candle in darkness, and a sunrise. (c)
“It gets easier,” Queen Anabel whispered into her ear. Coriane wanted to believe her. (c)
Usually this is where the fairy tale ends. Stories don’t go much further than this moment, and I fear there’s a good reason for it. (c)
... simply could not believe how her mind seemed to spin out of control, happy one second and then distraught the next, bouncing between emotions like a kite in a gale. (c)
It might be a crime to write such things, but I am a queen. I am the queen. I can say and write what I think. (c)
You are still the little girl in a dusty room, forgotten, unwanted, out of place. You are queen of everything, mother to a beautiful son, wife to a king who loves you, and still you cannot find it in yourself to smile. (c)
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971 reviews1,778 followers
April 13, 2023
3.5 stars

I usually struggle more to get into novellas/short stories because they are so short that by the time I get involved and start to care about the characters, it's already over.

It was nice seeing how things all began between Coriane and Tiberius "Tibe" the 6th (I think it's the 6th?). We had a few pieces of information from the series, but it was cute to see how Tibe truly loved Coriane, and tragic at the same time to see how Coriane felt like a failure and how she was all alone in her mental struggle (thanks Elara for that 🙄). Tibe was very different in this novella too, and it makes sense now why he always seemed to favor Cal over Maven. even though both are his sons, Cal is the one he had with his one true love.

I am also wondering what happened to Prince Robert. I don't remember him being mentioned in the series... Or at least he was not important enough for me to remember him, but he seemed like such a sweet and likable character, I would have loved to see more of him.

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965 reviews741 followers
September 7, 2015
Basically, Queen Song is about a depressed, sad girl with a diary. She thought herself as nothing. It's like Juliette Ferrars all over again. And that's it. The end. Just kidding. Lol.

I think this novella is quite unnecessary. I don't particularly care about Corianne Jacos. I'm sorry. I admit I quite care about her diary but boy, I'm disappointed because it is just of full of angsty monologues and narratives. I anticipated that I will get secrets or anything but no. *sighs*

I like the ending anyway so 2 stars.
August 31, 2020
”There is nothing so terrible as a story untold”.

Este es uno de los relatos “repetidos”, pues ya había sido incluido hace tiempo en Cruel Crown. Yo lo leí en ese momento, pero decidí releerlo para tener la experiencia de Broken Throne completa.

Aquí nos encontramos con Norta muchísimos años antes de que nacieran Cal, Maven o Mare. De hecho, los protagonistas son la generación anterior. Queen Song cuenta la historia de Coriane Jacos, quien sería la madre de Cal, y cómo llega a casarse con el rey Tiberias y ganarse de enemiga a la peligrosísima Elara Merandus, madre de Maven.

Este relato es brutal, pues realmente entendemos cómo Elara se fue metiendo poco a poco en la mente de Coriane hasta destrozarla por completo. Es muy duro leer los diarios de Coriane y notar que ni ella misma sabe si lo que está pensando o lo que le está pasando es por causas naturales o si Elara está en su mente de nuevo. Y, bueno… el final… wow. Todos conocemos el final si hemos leído Red Queen, pero no deja de ser sorprendente y muy, muy crudo.
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1,347 reviews85 followers
July 26, 2016
***3,5 stars for me***

While i was reading the "Red queen", i catched myself many times to thinking about the previous queen, Cal's mother, Coriane!!!
And with that novel, i took a glimpse of her life before she become queen and after...
It didn't reveal too much about her death, but as i was pretty sure i knew who was the guilty of that crime!!!

I liked that i learned about how was her life before goes to court and i liked the fact that the Prince fell in love with her and didn't care for anything except to married her...
I liked that there was a connection between them...

Elara still was a big thorn in this book and for once again she didn't give me any reason to like her...
I hated her before and i still hate her...
The only thing that i will love to learn is the way that Elara manage to crawl in King's life and how she took Coriana's place...

That it will be so interesting!!!

So... That was a quite interesting novel and i can not wait for the second book of the series because everything are too fluid and i have to know what will happen next with Cal, Mare and Maven..
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
May 31, 2017
Queen Song (Red Queen 0.1), Victoria Aveyard
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: آواز ملکه - کتاب 0.1 از مجموعه ملکه سرخ؛ نویسنده: ویکتوریا آویارد؛ مترجم: محمدصالح نورانی زاده؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1394؛ در 79 ص؛ مصور؛ شابک: 9786001821905؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
در این نوولا می‌خوانیم: چطور ملکه کورین، همسر نخست پادشاه تایبریاس، داستان زندگی‌ اش را در دفترچه خاطراتی مخفی نگه‌داری می‌کند ــ وگرنه چطور می‌تواند مطمئن باشد که کسی از افکارش در برابر خودش استفاده نمی‌کند؟ در طی سال‌ها، کورین درباره‌ ی آشنایی‌ اش با ولیعهد، تولد شاهزاده‌ ی جدید یعنی کال، و هر اتفاق دیگری که در زندگی سلطنتی‌ اش می‌افتد در این دفترچه می‌نویسد. ا. شربیانی
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851 reviews447 followers
January 3, 2016
"These golden walls will be my tomb."

Very interesting.This short story is told from Coriane's perspective when she was a young adult.Well,we mostly know her as Cal's mother.We get to find out how she met her husband Tiberias and how she handled being a Queen.
"I am not the monster the gossips think me to be.I’ve done nothing,manipulated no one."

Also,there's Robert and young Julian ♥!
Profile Image for Fatima  Havilliard.
109 reviews34 followers
January 6, 2016
"The Calores are children of fire, as strong and destructive as their flame, but Cal will not be like the others before. Fire can destroy, fire can kill, but it can also create. Forest burned in the summer will be green by spring, better and stronger than before. Cal’s flame will build and bring roots from the ashes of war. The guns will quiet, the smoke will clear, and the soldiers, Red and Silver both, will come home. One hundred years of war, and my son will bring peace. He will not die fighting. He will not. HE WILL NOT."

I think I love Coriane.

Queen Song is a novella about The deceased Queen Coriane, the mother of Cal. This confirm that Elara is a bitch in all the extension of the word!! And this pulled me out of some doubts, I really hope that in Glass Sword tell us more about House Jacos and the powers of the silvers. Also I love the words Coriane write in her diary about Cal and the love she had for him and her desire for that he will change the things when he reign.
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112 reviews
May 22, 2022
واين صداي قلب منه كه ميشكنه:)))
كورين تو اگر كه بودي الان كال قطعا عاشقت ميشد:)
رابرت تو فقط چندصفحه بودي و من حتي درست نشناختمت اما دلم پيشت موند:)

اين داستان به اين دردناكي و تلخي و زيبايي..
كاش يكم پرداخت بهش بهتر بود:)
كاش طولاني تر مينوشتي اما بهتر مينوشتي..
ميدونم كه ميخواستي فقط حقيقت رو بهمون نشون بدي و كارتو كردي و من الان سراسر از غم و نفرتم
اما حس كردم اوايلش خيلي كشش دادي و كاش به جاي اون بيشتر روي موضوع اصلي و شخصيت پردازي مانور ميدادي:)
ازت ناراحتم چون اين داستان ميتونست خيلي زيباتر نوشته شه:)
ولي بازم ميگم كار خودشو كرد و وقتي تموم شد بغض درحال خوردن گلوم بود.
اميدوارم داستان كورين رو توي جلداي بعد بازهم بشنوم...
و كسايي كه بايد به تقاض كارشون برسن:)
يكي از دلايلي كه ادامه ميدم اينه كه ببينم اينو كه انتقام كورين
گرفته شه:)
و مر شايد يكم شبيه كورين باشه اما فكر كنم با همين چندصفحه من كورين رو بيشتر دوست دارم:'
و اره درنهايت بگم كه
اواز غمناك ملكه رو شنيدم.. واون درد رو به تمام وجودم منتقل كرد..
اما اره من اوازتو شنيدم:)
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397 reviews1,818 followers
January 25, 2022
Can you believe that I'm rating this novella higher than Red Queen, the actual book? Insane, I know, but at least Coriane was more likable than Mare. I do however, think that Elara is a bitch for what she did to Coriane and that Cori should've stood up for herself and make Elara suffer.

Tibe really loved her, also seeing part of his past was amazing! So sad that prince Robert wasn't mentioned in Red Queen. Also, now I know where Cal has that thing for fix up machines.
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158 reviews49 followers
February 21, 2016
"He was the prince. the future king. And she was no one at all, a limp excuse for a Silver daughter of a High House."
This novella was clever. I have been so curious with the first queen, Cal's mother story. All we got to know her was that she was the king's first wife, a Singer, Julian's sister and the queen before the cold-hearted Elara took over. It was written on a third-person point of view given the fact that Queen Coriane has already past away - wasn't expecting that. I thought that this novella was going to be composed of entry on a Diary where the queen kept all of her secrets - I was obviously wrong and it was the best mistake ever.

Queen Song was simply amazing. Coriane and Tibe's love story was also included and even though it was not really detailed I couldn't have asked for more. It was like a Cinderella story, only Coriane was not a slave, although they are poor, they still belong to a High House with a Silver Blood and instead of a wicked Step-mother, we got here instead a wicked/evil queen wanna be in Elara. Although tragic, it was sweet and believable, being a crowned prince and all. We also get to follow the Queen's happiness and hurt and anger and desperation and depression when she was finally able to get a son, Cal, after the 3rd miscarriage.

Her characterization was well portrayed, although a bit unlikeable. She likes to down herself a lot even before she met the crowned prince, always moping around feeling sorry for herself, for the dream she wouldn't be able to live, she was weak. She did tried to fight, however, she didn't know her enemy well which eventually end up to her death as we all know.

The ending was obviously rushed. I think it has something to do with the secrecy and mystery that the book is trying to keep up. Although we all have our suspicions, the question still remains on who really is behind the Queen's death? and.. How?
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827 reviews413 followers
July 8, 2018
2 La Cenicienta deprimida STARS

" There is nothing so terrible as a story untold. "


Bonita historia.
Horrible desarrollo.

Coriane es una jovencita de 15 años, ella es SILVER, pero de bajo nivel, vive en un viejo y lejano estado. Es una protagonista que siempre se la pasa tristeando y preocupándose por algo. Aunque también es muy inteligente en ciertas cosas, le gusta armar y desarmar cosas para descubrir como funcionan; inclusive siente fascinación por los RED, admira su trabajo, los envidia un poco porque ellos tienen un propósito en la vida, aunque sea solo servir, pero ella no tiene ninguna meta. Al ser mujer su único futuro es casarse, pero nadie esta interesado en ella, así que cada día pierde mas la esperanza de que eso pase. Tiene a su hermano y mejor amiga, que son pareja y tienen planeado casarse. Y si, eso también la entristece porque le recuerda que ella no tienen a nadie que la quiera de esa manera.


Por circunstancias del destino, en una fiesta royal, ella conoce al príncipe Tiberias el cuarto o quinto (whatever) el punto es que después de eso ellos se hacen amigos. Así es Coriane ahora ya tiene un amigo que la quiere y que se enamora de ella, y que además algún día será rey. Es hermoso ver como Tiberias hace todo para poder estar con ella.


Y si eso también la deprime, por que ella se sigue subestimando, pensando que no es bonita, poderosa o lista. Cuando en realidad su poder es uno de los mas fuertes a mi parecer pero nunca se ha enfocado a manejarlo, también sufre por pensar que su esposo puede morir en la guerra.

Dejando de lado a la Cenicienta deprimida, hablemos del personaje mas interesante Elara, a ella la vimos mucho en el libro de Red Queen, es la mama de Mavin y bueno ya sabemos lo que paso. Si ella es la gran villana de la historia y si, lo que hace es bastante malo y completamente cruel.
Peroooooooooo aquí la cuestión es que creo que este personaje fue inspirado (copiado) en Cersei Lannister (de la serie de Canción de hielo y fuego).


Tienen varias cosas en común:

-Ambas provienen de una familia muy poderosa he importante.

-Ambas dan por echo que llegaran a ser reinas.

-Ambas pierden la oportunidad de ser reinas por circunstancias completamente fuera de su control.

-Y aunque ambas logran ser reinas, se vuelven amargadas por el simple echo de que ellas no fueron la primera opción del rey. Y si eso es demasiado parecido. Cersei es súper rencorosa porque Robert Baratheon nunca la quiso porque el siempre estuvo enamorado de Lyanna Stark. Y aquí El rey Tiberias se caso con Coriane por amor, y con Elara solamente porque gano el Queenstreal. Al ser ella tan mala se podía pensar que eso no le afecta, pero si recordamos en el final del libro de Red Queen, ella le reclama al Rey Tiberias por no haber querido a Maven y por lo mucho que siempre prefirió a Cal, y eso claramente es debido a que Cal es hijo de Coriane.

La historia es bonita porque nos muestra que los padres de Cal se amaron, pero también es triste porque nos muestra la crueldad de lo que Elara le hizo a Coriane.

Por supuesto hubiera disfrutado mas la historia si la narrativa no fuera tan fuckin confusa, si los nombres de las familias no fueran tan difíciles, parecidos y ridículos. Si la autora describiera la ropa en si y no solamente los colores. Si hubiera sido capaz de sentirme dentro del libro y no tener de forzarme a terminar una historia de apenas 100 paginas.

Sigo siendo TEAMMAVEN, pero ahora ya espero mas de CAL, para que pueda vengar la muerte de su mamá​​​​.

"If I was a bird, then I could fly away with Tibe.

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12 reviews
May 16, 2023
این سرگذشت قلبم رو شکوند..
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498 reviews828 followers
April 5, 2022
5 out of 10

ревью на русском/review in russian

The start was really confusing: it seemed like the language wasn't English at all - very hard to read and enjoy. But in chapter #2, I had recognized Victoria's old style, it was a relief. The story itself is indeed sad, we all know that Coriane will be dead and Elara will take her place. At the start, I thought that Cal's mother was a brat and angsty chick, but I loved her later. It was interesting to see young Tiberias the Sixth and his parents, but I was happier when Cal was born. Such a shame this story wasn't about this fat and cute baby) Overall, the bonus is nice (not super necessary but totally not a waste of time).

Red Queen (Алая королева):
Queen Song (Песнь королевы) #0.1/4
Steel Scars (Стальные шрамы) #0.2/4
Red Queen (Алая Королева) #1/4
Glass Sword (Стеклянный меч) #2/4
King's Cage (Королевская клетка) #3/4
War Storm (Шторм войны) #4/4
Broken Throne (Разрушенный трон) #4.5/4
Profile Image for Yulitza Moncada.
38 reviews93 followers
March 16, 2016
Tenia muchas ganas de leer esta historia corta, y no fue la gran cosa, se me hizo buena SI, pero esperaba más de ella, Queen Song solo cuenta con 6 episodios que te los vas a leer en menos de 1 horas.

Tengo que decir que los personajes me gustaron, Alara es un personaje que me gusto mucho desde Red Queen ella es tan mala y cruel, Robert me encanto, y algo que me costó mucho fue conectar con la historia y eso que solo tenemos 6 capítulos, la historia de Coriane fue tan trágica y triste, sentirse atrapada, que tu familia no tenga nada a pesar de estar en la clase alta y es totalmente comprensible porque vemos un personaje un poco amargado, en este libro nos vamos a encontrar con una protagonista joven y vamos viendo su evolución en el libro, la evolución entre Tiberias y Coriane y en cómo esta termino siendo su esposa, siempre quise saber que fue lo que paso con ella ya que en Red Queen nos dicen que murió de una forma “misteriosa” pero al leer este libro, vamos a descubrir algo impactante.

Algo negativo de este libro fue lo corto, y lo difícil que fue conectar con la historia y Coriane, aun asi Victoria sabe como atraparte y hacerte morir mientras esperas la siguiente historia.
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3,001 reviews368 followers
October 14, 2017
It is always fun when author's give us this look inside a character, whether they be good or evil but I must admit, its the evil ones, that really stand out and get my attention.

To be inside their heads, even from a distance as is the case in this story, just fascinates me and really does add depth to the character.

I feel for Cal and for the woman that he would never get to love or know and of course for the woman that dared to cross Elara's path.

I absolutely love that the author gave us this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was a great addition to the series. To see how it all started, how it all came about, was a treat and I can't wait to dive into book two now.
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397 reviews34 followers
April 1, 2016
Não sou grande fã de contos mas resolvi ler este por recomendação de uma amiga e porque tem a ver com os livros de uma saga que estou a ler presentemente. Trata-se de uma espécie de diário da rainha mãe de um dos protagonistas dos livros d'A Rainha Vermelha. Gostei do inicio, de saber o que estava por detrás da saga em si mas gostava que apesar de ser um conto, o final estivesse um pouco mais desenvolvido
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291 reviews46 followers
November 1, 2015
OMG I didn't even know that book, finished Red Queen this morning and expecting a date for the second book ...
And now I discover THIS novel ? On 1st septembre 2015 ?! Gosh, it made my day !

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1,206 reviews144 followers
January 17, 2022

Such a heartbreaking novella.

You know, Julian was right. I can definitely see Mare in Coriane. Mare is a more bitter, hardened version of the Singer Queen, but they have an astoundingly similar way of thinking.

Both stand alone in a sea of people, never sure of anything, least of all their place in the world, Strong in their own way too.

I could also see Cal in Coriane's love for building things and taking them apart to see how they function and that might have been the only thing that made me smile.

Mother and son sure would have had a blast together. They would have created magnificent things.

It wasn't fair. Elara was a vicious, heartless bitch. I can't believe how she wormed her way into Coriane's mind and slowly, but steadily led her to madness and death.

Urrgh! I wanted her to go through all the terror she inflicted on Cal's mother. A thousand times worse.
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133 reviews109 followers
February 1, 2016
This novella is based on the Red Queen series and in this book, we are told about Queen Coriane. To those who have read Red Queen, Queen Coriane is the mother of Prince Cal. She's a Silver blood and came from House Jacos, a not really famous clan compared to the other Silver bloods. Every emotion and thought of hers are portrayed in a diary that was given by Julian for her birthday. Everything changes in her life when the heir to the court of Norta, Prince Tribe fell in love with her and asked her hand for marriage. This lead to conflicts that really tested her while being a Queen.

I loved how this short story grabbed my attention even though it was short. I pity Queen Coriane how she had trouble with her carriage and she got pregnant for the fourth time at the age of 21 and finally had a baby, who turns out to be the precious Prince Cal. (It was funny how I'll be turning 21 soon but I'm still not married and this lady here just had her first child)

Lol anyway, that wasn't my point. Queen Coriane started off as a weak character who was easily shaken off, especially by Elara (yes, that bitch) and she grew stronger from time to time, and then went straight back to being weak again? AND THAT ENDING. I'm not sure what happened. It was so abrupt! Like, why would you end it like that? I mean, who did that? But whatever it is, I'm glad that Prince Cal survived :)

Definitely recommending this to those who enjoyed Red Queen and are interested to know the backstory of Prince Cal's mother, Queen Coriane.
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48 reviews33 followers
June 26, 2018
This novella blew my mind!! I already hated Elara but now I realise how psycho crazy she truly was. I loved reading about the relationship between Tibe and Coriane! It was so cute, not at all like the king we know from the other books in the series. I wish we could learn a lot more about them. Ugh this book was just too short!
Also her love for baby Cal was the cutest thing ever.

Honestly there needs to be a sequel to this novella! I need more Julian and Sara and I want to know what happend after the last chapter! Those bits and pieces of information from the other books are not enough!
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