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Broken Throne

(Red Queen #4.5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  20,106 ratings  ·  1,900 reviews
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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Miranda Reads
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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


Queen Song *

*note, some of you may notice that this is the exact same review I posted for Aveyard's previous collection of novellas. Look of she can copy-paste and claim it's a new collection, I can too:

Right off the bat, shouldn't the title be Queen's Song?

Anyway, it took me roughly half the book to figure out who this Coriane was - tu
Sahil Javed
“The snow made the choice, not me.
Not the party.
And certainly not the lure of a young man with bronze eyes and a broken throne.”

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 pub
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I’m on BookTube now! =)

”Perhaps this is my own ignorance, but I cannot fathom the death of millions by the order of one.”

I don’t even know how to start this but let’s just say this was very different to what I expected but it was still okay. I mean I obviously expected a collection of short stories and that’s what I got. Well, that and additional info about the world building which was really nice. The fact that those stories followed a timeline and that we actually got to see some moments that
Maryam Rz.
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
Mar 31, 2019 marked it as not-sure-if-i-ll-read-it

480 pages! 😳

But... did you see the gorgeous cover?
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Despite the fact that I still feel a little defrauded by that War Storm ending, we all know I’m going to read this.
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
I just finished War Storm, and what I want to know is:


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!
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this doesn’t include a story on Maven’s past with Thomas I’ll screammmmmmmmmm!!!
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
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-release-2019
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
2.25 Stars

I still can't stand Mare, but I enjoyed the stories from the other characters' perspectives, especially Evangeline. Still the last story, which focuses on Maven, is the best imo.

Individual Ratings
Queen Song - 3 Stars
Steel Scars - 2 Stars
World Behind - 2.5 Stars
Iron Heart - 3 Stars
Fire Light - 2.5 Stars
Fare Well - 3 Stars
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Okay, I read it and now I'm finally diving into the review. Oh lord.

Okay, so Broken Throne is basically filled with novellas within it. Of course, the first two are ones I'm already familiar with. Not that I'm complaining.. but really? Why do I get these two all over again? I would've loved two whole new stories and just have this book be filled with brand new novellas in general.

Besides that, I guess it was kind of nice to be reminded of what happened in Queen Song and Steel Scars.. even if I c
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been contemplating for months whether to read Broken Throne or not, given that War Storm gave most of us an awful and an unsatisfying ending. Just a couple of days ago I finally decided to read this and be complete with the entire once and for all (otherwise I would've felt guilty for not continuing the series even if it only consists of novellas).

Although this book consists of 6 novellas, I already read the first two; which were Queen Song and Steel Scars long ago, so I only had to read th
Ahhhhhh, soo good!! I feel like this book was a great way to end the series! And I loved meeting the new Freeland characters!
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 incred
♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥
It was a really beautiful and precious book giving an insight into the world of Red Queen. I especially loved the sweet romance between Cal and Mare because it was the time when they found each other again.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
lauren ❀
honestly was never planning on reading this but i needed a better ending than war storm. i didn't really care for most of the novellas except mare and cal's one. but im still glad i read it because i finally got the ending i wanted and it explained what happened after war storm. i skipped queen song and steel scars bc i read them years ago.

Jan 20, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Letter My Reading

IT HAS A TITLE!!!!!!!!!



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
rania | rania’s rambling reads
This was...not as bad as I expected it to be.

That doesn't mean I loved it. It was okay, I guess. My favourites would probably have to be Steel Scars and Iron Heart, because who doesn't want more Farley and Evangeline, am I right?

While I appreciate the fact that a lot of history and maps were included, I still haven't grasped the geography of this world. I don't know if this is because I suck at that particular subject, or because the world-building is just not there. I'm thinking the latter.

Sara Banana
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Who can say where the paths lead, or how the scales may balance in another decade? We destroy. We rebuild. We destroy again. It is the constant of our kind. We are all god’s chosen, and we are all god’s cursed.”

In this book we learn so much about Nortan history, as well as the politics of the other kingdoms. I really liked how this book developed the ending of the series and showed how the Nortan States started to rebuild.

I absolutely enjoyed how the book combines novellas, which add background
Broken Throne is a collection of six Victoria Aveyard's novellas set in her Red Queen fantasy world. I feel like Aveyard’s style has improved over the years and these four novellas I’ve read were a quite enjoyable read with just enough events and interaction for a solid novella. I still think these novellas would not have been needed if she’d done the ending of War Storm right, but we get what we get, so…

Queen Song and Steel Scars - I’ve read these two back in 2018 when I was reading the entire
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jan 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
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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.
I was supposed to give this a 3.5, but damn, that ending got me.


First, I have to admit that I was a tad bit underwhelmed when I read the beginning until Iron Heart. Like, my excitement ebbed away. Not including Queen Song and Steel Scars, though. I've already read those in Cruel Crown. Anyway, it took me a bit of time to really get into Julian's research. I only got more interested in the Monarchs of House Calore part. Moving on ho
Danielle Jordan (yaallegiance)
Okay.. this was the ending I needed from War Storm.

I am so glad that this book exists because it sheds light on so many unanswered questions related to the world.. how it got to where it is and its direction following the events in War Storm.

Maven's chapter utterly destroyed me, but I finally feel at peace with this series and like I can say goodbye and look to it with adoration.

I've been reading these books for years now. I remember when Red Queen was published. I remember the day I picked it
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