It was so cool to read these short stories that offer a peek into other characters' POVs and stories. Here we get a look at the past, how Cal's mother met his father the king and slowly lost her mind and in the second story of the book we return to the near present where Farley is being sent into Norta for the Red Guard. Both these stories were pretty interesting and it was great to get a chance to look characters on at the sidelines of the main story. You can understand things a bit better, like how complicated Maven and Cal's past is or find out more about the Red Guard. Although maybe not as exciting as Red Queen or Glass Sword, Cruel Crown is still worth reading, especially if you have read and loved the other books as I did. It's a little bonus material to add to the story, it's great!! I'm probably the only one, but I almost feel like short stories like this are almost like fanfiction to the regular books. Except everything is canon and written by the author haha. Point is, you get more knowledge of the world Cam, Mare, and Maven have grown up in. I quite enjoyed it and if you're a fan of the series, I'd recommend you read it as well!
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Goodreads • Published January 2016 • Red Queen series, 1.5