“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.”
Now the sequel Glass Sword finally has been published last month, I decided to do a Red Queen reading marathon this month and read both the novellas and the first two books together. I’ve heard before the novellas weren’t as good as the actual series, and now I’ve read Queen Song I can completely agree with that. To be honest, I felt that this first novella didn’t really add anything new to the main series and it was actually kind of boring. The story is mostly about king Tiberias’ first wife Coriane. The novella tells us about her life both before and after she became the Queen and how she came to an end… Coriane is Prince Cal’s mother, but other than that doesn’t really play a big role in the main story and I don’t think it’s actually worth reading the novella either. Skipping this novella won’t make you miss essential information about the series, so I would recommend to just start reading the first book straight away.
Long before Coriane became the Queen, she had a whole different life. She’s a Silver, but doesn’t have any ‘strong’ powers and her family isn’t that important. Both her brother and Coriane want to escape the suffocating environment they call home, but her family has different plans… Somehow, the crown prince shows interest in her and slowly starts courting her. This is not how the powerful families wanted things to go; normally the new Queen is chosen during the Queen Trials. Things are going to be complicated if King Tiberias and Coriane want to go through with this wedding… Because some girls will never give up trying to win the crown for themselves.
It looks like it’s going to be a pattern that I don’t like the novellas as much as the main series. I’ve had it happening a number of times before and Queen Song isn’t an exception… It’s actually quite a slow read and for me it doesn’t add anything important to what I already learned by reading the first book last year. In short, I would recommend to just skip the novella and go straight to the first book (unless you are intrigued by Coriane as a character).