Emma's Review : Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

Broken Throne || Victoria Aveyard
(Red Queen #4.5)

  Published by | Orion on 07/05/2019      (DD/MM/YYYY)

  Genres | Young Adult + Fantasy

  Rating | AvocadoAvocadoAvocado Non-Avocado Non-Avocado ( 3 / 5 )

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 published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content.

Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!

Synopsis from Goodreads

~ I was not provided this book to review, I am reviewing this form my own purposes, and no compensation was given for this review ~

So, it is no surprise that I really loved the RQ series. I mean, I talk about it a lot. So it was natural for me to read this novel, right? Of course! But I thought I would enjoy it far more than I actually did. Since Broken Throne is a series of short stories, I am going to be doing rapid fire reviews for each of the stories. Please be warned, this is a semi spoiling review! If you have not read the RQ series up to War Storm, you will not understand some of the content and this contains spoilers for RQ → WS!

Queens Song AvocadoAvocadoHalf-AvoNon-Avocado Non-Avocado ( 2.5 / 5 )

I really liked hearing more about Coraine, Cal’s mother and Tiberius Calore VI’s first wife. I am kind of confused about how Elara is involved, but at the same time that makes me more intrigued! I loved seeing a whole new light on the characters that had only been hinted at in the RQ series, and I also really enjoyed being able to read Coraines diary entries. They linked really well to Farewell, which is the last short story featured in Broken Throne.

Steel Scars AvocadoAvocadoAvocadoNon-Avocado Non-Avocado ( 3 / 5 )

Honestly, Diana Farely could kill me and I would thank her! Her character through RQ was so amazing and sarcastic, that I fell in love with her personality straight away. But this short story seemed to fall far short of what we saw from Farely in the series. I think that if Victoria was prepared to write about Farely, she should have included less time jumps, and tried to be less ominous - although ominisity is a good plot device, it isn’t good when you are getting frustrated rather than excited. It felt kind of half-assed but I am bumping up the rating just because I love Farely so much.

World BehindAvocadoAvocadoHalf-AvoNon-Avocado Non-Avocado ( 2.5 / 5 )

World Behind has me conflicted; I really loved how Lyrisa and Ashe played into this short story, and how Victoria got me to fall in love with an entirely new cast of characters in a short few chapters. I just don’t feel that this story added any value to the plot of the series. The only thing I can think of that makes me relate this to the bigger and overall plot value, is that World Behind showed how people with different statures and involvement with the rebellion perceived Mare during her capture. Lyrisa made it clear, as did the red servants on board, that Mare wasn’t there of her own will, while Ashe had thought she sounded genuine in her plea to the Scarlet Guard via broadcast.

Iron HeartAvocadoAvocadoAvocadoAvocadoAvocado ( 5 / 5 )

Evangeline Samos was always one of my favourite characters, right from the get-go, and so I loved reading more about her in Iron Heart. It was amazing to read about how Evangeline was settling into life at Montfort with Elane, while still living with her own issues and memories.I really loved how Premier Davidson was not-so-subtly edging both Elane and Evangeline to get jobs since he wasn’t willing to just support them while they do nothing - and how Elane was willing to get into work. As it is revealed in Fire Light, I am absolutely cackling at Evangeline’s new job position.

Fire LightAvocadoHalf-AvoNon-Avocado Non-AvocadoNon-Avocado ( 1.5 / 5 )

Now, it took us most of the book, but we got there. We finally have Mare and Cal back at center stage. Fire Light seemed to be Victoria Aveyard’s way of recreating a connection between these characters politically, and although it was fun to read, I would have been far happier to not read this addition since I ( chaotically ) enjoyed how War Storm ended between Mare and Cal, because it defied the trope of ‘we can still get through whatever comes our way’.

FarewellAvocadoAvocado Non-AvocadoNon-AvocadoNon-Avocado ( 1.5 / 5 )

I am not going to lie, I am very annoyed by the last four pages of this story, rather than happy as a bunch of other readers seem to be. I feel like it dampened and took away the impact of the end of War Storm. I liked seeing that Cal ended up journaling, as his mother Coraine did, but the whole Maven thing left me confused. All the readers understood the hopeful dynamics of Cal to Maven’s darkness and instability (which I love, I think I have a problem towards psychotic characters) so I felt that the whole mention of him in this context was confusing more than revealing?

Honestly, I feel that Fire Light and Iron Heart are the only stories in the series that added anything to the plot of RQ as a whole, even if I loved one and disliked the other. It was a pleasure to read Victoria Aveyard’s work again, but I felt that I was left disappointed at the lost potential of these stories. I did enjoy reading the history of Norta and the maps and other pieces included in this book.

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  1. Your comment on Farely had me cracking up! 😂 I remember reading RQ when it first came out but I never continued for some reason. It sucks that most of these short stories were misses for you :/ At least you enjoyed greatly 2 of them!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    1. thank you! Everything I say is true lol
      Yeah, it is a shame since I love the series so much, and I felt that this book was a people pleaser, not an installment to add to the world she had created. And for me, people pleaser books just don't sit well.

  2. Eeks- sounds like this collection didn’t live up to the rest of the series. I actually never finished this series I think. I did read book one though, and I think I mostly enjoyed it, but it blended and kind of faded to the background in the midst of a lot of other YA I was reading at the time. Hopefully I’ll get to finish it someday!

    1. I hope that you do!
      I found this book to be a people pleaser when we came back to the MC, and it really came across in the writing - it didn't sound like Victoria Aveyard was writing for the story anymore, but to make people happy, and I think that it really affects how you read a book


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