Book Review: Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

Broken Throne


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!


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 Behind was probably set during the events of King’s Cage and had new characters whose predicament I couldn’t care less about. Evangeline’s story was interesting, getting to know about her life in Montfort and what her and Elane’s future looks like. But my love hate with her character still continues, and she manages to piss me off while also feeling good that she is getting the life she wanted. The next story was what I really wanted to read – what happens when Mare and Cal meet again. There is still a lot of reconstruction to be done and they are not obligated to the same sides, but it was nice to see them finally come to some form of resolution about their future. Both of them still grapple with the choices they made regarding Maven and while I know that he is a villain, I was glad that they remembered him. The last little story called Farewell definitely made me a little emotional.

However, it’s the historical accounts that are written throughout the book are what impressed me. We get to know more about how this world of Silvers and Reds came to be, and it was actually very fascinating to see that it’s a post-apocalyptic version of our own. I think I never saw that coming. We also get little tidbits about all the Calore monarchs before Cal and that was interesting. But the best part was at the end, where we see how this world ended up and what happened to all these characters in the future. I don’t wanna spoil it but it’s that final historical account that gave me the closure I needed.

Obviously if you are a diehard fan of the Red Queen series, you should definitely read this book. Otherwise, I don’t know if it’s worth the price. Despite my curiosity, I would not have read it if not for my library copy.

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  1. Ahhhhhhh, love your review! I read the first story in the book (I didn’t read it when it was first published so I loved it) and started reading the second one about Farley, but it was a bit boring because I didn’t really care because we already knew the result. So I stopped reading. I really should continue because what I obviously wanted to read was the story about Mare and Cal and I really want to know if they finally end up together haha. And really, you enjoyed the history part where Julian wrote about the start of the world? I kind of skipped parts of that because I didn’t think it was really relevant for the story. So if I continue, would you say it’s necessary for understanding the stories or can you skip these parts?
    Looooove your review, sorry for repeating myself haha!

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    1. You should definitely read it for finally knowing the ending for Mare and Cal… War Storm left us with too many questions 😟😟
      And the history part is not really relevant except one part towards the end, but I guess I just enjoyed reading it.. Love getting to know more about the world 😍😍

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      1. ahhhhh, I know, I was emotionally scattered after that ending… I just really wanted a straightaway answer: yes or no. Was that sooo difficult? Anyways, yes, I reallllllyyyy have to read it I guesss

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          1. You really want me to 😂😂😂 yes they do end up together and we get to know their kids names in one of the historical records 😜😜

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  2. Great Review! I was thinking of picking this up but heard that this book has incorporated Cruel Crown in it which I bought the physical novella for and that made me waver away from this novel. However, after reading your review, I think I should just borrow it from the library or something because I am only interested in the new short stories 😂

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    1. I agree.. it’s definitely not worth buying according to me, especially because you have Cruel Crown.. but atleast it gives some closure to Mare and Cal’s story …

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