Cruel Crown Parents Guide and Age Rating (Red Queen Novella, 0.1-0.2)
Cruel Crown Parents Guide and Age Rating (Red Queen Novella, 0.1-0.2)
Cruel Crown Parents Guide and Age Rating (Red Queen Novella, 0.1-0.2)
Cruel Crown Parents Guide and Age Rating (Red Queen Novella, 0.1-0.2)

Cruel Crown Parents Guide and Age Rating

Cruel Crown contains two short novellas, Queen Song and Steel Scars which is a prequel to the Red Queen series of Victoria Aveyard. It offered some interesting insights into significant events that occur before Red Queen.

The first novella tells the story of the young Coriane and Tiberias. The second novella focuses on the life of Farley as she works to lead an uprising, eventually finding a leader in Mare.

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Book Name Cruel Crown
Author Victoria Aveyard
Series Red Queen (Red Queen #0.1-0.2)
Genre Fantasy, YA
Age Rating 13+
Language English
Date of Publication January 5th, 2016
No. of Page 208
Publisher HarperTeen


Red Queen is a young adult fantasy novel series is the first series of the writer. Red Queen was the first novel of the series and the sequels of the Red Queen are Glass Sword, King’s Cage, War Storm, and the last book of the series is Broken Throne a fifth book, and A Red Queen Collection.

Cruel Crown Parents Guide

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Queen Song is about a depressed, sad girl with a diary. She thought of herself as nothing.
Mild sexual content but not graphic.


Cruel Crown Official Storyline

Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller RED QUEEN.

Queen Song

Queen Coriane, the first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars

Captain Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow. (Publishers)

Related Post: Red Queen Series Order

“Risk is part of the game.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Cruel Crown

Cruel Crown Characters


  • Mare Barrow: also known as Mareena Titanos and The Lightning Girl, is new blood and a member of the Scarlet Guard. She possesses electrical ability. The 17-year-old Mare is a Red who steals for a living, but the discovery that she holds supernatural powers causes many to try to vie for her allegiance.
  • Shade Barrow: was the older brother of Mare Barrow. He was new blood with the ability of teleportation.


  • Diana Farley: Diana Farley, often known as Farley, is a known leader of the Scarlet Guard. A captain of the Scarlet Guard leads them in the campaigns against the Silvers. She is strongly dedicated to the cause.
  • Tristan Boreeve: was a Red and a member of the Scarlet Guard. He was one of Farley’s lieutenants.
  • Will Whistle: is a black market trader and smuggler in the Stilts. He was Mare Barrow’s biggest customer.
  • Willis Farley: Diana Farley’s father and a member of the Scarlet Guard.


  • Tiberias “Cal” Calore VII: Tiberias “Cal” Calore VII is the eldest child of Tiberias Calore VI and heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Norta. He was the eighteenth and final ruler of Norta. As a member of House Calore, he possesses the burner ability. The elder son and heir of King Tiberias Calore VI through his first wife, Coriane Jacos. Though he is engaged to Evangeline, he is in love with Mare, a fact that she uses to further her goals in the Scarlet Guard. He is a Burner, which means his Silver powers allow him to manipulate fire.
  • Elara Merandus: Elara Merandus is the second wife of King Tiberias Calore VI, Queen of Norta, and the mother of Maven Calore. The mysterious and sadistic current queen of Norta and the mother of Maven. Mare dislikes her since the very start of their meeting. She is able to read and manipulate people with the ability known as Whispering.
  • Julian Jacos: A royal librarian and the brother of Cal’s deceased mother, Coriane, making him his uncle. He is the last known person to hold the power of a Singer: being able to control people through his voice.
  • Sara Skonos: A friend of Julian who works as a nurse with her ability to heal people, known as Skin Healing.

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“We all have scars and ghosts of our own. Some drove us to the Scarlet Guard, and some were because of it. I know the sting of both.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Cruel Crown

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