Author: Victoria Aveyard
Released: 24 September 2015
Series: Red Queen #0.1
In this prequel novella set in the world of Red Queen, Queen Coriane, 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 lay ahead for her in royal life.
Having LOVED Red Queen I was excited that we would be getting prequels, and although I was waiting for the Cruel Crowns bind-up to be released next year, I decided I couldn't wait that long and had to get Queen Song. It was such an interesting story and I hope we get to learn more about Queen Coriane in the future.
This novella follows Coriane from when she first moves to the Capital and meets Prince Tiberius (King Tiberius VI) to when she is found dead of suspected suicide. During this time, she takes to writing in a diary, revealing her deepest and darkest secrets and thoughts. When Tibe's Queenstrial is cancelled because he has fallen in love with Coriane, a target is painted on her back and she fears that whisper Elara is getting inside her head. Although she is in love and has given birth to a beautiful son Cal, she s still haunted by her nightmares at the thought of loosing her husband to the war, and her son too when he is king.
I must admit, at first I was a little lost with this novella, simply because it has been so long since I read Red Queen that I was having trouble getting back into the world (and because I kept getting confused with The Selection). However, once I gathered my bearings, I really enjoyed being back in the world and learning about Queen Coriane. References to her in Red Queen were very fleeting so it was interesting to see things for her perspective. Her story is quiet a sad one, and I definitely hope we get more of her story.
One part of the story that surprised me was the fact that Tibe's father was gay, and I really enjoyed this addition to the story. It doesn't play that big of a role, but it was interesting to read about and I'm glad Victoria added this diversity to the story.
While this novella is a prequel, I definitely recommend reading the first book first as you need some context with the world and characters. There are still plenty of unanswered question with Coraine's story and I hope they come into play in the future books. Certainly her history with Queen Elara will become an important part of the story.
Overall, I loved being back in this world and with these characters, despite most of them being new characters. I recommend that fans of Red Queen read this as I'm sure some elements will be referenced in the future. It's also a great refresher to prepare for the next novella released in January, and the next book in February.