A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fantasy compilation meant to entertain.
Humankind will continue to destroy and rebuild over and over, forever. People who are "different" shouldn't have to proclaim what they are, they should just be able to exist in the world the way they want to, like everybody else gets to.
Positive Role Models
Familiar, already well-developed characters like Mare, Cal, Evangeline, General Farley are true to who they've been in the four-volume main story. Many are seen from varying points of view; all have strengths and weaknesses, and all but the two or three crazy villains are trying to do what's right and best for the greater good.
Violence & Scariness
Brief mention of mild self-harm when a character pulls her hair so the pinprick sensation chases away deeper pain. A few directly narrated attacks and fights include fantasy elements and briefly mention blood and pain but aren't gory. Past violent events like battles, destruction, and political upheaval are remembered in the stories and briefly retold in "bonus material" such as timelines, journal entries, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few mild kisses aren't narrated in detail. Several prominent romances are between same-sex couples and one scene briefly mentions kissing and caressing on a bed. Having sex is implied once or twice but not directly narrated. Older teens mention physical attraction and try to figure out their romantic relationships.
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Infrequent "f--cking," "s--t," "damned," "bitch," "whore," "asses," "jackass," "bastard," and "pissed me off." Some verbal hostility and calling names.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Red Queen fantasy series -- for those who've read the other books already.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens about age 18 to 19 drink wine and beer at social events, and once in a tavern. Older adults mentioned drinking whiskey and gin; unpleasant characters sometimes to excess and/or too often.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Victoria Aveyard's Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection is a collection of extra stories, maps, and other "bonus material" for fans who've already finished the four-volume Red Queen series by the same author. It doesn't stand on its own, and two of the novellas have already appeared in print under the title Cruel Crown. Violence includes fantasy violence and remembered past events; blood and pain are mentioned but there's no gore. Strong language is rare but includes "f--king," "s--t," "asses," and "bitch." There are several same-sex romantic relationships but very little sexual content, just a few brief kisses and some caressing along with mentions of physical attraction and romantic feelings. A few older adults drink to excess; older teens of age rarely have wine or other alcohol on social occasions.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Victoria Aveyard's popular fantasy series will love going back to the Red Queen world, but the collection of stories, maps, and timelines doesn't stand on its own. Fictional journal entries, historical research, and the stories/novellas of Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection rely on the reader already having a deep understanding of the world and appreciation for the characters and the journeys they've undertaken. And be forewarned: Two of the novellas here have already been published as Cruel Crown.
It's a successful companion piece, though, that provides further insight into the main characters, fills in some gaps, and closes some circles while leaving room for even more. Maps, timelines, and journal entries help visualize the world, flesh out some characters, and sort out the order of some events. Mild-to-moderate fantasy violence, sexy stuff, and language make it best for teens and up.
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